Radeka Downunder Accommodation in Coober Pedy South Australia
Radeka Downunder Accommodation Coober Pedy Outback South Australia Underground Hostel Budget Motel Dorm Lodgings Accommodations
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Host: Martin Smith

Accommodations: 34 motel rooms, budget rooms and dormitories.

Address: 1 Oliver Street, (Corner Hutchison & Oliver Streets), P.O. Box 808, Coober Pedy, South Australia 5723

Telephone: +61 8 8672 5223

Fax: +61 8 8672 5821

Activities/Attractions: Coober Pedy has evolved into one of the most unique places in Australia and perhaps the world. It is a cosmopolitan town with a population of 3,500 and over 45 different nationalities. The relaxed and friendly lifestyle of the town has made it a breeding ground for cultural tolerance, diversity and acceptance.

Coober Pedy is probably best known for its unique style of underground living. There are authentic underground homes to explore as well as underground museums, potteries, opal shops, an art gallery and, of course, opal mines. Opal was first found in Coober Pedy on the 1st of February 1915 and since then has been supplying the world with the majority of gem quality opal. Coober Pedy today relies as much on tourism as the opal mining industry to provide the community with employment and sustainability. Our Desert Breakaway Tour includes:

  • An underground church and other historic town sites, cemetery & our famous 18-hole grassless golf course
  • Travel to the opal fields to see machinery in action & go noodling (fossicking) for your own opal
  • Enter Crocodile Harry's Home, Mine & Museum
  • And then we head to the Breakaways Scenic Reserve, site of the movies: Mad Max III: Beyond Thunderdome, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Pitch Black, Mars: The Red Planet, & Kangaroo Jack
  • We head home along The Dog Fence (Which is 5,300Ks long, the longest fence in the world) and The Moon Plain Desert

"I stayed here for 1 night. The owner gave me a million pieces of information about Coober Pedy, which turned out to be very useful. The dorms are underground, which is an interesting novelty."

"Great place to stay. they were top notch , very helpful and gave good advice. its a real experience!"

"Stayed for one night at Radeka's. The owners are very nice and helpful. The mine tour organised by the hostel is also very nice."

"It was a very clean and surprising thing to sleep in a cave under the ground."

"This place has tons of character. Staff was brilliant, couldn't have had better stay."


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"Really good hostel under the ground. Has a strange atmosphere because of this - like something out of Mad Max. Pretty good facilities though and easy to arrange mine tours. I would also recommend requesting to stay in the Dungeon - the deepest reaches of the hostel and most eerie."

General Information: Welcome to Radeka Downunder Underground Motel & Backpacker Inn ... located in Coober Pedy in the Outback of South Australia. We are an independent, family style operated, underground accommodation Premises, located in the center of town between the BP & Mobil Service Stations.

Originally an Opal Mine from the 1960s, Radeka Downunder was converted in the mid-1980s to 10 Motel rooms, 12 Budget Rooms and 12 Dormitories. Our slogan is "Warm in Winter, Cool in Summer"! Come & have a night or two with us and see first hand how & why we live Underground.

  • 8 of the Motels are 3.5m under a sandstone ridge and you enter at ground level and 2 are above ground with windows
  • The Budget Rooms & Dorms are 6.5m Underground underneath the Motels, down 34 steps
  • Reception Hours 8am to 9pm. Night bell at front door for late arrivals
  • Check in 11am, Check out 10am (Guests from Adelaide on Greyhound bus arriving early morning - immediate check in for dorm beds)
  • Secure on-site Car Park
  • Courtesy pick-up and drop-off at local bus terminal
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off by arrangement - fees apply
  • Fully Equipped communal kitchen
  • Internet & Wi-Fi-Zone
  • Tour desk
  • Safe deposit box
  • Daily Desert Breakaways Tour
  • Night-Sky Presentation for Groups
  • 60% of us who live in Coober Pedy live Underground to avoid the heat of Summer
  • If it is 45C outside, Underground it is 26C-28C
  • Winter Nights can be Close To Zero, Underground it is 20C-22C

Payment Accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Amex, Eftpos, Direct Deposit.

Rates: (Prices quoted in AUD Dollars).

$65-115/night (Budget Rooms)
$110-300/night (Motel Rooms)
$25/person/night (Dorm)

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"Great experience to stay a night underground. Nice cool without air condition! Free coffee, tea, milk. Very helpful staff. In general: Stay 1 day and night at Coober Pedy and take part on an afternoon tour."

"Sleeping underground - a must have experience."