Most people have heard of Coober Pedy, its opals and its famous 'dugout' homes!
Located on the Stuart Highway in northern South Australia, some 846km from Adelaide, Coober Pedy is known as the opal capital of the world. It has more than 70 opal fields and is the largest opal mining area in the world.
Today the town relies as much on tourism as the opal mining industry, providing its community with employment and sustainability.
It's Coober Pedy's harsh summer temperatures that lead to the building of its many dugouts, which remain at a constant temperature without the need for air-conditioning.
Coober Pedy has evolved into one of Australia's most unique towns, largely to its cosmopolitan population of 3,500, comprising more than 45 different nationalities.