Australians Have Built An Underground City To Escape The Extreme Heat

May 24, 2015

Coober Pedy, a town in South Australia, is located in an extremely inhospitable environment. The average temperature in the summer at Coober Pedy is 95ºF and reaches highs up to 122ºF.

Their solution? Build everything underground.

Coober Pedy underground city
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Most homes, businesses, and community buildings in Coober Pedy are "dugouts" - cave like structures burrowed into the sides of hills.

Coober Pedy underground city
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Saint Peter and Paul's Catholic church is the oldest of three churches.

Coober Pedy underground city
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There's motels and hostels.

Coober Pedy underground city
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A strip mall.

Coober Pedy underground city
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Playing golf in Coober Pedy is a unique experience. Because of the harsh daytime temperatures, golfers play mostly at night, using glow in the dark golf balls. They also carry their own patches of turf with them for tee off, since there's little to no grass.

And you always have to watch your step!

Coober Pedy underground city
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Coober Pedy underground city
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There's bars and restaurants too!

Coober Pedy underground city
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Coober Pedy underground city
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Coober Pedy underground city
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Coober Pedy underground city
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Coober Pedy underground city
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Coober Pedy underground city
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Coober Pedy underground city
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Coober Pedy underground city
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Coober Pedy underground city
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Coober Pedy today relies as much on tourism as the opal mining industry to provide the community with employment and sustainability. The town has over 70 opal fields and is the largest opal mining area in the world.

Coober Pedy underground city
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Coober Pedy underground city
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