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Tom's Working Opal Mine

Address: 1993 Stuart Highway, Coober Pedy, South Australia, Australia
Phone Number: 0886723966
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Ranked #7 of 18 Attractions in Coober Pedy
Type: Mines, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: We are a well-established modern day Working Opal Mine situated just 500m north of town along the...
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Type: Mines, Sights & Landmarks
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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...

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

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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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 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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14 attraction reviews
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Visited with my wife and two young children (10 & 7). This mine museum gives you more of a modern day perspective of how opal mining is conducted in Coober Pedy. You get to use devining rods, bosuns chair, blower and get a real sense of what the modern day opal miner has to do to work a modern day... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

We all enjoyed the tour. It was worthwhile doing the guided tour. Lovely tour guide as well. Some great hands on activities and interesting facts.

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Black Rock, Australia
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

When it Cobber Pedy you have to do a tour through an opal mine. You have to especially with three young kids. We enjoyed the insight into what goes on and how a mine functions. Kids got to noodle around for opals which was there highlight.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Spent about 45 mins doing the self guided tour. Plenty of information available on various aspects of opal mining which is done exclusively by small holdings as the lease system keeps big companies out. Had a bit of a fossick on the tailoring dumps, called noodling, and while we didn't make our fortune I found some interesting Quartz. Well worth... More 

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Bunbury, Australia
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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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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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