HOT, HOT, HOT!
DON’T, WHATEVER YOU DO, ASK FOR A ROOM
WITH A VIEW at the Coober Pedy Experience motel. A former opal mine, its rooms are underground, carved out of sandstone. Like most of this desert town in South Australia, accommodation is subterranean in order to escape the brutal temperatures, which can reach 50°C.
The town was built upon the opal industry, which took off following the discovery of a gem in 1915, and its moon-like landscape has been the backdrop for films including Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, Pitch Black and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. There are now around 1,700 permanent residents.
One of those is Merv Richards. “Nowhere in the world is there a place where you can eat, drink, and sleep underground like in Coober Pedy,” he says. “Most homes don’t have windows, so they're soundproof. You can have the Rolling Stones come and play, and your neighbours wouldn't complain. ”
Good idea, Merv. Perhaps the Stones could drop in on their next world tour?