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Tom's Working Opal Mine

1993 Stuart Highway, Coober Pedy, South Australia, Australia
0886723966
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Ranked #6 of 14 attractions in Coober Pedy
Type: Mines
Owner description: We are a well-established modern day Working Opal Mine situated just 500m north of town along the Stuart Highway.OPEN 7 Days and All Public Holidays!!... more » Owner description: We are a well-established modern day Working Opal Mine situated just 500m north of town along the Stuart Highway.OPEN 7 Days and All Public Holidays!! Tickets for your Tour are available DIRECTLY at TOM'S MINE in our large Reception Area.No need to pre-book, just come on down to the office a few minutes before the start of the tour.(Please note that we are not connected to or part of any town tours offered from other organisers in Coober Pedy). We offer two different ways to tour our mine, which is spacious and well-lit, no crouching through narrow tunnels at all! 1) The Guided Tour is interactive (if you want it to be) and visitors can try their hands on a variety of Mining Features. Our experienced Miners/Guides will provide all explanations & demonstrations of these features in a safe underground environment. Lots of fun guaranteed! 2) The Self-Guided Tour is a Walk-Through only and visitors can stroll through our mine by themselves and in their own time to just look at the various Mining Features. (Machinery will not be in working mode). These are some of our Mining Features to be experienced:Look at "Opal" in the wall, learn all about the Precious Stone, how a "Blower" and a "Tunneling Machine" works, why we drill "Holes" into the ground, experience a ride on the "Bosun Chair", try your hands on "Divining" and go "Noodling". After the tour, sit down and relax in the friendly atmosphere of our reception area, browse through the "Opal" and "Opal Jewellery" on display while having a FREE cuppa or use our FREE Internet. We accept VISA, Mastercard, EFTPOS and Paypal. WE ARE WHEELCHAIR FRIENDLY (access through the whole mine)EASY & SAFE WALKING, SPACIOUS, HIGH CEILINGS, WELL-LIT UNDERGROUND AREA, NO CROUCHING AT ALL!...WE WELCOME PETS (lockable, shaded facilities available)..."Guided Mine Tours" are available 7 days a week at: 8.00 AM, 10.00 AM, 2.00 PM, 4.00 PM... Allow 1 to 1 1/4 Hours per Tour... Admission Fees: Adults $25.00...Children $10.00...Family = 2 Adults & 2 Children Age 5-15 $55.00...Seniors' Concession available..."Self-Guided Mine Walk-Throughs" are available any time between 8.00 AM and 5.00 PM...(You will receive a Map of the Mine, allow 15 - 20 minutes per tour)... Admission Fees: Adults $10.00...Children Age 5-15 $5.00...(No Concession available)...We are happy to book special tours for larger groups outside the normal tour times by appointment, please contact us with your details...Large Car Park & Coach Parking...Shaded Picnic Area...Large Indoor Reception Area...Wheelchair friendly environment with access through the whole mine...Free Internet, Coffee & Noodling...Toilet Facilities at premises... « less
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Torquay, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Interesting tour and the opal jewellery was at reasonable prices. The German speaking lady at the desk was really nice. The tour guide Jimmy didn't let facts get in the way of his commentary as we picked up a few discrepancies along the way. Just like one of the other reviewers said I do not believe this is still a... More

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Darwin, Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Recommended by motel (Mud Hut) so we drove over. Just on edge of town Stuart Hwy. The owner took us (my husband & I & 8 year old grandson) on a tour showing us the process & how to look for likely opal bearing areas. It was informative & fun & you can find a souvenier to buy afterwards

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Melbourne
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

Lots of info before entering mine to assist with understanding of machinery, holes etc. Self tour can be nice at times, to just wander around at your own leisure and explore which is what we did and was excellent.

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Voorburg, The Netherlands
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

Jimmy proved a wonderful guide with great stories and detailed first-hand explanation about opal mining!

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Darwin, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

its amazing to see you machines working in this crazy town, the machine with teeth eating the ground was crazy i wont to buy and drive around australia

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Adelaide, Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

This tour is definitely worth doing. We were shown round by Jimmy, who is Scottish and highly entertaining. Gives a good insight into opal mining.

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Paris, France
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49 reviews 49 reviews
5 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

A very informative tour about Opal mining in Coober Pedy in a real working opal mine. Our guide Jimmy was very knowledgeable and provided a lot of information about opal mining and opals. Definitely a tour worth doing.

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Carnarvon, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

But do take the guided tour and it gives you a great insight into how the mines work. Well worth the $25

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Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic
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52 reviews 52 reviews
26 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

We were in a hurry so only chose a self-guided tour but if you have time, a guide will tell you much more. Interesting place and a contemporary one (a nice contrast to Old time mine). Had a nice chat with Rosie at the ticket office - she came from Germany and fell in love with opals so decided to... More

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Melbourne
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

Just one of those jems that the locals tell you about. it is in the entry to the city so you think it is a sham but it isn't. it is one of the best places to visit if you wish to mine for opals and see how modern day miners work.

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