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Is this the best sleep in the world?

Imagine a place with absolutely no sound or light. There’s no heat and no humidity. It feels perfectly calm, as if time doesn’t exist and the space around you is directionless.

You’re tucked up in a comfortable bed and you drift off to sleep, with nothing at all to disturb you until your mind and body decide they’re ready to reawaken. This is the experience in one small, South Australian town – Coober Pedy – where houses and hotels are buried into hill faces and extend deep underground.

Approaching these dwellings from the outside, you can’t tell how big or small, grand or simple they’ll be once inside. Some expand out into virtual mansions; multi-stories of carved rock rooms, far below Coober Pedy’s sandy external surface. As you enter the first rooms, you sense the coolness and quiet immediately. The natural light fades and you feel, almost literally, at one with the earth. It’s no surprise then that many visitors end up having a couple of fantastic sleep-ins!

“I’ve had a few guests who emerge for breakfast looking quite shocked by how long they’ve slept!” laughs Robert Coro, the owner of Desert Cave Hotel.

“You certainly want to set an alarm if you’ve got a sunrise tour of the Breakaways or an early morning start on the Outback Mail Run. “If you haven’t been to Coober Pedy, you can’t imagine what real life underground is like – we have not just houses and hotels but restaurants, bars, shops, museums and even churches.

“Coober Pedy is the one place where you can stand at the lookout, located right above all of these buildings, and still not see most of the town!

“What started as a clever way to keep opal miners cool and comfortable at night has turned into a pretty bizarre and unique lifestyle.”

For more information on visiting Coober Pedy, call us on 08 86725688.