Welcome To Coober Pedy: The Most Interesting Town In Australia
Celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, Coober Pedy is definitely the most fascinating town in Australia that you've never heard of. What exactly makes this town so unique? Click through to find out!
Welcome to Coober Pedy!
A quaint town located in Southern Australia, which boasts a population of about 2000 people.
Where is this population?
With temperatures in the region averaging around 104 degrees Fahrenheit, most of the residents have taken a unique approach to dealing with the sweltering heat.
They created a town completely underground!
Most of the homes are modest, but still comfortable.
Complete with electricity, water, and even TVs.
Some are a bit more chic.
Just because your walls are made of rock doesn't mean you can't have a crystal chandelier and ruched curtains over your fake window.
Enjoy a cool drink in an even cooler setting.
The town is complete with its own underground bars where the locals can meet friends or find refuge after a long day at work.
Or attend a service.
Coober Pedy also has six different churches.
Find a new paper treasure.
The below-the-surface town also has a number of stores, like this cool bookstore.
Come for a visit.
Stay in the world's first internationally rated underground hotel, The Desert Cave Hotel.
Or tap into your more adventurous side.
Pack up the sleeping bags and folding chairs for a unique camping experience. No tent required!
You can still enjoy activities above the ground.
Not EVERYTHING is underground. Get some fresh air by playing a round of golf (sorry, no grass though).
Or see the unique sights.
There is a lot of scrap metal and old machinery dotting the landscape, which adds to the charming peculiarities of this small town.
The landscape is also a popular location for many film sets.
Popular films such as "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome," "Red Planet," and "Pricilla, Queen of the Desert" have been shot here. Some crews even leave behind props, like this space ship from "Pitch Black."
Keep a close eye to the ground when walking around.
Coober Pedy is famous for more than just its underground location.
It is also the world's largest opal supplier.
This beautiful, colorful gemstone is the entire reason this town came to be.
In 1915, a 14-year-old boy stumbled upon this precious stone, which led several miners to the area.
These miners are the ones that began digging underground, which soon led to creation of this strange town.
The town hasn't forgotten its roots.
It has created a museum, underground of course, that shows what life was like for these miners back in the 1900s.
So be sure to add this amazing town to your travel bucket list.