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Address: Crowders Gully Road, Coober Pedy, South Australia 5723, Australia
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Visit Coober Pedy's Historic Old Timers Mine,S.A best tourist attraction...

Visit Coober Pedy's Historic Old Timers Mine,S.A best tourist attraction 2011. See 1916 opal mine, Historic museum and underground home. Mining machine demonstrations, Multi lingual self guided tour written and audio guides. Opal showroom. Look for your own opal in own noodling pit, Family affordable and educational. See how the Old Timers in Coober Pedy lived and worked. An experience you will not forget. T-QUAL accredited

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We had a great time at the Old Timer's Mine. Gives you a lot of insight into how difficult mining for Opal was. The hard hats come in handy too. We had an equally good time... read more

Reviewed February 12, 2016
Cecily L
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20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed February 12, 2016 via mobile

We had a great time at the Old Timer's Mine. Gives you a lot of insight into how difficult mining for Opal was. The hard hats come in handy too. We had an equally good time chatting with Trevor afterwards about cutting Opal. Was especially good for my boyfriend as he's recently started lapidary.

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Thank Cecily L
Old_Timers_Mine, Owner at Old Timers Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review, we are glad you enjoyed the experience. I fell in love with opals in 1994 then made Coober Pedy my home and opals my passion, I am more than happy to pass the passion on to others and I hope your boyfriend get as much pleasure from cutting opal as I do, Regards, Trevor More 

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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed February 9, 2016

This is a must do when visiting Coober Pedy. Great tourist attraction with interesting information about Coober Pedy and opals.

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Adelaide
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64 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed January 31, 2016

Great way to see how the opal miners lived and worked. Experience the travelling through the tunnels with your hard hat on.

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Old_Timers_Mine, Owner at Old Timers Mine, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the positive review, so glad you enjoyed the experience. Regards, Trevor More 

midlands England
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40 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed January 22, 2016

It's an amazing trip back in time and you get to see what all the fuss is about with opal seams running through the mine. We had a great time following the map and seeing how the mining was done. The museum of people's underground homes is fascinating and it's one of those places where you can find all sorts... More 

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Old_Timers_Mine, Owner at Old Timers Mine, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful review, we are so proud of what we can offer our visitors and knowing you totally enjoyed the experience is a joy to us, Regards, Trevor More 

Nairne, Australia
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed January 18, 2016

Did a tour of this mine and found it a lot more interesting than another tour I did which seemed too 'commercial'. With this tour the mine is left as realistic as possible and being able to do it at my own pace was really good. The only downside is the map is slightly hard to follow but provided a... More 

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Old_Timers_Mine, Owner at Old Timers Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for the positive review of the Old Timers mine, we are glad you found it interesting and a highlight of your visit to Coober Pedy. Yes the map can be a little confusing for the start of the opal mine, it can be a bit of a rabbit warren in the early stage but we did not want... More 

Vermont, Australia
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed January 16, 2016 via mobile

We did the walk through tour of the Old Timer's Mine during our recent stay in Coober Pedy and found it extremely enjoyable and informative. It was incredible learning all about the life of a miner and the tour is very well set up. The owner was friendly and informative and had a good sense of humour. Would highly recommend... More 

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Old_Timers_Mine, Owner at Old Timers Mine, responded to this review

Thank you so much for a wonderful review. It is great to hear you think our tour is well set up, we have worked hard ot make sure our visitors have a wonderful Coober Pedy underground experience and look forward ot giving more visitors the same experience that you have enjoyed, Regards, Trevor More 

Angeles City, Philippines
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29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed January 15, 2016

This has received many good ratings in the past and in my view are right on the mark. So much information on the town of Coober Pedy, its history and many displays depicting the life and ways of an opal miner. I would say this is a must see, and if you only have limited time this is the place... More 

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Old_Timers_Mine, Owner at Old Timers Mine, responded to this review

Thank you so much for a wonderful review, We are very proud of our part in Coober Pedy's history and are honored to show you, Regards, Trevor More 

Adelaide, Australia
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24 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed January 14, 2016

Like many things in the town, this place is an actual old mine - in this case, rejigged as a tourist attraction. It is an interesting look at how they used to do it, and has some interesting stories attached in regards to the previous miners, the descendents of whom run the museum. The dummies are terrible, but they serve... More 

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Old_Timers_Mine, Owner at Old Timers Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, the best part of our mine is the fact it was set up by a real opal miner and you do get a sense of his feeling of opal and mining in Coober Pedy. I take note of your comments re the dummies, we have just upgraded 4 of them but am pleased to hear... More 

Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
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90 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed January 13, 2016

A very cool stop in the outback of Australia! The museum is very interesting and the best part is going down into a mine, through tunnels, and experiencing underground living with displays of rooms from homes with no windows. The walls are rock with veins of opal running through. Up top you can visit the store that sells opals in... More 

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Old_Timers_Mine, Owner at Old Timers Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful review, we are proud of what we offer and always love the type of reviews you have given us, again thank you Regards, Trevor More 

Newcastle, Australia
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed January 12, 2016 via mobile

Having never been to Coober Pedy before, my partner and i stumbled across the Old Timers Mine. This is an absolute must see if you've made it this far. From start to finish the self guided tour explained a wealth of knowledge about that start of the mining boom in Cooper Pedy, and exactly how the town made a living... More 

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Old_Timers_Mine, Owner at Old Timers Mine, responded to this review

Hi Melissa, Thank you so much for a fantastic review, it gives us warm fussy's knowing we can give you a great Coober Pedy experience. Again thank you for the review, Regards, Trevor More 

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