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Living Underground in Coober Pedy, Australia

I've just been reading about a fascinating place in the Australian outback, called Coober Pedy. This town is famous for producing some of the best opals in the world. It must surely gain fame as having some of the most interesting living accommodation as well.

You see, Coober Pedy is in the northern most part of South Australia, out in the desert, where opal mining is the only real reason for being there. The heat is so intense that people can't live above ground. Instead they have built their homes in caves, by blasting the rock walls and chipping away at them, to design a home of their own. Even the tourist accommodation there is underground, so that would be quite an experience.

I'm not sure visiting Coober Pedy is a travel experience I want to have though. You still have to experience the heat to get there. And, apart from visiting the opal mines it doesn't sound like there's all that much to do.

This photo from Pixabay is not of the Coober Pedy cave homes, but apparently of a cave in Turkey. I'm sure, if you're interested, you could do a Google search and find out a little more about this small Australian mining town, plus view the available images for yourself.

Image Credit » by Hans

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MelissaE wrote on April 17, 2015, 8:45 PM

That sounds really interesting. I am going to have to check it out online.

valmnz wrote on April 17, 2015, 8:50 PM

MelissaE I first became aware of it in a travel book, so had to check it out as well emoticon :smile:

bestwriter wrote on April 17, 2015, 8:52 PM

Since you say opal mining is the only interest why would tourists want to go there - just thinking.

valmnz wrote on April 17, 2015, 8:56 PM

bestwriter it's part of a whole Australian outback experience apparently. I'm inclined to agree with you, though it would be interesting to see it.

paigea wrote on April 17, 2015, 11:35 PM

I read about it when I was in Australia. I would enjoy seeing the underground hotel, but it did not fit into our plans.

valmnz wrote on April 18, 2015, 12:59 AM

paigea I think it would be fascinating to see.

wolfgirl569 wrote on April 18, 2015, 9:39 AM

Living underground could be interesting. As long as nothing floods

AliCanary wrote on April 18, 2015, 3:38 PM

Actually, I have a Serbian friend who went to Australia for a few weeks back in January, and they visited Coober Pedy. There is an Eastern Orthodox Christian church there that is carved completely out of stone and is very famous. I googled it and saw some pictures. It's very cool!

valmnz wrote on April 18, 2015, 7:01 PM

wolfgirl569 I imagine floods in the desert would be rather rare