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Review of Old Timers Mine

Old Timers Mine
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Coober Pedy Old Timers Mine Self-Guided Tour
Ranked #3 of 18 things to do in Coober Pedy
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Owner description: 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
Gothenburg, Sweden
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219 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
“A must! I mean it...”
Reviewed January 13, 2012

Why do people go to Coober Pedy in the first place?

I guess for most people the answer is "opals", for us it was "Priscilla", but then again, that's just us… However, being there, we also wanted to learn about opals and mining and so we went to the Old Timers Mine, with no expectations whatsoever.

We took the audio tour and spent a good deal of time walking around, discovering and learning about Opal mining. It was time well spent! Not only do you learn about the excitement, the history, the economy, but also a bunch of other things you never expected to learn.

The tour is very well done, captivating and extremely informative. The only comment I'd make is that sometimes we couldn't find the next number, as they were hard to spot behind trinkets and exhibits or hard to see when you're crouching in the mine.

Visited December 2011
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Old_Timers_Mine, Owner at Old Timers Mine, responded to this review, January 14, 2012
Thank you so much for a very posive review, we are glad that you enjoyed the experince, we will take on board re the numbers in the mine and they are due for renewal, shall make them florescence to make thme easier to see . Again glad you enjoyed the Coober Pedy experince and the Old Timers Mine. Enjoy your Australian Journey.
Trevor
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Australia
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“Great introduction to Central Australian History!”
Reviewed January 11, 2012

The Old Timers Mine - situated in one of the first opal mines, does a fantastic job of leading you through the history and culture of Coober Pedy. Part mine tour, part history museum, part living history tour through an original dugout home, it is all presented with style and genuine passion!

Visited April 2011
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Old_Timers_Mine, Owner at Old Timers Mine, responded to this review, January 12, 2012
Thank you for this great response, we are very proud of being able to show the life stye and history that is the Old Timers Mine, Coober Pedy
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Dalby, Australia
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“Amazing educational experience”
Reviewed December 28, 2011

Fantastic way to spend time, so much information, our kids thorghoughly enjoyed, so did we! A must see! Don't rush through, take your time and enjoy. None of us considering a career change!

Visited September 2011
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Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Informative and Interactive!”
Reviewed December 28, 2011

Had an entertaining couple of hours here one morning in Nov 2011. You get to go round at your own pace with an audio tour, so you can linger over the things which you are interested in. The exhibitions really bring home the mining techniques throughout the Coober Pedy years and we had a demonstration from a guy who used to work there which was really good and hands on.

Take a hat and some water if you are going to a demo as its hot.

Visited November 2011
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Great Experience”
Reviewed November 28, 2011

We went as family and all loved it. The guy that did the demo was an ex-miner and that really added to the experience.

Visited November 2011
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