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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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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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A great insight

It is a great insight to what is was like to be mining for opal and the hardship the people went through .It was discovered by accident when a family were making a dug out and is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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Melbourne
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Melbourne
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75 reviews 75 reviews
21 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

It is a great insight to what is was like to be mining for opal and the hardship the people went through .It was discovered by accident when a family were making a dug out and is well documented and visual display of artefacts and history.

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Mount Gambier, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Take the tour, definetly worth it, tour guide brilliant, explained all about how mine was and is worked, a very good tour

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Brisbane, Australia
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82 reviews 82 reviews
33 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

But it used to. Helps to show how all the little mole hills around CP were created. Worthwhile, especially if you get a guided tour - which we missed out on unfortunately.

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Toms knowledge and enthusiastic approach made this a Must see tour that gives such a hands on look at underground mining

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2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 via mobile

We absolutely loved the tour and are still laughing over the stories (and photos). Would rate 6 stars out of 5 if I could.

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Melbourne, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Loved this tour. The owner and his son are lovely, friendly and talkative. We got to use jackhammers and a swing elevator. A really interactive tour with amazing hosts. The kids loved it and so did we! Cannot recommend highly enough! Worth every penny

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Our family went on a fantastic tour here this morning, one of the best I've ever seen. I really appreciated the genuinely down to earth attitude of the staff. Thanks to Jimmy who was a wealth of information, great at explaining everything to the kids and very encouraging of us to have a go. I'm sure the kids (8, 10)... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

We had a fantastic guide who told us plenty of bad luck opal hunting stories. We learnt about the digging techniques and equipment, the use of explosives, the dangers of opal mining, the successes and sad stories. Staff were very friendly and happy to answer questions. Tour was interactive with plenty of photo opportunities.

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Munich, Germany
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Tom, his stories and the interesting location. It makes you reflect upon those people in comparison to one's own life.

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Melbourne, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

It was a nice mine to get an overview of the Opal Mining. After you walk through the mine you can go and do some noodling for Opals. I did not find any but my friends did find a few bits. Was exciting to look through the dirt to see what you find.

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