While traveling from Alice Springs to Adelaide we spent a night in Coober Pedy, the opal capital of the world. The whole area was almost surreal. We had been driving for hours through some of the flattest country I’ve ever seen, with almost nothing breaking the monotony and then out of nowhere appeared this city.
Once you spend some time around the city you realize quite a bit of it is actually underground, which they promote proudly. Apparently the residences were built underground due to the searing daytime heat. Makes you wonder how tough you need to be to choose this place in the middle of nowhere as your home.
In the morning we toured a few mines, took some pictures, and headed on our way. Just as we were leaving town I spotted this sign warning of Danger! It was obviously put up to warn tourists, unless locals walk around backwards with cameras. I thought the camera figure with its leg dangling in midair headed for sudden doom struck such an interesting picture. Plus, really how often do you see signs warning against walking backwards. So all you camera wielding travelers be careful out there!