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Tom's Working Opal Mine

1993 Stuart Highway, Coober Pedy, South Australia, Australia
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Ranked #8 of 17 Attractions in Coober Pedy
Type: Mines, 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, Landmarks
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

The first time going to a mining area. We paid for $10 and had our own tour around the underground mine. Its awesome experience which you see how a they dug a mine and a feel of it. U can even dig your own opal at the back of the entrance near carpark. You can bring home if you found... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

Thank you for guiding us, Jimmy! Your tour was FUN and very interesting!

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Perth, Australia
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

This is another must see in Coober Pedy. It gives you another look at Opal mining, from a real working Opal mine. The staff were very helpful, in picking me up and dropping me back off into town, or anywhere I wanted after the tour.

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Queanbeyan, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

Four of my friends were visited this mining and not impressed. If you were already seen any mining in NSW or other states then this is nothing. They are charging more for the guided tour so we taken self guided tour and paid $10/person. It was not worth for that price. Within 15 minutes we finished the tour. It may... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

Small. Not much to see of the actually working, infact it appears much like a non-working modern mine. The Old Timers Mine is far superior in terms of history and information. But this is an ok alternative.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

If you want to learn and see how coober pedy digs underground and mines the area it is well worth a visit. All the info is here on display

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Newcastle, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

meet the owner and walk through a working mine even though its open for tourist, they have a shop under ground and its all explained for you ,the process of opals . you can get a feel and see the mechanical way of digging .and maybe get the bug to dabble yourself.there is an area for going through yourself and... More 

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Warrnambool, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

After looking at some other tours around town that are run down and out dated it is pleasing to see an “actual” up to date way of mining. You also get to try out some of the tools!!!

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

We decided to do this tour as an afterthought, and happened to turn up right on the dot of a tour starting. There were already quite a few people in the tour, but we were allowed to take part, and it was very interesting. My 7 year old daughter loved it! The miner who took us around had spend years... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

Our tour was conducted by an actual miner who had knocked off for the day and was highly knowledgable on all things mining. The tour was highly educational and very hands on if you wanted I to be. My son had a go at drilling and riding in a bucket lift, which he loved. Tours can fill up so book... More 

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