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Tom's Working Opal Mine

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Address: 1993 Stuart Hwy, Coober Pedy, South Australia 5723, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 8 8672 3966
09:00 - 05:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 05:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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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.

Reviewed 2 November 2016
Melbourne, Australia
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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 219 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 December 2016

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 

Thank John D
Joergensoe Beach, Denmark
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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.

Thank Teddy B
Melbourne, Australia
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 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.

1 Thank loafin2005
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Reviewed 27 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 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 

Thank eglantineR
Gold Coast, Australia
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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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Gawler, Australia
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5 reviews
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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.

1 Thank aikeimi
Darwin, Australia
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Reviewed 27 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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Bunbury, Australia
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Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

With an obscene entrance fee to enter a non working mine (which is advertised as working) and have a 12 year old boy (assuming) doing the tour who was way out of his depth with knowledge and people skills, and not to mention false information. I wasted an hour which could have taken 10 minutes if I'd gone by myself.... More 

Thank dannygiblett
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Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

We did the 10am tour. Myself and 11 year old son, Jack. We were the 9nly people on the tour. The shořt video before thw tour is worth a look. Definitely recommend the tour. Informative and friendly local as a guide. Hands on experience. Jack was able to operate a jack hammer and dig out a piece of rock with... More 

Thank Vicky W

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