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Tom's Working Opal Mine

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Address: 1993 Stuart Highway, Coober Pedy, South Australia 5723, Australia
Phone Number: +61 8 8672 3966
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 am
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Working opal mine situated just 500m north of the town along the Stuart...

Working opal mine situated just 500m north of the town along the Stuart Highway. Open 7 days a week. Guided and self guided tours are available at our large underground reception area. See modern day equipment in action while on a guided tour with our experienced tour guides. Both tours are wheel chair accessible! See our showroom where you can buy souvenirs or high quality opal. We aim to give you an experience you will not forget.

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Very good tour of a working opalmine.

This was a good opportunity to see an actual working mine and even get a chance to jackhammer rock, and look for opals. The guide, who I believe was the owners wife, explained... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Cam M
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Welland
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Angeles City, Philippines
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20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not a bad place to visit, but certainly not nearly as good or informative as the "Old Timers Mine". I don't think its a good value for the money and somewhat misrepresents what you get in the tour. The only machinery you see operating is the vacuuming system. Kind of a let down. I would not recommend it.

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Thank figsx2
Welland
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36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a good opportunity to see an actual working mine and even get a chance to jackhammer rock, and look for opals. The guide, who I believe was the owners wife, explained everything very well, and gave us all the time we wanted to look around the mine by ourselves, after the tour ended. It was good value for... More 

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Thank Cam M
Phnom Penh
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39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

I can't really say if this was a worthwhile attraction or not, because when I arrived on Dec. 26th - lured in by the OPEN sign - and waited for the guided tour to begin, nobody ever showed up. I wasn't the only inconvenienced tourists either - carloads of others kept showing up in which we'd ask each other if... More 

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Thank J R
Mildura, Australia
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50 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

An underground adventure that must not be missed The temperature is comfortable and really you either need to visit twice or slow down the tour because its so unique

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Thank Greynomad2648
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015 via mobile

This was one of the few ones that was open on a sunday... We checked it out after some difficulties to find the entrance. Not so special tour (without a guide), barrely worth the 10 dollar.

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Thank WoutVdk
Broome, Australia
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

Work at your own pace, not rushed by a tour guide, stop and linger or pass on as you desire. Gave a strong feeling of what the early lives of settlers in Coober Pedy went through

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Thank Meagan C
Pottsville, Australia
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20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

Our tour of Tom's working opal mine was interesting, but what made it really special was the guide. Juergen was fantastic, and afterward he introduced us to his lovely wife, Gabbi, and we spent a very enjoyable afternoon chatting to them and looking at Gabbi's lovely craft creations. Well done, Juergen! You made our visit to Coober Pedy very memorable... More 

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Thank Lorraine C
SYDNEY AUSTRALIA
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

The day we went the mine wasn't in operation - disappointed. I still got charged $10 to go down by myself & walk around the tunnels - that spooked me - I was frightened of getting lost down there & told the woman that - she said I wouldn't & that she'd come & find me, which she did. It... More 

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Thank JYKY
Ottawa, Canada
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27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

It is nice to experience actual mining opal mining operation. We didn't get the guided tour due to time constraint.

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Thank Zo P
Adelaide South Australia
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30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

We did a day trip around Coober Pedy and popped into this little mine.. we just loved that they had a few tables at the entrance that you could sift through the rocks and find yourself some opal chips and we chatted to some families with kids who were doing this.. everyone was laughing and having fun! We went down... More 

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