If you’re totally amazed at people living in the caves, then I’ll hesitate for some moments if I should tell you that there are some people in the world that live underground. But it’s true! In the remote South Australian desert where the temperatures reach 125 °F, there exists a town which is the world’s only underground town, with the population of under 2000. And the town is called Coober Pedy. It’s also the “opal capital of the world” and has been supplying most of the world’s gem-quality opal since it was founded in 1915. Now let’s meet their lives here.
An average cave home at 8 to 22 feet below ground level with modern amenities, several bedrooms, living area, kitchen, and bathroom can be excavated out of the rock for pretty much the same price as building a house above surface (minus the air conditioning bills). The homes have support pillars about 40 inches thick and natural air shafts for ventilation. However, there’s no sewage in underground Coober Bedy so kitchens and bathrooms are always situated above ground, essentially the front rooms of the house, where the dug-out entrance lies.
Coober Pedy began attracting curious tourists in the 1980s when the first hotel was built– underground, of course. Besides the interest of subterranean sleeping however, the town boasts a network of underground bars, shops, museums and churches to visit.
At night, you can head above ground for a game of nocturnal golf on Coober Bedy’s unusual grass-free desert golf course. After dark, players use glowing balls and a carry a small piece of “turf” around to use for teeing off.