Desert Cave Hotel

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Location: Coober Pedy, 850 km north of Adelaide and 680 km south of Alice Springs. In the corner of Post Office Hill Rd and Hutchinson St.
(29°0'40.49"S, 134°45'16.63"E)
Open: Hotel: All year daily 0-24.
Underground bar, underground gallery: All year daily 8-20.
Fee: Single NZD 198, Double/Twin NZD 198, Triple NZD 228, Extra adult NZD 30.
Desert Cave Tour NZD 70, Down' N Dirty NZD 90.
Classification: SubterraneaCave House
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours:
Address: Desert Cave Hotel, P.O. Box 223, Coober Pedy, South Australia 5723, Tel: +61-8-8672-5688, Fax: +61-8-8672-5198. E-mail: contact
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1915 opals discovered.
1981 first underground hotel planned by Umberto Coro.
1984 construction of cave hotel started.
1986 Umberto Coro dies in car accident, his son Robert Coro continues the work.
1988 hotel opened.
1989 won both the South Australian and National Tourism Awards for Tourism Development.
1990 won the South Australian Tourism Award.
1991 won the South Australian Tourism Award.


The Desert Cave Hotel is the first underground hotel at Coober Pedy. It was built by Umberto Coro and his son Robert Coro. It is operated by the Coro family.

The hotel has rooms, which are typical dugouts, quiet, cool, dark and airy. There are also underground shops, a café, an opal interpretive centre, and an underground bar and gaming room. There are also rooms above ground for visitor who do not like to be underground.