Old Timers Mine

Old Timers Mine, Coober Pedy: Hours, Address, Old Timers Mine Reviews: 4.5/5

Old Timers Mine
4.5
Speciality Museums
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8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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Relive history and step back in time to 1916 with this original opal mine, historical museum and underground home, designed to give you the ultimate underground experience. Continuous self guided tour and maps available in different languages. Come and see some of the first opal found by Willie Hutchison in 1915. Try your luck and look for opal in our noodling pits. Kids will love it. • Explore an historic 1916 Opal Mine • See the natural seams of opal and fossils • Admire opal with UV lights • Walk through original underground homes • Continuous self-guided tours • Underground gift-shop • Historic museum • Opal jewellery • Noodle in the pits • Large range of souvenirs
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1-2 hours
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Velai P
51 contributions
The mine is small and lots of experience in small spaces as the miners had to endure. The museum had heaps of information on the history of mining. Opals were on sale and information given was very helpful also prices were reasonable. Recommend a must see sight.
Written July 11, 2021
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Stephen D
Adelaide, Australia10 contributions
The Old Timers Mine was recommended by the Coober Pedy Information Centre. It is a self guided tour, you are handed a map at the Mine's reception desk and provided with a hard hat that proves it's worth several times ( I am 175cm tall and managed to scrape the roof three times!) From reception it is down a few steps and you are underground in the mine. The provided map directs you to numbered sights that give you a good understanding of early opal mining methods. Further into the mine you will enter the dugout that the deceased owner and his wife raised their family including bedrooms, kitchen and bathroom. Also there are some interesting displays showcasing the history of Coober Pedy and some of the characters that lived there. I thoroughly recommend visiting the Old Timers Mine, I found it to be good value and very comprehensive.
Written July 4, 2020
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Thank you very much for your review Stephen! Really happy you enjoyed your tour here.
Written July 12, 2020
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Wolf Drumming
Melbourne, Australia26 contributions
Solo
I had seen “the old timers mine” on some you tube videos already when researching, and knew I had to go. I was in motorbike, and melting, however still loved this place. Much cooler inside! Self guided tour, and the best overall possible information on opal mining, the area and more. I am 6.2”, and listen when the guys say leave your hard hat on! This was a real mine, and I would have been in trouble if not for a simple hard hat.
Great Info on all sides of opal mining, and examples still there from missed expeditions.
The staff were just great to me, and I met them by chance at the outback bar that evening and had a beer with them. Nicko is a wealth of knowledge, and just a great family! There is a reason why I have since seen him on many tv documentaries on the best of Coober Pedy.
The shop has beautifully presented jewelry, and stones, and is very reasonably priced, hence my Return the following day!
100% must do in Coober Pedy.
Written January 23, 2021
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Thank you very much for your review and definitely not a great job back then for tall people! Thank you for your kind words and it was great to be part of your motorbike trip. Nicko
Written April 26, 2021
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Ken P D
Fallbrook, CA127 contributions
Visited the Old Timers several years ago. Had our 10 year old grand daughter with us and she wanted to purchase an opal. A gentleman named Trevor spent a lot of time with her "selecting" her opal. We had a great experience, tour and learning event. Staff was super attentive, friendly and accommodating. A very good stop and I'd recommend it to all. I'd love to do it again.
Written June 23, 2021
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TravellinWthKds
Adelaide, Australia2 contributions
Family
There is a lot more to do in Coober Pedy than what mist people think and the Old Timers Mine was a great way to pass time. Staff were friendly and willing to help i any way they could.
The self guided tour was great calue for money and very informative. Issuing helmets at the beginning of the tour for safety helped immerse the kids in the whole experience.
Worth noting that they promoted good Covid practices applicable to the state.

Would recommend this experience.
Written July 7, 2021
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Wayne J
1 contribution
Couples
The introduction was clear, concise and very helpful. The signage was excellent and the pathways easily accessible. All exhibits were well lit, clearly documented and easily understood. The creative artworks and sculptures demonstrated the flexibility of the stone and made the whole experience educational, interesting and worthwhile.
Written June 18, 2021
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fmackUk
Mitcham, Australia371 contributions
Family
Dated museography, with stuff like mannequins, old clippings & the like, a bit tacky & needs updating. Not very much to see really, a quick visit, mainly sections of tunnels with a few opal seams here & there. Friendly staff is a plus.
Written October 5, 2020
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The mine and the house are from 1916 and are genuine, you can feel and see the hard work in the place. Too bad it wasn’t for you and didn’t really enjoy it. Thank you for your visit.
Written October 6, 2020
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Jonique Life
Australia2,176 contributions
Couples
This is probably up there with one of the best self guided tours we have done. When we walked in we were greeted with amazing customer service and the tour is phenomenal with a map provided and you can link the numbers with what you are looking at with an explanation. It is like a maze of fun underground in the mine and after doing that you can explore some underground homes as well as a museum. Would definitely recommend to all.

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Written June 4, 2021
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Thank you so much guys! Enjoy your travels!
Written June 4, 2021
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Anita T
Melbourne, Australia344 contributions
We did the underground tour, at a Seniors’ price. A hard hat was needed and necessary as the roof was low in places. It was so interesting seeing the methods of mining opal and also how the family lived in the underground rooms.
Written May 23, 2021
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Thank you, and definitely, don't forget your hard hat!
Written June 4, 2021
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Sammi
12 contributions
Friends
This is an unique experience and must to visit in coober pedy. You can see the old mine and underground house, it was so fun i did the tour with my friends. Also there is a shop onsite for souvenirs and opals. Nicko is very professional with knowledge and gave good recommendations for the opals that we bought for mum.
Written May 17, 2021
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Thank you guys! I hope your mum loved her earrings!
Written June 4, 2021
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Old Timers Mine is open:
  • Sun - Sat 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM