Underground opal mining town in the Outback!

 

 
It’s hard to determine which is most awesome about Coober Pedy: its beautiful opals or its underground stores, churches, hotels, and homes!

 

 
Coober Pedy is called by outsiders “the opal capital of the world” but by local aborigines “kupa-piti” meaning “boys’ waterhole”… or as in another translation, “the white man’s hole”. LOL
 
Visitors come from all over the world to see both marvels of this unique town: its stunning opals and its “dugouts”.

 

 
How’d you like to shop in that underground store?
 
From the outside, these “dugouts” built to beat the heat are not quite as obvious:

 
And the town perhaps does not look all THAT much different from other desert towns — perhaps until you drive down its streets and see for yourself that so many of its venues are built right into the landscape, like those above.

 

 
Explore Coober Pedy!
Wikipedia
Coober Pedy websitePhoto Gallery!
Coober Pedy .net
Outback Australia travel
Business Insider (more great pics!)
Amusing Planet
TripAdvisor
Desert Cave Hotel

 


 

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