Coober Pedy Underground

Get under the surface

Experience the bizarre world of underground living in the outback opal town of Coober Pedy. Local residents escape the searing, summer heat by building their homes beneath the rich, desert soils.

Desert Cave Hotel, Coober Pedy, South Australia

A culturally diverse town of several thousand people, Coober Pedy has many surprises for visitors, including underground museums, art galleries, churches, shops and even hotels where travellers can try underground life first-hand.

Like the moon's surface

Visitors comment that the area around Coober Pedy looks like the moon's surface. This is due to the cracked, desert soil and thousands of holes that dot the landscape, dug by generations of miners. Tours of the local mines are offered, including the chance to fossick for your own opal treasures. The local characters are renowned for their unusual tales and welcoming hospitality.

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Here’s how you can go underground in Coober Pedy. Discover a world beneath the surface.

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