Coober Pedy Church

Photo by Taki Lau

{An underground rock church in Coober Pedy, South Australia}

Coober Pedy is a remote town in South Australia where many of the residents live in “dugouts” or underground homes carved out of the rocky earth. The practice was apparently started by WWI veterans who decided to mimic the concept of the trenches in France in order to beat the scorching desert heat.

The town is also known as the opal capital of the world since the majority of the world’s supply originates there. A few lucky residents even have amazing rags-to-riches stories, having discovered opals as they were digging out their homes.