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This Aussie Town Is Literally So Hot People Have Decided To Live Underground

And it's not because they're vampires.

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From the surface, Coober Pedy looks like any other outback Australian town.

I.e. red dirt, rusty signs, and a few low-rise buildings.
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I.e. red dirt, rusty signs, and a few low-rise buildings.

But in reality, it’s a very unique little place.

Located 800km north of Adelaide (aka in the middle of fucking nowhere), most of Coober Pedy's buildings – including houses, restaurants, and churches – are underground.
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Located 800km north of Adelaide (aka in the middle of fucking nowhere), most of Coober Pedy's buildings – including houses, restaurants, and churches – are underground.

Why? Because it's too hot to live on the surface.

The outback has sweltering temperatures during the day, which drop to freezing at night. It's the largest opal mining area in the world, which is why the town was founded in such an unlivable climate in the first place.
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The outback has sweltering temperatures during the day, which drop to freezing at night. It's the largest opal mining area in the world, which is why the town was founded in such an unlivable climate in the first place.

The "buildings" are built into the rocky hills, which act as a temperature stabiliser and are actually quite cool.

So the town just looks like it's straight from the set of a movie.

Just watch out for the mines.

(There are 250,000 entrances scattered around the town.)
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(There are 250,000 entrances scattered around the town.)

The accommodations are like nowhere else on Earth.

Same goes for the restaurants.

And the churches.

Though I wonder how long it'd take to feel claustrophobic.
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Though I wonder how long it'd take to feel claustrophobic.

Whether you're above ground or below, there are interesting things to see.

It really is quite a town.

Definitely one for the bucket list.