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a coober pety underground 41 Coober Pedy underground cave homes (16 photos)The small town of Coober Pedy in South Australia is home to 1,916 people -many of which live underground in caves. An opal mining town since the 1920’s, people have been seeking refuge from the hot sun by literally going underground. Mining is still going on here, but many older mine shafts have been enlarged and hollowed out to create homes where people live, permanently, underground.

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coober pety underground 2 Coober Pedy underground cave homes (16 photos)Standard “homes” have a bedroom, lounge, kitchen and a bathroom, just like homes on the surface above. Prices are also comparable to above-ground homes in the town.

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coober pety underground 11 Coober Pedy underground cave homes (16 photos)While it can get up to 110 degrees Fahrenheit above land, it remains cool with only 20% humidity below in the caves.

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coober pety underground 12 Coober Pedy underground cave homes (16 photos)The first tree ever seen in the town was welded together from scrap iron. It still sits on a hilltop overlooking the town.

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coober pety underground 13 Coober Pedy underground cave homes (16 photos)There’s even an underground hotel for tourists, cleverly named the Desert Cave Hotel.

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coober pety underground 8 Coober Pedy underground cave homes (16 photos)The name Coober Pedy translated to the Australian Aboriginal language (kupa piti), as a “hole white man” or “boys waterhole” or “white people under the ground”.

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coober pety underground 15 Coober Pedy underground cave homes (16 photos)The local golf course – mostly played at night with glowing balls, to avoid daytime temperatures – is completely free of grass and golfers take a small piece of “turf” around to use for teeing off.

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  • robin yates

    what a brilliant way of living somewhere scorching hot but cool houses for free

  • Anonymous

    cave dwellers

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    You would not believe how long ive been looking for something like this. Went through 5 pages of Google results without finding anything. First page of bing. There you are!…. Gotta start using that more often

  • Demo

    How cool is it inside there?

  • cheezebits

    Seems like old new york from Futurama.

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  • June Erica

    I lived in Coober pedy over 40 years ago and loved it. I wish I had never left. Even after all this time, the place where you leave your heart will always be your home. Maybe one day I will return.The people there were among the nicest you could ever meet. Most of all Anna, at the opal hotel.
    Erica.

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