Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy is a town located in northern South Australia, Australia. It is renowned for its unique underground dwellings, as much of the town’s population lives in homes carved into the hillsides to escape the scorching heat of the Australian Outback. The name “Coober Pedy” is derived from the local Aboriginal term “kupa-piti,” which translates to “white man’s hole.”

The town is situated in a remote area known for opal mining, and it is often referred to as the “Opal Capital of the World.” The opal fields around Coober Pedy produce the majority of the world’s opal supply, including precious black opals. The harsh desert environment and extreme temperatures led to the development of the unique underground homes, called “dugouts,” which provide insulation from the heat.

In addition to opal mining, Coober Pedy attracts tourists interested in its unusual landscape and lifestyle. Visitors can explore underground churches, hotels, and homes, as well as learn about the town’s history and the opal mining industry. The arid and otherworldly surroundings have also made Coober Pedy a popular location for filming movies, including the post-apocalyptic film “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.”

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