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Coober Pedy, Australia: This small town in the middle of nowhere, Australia, is home to some of the strangest houses on Earth. A combination of climactic conditions and the existence of opal mining in the region have literally driven the residents underground. Everything from residences to churches are carved out of the ground as the above images show.

Coober Pedy, Australia: A combination of climactic conditions and the existence of opal mining in the region have literally driven the residents underground. Everything from residences to churches & hotels are carved out of the ground.

Underground Home (dugout) in Coober Pedy, South Australia

Underground home. Because of the incredible heat, people live underground at Coober Pedy in outback Australia.

Underground opal mines     Coober Pedy, http://www.bloggerme.com.au/states/great-australian-bight Australia

Underground in the South Australian opal mining town of Coober Pedy. Luxury hotels, private homes and tourist venues can be found underground in this hot, dry, Australian outback town.

Coober Pedy Underground Homes (Coober Pedy/ Australia)

If you were to stumble upon the town of Coober Pedy in the northern part of South Australia, you might think it was deserted.

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