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Head to Coober Pedy for the Ultimate Outback Adventure

Kanku-Breakaways Conservation Park. Photo by South Australian Tourism Commission
Melissa Smith

Run, walk or ride Coober Pedy’s “Bolt”

Dust off your running shoes! The legendary Great Kanku-Breakaways Bolt is back for its 15th year, blasting through the heart of South Australia’s outback. Race across Coober Pedy’s lunar-like landscape, winding through spectacular coloured hills, along the legendary Dog Fence, and back to breathtaking lookouts.

A Race Like No Other
The Great Kanku-Breakaways Bolt is your chance to experience remote South Australia in an outback adventure you won’t forget.
Originally run from the Kanku Breakaways Conservation Park to Coober Pedy, the event has evolved over the years, now offering a variety of distances to suit all abilities.
Challenge yourself with the full 42.2km marathon, or choose a shorter course – 5km, 10km, 21km – all perfect for a run or a walk. If running’s not your style, pack your treddly for a chance to peddle your way around the 36km or 72km course.
This unique and scenic event is a bucket list item for adventurers of all abilities, set amidst the magnificent Aboriginal heritage site in one of South Australia’s most iconic outback towns. 

Not a Runner? No Worries!

Spectators are not only welcome, they’re encouraged. Cheer on the participants, soak up the outback atmosphere, and enjoy the breathtaking backdrop of the Breakaways. The race hub offers a free community BBQ and kids can even get involved in the special 2.5km fun run.

Extend Your Outback Adventure

The Great Kanku-Breakaways Bolt is just the beginning of your Coober Pedy adventure. Hang around a little longer and use this exciting race weekend as a springboard to explore this unique town and its surrounding wonders. There is so much to do in the outback!

Did you know that Coober Pedy is the opal capital of the world? Dig up the secrets and discover the fascinating history of opal mining at the Umoona Mine and Museum. Learn how these precious stones are unearthed, visit a working mine, or even try your luck “noodling” for your own precious gems.

Umoona Opal Mine and Museum. Photo – South Australian Tourism Commission

A trip to Coober Pedy wouldn’t be complete without going underground. Experience life below the surface with a tour of Coober Pedy’s famous underground homes, churches, and even an art gallery.

Beyond the township, you can witness the magic of the outback with day trips to explore the surrounding breathtaking landscapes. Jump on board the Mail Run Tour and travel with a real outback mailman, delivering mail to remote stations. Or soar above it all with a scenic flight over Anna Creek and Australia’s biggest lake, Lake Eyre.

Live Your Opal Dream

The pièce de résistance in the outback in June is the Coober Pedy Opal Festival. Held right after ‘The Bolt’ you can celebrate your outback adventure soaking in some opal fever. In its 35th year, this celebration unites cultures to toast the town’s quirky history and beautiful gems.

Coober Pedy Opal Festival

“Opal Dreaming” is the theme, honouring the Aboriginal connection to the land and the dreamers who flocked underground seeking their opal fortunes. Starting June 14, this festival is your chance to live your own opal dream. Join a black opal hunting adventure, explore stunning exhibitions, and lose yourself in last year’s SA Small Tourist Town of the Year.

The Great Kanku‑Breakaways Bolt
Sunday, June 9
Where: Coober Pedy
More info and registrations here.

Check out what else Coober Pedy offers in the Coober Pedy visitor guide.​


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