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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
Description: Working Opal Mine situated just 500m north of town along the Stuart...
Working Opal Mine situated just 500m north of town along the Stuart Highway.OPEN 7 Days. Guided & Self-Guided Tours are available DIRECTLY at TOM'S MINE from our large Reception Area. Machinery is able to be viewed working while on a guided tour with our helpful and experienced tour guides.
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Excellent Private Tour! Wow!

The lovely Jo took us on a fantastic tour of this genuine working mine! What an incredible experience! We got to see diggers & blowers in action, try our diving rod skills & jack... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 11, 2015
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Melbourne, Australia
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Adelaide, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

I took the self guided tour so I don't know about the guided one, I'm sure that one would be more informative and interesting. but we were just given a map with some directions and we just wondered through the mine not knowing what anything is or for or history or anything. we just looked up the holes to the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

The lovely Jo took us on a fantastic tour of this genuine working mine! What an incredible experience! We got to see diggers & blowers in action, try our diving rod skills & jack hammer mining! Now we are feeling ready to stake out own claim & start mining! Also trilled to see some of the best Opel jewellery for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Great and informative tour from a seasoned miner. So much information on all aspects of mining and the highs and lows of life underground. Great stuff.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

I didn't really have any expectations but left feeling I knew enough to become a miner! Very practical, hands on tour with our guide encouraging the kids to get involved in the activities. He answered all of our questions well. Explains how all those hills have appeared around the town!

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Brisbane
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

We enjoyed an interesting tour, guided by a real local character - Don. Firstly, the owners' grandson gave us a warm welcome and began showing us around. Eventually Don showed us other parts of the mine - in fact he was a 'mine' of information. We were able to experience the motorised winch that lifts/lowers miners to and from the... More 

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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 via mobile

Fantastic mine, very helpful staff, we were lucky enought to be shown a line of opal inside the mine that the miner was working on. Great fun "noodling" fossicking outside , found lots of pretty little bits. Take a plastic container to fill with water and pour in your noodling table as you can see the colours better.

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Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

I am a tight (profanity unacceptable) and have lived in the NT for over 20 years and travelled up and down the track. Never felt the urge to do a tour until I had my two Nephews from America to show around. Was sceptical about paying $25 for a personalised tour, but met a bloke who had done the morning... More 

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Werribee, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Charlie was very informative and very knowledgeable when explaining the workings of the mine and its history. Tour groups are small so each of you can see and hear everything being said and no problems with asking questions.

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Brooklyn, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

My friend and I were very excited to check out the working opal mine on our way out of town - and the woman at our hotel said that if we hurried, we could *just* make the 10AM tour. We arrived at the mine's front desk at 10:02. An old woman and some teenage with a huge afro told us... More 

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Tom's Opal Mine W, Owner at Tom's Working Opal Mine, responded to this review

We're sorry you are not happy with your experience, but our business is family run and we try our best. We always try to accommodate requests from our visitors, how ever sometimes we can't fulfill all requests. Our tour guide on that day was the only one available and he had already been contacted and told there would be no... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Really enjoyed seeing how opals are mined, from a local. The colour of the rock underground is amazing.

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Additional Information about Tom's Working Opal Mine

Address: 1993 Stuart Highway, Coober Pedy, South Australia 5723, Australia
Phone Number: +61 8 8672 3966
Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  South Australia  >  Coober Pedy
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 am
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 am
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 am
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 am
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 am
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 am
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 am

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