Australia is best known for its beaches, its exotic and bordering on dangerous wildlife, and its vast and remote outback. The extreme freezing and scorching temperatures of the outback make it difficult to sustain communities, but there is one town situated smack-dab in the outback’s hostile environment – Coober Pedy.
What made the Australians build a town in the middle of nowhere?
Well, Coober Pedy might be crazy far from civilization, but it is one of the best and largest opal mines of the world, which is enough reason for its residents to put up with the extreme temperatures and unique living conditions.
Unique living conditions, you say?
This looks like something straight out of Mad Max:Fury Road.
Because the temperatures in the outback reach extreme highs during the day and drop to insane levels during the night, residents can’t really live above ground. As a solution to this problem, residents decided to build their homes into the sides of the surrounding rocky hills.
The temperature underground and in the hills are conducive enough to make living in the town a little more comfortable.
If you think the residents have to make do with makeshift houses in mountains and underground, then you’re severely mistaken.
The residents of Coober Pedy are not modern-age cavemen; in fact, the living quarters are so pretty and cozy you won’t even realize you’re a few feet under the ground!
The rustic appearance of the rock walls provide a cozy ambiance to the structures.
However, being a mining town, there are tons of warning signs scattered around, reminding visitors and residents alike to be mindful of their surroundings.
Because you wouldn’t want to fall down a mine shaft, right?
So if ever you feel the need to be adventurous and you’re around the Adelaide area, then perhaps take a detour to Coober Pedy.
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