The Underground Opal Town Of Coober Pedy

In the indigenous tongue of the resident's of Australia's Coober Pedy, the town name means "white man's hole." The reason behind this name dates back to 1915, when European men began mining in Coober Pedy and found huge amounts of opal. White men have been digging holes to find the precious stone ever since. Today, more than 70% of the world's precious opal comes from this town. The population of the town is made up of more than 45 nationalities, making it one of the most diverse communities in Australia. However, the conditions here are extreme, which is why its residents live underground in "dugouts."

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. In the indigenous tongue of the resident’s of Australia’s Coober Pedy, the town name means “white man’s hole.” 00:32

  2. Coober Pedy is an underground Australian mining town that sits more than 300 miles (482.8 km) from civilization. 01:24

  3. Some Coober Pedy residents believe that if you stay in the town for more than 10 days, you'll never leave. 03:00

Written by Curiosity Staff January 20, 2016