Living Under the Ground at Coober Pedy, South Australia

Living Under the Ground at Coober Pedy, South Australia

Living Under the Ground at Coober Pedy, South Australia

Coober Pedy called the “Opal Capital of the World” is in South Australia. Coober Pedy comes from the Aboriginal word “Kupa” which means uninitiated man or white man and “Piti” which means hole was discovered in 1913 by then 14-year-old Willie Hutchison. The first Opal was reportedly found in Coober Pedy on the first of February 1915 and subsequently then has been supplying the world with most of the gem-quality opal. Today, there were seventy fields covering 5, 000 square kilometres and produces most of the world’s opals.

Now, what really is interesting in Coober Pedy to adventure-seeking tourists? This is because almost everything is happening underground in the world’s opal capital. Intriguing? Yes!

There are 3,500 relaxed and friendly residents in Coober Pedy from over 45 different countries literally living underground to avoid the intense heat of the Australian Outback. Most of the people work in the opal fields nonetheless their idiosyncratic underground community complete with a church, hotels, and grassless golf course has made the tourism industry the second largest industry.

This is the place to “noodle” -or fossick- for opals, then meet people from around the world in their dugout homes and visit an underground art gallery. Don a hard hat and discover Coober Pedy’s history in an abandoned mine that is now a museum or re-experience the days of pick-and-shovel mining in the maze-like pathways, where strata of opal are still in the walls.

When venturing above ground, tour the area’s awesome apocalyptic landscapes like the Painted Desert, Moon Plain, the Breakaways and see part of the Dog Fence, measuring more than 5,000 kilometres once built to protect farm animals from dingo’s- Australia’s wild dog.

So, explore the boundless Outback and Flinders Range in South Australia. It will never fail to amaze you!