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Tom's Working Opal Mine

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Address: 1993 Stuart St, Coober Pedy, South Australia 5723, Australia
Phone Number: +61 8 8672 3966
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9:00 am - 5:00 am
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 am
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Working opal mine situated just 500m north of the town along the Stuart...

Working opal mine situated just 500m north of the town along the Stuart Highway. Open 7 days a week. Guided and self guided tours are available at our large underground reception area. See modern day equipment in action while on a guided tour with our experienced tour guides. Both tours are wheel chair accessible! See our showroom where you can buy souvenirs or high quality opal. We aim to give you an experience you will not forget.

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We did the 10am tour. Myself and 11 year old son, Jack. We were the 9nly people on the tour. The shořt video before thw tour is worth a look. Definitely recommend the tour... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2016
Vicky W
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Bunbury, Australia
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9 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2016 via mobile

With an obscene entrance fee to enter a non working mine (which is advertised as working) and have a 12 year old boy (assuming) doing the tour who was way out of his depth with knowledge and people skills, and not to mention false information. I wasted an hour which could have taken 10 minutes if I'd gone by myself.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2016 via mobile

We did the 10am tour. Myself and 11 year old son, Jack. We were the 9nly people on the tour. The shořt video before thw tour is worth a look. Definitely recommend the tour. Informative and friendly local as a guide. Hands on experience. Jack was able to operate a jack hammer and dig out a piece of rock with... More 

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Thank Vicky W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

I just dropped into this place for a tour. It was really cool, very funny people, led by real miners. Obviously because of health and safety reasons the mine is a working one but better lit and some tunnels are closed off for tourists but very interesting to see. We got to see the machinery in action and try a... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2016 via mobile

It really is a working mine, and my tour guide actually works a mine, so he had a lot of information others didn't. We got to see opal seams and potential strikes; play with diving rods and ride a bosun chair; and explore a real mine complete with cave-ins from flooding. Far better tour than Umoona, but without the dugout—it's... More 

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Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2016

There are a range of tours available starting at $12 for a self guided tour. We did the mini guided tour which was $20 per adult. Tour guides are very knowledgeable and it was fascinating to listen to their stories and understand the life of an opal miner. Very dusty but enjoyable. Tour is interactive with the opportunity to use... More 

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Thank Karbee88
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our guided tour of this working opal mine. It was so interesting. It was good to try a few things, eg. the swing up the shaft, shoveling dirt, ore divining, etc. Our guide was full of information and we felt special being there as this mine belongs to his partner's parents. And, once again in our travels,... More 

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Victor Harbor, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2016

We dropped in unexpectedly on this tourist mine and were pleasantly surprised with the laid back tour and chat with the owners. Really suited us.

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

Took a group of 13 here (inc 7 kids). Guide was interesting - spoke to both the adults and kids. Kids loved it - enough information to keep them interested but not enough to bore them. Lots of interactive things for all to do.

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Thank SharonfromAus
Magnetic Island, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

See a working mine at your own pace. Very interesting, Makes you appreciate what these miners go through.

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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

We quickly stopped by Toms Working Opal Mine. One can do a self walking tour, takes about 30 minutes into a working Opal Mine. It is for sure worth the stop and the kids loved it. Must do if in Coober Pedy.

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