Coober Pedy Underground Desert Cave

Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy is a town located in South Australia which houses a unique way of life. This town is the premiere destination for tourists looking to mine opal, and also the home of quite a few families. You may be thinking that living underground like this makes no sense, but the harsh summer temperatures in the deserts of South Australia can often times be too much. These underground caves sustain a consistent cool temperature, making it the perfect place to live in a not-so-perfect town.

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Coober Pedy Church

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Coober Pedy Homes

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Coober Pedy Demo Home

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Coober Pedy Hotel

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Aboveground Spaceship

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28 Responses to “Coober Pedy Underground Desert Cave”
  1. Flowerbob says:


  2. We should all live under the ground. Steady temp, uses little raw materials and quiet.

  3. Blogging for money says:

    This warrants a serious WTF?

  4. princessa says:

    Wow… amazing. I have seen something similar in Spain in Almeria where the heat is also very strong.
    Great photos!

  5. Bob says:

    The spaceship is there for the sole reason that it was used in the movie “Pitch Black” which was filmed in and in the surroundings of Coober Pedy some years ago.

  6. Heiko says:

    I’m just asking me if they have any bugs down there? but still awesome I would live there ;)

  7. Two questions.

    Clearing the air when uncle Joe farts?

    oops, thats three.


  8. Publius Jackson says:

    Actually, wealthy Romans in North Africa used to live in caves such as this. Having an extensive cave home was a sign of wealth and status. It is a smart way to live in certain conditions. There is nothing wrong with minimalism and working with nature to minimize consumption and waste, really.

  9. Len says:

    Given the conditions above ground, it makes good sense to make use of the ( it most cases) tunnels that have been cut into the rock. I feel sure that the problem of ventilation has been sorted out. with forced air ducting.

  10. Michael Angel says:

    What no pictures or the Internationally Recognised Golf Course?

  11. Akeley says:

    so uh.. is all of their food imported or do they have some massive hydroponics plants down there?

  12. nebrit says:

    Solar Panels for heat and electricity?

  13. Max says:

    wowwww…that is awesome…totally cool……..amazing what can be done underneath this bazing surfaces,,,,,,,
    i bet cyclones can’t reach them…….and earthquakes…..????/
    anyways that is totallly btreathtaking…..i will try my best to set foot in those places.

  14. Acrobat says:

    Well Coober Peedy is pretty hot too, it is in the middle of the desert, so it is best to be underground.

  15. Will says:

    I have been there and stayed underground. Its quite nice. To Akeley’s question, im guessing the food comes from Adelaide. There are supermarkets there… maybe one. not sure. Been ages since i was there.

  16. OutbackFan says:

    Great photos of the underground homes! Coober Pedy is an unique place.

    And yes, there are supermarkets, and there is life above ground :)

  17. dsiadhf says:

    @ we design company….
    not everyone can live underground…where i live, it can flood. and it would kinda suck if it was doing so while i was already beneath the water level.

  18. Alana says:

    It rarely Rains in Coober Pedy.

    It’s in the Desert. We are having a drought!

  19. brenda says:

    do you know if there is a company in america that builds undergroud homes like in california or arizona?

  20. June Trenwyth: Morgan says:

    Hi, looks nice is there a community out there and are any for sale?

  21. ladina says:

    This is super cool, when I graduat high school I would love to come and stay in the hotel, lol. This is just unbelivable!

  22. Clay says:

    What’s the averge temp in the underground homes?

  23. SomeDude says:

    The temperature in underground areas is usually the same as the annual average. The annual average takes effect at about 20+ feet below the surface. Above that there is still seasonal fluctuation, but the heat/cold travels quite slowly through the ground. Thus the variations may be 1 month, ot 6 out of sync with the seasons.

    In most places where it is very hot in the summer, the annual average is quite comfortable.

    To find the average temperature for your area, use go into the ‘history data’. Enter your area and there are charts you can set to weekly, monthly or custom.

  24. alex vazquez says:

    is a great alternative to the original construction

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