Widely cited as the “opal capital of the world”, Coober Pedy is far more interesting to the adventurous traveler than a bunch of opal mines. Not the type of town that will ever need ordinance on skyscrapers, the heat has forced the nearly 2,000 residents to build their homes under the ground using a “dugout” style structure.
Underground homes are quite unique, but there’s another reason for us to include this off-the-beaten-path destination that sits on the Stuart Highway hundreds of miles between Adelaide and Alice Springs. It’s the golfing. Done at night with glowing balls because of temperatures that regularly top out over 100F in the summer, the Coober Pedy Opal Fields Golf Course is a grass-less course where each golfer carries around a piece of turf from which to tee off. Even if you’re not a golfer, such a unique place is worth trying at least once in a lifetime.