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Old Timers Mine

Crowders Gully Road, Coober Pedy, South Australia 5723, Australia
08-86725555
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Ranked #2 of 14 attractions in Coober Pedy
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Historic Sites, Museums
Owner description: Visit Coober Pedy's Historic Old Timers Mine,S.A best tourist attraction 2011. See 1916 opal mine, Historic museum and underground home. Mining... more » Owner description: Visit Coober Pedy's Historic Old Timers Mine,S.A best tourist attraction 2011. See 1916 opal mine, Historic museum and underground home. Mining machine demonstrations, Multi lingual self guided tour written and audio guides. Opal showroom. Look for your own opal in own noodling pit, Family affordable and educational. See how the Old Timers in Coober Pedy lived and worked. An experience you will not forget. T-QUAL accredited « less
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Canberra
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52 reviews 52 reviews
20 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

We had a great time and it really helped us understand what mining in the old days would have been like. Well worth the visit and the admission fee.

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Perth, Australia
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7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

We did the self guided tour which I think is better than taking a tour group. The mine shows life as it was when opals were first discovered in Coober Pedy. We thought it was very interesting and the mine gives a good history of the area.

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Adelaide, Australia
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Very friendly staff, I thought it was slightly over priced for what it was. It was set out very well however I did get claustrophobic at one point and has to seek some fresh air. Kids loved it, adults loved the photos. An experience if nothing else.

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Adelaide, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

Fascinating trip down the mine, seeing the underground homes was incredible. Really good visit. Only disappointment was there was no Noodling on the day we went. Would highly recommend

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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34 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

The old timers mine is a great experience, you can see how a real opal mine worked in the old days. It was an actually working mine which they have preserved so you can really see how they did things. They also have an underground home which is very impressive, you really do have to have a look around to... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

So glad this was recommended to us as we were really impressed. Yes, the hard hats are so necessary! We thought we'd be in and out in around half an hour but we were there well over an hour. The Coober Pedy mining lifestyle and history is demonstrated and brought to life in a very realistic and enjoyable underground experience.... More

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Kincumber, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

My daughter wanted to see the Old Timers mine so I tagged along. Really didn't think I would be that interested, thought I would be in and out in 10 minutes but we were in the for nearly 1 hour. Found it really interesting how they used to mine the opals and the conditions to which these people lived. Great... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

Like everything in Coober Pedy the Old Timers Mine is stuck in a time warp in the 80's which would have been it's tourism heyday. Regardless it's really interesting to see how things were done and see a slice of the history

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

To really understand opal mining and Coober Pedy, Old Timers is the key. It is not a small place. It seems to go on and on and on, winding around in tunnels and shafts underground. You have to wear a hard hat and watch your feet and, if you are keen, you can crouch and crawl and weave in the... More

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sydney
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62 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

Self guided tour of a very old mine dating back to 1916. With a hard hat and mine map you explore unground mining life discovering mining scenes decked out with period scenes with dummies in costume to give you a stronger sense of life in Coober Pedy a century ago. Includes different aspects of mining + living in your diggings...... More

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