Coober Pedy: Talk about ‘moving in’.

Coober Pedy is a town in northern South Australia, 846 kilometres north of Adelaide. It is an opal mining town located in that harsh Outback with a population of about three thousand. And because of the quantity of precious opals that are mined there the town is sometimes referred to as the “opal capital of the world“.

But there’s something more interesting about this place. Temperatures here reach 50 degrees Celsius(120 degrees) and this has made the region popular for haven driven a good number of the population underground into bunker-like residences called dugouts. The original miners in the mining town thought of a solution to coping with heat there: they started to make the underground more comfortable. They began using old opal mines or digging out new spaces for housing. It picked up from there and now they’ve got underground everything. Motels too.
Check that out!

Cool! no need for airconditioning. Little wonder moles and worms are naked. All to better enjoy the natural coolness. Probably why the Ostrich sticks its head underground too. I think. Anyway.

This really looks like an option from all the land issues world over. I’m starting to consider this.

Oh, by the way, The name “Coober Pedy” stems from the local Aboriginal term kupa-piti, which means “white man’s hole”.
Which does sound alot like butthole, but I’m sure they don’t mean that.


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