– For somebody driving
into town the first time, you wouldn’t think there was a lot here because 95% of it is hiding underground. People drive in and go,
“Where is the place? “I don’t understand.” (didgeridoo music) Coober Pedy is from the
Aboriginal kupa-piti, which means white man in a hole. At the moment upstairs it is about 122 degrees Fahrenheit. Down here we’re sitting
on about 71, 72 degrees. No air conditioner necessary. We’re right out in the middle of nowhere. It takes a day to drive
here from Adelaide. I’d say there’s about
1,000 underground dwellings and at least 1,500 people
living underground. (whistling) We’ve got five underground churches. We’ve got underground motels. There’s some amazing
underground homes here, many bedrooms, underground
workshop, you name it underground we’ve pretty well got it. I bought my dugout as a fairly small two bedroom dugout and
I’ve been extending it over the years. Some of this I blasted out
when I could get away with it. The cops don’t like us blasting in town. We don’t do it anymore. Back in the old days, if
somebody was gonna have a baby, we’d rock around there with
a couple of compressors on the weekend and some
jackhammers, and a couple of cartons of beer, and by the Sunday
night, we’d dug out a room, cemented the floor, and mired it up, and, um, there’s your new baby’s room, honey. Even though we’re so
far away geographically from anywhere else, I don’t know why, but we just love the place to bits.