In the middle of the Australian outback, in one of the more inhospitable regions, sits the unassuming mining town of Coober Pedy. Originally founded by a couple white guys who found opal instead of gold, the small town has made a name for itself as the opal capital of the world.

On the surface, the town looks a lot like any other mining town you’d come across. However, the searing hot summer temperatures reach above 120 degrees! Needing a solution and being a mining town, the residents decided to build the majority of their town underground. Like modern day dwarves, these Aussies have an eclectic yet fulfilled living for themselves in one of the hottest places on Earth.