Known as the Opal Capital of the World for the massive amount of lovely opals it digs out of the earth, Coober Pedy is also interesting because its residents actually live underground to avoid the harsh conditions of south Australia’s every day life (crikey!). The interesting name (so the story goes) is a derivative of the Aboriginal term kupa-piti, which means “white man’s hole”.
While it is unique for its underground digs (get it?), Coober Pedy is not just another pretty face in the underground quest for awesome opals; it stands among some of the most famous opal deposits in the world. Take, for example this 318.4 carat Dark Jubilee Opal found in Coober Pedy. Other Aussi heavyweights include: Andamooka; Lightning Ridge; Mintabie; and White Cliffs.