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Tom's Working Opal Mine

1993 Stuart Hwy, Coober Pedy, South Australia 5723, Australia
+61 8 8672 3966
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We went on the guided tour at Tom's and found it fascinating. Our guide was very informative and... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
via mobile
Worth visiting to learn about modern opal mining

This tour was advertised as one hour, but our group was there for two hours. I wasn't bored for one... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jean F
Canberra, Australia
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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.
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good34%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 05:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1993 Stuart Hwy, Coober Pedy, South Australia 5723, Australia
+61 8 8672 3966
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We went on the guided tour at Tom's and found it fascinating. Our guide was very informative and easy to listen to. It was easy to walk around underground with very few steps. If you visit Tom's I would recommend taking the guided tour as...More

Thank Richo12
Reviewed 1 week ago

This tour was advertised as one hour, but our group was there for two hours. I wasn't bored for one minute. The guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. There were hands-on activities, eg riding the bosun chair, trying your hand at divining, and digging for...More

1  Thank Jean F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We dropped in here after going to the visitors centre, another great place to start your trip. Very friendly staff they work the place give you all the best information you need to start mining. Do your self the favour and take the guided tour...More

Thank Greg S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great place to visit with friendly staff and knowing it is a real working mine adds to its interest. Choose from self guided tours or short or long guided tours. Gem sales also available at reasonable prices. Plenty of parking.

Thank 221jodi
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An amazing experience to go underground to this working mine. Shafts every way that you turn. We were given an ultra violet torch which then shows up the opal seams in the rock. Due to our arrival time we did the self guided tour.

Thank Martin P
Reviewed 6 August 2017

My family had a great time at Tom's mine. First they noodled topside and found some beautiful fragments. After that we had the full tour and all came away feeling like we had a real taste of the opal mining of Coober Pedy.

Thank MrJohnnySan
Reviewed 27 July 2017

Interesting, informative hands on fun. The only working opal mine in Coober Pedy that is open for tours.

Thank LuckyGuy_12
Reviewed 23 July 2017

We chose the conducted tour and so glad we did. Our guide was so knowledgeable and able to impart that knowledge in a clear and gentle manner. She made us all feel comfortable and took any amount of time needed to demonstrate and assist those...More

Thank Runawaygirl60
Reviewed 21 July 2017 via mobile

Did the guided tour today with my two daughters. Great fun, very informative. Really hands on which my girls loved. They've been talking about it all afternoon. Highly recommend!

Thank Skye W
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

Great service and a lot of new information. We were late for the last tour, so we went for a self-guided tour and we still liked it a lot.

Thank ElvyK11
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Lorna W
21 December 2016|
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Response from Sue S | Reviewed this property |
If our driving - go to Bathurst, Dubbo, Broken Hill and across to Port Augusta before heading north on the Sturt Highway which is approximately 2100 kms and a long long drive. Lots to see if you have the time to stop and... More
Nadine W
8 April 2016|
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Response from harleybearhsc | Reviewed this property |
No but you can pick through the tailings its a bit of fun take home some slivers of opal. Its fun and interesting.