Coober Pedy: Australian Town Where People Live Underground


Coober Pedy, often referred to as the ‘opal capital of the world’ is a town located in South Australia. It is a bustling town with a little over 3000 people and about 850 kilometers from Adelaide.

The town was founded in 1915 after the discovery of the precious stone opal. With temperatures above the ground often soaring above 40 degrees celsius, the residents realised that the unused portions of the mines would be more comfortable as dwellings.

As you approach the town, it might look pretty deserted on the surface. Observe carefully and you’ll discover that it is a town where chimneys rise from the sand and big signs warn people of “unmarked holes”.

The residents have become extremely adept at building their own dwellings over the years. Entire kitchens, bars, bedrooms, bookstores, and churches are installed in the carved underground walls of Coober Pedy.

Tourists flock to this town to experience life in private subterranean houses or check out the Desert Cave Hotel. Take a look at some of the pics of this unusual place below.


Life Below The Surface

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An Underground Bedroom

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Ever Dined In An Underground Hotel

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There is Even a Church Underground


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