If you were looking for a holiday that could leave you speechless, come discover this world where magnificent but breathtakingly beautiful mountain ranges will engulf you in awe for this aboriginal land of wonder. It stands high as the pride of South Australia, and promises to unfold the very many experiences that await you on this magical journey. Do you fancy living in an underground world? Well, the thought made me a little claustrophobic but not after I read about Coober Pedy. Coober Pedy, the opal capital of the world is a wonderland in itself. As much as the extreme temperatures, and mining activities make Coober Pedy what it is, there’s something irresistible under covers. The lovely homes that the locals have made for themselves, deep down, are weirdly beautiful. The rugged feel, and the undertone hues of the earth, and the warmth of a home, you won’t be able to resist! And why fight your yearnings, book an air ticket to the Outback of Australia and put to peace your travel pangs.
The Land Of Opal
Known as the Opal capital of the world, Coober Pedy has opal in abundance, and facts state that the residents have discovered a lot of opal while digging to make a home for themselves deep down, safe in the lap of the earth.
The Underground Church of Coober Pedy
There are 2 underground churches in Coober Peddy. They are a beautiful sight, and the experience is overwhelming when you kneel in prayer, deep down in the earth. The interiors of the church will make your jaws drop in awe, they're a sculpted beauty.
The Local Bar In the Depths of The Earth
This local bar just few feet underneath, will take care of your thirsty soul. What more can you ask for? Experience a new high, and delve deep in the world of trance.
Safe And Warm, A Home Underground!
There are 1500 underground family sized homes in Coober Pedy. They chose to build a dream home for themselves when they could crib about the problems. And mind you, these are not just homes that serve the purpose of survival, but promote the art of living life to the fullest. These spacious, self designed, dream homes are one of the great wonders of engineering.
Note- These homes are called as dugouts and these dream homes have entrances above ground. They have cement floors and support pillars of about 40 inches thick. They also have natural air shafts for ventilation.
Featured On The Big Screen
Coober Pedy has been a backdrop of big budget films like ‘Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome’, and ‘The adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’
Author : Leeba Thomas