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Desert Cave Tour

Coober Pedy holds a fascination for visitors from all over the world. An 'underground' town where you could arrive with just the shirt on your back and leave a millionaire?

Rainbow flashes of opal, underground homes, easy-going lifestyle and the mystery of the dusty lunar landscape make Coober Pedy a unique and special place.

Tour the town, hear about its history, about our precious water supplies and power generation. Every element of life is hard-won in Coober Pedy.

On the Desert Cave Tour you visit

  • A Working Opal Field to see Opal mining methods. Venture down a former working mine to see opal traces embedded in the sandstone
  • The Breakaways, a range of colourful exposed sandstone outcrops - spectacular views over the Moon Plain - once an inland sea. This dramatically beautiful area has been the set for many internationally known movies
  • The famous Dog Fence (dingo fence) - stretching 5,300km across Australia
  • The Serbian Underground Church - spectacular excavation, traditional Serbian Orthodox architecture and fascinating sand stone carvings
  • A genuine underground home or “Dugout” - see how the locals live
  • Professional advice on opal quality and price.

Departs: Daily, from the Desert Cave Hotel
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)


Down N' Dirty

For those who want to experience the thrill of digging for a fortune, this tour offers a comprehensive hands-on opportunity.

The 4-hour tour includes:

  • Informative, instructional and entertaining video on opal mining to open up the mysterious world of discovering the stone of fire "The Coober Pedy Opal"
  • A visit to a working mine field to understand the various styles of opal mining, and to relive the hardship and joy of earlier times of Opal mining
  • Entry to the Quest Mine where you will be supplied with a hard hat, torch and handpick. Get down and get dirty fossicking for your own fortune
  • Access to the "Jewellers Shop" mullock heaps for an experience in noodling (fossicking)
  • Experience the safe, fun, informative way to mine your own opal

The Quest mine offers ease of access with ramps into the mine

Departs: on application
Duration: 4 Hours


Interpretive Display

The Desert Cave Hotel has its own colourful and informative underground display centre; open from 8am to 8pm. There is no cost for seeing this interesting display set in sandstone passages. Learn about Coober Pedy's past and present. Information includes historical Coober Pedy, formation and mining of opal, and visual displays of the unique Outback landscape.


Open: 8am - 8pm

Outback Mail Run

The Mail Run day tour travels over a triangle between Coober Pedy, Oodnadatta and William Creek, visiting points of interest and delivering mailbags to all cattle stations on the way. The route covers 600 kilometres of colourful terrain, passing historic ruins and monuments and part of the Overland Telegraph Line. Also visit, bores and cattle station homesteads.

Departs: Coober Pedy,  Currently unavaliable till March then Monday and Thursday (Except public holidays when Mail Run is moved to the next workin day)

Duration: 13 hours (approx
Inclusions: Tour and all entry fees


Painted Desert Tour

A one day 4WD tour to the spectacular breakaway country of the Painted Desert (Arckaringa Hills). The Painted Desert is an area of spectacular colourful hills that Mother Nature has taken 80 million years to create.

Sediments originally laid down by the ancient inland sea have eroded away over time. This erosion, combined with the leaching of minerals from the soil, create this magical area whose colours change during the day, making it a photographer's delight. See some of the vast cattle stations of the Outback, bush walk through the Painted Desert, experience the beauty of Outback landscapes and waterholes. Learn about the Great Artesian Basin, the early explorers and the pastoral industry. Morning/afternoon tea & lunch are supplied.

Departs: on application
Duration: 7-9 hours
Inclusions: Morning and afternoon tea, lunch, all entry fees


Sunset & History

After experiencing a glorious Sunset at the Breakaways with a bottle of sparkling Australian wine & a cheese platter, our experienced tour guide will take you on a tour of the historical cemetery where the life stories of  the pioneers of Coober Pedy will be retold.

Departs: Daily