Coober Pedy Tourism & Travel
Coober Pedy Australia
Coober Pedy, population 2762, in Kokatha country, is the heart of South Australias outback, 553 kilometres, 343.6 miles north of Port Augusta and is the opal capital of the world. Temperatures here are so extreme that homes and even churches are built underground to take advantage of a constant 24 degrees Celsius, 75.2 degrees Fahrenheit. The name, Coober Pedy, stems from an Aboriginal phrase meaning white mans burrow.
Coober Pedy History
Opal was discovered in Coober Pedy in 1915 and although miners still look for the pretty gem, the last big strikes petered out in the 1970s.
In 1983 an exceptional opalised fossil skeleton of a pliosaur, the reptile equivalent of a seal was discovered.
Coober Pedy Climate
Between April and October the weather is very pleasant. Typical of a semi desert climate, the days 16 to 20 C are mild to warm but the desert nights are cold.
From November to March summer temperatures can range from 35 C to the 45 C in the shade, with occasional dust storms.
The annual rainfall in the area is minimal at around 175 mm per annum and can fall during any time of the year.
Areas Surrounding Coober Pedy
North of Coober Pedy you go deeper into the Great Victorian Desert and Australias red centre.
The Northern Territory border is 350 kilometres, 218.8 miles north and a further 19 kilometres, 11.9 miles takes you through an outback town called Kulgera.
74 kilometres, 46.2 miles north of Kulgera is Erldunda. Erldunda is enroute between Coober Pedy and Alice Springs and it is also the turn off point for the famous Uluru, Ayers Rock and Kata Tjuta, The Olgas.