miércoles, abril 01, 2009

Coober Pedy, South Australia




fuente: http://www.crookedbrains.net



Coober Pedy is a town located in northern South Australia which houses a unique way of life. Many may think that living under the ground does not make much sense, but one needs to rethink once the summer temperatures of these deserts of South Australia are brought into the picture, many residents preferred to live in caves in the hillsides. The surface living needs air-conditioning, especially during the summer months, when temperatures often exceed 104 degrees Fahrenheit, but it can get quite cool in the winter. Miners first moved in around about 1916. For a similar price to a house on the surface a standard three-bedroom cave home with lounge, kitchen, & bathroom can be excavated out of the rock in the hillside.




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The Desert Cave Hotel allows you to experience dug-out style living, under the ground shops, bar & opal display areas. The visitors can stay under the ground, while above the ground rooms are also available. Sleeping under the ground can be a unique experience, its quiet, cool, dark & airy - the rooms are spacious with high ceiling
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Coober Pedy is a town in northern South Australia, 846 kilometres north of Adelaide on the Stuart Highway. At the 2006 census its population was 1,916 (1,084 males, 832 females, including 268 indigenous Australians). The town is known as the opal capital of the world because of the quantity of precious opals that are mined there. It is also famous for most of the residents living below ground, mostly in old mines refurbished, due to the scorching daytime heat. The name 'Coober Pedy' comes from the local Aboriginal term kupa-piti, which means 'boys' waterhole'.



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