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Tom's Working Opal Mine

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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...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
1993 Stuart Hwy, Coober Pedy, South Australia 5723, Australia
+61 8 8672 3966
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All reviews guided tour jack hammer great tour hands on activities bosun's chair great working self guided well worth the stop lots of fun per adult an interesting experience whole family own pace noodles great place to visit great value for money in town
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Being the off season not much happening so self guided tour. No one working so you wander around with a map, glow torches. You marvel at how it would have been once. It did give you an idea of what it would be like underground...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank beescreek
Reviewed 17 October 2018 via mobile

We only did self guided tour which allowed full access through the working mine. The are also options for full guided tours which offer more use of machinery. You get you hard hat, UV torch and a map with explanations on the walk as to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank BrendanP23
Reviewed 17 October 2018

Too many mine experiences are just props to get you to buy souvenirs but this one is the real deal. To actually work a section of the mine where opals are currently being found was very exciting and you can understand how people get hooked...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank neverold333
Reviewed 16 October 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed getting into hard hats for this great underground tour. The kids loved the opportunity to drill for opals and try their hand at water divining. A must do.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ALAN B
Reviewed 13 October 2018

Friendly people. I hoped for the working mine tour but sadly the mine wasnt working the day I was there so I took myslef along on the self guided tour. Still interesting and fun. I tried dowsing for opal and did well. Educational and fun...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Caz G
Reviewed 12 October 2018

Really interesting, maze of tunnels good demonstrations and even the chance to find your own opal. This should be a must visit place.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Ed J
Reviewed 15 September 2018 via mobile

I recommend taking a tour of the mine as with a self tour you dont really get any benefit from it! I havnt been on the guided tour but it offers use of the tools and demonstrations of the machinery which we missed on the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Michelle L
Reviewed 9 September 2018

Not sure what happened and I hope that nothing bad had happened but the man that runs the tours didn’t show up to work the day we went and the lady that was there we so kind and very apologetic and could tell she was...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Jacintajm
Noel T, Manager at Tom's Working Opal Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2018

Hi Jacintajm We are sorry to hear you were disappointed and didn't get a tour that day. Unfortunately the tour guide had a family emergency and had to leave. Sorry for any inconvinece this may have caused. Kind Regards, Joanne tippett

Reviewed 25 August 2018 via mobile

Hands down one of my favourite tours ever; and I’ve travelled the globe! Informative, fun, exciting and you walk away with a deeper understanding and appreciation for what is OPAL! Miss it and you will regret it!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank BokC
Reviewed 23 August 2018

It is a little bit old fashioned ... old DVD-players with old monitors, tourist-trappy, strange and the "working" is missing a little bit. Also the noddle-area is just a dirt hill. So do it but do not aspect something special.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank 824ollis
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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.