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Tom's Working Opal Mine

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Address: 1993 Stuart St, Coober Pedy, South Australia 5723, Australia
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+61 8 8672 3966
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09:00 - 05:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 05:00
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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A must do!

We were part of a group of 12 people - adults, teenagers and young children. The tour was very well run - great information and an opportunity to take part in various aspects of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Rae V
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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Informative in a vague sense - we hoped we would hear more about the science and techniques behind opal mining rather than mumbo-jumbo about the "totally legit" art of water divining. The mine and tour itself is fantastic and very interesting, including the exhibits and demonstrations that are seen in it. The lady that took us for our group tour... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were part of a group of 12 people - adults, teenagers and young children. The tour was very well run - great information and an opportunity to take part in various aspects of the mining process. Very friendly staff.

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Thank Rae V
Orlando, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We wanted to take a guided tour, but they didn't have enough people to conduct it, so we came back for the afternoon one as we were told there would be a better chance. Well, no one showed up so we did a self-guided one - - and it was fun! We looked for opal in the rocks with a... More 

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Joergensoe Beach, Denmark
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

When you enter the mine you will go underground and have more then 2 meter to the roof, There a a lot of machinery in the mine, but it is not as autentic.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

My in-laws came from overseas to see the opals. My father in-law is a geologist and thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the noodling outside for scrap pieces of opal.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

We had a 14-year-old do our tour and he was brilliant. He gave our kids a turn on the electric hoist/swing and let them use the jackhammer. They loved it and would rate it 10/10 but they are mining nuts. Good way to learn about how mines operate

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

We went to have the guided tour but were told that we would not be one as planned due to lack of participants. The self guiding tour is uninteresting and definitely not worth the money. After we saw that many other people turned up and were told no guided tour. I think the owners try to get away with doing... More 

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Gold Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

By far the best activity the kids participated in at Coober Pedy. Our tour guide was genuine and authentic with great knowledge of current opal mining. The kids got to have a go and this is a great place to go to get a really good look around a working mine. A must do for families and anyone after a... More 

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Swan Hill, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

We took the tour and highly recommend. Our guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic and obviously proud of the mine. Our kids loved having a go at the drill and were very excited to keep some "opals". All our questions were answered and we had a lovely time.

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Darwin, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

We visited here for a tour to find out a bit more about the town and what keeps it going. This tour was fantastic! The tour guide (we didn't get his name but probably in his early thirties) was extremely knowledgable and was happy to answer all our questions. This tour was very hands on, we got to ride up... More 

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