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Tom's Working Opal Mine

1993 Stuart Highway, Coober Pedy, South Australia, Australia
0886723966
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Ranked #7 of 15 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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Bunbury, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We did the self guided tour that we took at our own pace, lots of info available as you walk around. Very interesting and beautiful. Love how they give back to the community. Evidence of this in the form of certificates on entry walls. Be sure to have a coffee...thats how they raise funds.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

It was informative, hands on experience discovering how to dig for opals. Different types of opals and how they are put into jewellery.

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Berwick, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

very enlightning, a great tour on our own, got to try out certain pieces of equipment. boys had a great time noodling before the tour. well worth the money...

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Athens, Greece
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Our family did the guided tour which was $55 for the family. You get a lot of information for the price and you get to see all the machinery, information on how the miners choose where to mine and also the pricing, weighing and polishing process. So if you're looking for a deeper view on opal mining, this is a... More

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Sydney, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

We went on the tour, learned a bunch about opal, how it was mined and got to see some samples of what it looks like raw. Afterwards, we had a coffee, and then went out to the large heap outside the entrance and tried our hand at noodling to great success! Nothing too fancy, but some lovely bits with good... More

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Sydney, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

I don't believe that this is currently a working mine. It may have been at one stage but I expected to see people actually working the mine. We did a self-guided tour and found virtually no information to read. Even the map wasn't worth looking at. Overall, extremely disappointing :(

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Orange, NSW
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Really good look at a modern working mine and how they do it today, especially since we had just come from the old-timers mine looking at the old way of mining. The guide was really great and showed us lots about the mine and it workings.

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Kwinana
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Thanks for the education Ben. You explained everything so simply that even I could understand what you were talking about. I thought you handled the children really very well too. You were so patient.

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Adelaide
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39 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

We learned a lot from our visit to Tom's Working Opal Mine even without doing the guided tour (we did the self guided one). Learning about how the miners go about locating the opals to extracting, cleaning and polishing them was truly fascinating. The only downside was the "noodling" which comes complete with millions of flies - but we can't... More

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Torquay, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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