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Desert Cave Tours

Desert Cave Tours offer a variety of tours in and around Coober Pedy, the tours are only limited by your imagination. Tours include Coober Pedy town and scenic tours, opal discovery, fossicking for opals and mail run day tour.

Touring Options

Outback Colour Four Day Tour – DCT07

The Outback Colour three nights, four day tour combines the the Desert Cave half day tour, Mail Run day tour and time to try noodling (looking for opals) into one all inclusive tour. Highlights include visits to an underground home and church, pottery display, Umoona Opal Mine and Museum and travel through the opal fields to The Breakaways Range and Dingo Fence. Join the mail run and travel overland in a triangle between Coober Pedy, Oodnadatta and William Creek visiting points of interest and delivering mail to all cattle stations on the way. The tour covers 600 kilometres, see historic ruins and monuments and part of the Overland Telegraph Line.

. Operates:
. All departure times and dates on application.

Painted Desert Day Tour – DCT05

Travel in a four wheel drive vehicle through vast cattle stations, stop for bush walks in spectacular breakaway country including the Painted Desert and Arckaringa Hills, enjoy outback landscapes and waterholes, the Great Artesian Basin and learn about the history and pastoral industry of the area.

. Operates:
. Wednesday and Saturday from March to November, 0830 to 1730.

Outback Mail Run Day Tour – DCT01

Travel overland in a triangle between Coober Pedy, Oodnadatta and William Creek visiting points of interest and delivering mail to all cattle stations on the way. The tour covers 600 kilometres, highlights include historic ruins and monuments and part of the Overland Telegraph Line.

. Operates:
. Monday and Thursday, 0900 to 2100.

Coober Pedy Desert Cave Afternoon Tour – DCT04

Highlights include visit to an underground church, home and pottery display, Umoona Opal Mine and Museum, travel through the opal fields to The Breakaways Range and Dingo Fence.

. Operates:
. Daily, 1400 to 1800.

Ghan Transfer – DCT10

Desert Cave Tours will transfer you to or from your accommodation at the Desert Cave Hotel to the Ghan Train Manguri railway siding 40 kilometres west of Coober Pedy.

. Operates:
. Daily by prior arrangement.

Outback Matrix Four Day Tour – DCT11

The Outback Matrix three nights, four day tour combines the Desert Cave half day tour, Painted Desert day tour and Star Gazing evening tour into one tour. Highlights include visits to an underground home and church, pottery display, Umoona Opal Mine and Museum and travel through the opal fields to The Breakaways Range and Dingo Fence. Travel through vast cattle stations, stop for bush walks in spectacular breakaway country including the Painted Desert and Arckaringa Hills, enjoy outback landscapes and waterholes, the Great Artesian Basin and learn about the history and pastoral industry of the area. See the southern stars, learn about Greek and Roman mythology, Aboriginal legends, shooting stars and satellites.

. Operates:
. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from March to November, departure times on application.

Greyhound Bus Transfer – DCT07

Desert Cave Tours will transfer you to or from your accommodation at the Desert Cave Hotel to Coober Pedy Greyhound Bus Depot.

. Operates:
. Daily by prior arrangement.

Down ‘N’ Dirty Opal Digging Four Hour Tour – DCT13

A safe, fun, informative way to mine your own opal. You will have access to a working mine where you will be supplied with a hard hat, torch and handpick to get Down ‘N’ Dirty and try to find your fortune.

. Operates:
. Daily at 0730 to 1345 approximately.

Coober Pedy Desert Cave Morning Tour – DCT03

Highlights include visit to an underground church, home and pottery display, Umoona Opal Mine and Museum, travel through the opal fields to The Breakaways Range and Dingo Fence.

. Operates:
. Daily, 0800 to 1200.

A Taste of Opal Three Day Tour – DCT09

A Taste of Opal two nights, three day tour includes the Desert Cave half day tour and noodling (looking for opals). Highlights include visits to an underground home and church, pottery display, Umoona Opal Mine and Museum and travel through the opal fields to The Breakaways Range and Dingo Fence. Learn about the art of noodling and try looking for your own opals.

. Operates:
. All departure times and dates on application.

Airport Transfer – DCT06

Desert Cave Tours will transfer you to or from your accommodation at the Desert Cave Hotel to Coober Pedy airport.

. Operates:
. Daily by prior arrangement.

Star Gazing Evening Tour – DCT08

See the southern stars, learn about Greek and Roman mythology, Aboriginal legends, shooting stars and satellites.

. Operates:
. Nightly, departure times on application.

Opal Buyer On the Ghan Two Day Tour – DCT002

Opal Buyer On the Ghan one night, two-day tour includes the Desert Cave half-day tour and noodling (fossicking for opals). Highlights include visits to an underground home and church, pottery display, Umoona Opal Mine and Museum and travel through the opal fields to The Breakaways Range and Dingo Fence. Learn about the art of noodling and try looking for your own opals.

. Day One – Arrive on one of the world famous trains in Cooper Pedy, ‘The Ghan’. After your transfer from Manguri, 40 kilometres west of Coober Pedy, it will be check-in. After a relaxing lunch you will be taken on a four hour journey of Coober Pey, and visit the icons of this world famous opal mining town, including the Breakaways and Moon Plain, where ‘Mad Max’ was filmed.

. Day Two – After checkout the next morning, you still have time to try your luck noodling (fossicking) at Jeweller’s Road, to find the elusive Fire in a Stone, Opal. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Adelaide.

. Operates:
. All departure times and dates on application.

Activites and Experiences at Desert Cave Tours

  • Astronomy ASTRONOMY
  • Bushwalking BUSHWALKING
  • City Sightseeing
  • Flora FLORA
  • Fossicking FOSSICKING
  • Sightseeing SIGHTSEEING
  • Animal Viewing ANIMAL VIEWING
  • Wholesale
  • Car park
  • Checkin Desk
  • Public toilet
  • Waiting Area
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • Adventure
  • Flora and Fauna FLORA AND FAUNA
  • Food and Wine
  • Historic/Heritage HISTORIC/HERITAGE
  • Industry/Mining, Agriculture INDUSTRY/MINING, AGRICULTURE
  • Nature based
  • Nightlife
  • Off road
  • Outback OUTBACK
  • Relaxation
  • Remote REMOTE
  • Underground UNDERGROUND
  • Wilderness WILDERNESS
  • English English
  • German
  • 18-35’s
  • Backpacking/Unstructured
  • Business/Trade/Corporate
  • Family
  • Gay and Lesbian
  • Group
  • Luxury
  • Meetings Incentive Conventions
  • Romantic
  • Self-Drive
  • Senior
  • Single
  • Wedding
  • Australian Tourism Export Council
  • Inbound Tour Operators Association
  • American Express
  • Cheques By Arrangement
  • Bankcard
  • Cash
  • Diners Club
  • Electronic Funds Transfer at Point of Sale
  • Japan Credit Bureau
  • MasterCard
  • Australian Travellers Cheque
  • Visa
  • Commentary
  • Drop off
  • Pickup
  • Coaster COACH
  • Walk WALK

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