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by Lesley Mitchell (subscribe)
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Published April 14th 2013
A wacky slant on a mainly underground town
Upon arriving in Coober Pedy,  it seems like such a small town with on one hand, so many things to do and on the other, nothing much apparent above the surface.

The red dust filled main street of Coober Pedy

It is a town of contrasts and harsh landscapes and if you find your only here for a short time, the easiest way to see everything may well be to take a tour out with an experienced guide.

There are many tours available with most of the accommodations and the tourist information centre.

We chose to book our Desert Cave Tour experience with the Desert Cave Hotel. We found the price to be cheaper than most other locations.

The Desert Cave experience is a half day tour which will bring you in touch with the amazing outback characters of Coober Pedy, whilst awakening you to a lifestyle which is different to anywhere else on earth.

Due to the requests of the tourists, our tour was done in reverse to the usual manner.  Hence we started in the town and then made our way further outback.

We visited the Serbian church, one of the world's only underground churches. It was really beautiful and quite fascinating to see how the drills had dug up the roof in round shapes.

Simply breathtaking Serbian church

We travelled right around the town with our guide, Ned, who told us about the  history, including dishing a little bit of dirt on some locals' dirty laundry.

We visited the Umoona Museum and cave; a fascinating underground home - it was a delight to see how comfortable the locals can live underground. Forget the dusty dugouts, these homes had carpets, lights,  running water and gorgeous bedrooms.

Exploring the opal mines and seeing the veins of opals with Ned, our tour guide for the day

Need a new bookshelf?
No need to go to IKEA, simply get out your pick and carve one out.
Having a new baby?
Again,  just get out the equipment and dig a new bedroom. You may even strike it rich.

Heading out of town we were then taken to an opal field that was not open to the general public.

Although you will not be permitted to exit the bus here, you will be amazed by over two million holes straight down into the ground making up the arid  landscape.

Most of the attractions in Coober Pedy itself are within a few minutes drive or walking distance

Continuing on, you will go to the breakaways and the famous dog fence. If you would like more information on any of these places please look at my other reviews on

We arrived back in town dusty, tired and pleasantly satisfied with our amazing outback experience.

The Desert Cave Experience tour costs $60 per adult and $30 per child.

Are from the Desert Cave Hotel, however they will pick up at other locations around Coober Pedy if prior booked.

Tours leave at 12:45 PM and return at approximately 6 PM.

For bookings you can contact the Desert Cave reception directly at the hotel

(08) 8672 5688

Free call:
1800 088521


A variety of other tours are also available.

Bye Ned and our comfortable van for the day
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Why? A great way to get out and see the area with an insiders view
When: Most days, 1.45-6pm
Phone: (08) 8672 5688
Where: Coober Pedy, South Australia
Cost: $60adults, $30 children
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Fantastic!! The Serbian church looks beautiful - are the frescos (hope that's the right name?) carved in to the walls (totally mind blowing!).
by Jenny Pickett (score: 3|1696) 2473 days ago
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