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Monday, October 11, 2010

Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy, "Opal Capital of the World, Located in Northern South Australia.
Opal was first found in Coober Pedy on the 1st of Feb. 1915 and since that time has been supplying the world with the majority of the gem quality opal but that isn't the only interesting thing about Coober Pedy. It is probably best known for its unique style of underground living due to the fact that it is very hot there year round.
By living underground they maintain a cool environment with hardly no expense, however the view on top leaves a lot to be desired

Even some of their churches are underground 
There are underground museums, potteries, opal shops, an art gallery and of course, opal mines to explore and for you golfers.....fear not. The local golf course-mostly played at night with glowing balls to avoid daytime temperature is completely free of grass and golfers take a small piece of  "turf" around to use for teeing off.
Put it on your bucket list:)


Nancy said...

It sounds like a fascinating place.

Chatty Crone said...

Now that seems incredible - have you ever gone there? I love opals. sandie

Lady Di Tn said...

Beauty underground but I sure would miss my windows.(besides I do not like closed in spaces) Outside looks like what I think Mars would look. I was once told that opals are a living stone and to keep them from cracking, you should use a Q tip with a little baby oil to feed the stones. Just a long ago conversation that your post tumble back into my mind. Peace