The diversity of the world has led humans to think of unique and amazing ways to live. Considering how vast the planet is, they were able to come up with weird house structures and astounding lifestyles we are never possible. And just as we thought it all ends there, human creativity has opened up the possibilities of creating a whole new paradise in another realm – underground.
Coober Pedy was originally an opal mining town. Now, it is home to more than 2,000 people. However, looking at the area, you won’t have any idea that it is actually a town.
Located in the hot red plains of Southern Australia, a mysterious town called Coober Pedy exists.
But, it is not the intense high temperatures and plain horizon that makes the town very special.
It isn’t about the distance as well.
What makes it extra special is the fact that it is built entirely beneath the ground.
Beneath the scorching red Australian plain stretches miles and miles of tunnels made by man. These are all equipped with features and ornamented with furnishings similar to those that are see in typical homes.
Apart from that, hotel rooms are available for rent for tourists, who want to explore and visit the place.
But, this is not just an ordinary town for tourists. As a matter of fact, lots of people have permanently settled here.
Because these homes are built half above and half below the ground, they are considered unique. Nonetheless, they offer the same comforts like those of any contemporary houses.
According to rumors, the town was established in 1915 when a father and a son came through the area to search for gold.
Instead of getting gold, they found opal. Since then, opal has become a popular stone in the international market.
Due to high temperatures, miners thought it would be easier to find shelter within mines, rather than above the ground. So, they started to dig.
Today, almost 1,500 homes, also called dugouts, exist in Coober Pedy.
This tiny town is the world’s major supplier of opal, although it is also famed for its odd dugouts. The town’s named was actually an Aboriginal term, which means, white man’s hole.
Apart from mines, homes, and hotels, a beautiful church is also found below the ground.
A bookstore was also built here for bookworms.
If you want to get yourself a piece of locally mined opal, you can also visit Coober Pedy’s jewelry store.
If you want a place to relax and hang out with your friends, you can enjoy a few drinks at the bar.