Coober Pedy, a small town in the southern Australian outback over 500 miles from the nearest city, is vast, flat, and arid. In the summer, the heat can climb to 113ºF in the shade, leaving the entire area hot and desolate.
Coober Pedy is renowned for its below-ground residences, called “dugouts”, which are built in this fashion due to the scorching daytime heat.
The name “Coober Pedy” comes from the an Aboriginal term kupa-piti, which means “whitefellas’ hole”.
Homes boast all the normal furnishings and amazing pictures from underground show churches, a restaurants and hotel rooms for people who want to experience life “down under”.
In the 2016 Census, there were 1,762 people in Coober Pedy.
The area was originally founded as an opal mining town in 1915 and from the surface you would never know anyone lived there.
Coober Pedy today relies as much on tourism as the opal mining industry to provide the community with employment and sustainability.
The first European explorer to pass near the site of Coober Pedy was Scottish-born John McDouall Stuart in 1858. The town was not established until after 1915, when the first opal was discovered by Wille Hutchison on 1 February of that year