Coober Pedy, the world’s most fascinating opal-mining town is gearing up to celebrate 100 years of history and heritage.

The Centenary of Coober Pedy celebrations will run from February to May 2015 and feature a host of special events.

South Australian Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said visitors will be treated to genuine outback hospitality when they make the trek to the South Australian outback.

“This event is a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore a unique destination where half the population lives in underground dugouts and the 4000 residents come from more than 40 countries,” Mr Bignell said.

“This is a huge year for the historic town, visiting it should be on everyone’s bucket list. From the stunning Breakaways and the Painted Desert, to noodling (fossicking) for opals and experiencing the underground way of life – there’s something for everyone.

“Coober Pedy is also recently received international recognition when it made CNN’s coveted 10 top destinations to visit in 2015.

“Where else in the world can you march in a street parade, attend a ball and stay in an underground hotel in an outback location – quirky Coober Pedy of course.”

Special events as part of the celebrations include the Centenary Launch, Centenary Street Party & Multicultural Festival, 100 Year Ball, Welcome Back to Coober Pedy, Mosaic Centennial Garden and more.

“It’s also the perfect time to visit the region for a rare spectacle of Lake Eyre filled with water. Usually an empty salt pan spanning 9,500 square kilometres, visitors are treated to a horizon of water and wildlife in a spectacular outback setting,” he said.

Anyone planning to visit the region is encouraged to collect the official Regional Visitor guide from their local Visitor Information Centre, or view online at www.southaustralia.com.

The Coober Pedy Retail, Business and Tourism Association has also produced a new tourism brochure which is available from Coober Pedy, Adelaide, Alice Springs and other major towns.

For further information about the Centenary of Coober Pedy celebrations and the full list of events, visit www.cooberpedy.net.

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