7 Underground Hotels & Motels In Australia - Updated 2024

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The adventure begins right from your hotel room in the Land Down Under! It’s no secret that Australia is a haven for nature lovers and thrill-seekers. Home to the Great Barrier Reef and several rare species and the most jaw-dropping land and seascapes, it’s no wonder why more and more people are visiting the tiny continent for the experience or for good. The place is a perfect blend of nature, adventure and a modern way of living that it continues to be one of the most ideal places in the world to visit and even to live or retire to. So to make your stay even more memorable and thrilling, we give you this list of underground hotels & motels in Australia!

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on May 19, 2024.

1. White Cliffs Underground (from USD 120)

Experience sleeping entirely below the ground in this underground mine turned into a motel. Australia has many of them, and White Cliffs is a deserving option, offering great breakfast, an outdoor swimming pool, sports area for tennis and darts, and even a charming sunset view from the top of the hotel. Interior-wise, expect white walls all around which are actually the dugout of the cliffs – resulting in a unique accommodation experience. They also have a shared lounge, mini library, garden, and restaurant where you can enjoy coffee paired with English or continental meals. Surprise: the rooms are actually spacious and there’s enough room to stand and just relax like in a regular hotel room.

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White Cliffs Underground Motel

Wifi Available

Address: 129 Smiths Hill
829.0 km (515.2 mi) from Umoona Opal Mine & Museum

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Meeting/banquet facilities Bar Golf course (within 3 km) Garden Non-smoking rooms

2. Desert Cave Hotel (from USD 156)

Stay in a desert cave hotel where your walls are caves and the hotel is literally located in a desert in Coober Pedy because why not? Australia is one of the best locations to experience nature at its best so having this underground hotel experience perfectly suits every adventure travel itinerary. If you’re claustrophobic, there’s an option to stay overground so you still get to somehow experience the thrill. Despite being carved out of the cave, the hotel still manages to provide modern facilities and amenities including the availability of air-conditioned rooms, WiFi access, as well as an outdoor swimming pool. For recreation, you can enjoy several walking tours, various sports from their games room, and nightclub where you can enjoy your favorite drinks right in the middle of the desert!

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Desert Cave Hotel

Wifi Available

Address: Hutchison Street
98 meters (321.7 ft) from Umoona Opal Mine & Museum

Parking Bar Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Laundry Facilities for disabled guests Family rooms

3. The Underground Motel (from USD 100)

Looking for a unique, rustic stay in Coober Pedy? The Underground Motel will not disappoint with walls literally carved out from a cave. So, expect to have doors but no windows – but that’s exactly the thrill! Even the walls are minimally finished so it feels like living in the stone age but with the comforts of air conditioning, WiFi, and comfortable beds. To make your trip more exciting, some of the outdoor activities you can enjoy include barbecue facilities, cooking your own meals in the shared kitchen, or just being able to relax in their garden. Gather friends or family or stay here alone and make some friends along the way – it’s a perfect place for all the adventurous souls!

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The Underground Motel

Wifi Available

Address: Lot 1138 Catacomb Road
931 meters (0.6 ft) from Umoona Opal Mine & Museum

Parking Golf course (within 3 km) Garden Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Laundry Family rooms Free parking

4. Comfort Inn Coober Pedy Experience (from USD 157)

Comfort Inn provides a fun accommodation experience in Coober Pedy. Part of the fun is because of the fact that it is, yes, an underground motel, and aside from being able to experience sleeping underground, the place managed to play with fun interiors and décor against the rather dull cave walls. Other than being located underground, Comfort Inn provides just about everything that you can expect in a regular hotel such as a safety deposit box, coffee maker, WiFi, kitchenette, and a flat screen TV. Coober Pedy has a lot to offer so in order to make your trip more efficient, the front desk also accepts tour bookings as well as a free transfer service to and from the nearest airport.

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Comfort Inn Coober Pedy Experience

Wifi Available

Address: Lot 1069 Crowders Gully Rd
493 meters (0.4 ft) from Umoona Opal Mine & Museum

Parking Pets allowed Golf course (within 3 km) Garden Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Laundry Family rooms

5. Radeka Downunder Underground Motel (from USD 73)

Cave walls, warm lights, underground tunnels to dorms and really intriguing exterior make the overall experience at Rakedeka Downunder unique. It is located in Coober Pedy’s main street and is a popular accommodation option for those looking to explore the land down under on a budget but without skimping on the overall adventurous experience. Guests have the option to stay in dormitories with shared toilet and bath or in private rooms with an en suite bathroom. There are rooms located overground in the side of the hill or underground. Guests can also enjoy coffee or drinks from the motel’s bar or make their own meals in their fully equipped shared kitchen. Other socializing activity areas include an underground ballroom where they can play billiards as well as a shared lounge or TV area.

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Radeka Downunder Underground Motel

Wifi Available

Address: 1 Oliver Street
302 meters (0.2 ft) from Umoona Opal Mine & Museum

Parking Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Laundry Family rooms Free parking Internet services Luggage storage

6. The Lookout Cave Underground Motel (from USD 110)

Have a lookout for this unique cave underground motel just a two-minute drive from Umoona Opal Mine and a five-minute drive away from Coober Pedy Opal Fields Golf Club. The motel boasts unobstructed sunset and sunrise views as well as the availability of WiFi and barbecue facilities. All rooms are equipped with a flat screen TV and refrigerator for the ultimate comfort. Of course, the dugout stay experience is made complete by the tasteful interiors retaining the rustic charms of the original cave. If you ever feel stuffy, you can get some fresh air on the rooftop terrace or unwind in the property’s garden. But to maximize your underground experience, make sure to order room service and taste their highly-rated coffee!

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The Lookout Cave Underground Motel

Address: Lot 1141 McKenzie Close
830 meters (0.6 ft) from Umoona Opal Mine & Museum

7. Zen Underground B & B (from USD 83)

Zen Bed and Breakfast may be located underground but the interior is rather spacious and there’s ample light entering through, thanks to a wonderfully designed skylight. The property is great for big groups of family members or friends because it is basically a house which is able to sleep at most eight people. The property also features free WiFi, garden, free coffee pod, airport shuttle service, and barbecue facilities to make the most of your stay. There’s also a living room, dining room, and kitchen area so it’s definitely a great option if you’re traveling as part of a group and want an exclusive yet unique stay in Coober Pedy.

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Zen Underground

Wifi Available

Address: 2034 allen drive
5.66 km (3.6 mi) from Umoona Opal Mine & Museum

Parking Pets allowed Garden Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Family rooms Free parking Internet services

Experience the true Land Down Under!

Australia undoubtedly has a lot to offer in terms of nature: exotic animals, picture-perfect landscapes, and adrenaline-rush activities. Make the most of your travel by staying in one of the many underground cave accommodations which make the overall travel experience more memorable and worthwhile.

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