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“Not what it says on the tin”

Tom's Working Opal Mine
Ranked #8 of 20 things to do in Coober Pedy
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Working opal mine situated just 500m north of the town along the Stuart Highway. Open 6 days a week in off peak season and 7 days a week in peak seaason. 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Reviewed May 23, 2014 via mobile

I don't believe that this is currently a working mine. It may have been at one stage but I expected to see people actually working the mine. We did a self-guided tour and found virtually no information to read. Even the map wasn't worth looking at. Overall, extremely disappointing :(

Thank Boogsaroundtheworld
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Reviewed May 19, 2014

Really good look at a modern working mine and how they do it today, especially since we had just come from the old-timers mine looking at the old way of mining. The guide was really great and showed us lots about the mine and it workings.

Thank Brian D
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Reviewed April 28, 2014

Thanks for the education Ben. You explained everything so simply that even I could understand what you were talking about. I thought you handled the children really very well too. You were so patient.

Thank Kwinnychick
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Reviewed April 24, 2014

We learned a lot from our visit to Tom's Working Opal Mine even without doing the guided tour (we did the self guided one). Learning about how the miners go about locating the opals to extracting, cleaning and polishing them was truly fascinating. The only downside was the "noodling" which comes complete with millions of flies - but we can't fault Tom's for that!

Definitely a "must do" attraction at Coober Pedy.

1  Thank NUFCadl
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Reviewed April 9, 2014

Interesting tour and the opal jewellery was at reasonable prices.
The German speaking lady at the desk was really nice.
The tour guide Jimmy didn't let facts get in the way of his commentary as we picked up a few discrepancies along the way.
Just like one of the other reviewers said I do not believe this is still a real working opal mine.
It is being worked, but nowadays as a tourist trap.
Overall the tour was informative enough and it was a nice environment.

2  Thank Ross S
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