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Published June 10th 2019
Life beneath the hot dry red sand
When visiting Coober Pedy why not experience something you might never have the opportunity to try elsewhere? Approximately 850kms north of Adelaide. Underground Accommodation in 2019 is spacious, comfortable, modern and attractive! Nothing much like hiding in a cave. At the following underground hotels, motels and even backpacker hostels, you will be a valued and respected guest with all the luxury, services and comforts we have come to expect in the best accommodation. For those who come fully equipped for independence, or looking for something a bit different, there is even underground camping available!
Four Star Accommodation at the Desert Cave Hotel. The Desert Cave is centrally located, in Hutchinson Street, Coober Pedy. Of the total 50 rooms, 19 are underground. The Desert Cave has the Opal World shop which offers a 10% discount for hotel guests. Enjoy the award-winning display on the history of mining, opals and life in Outback Australia. Then take a totally contemporary break at the Crystal Cave café, or while away the evening in the underground bar and gaming room. The Desert Cave Hotel can be contacted on 08 86725688 or fax 08 86725198.
image courtesy of Desert Cave Hotel
The Comfort Inn, Crowders Gully Road, was once a working mine. Mined for approximately 50 years from the early 1900s, this former opal mine was transformed in the 1990s. Rooms are underground with queen-size beds and ensuite bathrooms. The Comfort Inn also has an opal and gift shop, The Opal Room, and a display of opalised fossil seashells! Very interesting, and lovely to look at. You will also be able to look at old mining tunnels and opal seams. There is also local Aboriginal art. Relax with a cuppa and treats in the Underground Soft Rock Café. You can contact the Comfort Inn, Coober Pedy on 08 8672 5777 or fax 08 8672 5877.
image courtesy of Comfort Inn, Coober Pedy.
At The Underground Motel, Catacomb Road, enjoy views of the desert and the Breakaways. Choose from comfy rooms or suites. The Underground Motel is a WiFi Hotspot for your convenience. Parking for trailers and campervans is available. Contact The Underground Motel on 08 8672 5324 or fax 08 8672 5911.
Lookout Cave Motel, Hospital Hill Road, Coober Pedy, located in a peaceful location with one of the best views across Coober Pedy and surroundings. Motel units are underground. Contact The Lookout Cave Motel on 08 8672 5118 or fax 08 8672 5228.
The Desert View Motel, Shaw Place, Coober Pedy, offers a choice of underground apartments and cheaper motel rooms. There is a swimming pool and a barbeque area. There also a guest laundry. Contact the Desert View Motel on 08 8672 3330 or fax 08 8672 3331.
Radeka's Dugout Motel & Backpackers Accommodation, 1 Oliver Street, was transformed in the mid-1980s from a once operating opal mine. Radeka's Dugout Motel offers a range of motel rooms both above and below ground, budget rooms and dormitories. The backpacker's dorms have alcoves with bunks, within a large dugout. Radeka's has a cosy travellers' bar near the reception. Contact Radeka's on 08 8672 5223 or fax 08 8672 5821.
Riba's Underground Camping is a unique tourism experience. Located a few minutes from Coober Pedy, Riba's offers a camping ground including underground tent camping, a shaded drive-through caravan park and underground single and double rooms. There are laundry and kitchen facilities with free use of the BBQs, free hot showers, as well as an underground TV room with free Wi-Fi Take part in the on-site evening opal mine tour.