Coober Pedy is a town in northern South Australia, located at 846 km (526 mi) north of Adelaide on the Stuart Highway. The town experiences experiences freezing nights in winter and scorching days in summer forcing its residents to live in caves dug out of the hillsides.
Temperatures soar to between 35 and 45 degrees in the shade in summer sending more than half of its population of 4000 underground where temperatures remain constant.
Like a hidden city you can find underground hotels, restaurants, bars, churches and even the world’s only golf course without a blade of grass.
Underground cafe and restaurant
The entire town is built around mining
Simple interiors for underground living
The town is served by daily coach services from Adelaide. The Ghan train serves the town through the Manguri Siding, 42 kilometres (26 mi) from Coober Pedy, which is served by trains twice weekly in each direction. Passengers on The Ghan are not usually allowed to disembark at Manguri unless they have prearranged transport, due to the siding’s isolation and the extremely cold temperatures at night
Crocodile Harry’s where everyone leaves their bra
According to the 2011 census, its population was 1,695 (953 males, 742 females, including 275 indigenous Australians)
Bedrooms with an Aussie touch.
A typical underground dugout.
It’s a unique sight and one that many travellers in Australia should see once in their life.
Just a typical day at home underground