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Coober Pedy~Underground Camping #4 (is that Pumpkinhead?)

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Coober Pedy is a town in northern South Australia, 846 kilometres north of Adelaide on the Stuart Highway. According to the 2011 census, its population was 1,695 (953 males, 742 females, including 275 indigenous Australians). The town is sometimes referred to as the "opal capital of the world" because of the quantity of precious opals that are mined there. Coober Pedy is renowned for its below-ground residences, called "dugouts", which are built due to the scorching daytime heat.

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chookies

They do have a very small golf course there, Katerin2, but it's a red bull dust course - the only grass in sight is where they tee off!! Thanks for your interest in Cooby Pedy - also your interest, Pat.

Katerin2

I think the guys from Dirty Jobs did a show in Coober Pedy. It as was a long, long drive to get there and very hot. I forget what all they did there, but seem to recall them helping someone (a local priest?) build a small golf course. I never heard of these underground houses though or the underground camping, but sounds interesting.

chookies

Obviously it's quite cold down there by the way the person is dressed! Punkin, have a great camping trip and I'm sure we'll see many of your wonderful adventures on jigidi when you return. Have fun and stay safe.

pkin38

Looks like a great idea ... Have fun Suzy

pumpkinhead

Holy Snap!!! This looks like a great alternative to camping and having to put up tarps in case of rain. I am convinced!!! Our gear is all in the car for a trip tomorrow to New Hampshire. Perhaps we'll just book a flight to Coober Pedy and weather be damned! :) Thanks, Chooks. Will check back in on Friday !

chookies

I passed through Coober Pedy on my way back from the 'Alice', Shirley. I was on tour so we were allowed to walk through one of the underground homes. Fascinating. The long tunnels became passage-ways leading into bedrooms and other rooms and this particular house had all the mod cons that any other home would have - except air conditioning because the house was quite cool, in fact, a little too cool. The outside temperature was unbearably hot that day too. I found this town fascinating.

Gladstone

Makes a lot of sense to protect people from the heat. Never heard of this before.Thanks chookies.for something new again on Jigidi.

shirley68

No, I haven't chookies, I've only seen homes on the internet, chookies have you been in these underground house?

morris186

Very interesting, chooks!

chookies

Have you seen the underground Church, shirley, it really is beautiful.

shirley68

Thanks chookies, I didn't know they had underground camping, good idea, some of the underground homes a lovely.

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