Time Underground at Coober Pedy, South Australia

@JudyEv (156228)
Bunbury, Australia
November 24, 2016 12:08am CST
One of the places I was keen to visit on our recent trip to South Australia and the Northern Territory was Coober Pedy. This is an opal-mining town but is also now highly geared to cater for tourists. I'll do a second post on the externals of the area but this one is all about the underground accommodation. Not everyone lives underground but the majority of people do. Coober Pedy reaches incredibly high temperatures in the summer but underground it is always very temperate. Although it was expensive we had one night in a hotel just to experience being underground. I wondered how we'd go waking up as it is just as dark at 8am as it is at midnight. But I needn't have worried. The hotel room was very lovely with a lovely sculpture in the reception area and occasional tables fashioned from zebra stone. We did a tour of a private house, most of which had been hewn from the stone by one woman. I loved the fact that if you wanted a shelf or a cupboard you just dug one out with a pick and shovel. Unfortunately I can't remember the name of the darker rock which featured on one wall. We also visited the Catholic and Greek Orthodox churches, both of which are underground. We found the whole area quite fascinating.
I created this video with the YouTube Slideshow Creator (http://www.youtube.com/upload)
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@LadyDuck (207980)
• Switzerland
24 Nov 16
Judy, this is surely a beautiful place, but I even had to stop the slideshow. Watching underground rooms makes me sick. I really cannot fight my claustrophobia.
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@JudyEv (156228)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Nov 16
I am sorry the slideshow made you feel sick. I thought there would be some who wouldn't be able to bear the thought of it. The next post about Coober Pedy will be all above ground.
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@LadyDuck (207980)
• Switzerland
25 Nov 16
@JudyEv My claustrophobia seems to get worse year after year. I almost feel sick to go down into our basement.
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@JudyEv (156228)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Nov 16
@LadyDuck I am sorry your claustrophobia is getting worse. Are you able to go in lifts or through tunnels? Our DIL has trouble with these things. I don't think she would like to go underground either.
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@allknowing (78686)
• India
25 Nov 16
Where does one get their oxygen from? The walls are not touched I see.
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@JudyEv (156228)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Nov 16
Houses have numberous air-vents to the outside - at least one in every room. The hotel had bigger air vents and possibly they pump fresh air through. I'm not sure.
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@Jessicalynnt (47868)
• Centralia, Missouri
28 Nov 16
I totally wanna see there someday!
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@JudyEv (156228)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Nov 16
Start saving your pennies! :)
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• Centralia, Missouri
30 Nov 16
@JudyEv need lots and lots of pennies lol
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@just4him (144599)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
27 Nov 16
That was indeed a fascinating trip and a look at underground accommodations. Wonderful slideshow.
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@JudyEv (156228)
• Bunbury, Australia
27 Nov 16
Thank. I'm glad you enjoyed it. It was a very intriguing place.
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@just4him (144599)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
28 Nov 16
@JudyEv I'm sure it was. I love watching HGTV House Hunters and there was a couple that was looking for an underground home in Coober Pedy. So when I saw your post I was really excited. It sounds like an interesting way to live.
@SophieY (898)
• South Africa
27 Nov 16
I would feel very closed in without any windows
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@JudyEv (156228)
• Bunbury, Australia
27 Nov 16
I know some people would find it very hard to sleep underground.
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@SophieY (898)
• South Africa
28 Nov 16
@JudyEv I don't think I would be able to do it
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@shshiju (10465)
• Cochin, India
24 Nov 16
Very interesting and fascinating place. Thanks for the update of such a beautiful place. It's little cosy but worth it
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@JudyEv (156228)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Nov 16
Years ago, in some places people would expand a room and dig through into someone else's bedroom or lounge.
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@shshiju (10465)
• Cochin, India
25 Nov 16
@JudyEv O Lol. Interesting digging of civilizations.
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• United States
30 Nov 16
What an exciting adventure to be able to spend a night underground. Amazing!
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@JudyEv (156228)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Dec 16
I really loved it although I was a bit worried about how we'd know when to wake up!
@blitzfrick (2908)
• United States
29 Nov 16
Thank you for sharing this. Is this area still producing opals?
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@JudyEv (156228)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Nov 16
Yes, there is still a lot of opal mining going on in the area.
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@Tampa_girl7 (28599)
• United States
27 Nov 16
It sounds like a really cool place to visit.
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@JudyEv (156228)
• Bunbury, Australia
27 Nov 16
It was pretty fascinating being underground.
@silvermist (20071)
• India
25 Nov 16
@The underground accomodation is fascinating.A wonder really.Thanks for the slideshow too.
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@JudyEv (156228)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Nov 16
It was just like a fancy hotel. Not sure what I expected. I loved the stone walls. These were sealed with something but in the house we went through they'd left the walls natural.
• Philippines
24 Nov 16
WOWW! underground rooms! i love the stoned wall or rock wall. is it warmer in there? hehe i'd like to experience that underground accommodation someday!!
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@JudyEv (156228)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Nov 16
The temperature stays at a very reasonable level whatever the time of day or season.
@jobelbojel (11090)
• Philippines
24 Nov 16
The place is lovely. I wish I can visit someday. If I earn million here. Hehehe. I want to experience the hotel and the tourist destinations.
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@JudyEv (156228)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Nov 16
We have some lovely destinations. I hope you're able to visit one day.
@teamfreak16 (43212)
• Denver, Colorado
24 Nov 16
I don't know if I could handle living underground. Nice photos.
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@JudyEv (156228)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Nov 16
It wouldn't suit everyone. The strange thing is getting up at 7 or 8 and it's pitch black - well, not really 'cause there is always pinpricks of light from logged-in phones etc. It was lovely and cool to go from the heat outside into these underground places.
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@glenniah (1201)
• Mandurah, Australia
24 Nov 16
Sounds amazing Judy. I must put that on my list.
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@JudyEv (156228)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Nov 16
It's not quite the outback shanty town we expected. The staff in the hotels are all in uniform and the hotels itself was very flash with everything you'd expect in a 4 star - including the price! But we got the 'late booking in rate' or whatever which helped. We could have had a seniors discount if we had booked too early for the other.
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@Kandae11 (40212)
24 Nov 16
That looks real cosy, but I am claustrophobic, unfortunately.
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@JudyEv (156228)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Nov 16
I thought that at the time, that it wouldn't suit anyone who was claustrophobic.
@Ronrybs (8635)
• London, England
24 Nov 16
It looks like a room from any hotel around the world, not tooo surprising! I am all for being cool when trying to get to sleep!
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@JudyEv (156228)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Nov 16
That's right. It wasn't any different apart from having no windows and lovely stone walls. The temperature varies about 2 degrees right through the year.
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@Madshadi (9012)
• Brussels, Belgium
24 Nov 16
Does that go floors down? Or is it only one underground floor? I could imagine myself spending one day there but not to live there. I also wonder why dont they use air conditioners instead. I've been to plenty of hot countries where people were used AC to combat heat and it worked.
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@JudyEv (156228)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Nov 16
I was just the one underground floor. Living underground is much the cheapest way to stay cool out there as they are in the middle of Australia. There is a power station there now but I don't imagine power would be cheap.
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@Inlemay (17252)
• South Africa
24 Nov 16
Now that is an interesting place to visit - not sure if I want to dig from my draw after a long journey - ha ha ha Almost like Hobbit houses
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@JudyEv (156228)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Nov 16
I was quite intrigued with them. I loved the thought of just digging out another room or a nook here and a shelf there.
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@TRBRocks420 (94420)
• Banks, Oregon
24 Nov 16
Wow very interesting, that must have been quite the adventure.
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@JudyEv (156228)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Nov 16
I was really pleased we stayed a night underground and I found the house and churches fascinating too.
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@Happy2BeMe (87099)
• Canada
24 Nov 16
Wow how cool is that. What a fascinating place! I loved the video. It is beautiful and something definitely worth visiting!