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Coober Pedy, this special place in South Australia is known for its opals and underground life. A few years ago we were lucky to experience this town by ourselves. We drove from Melbourne up to north and visited Coober Pedy for just 2 days. We stayed in a cozy Bed & Breakfast together with our dog Joey. Read our experiences about this special town in South Australia now.
Sleeping in a cave
Because we’re travelled with our dog we had to book all accommodation in advance. In Coober Pedy we had chosen for Jam B&B, a completely underground B&B. The entrance had a steep slope down and took as in a few seconds into a whole different world.
We we’re very kindly welcomed by the owner, who gave us a great tour through the entire B&B. There a nice outside terrace, a big kitchen and living room and different rooms.
It’s so great to see this cave house with your own eyes and to stay here for a night. If you never slept in a cave before you must definitely visit Coober Pedy and stay in one of the cave accommodations. It’s a great experience!
Normally we are not into shared spaces, but it was ok for just one night. Staying in a B&B like this is a great way if you’re traveling by yourself. The shared rooms gives you the opportunity to meet new people.
Unfortunately it is not possible to book this B&B anymore, but there are many more good accommodations. Click here for all the great accommodations in Coober Pedy
Beautiful starry sky
During our stay at Coober Pedy we saw a beautiful starry sky. Coober Pedy is a good place to spot such beautiful starry skies. Because there’s less light pollution then other places in Australia.
What to do in Coober Pedy
We were only 1 night in Coober Pedy, because we were in transit to Darwin. If you are more days in this town, then the following things are great to do:
- Visit Umoona Opal Mine & Museum and do a ‘mine tour’.
- Take a look at Serbian Orthadox Church, an underground church in Coober Pedy.
- Visit Boot Hill: interesting tombstones dating from the early 1970’s. Here you’ll find a 18 gallon beer keg for Mr Karl Bratz, “Have a drink on me!”.
- Big Winch Lookout: 8m high structure that gives you a great lookout over the town.
- Enjoy a breathtaking sunset at Kanku-Breakaways Conservation Park (recommended!!). This was one of the highlights of our visit.
In Coober Pedy you have several restaurants. We had chosen pizza from John’s Pizza Bar and Restaurant. A really good choice! They serving delicious pizza that we recommend. It’s not strange this restaurant is known for it’s delicious pizza.