Coober Pedy, Australia.
Coober Pedy is a town in northern South Australia, The town is sometimes referred to as the “opal capital of the world” because of the quantity of precious opals that are mined there. The name “Coober Pedy” comes from the local Aboriginal term kupa-piti, which means “white man’s hole”.
Half the population lives in underground dugouts to escape high temperatures in summer. You can find underground hotels, restaurants, bars, and even an underground church.
Town tours feature underground homes and opal mines, an art gallery and pottery. There’s also a host of awesome natural landscapes, including the Painted Desert, the Moon Plain and the Breakaways. These great desert locations have attracted film makers from around world, for movies including ‘Fire in the Stone’, ‘Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome’, ‘Ground Zero’, ‘Pitch Black’ and ‘Red Planet’, among others.