Opalized snail shell from Coober Pedy, South Australia; one of the leading opal mines in the world. Also, read more on Coober Pedy. One of the hottest places in the world, yet residents live in honeycomb caves that stay nice and cool all day.
This Town in Australia Looks Totally Deserted. But Turns Out Their Residents Are Just Brilliant.
South Australia underground town, Coober Pedy, is also known as the world’s opal capital with global opals mined here. As for the town name, it is translated as “whitemans hole” from the Aboriginal term kupa-piti.
Coober Pedy - What makes it unique: This Australian city is completely underground and has been given the informal title of The Opal Capital of the world. Visit one of the many underground mines, just be careful not to tumble down any shafts!
The Breakaways near Coober Pedy - Several movies have had scenes filmed here – including one which uses the terrain as the planet Mars. According to the Wikipedia entry for The Breakaways, the average ground temperature can reach 65 degC degF) in summer.
Go beneath the surface and explore the hidden lives of three underground homes and gardens: the Kinver Edge cave homes, the Forestiere Underground Gardens, and the underground town of Coober Pedy, Australia.