Andamooka

This mining desert town began its life in 1930 when two boundary riders discovered opal on Andamooka Station. The Andamooka opal fields are the most accessible in Australia, just a short drive from Roxby Downs and a quick flight from Adelaide to Olympic Dam.

South Australia's only known dinosaur, Kakuru kujani, was also discovered in Andamooka.

This quirky desert hub is a wonderland of discovery. Experience opal mining, astrophotography, astronomy, wildlife, wildflowers, birding, or fossicking for fossils, gems and gold.

Join an Andamooka Underground Opal Mining tour or nocturnal tour at the Andamooka Observatory. Take a self-guided town tour starting at the Opal Mining Machinery display, and look for opals along Opal Creek Boulevard.

Discover Andamooka’s unique ‘matrix opal’ or the rare beauty of the famous local crystal opal. See Karkaroo the Andamooka Plesiosaur, an astonishing opalised fossil on display in the Andamooka Opal Underground Museum.

See local art studios, museums, and the main street's Heritage-listed precinct.

Dazzlingly white under a blue sky, the usually dry Lake Torrens, a 5700-square-kilometre salt lake, is only accessible by 4WD via a 15km track from Andamooka. Don’t drive on the surface; it might look firm, but it’s not!

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