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Coober Pedy, Australia: This small town in the middle of nowhere, Australia, is home to some of the strangest houses on Earth. A combination of climactic conditions and the existence of opal mining in the region have literally driven the residents underground. Everything from residences to churches are carved out of the ground as the above images show.

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Coober Pedy, Central Australia ~ Underground House. These homes feature largely in this mining area as they maintain a very even temperature year round otherwise the heat would be intolerable.

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Radeka Backpackers Inn Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy is an Underground City in South Australia mainly inhabited by workers at the nearby opal fields, which are the largest in the world. The residences are underground to escape the scorching heat. A few years ago, a man fixing the stairway to his home found over 100,000 dollars worth of opal.

Kapadokya, Turkey is home to hundreds of linked rooms that, together, form an ancient system of underground cities over 2,500 years old.

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9 Weirdest Towns In The World

A bustling underground town is also the opal capital of the world Coober Pedy (the name comes from the local Aboriginal term kupa-piti, which means "white man's hole") is located in the Australian outback about 846 kilometers north of Adelaide. The town was established in 1915 following the discovery of opal.

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15 Things You Can Do In Australia That You Can't Do Anywhere Else

15 things you can only do in Australia. Visit the opal capital of the world (which also happens to be an underground town).

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Australia Wine Map

Australia Map - this is incomplete... it's a good wine map for those wanting to visit the more ' tourist wineries' down South though.

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The 12 Most Unique Cities In The World

Coober Pedy | What makes it unique: This Australian city is completely underground and has been given the informal title of The Opal Capital of the world. Visit one of the many underground mines, just be careful not to tumble down any shafts!

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The naturally pink Lake Hillier, Middle Island, Western Australia.

Derinkuyu Underground City, Cappadocia region 18 miles from Nevsehir,Turkey. It is one of over 200 underground cities discovered in the region, but it is notable for being the biggest and the deepest. With 11 floors & depth of 85m, this ancient city can accommodate anywhere between 3k - 50k people. First excavated during the Hittite times,it was expanded over the centuries, connecting with other underground cities via tunnels. It was a hiding place from marauding armies seeking loot and…