And it’s not because they’re vampires.
From the surface, Coober Pedy looks like any other outback Australian town.
I.e. red dirt, rusty signs, and a few low-rise buildings.
But in reality, it’s a very unique little place.
Located 800km north of Adelaide (aka in the middle of fucking nowhere), most of Coober Pedy's buildings – including houses, restaurants, and churches – are underground.
Why? Because it’s too hot to live on the surface.
The outback has sweltering temperatures during the day, which drop to freezing at night. It's the largest opal mining area in the world, which is why the town was founded in such an unlivable climate in the first place.
The « buildings » are built into the rocky hills, which act as a temperature stabiliser and are actually quite cool.