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Tom's Working Opal Mine

Closed Now: 09:00 - 17:00
Open today: 09:00 - 17:00
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Must see and do in COOBER!

Hands down one of my favourite tours ever; and I’ve travelled the globe! Informative, fun... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Bok C
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
via mobile
Best Mine Tour of all we did in Australia!

We did several Mine Tours and were disappointed by most. Often just sitting in the bus and saw... read more

Reviewed 13 August 2018
Port Stephens, Australia
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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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Reviewed 5 days ago 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

Thank Michelle L
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank Jacintajm
Noel T, Manager at Tom's Working Opal Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago 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!

Thank Bok C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Thank Olli S
Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

We did several Mine Tours and were disappointed by most. Often just sitting in the bus and saw whole mines Just through Bus Windows. But Toms was great. The female Guide had Lots of time for us despite WE we're Just 4 people. We could...More

Thank frederike463
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

This was such a great tour and our girls aged 4, 8 and 10 were interested the whole time. The best thing was that it was a hands on experience which meant the girls learnt so much more about opal mining as it broke all...More

Thank Karen D
Reviewed 4 August 2018

If you want to understand more about opal mining Tom's is a great way to do as you walk the working tunnels that are well signed and with many interesting pieces of information along the way. You are provided with a UV torch to see...More

Thank Oldjack
Reviewed 2 August 2018 via mobile

Would strongly recommend this tour!!! We spent the extra for a guided tour and worth every cent for the information received and our questions answered with a great working knowledge of opal mining. Well worth the stop.

Thank Lloyd Judy M
Reviewed 27 July 2018

went for a self guided tour through the mine. Well lit with plenty of head room. Historic displays throughout the tour. UV torch was wonderful for finding opal streams throughout the walk.

Thank Judy M
Reviewed 21 July 2018 via mobile

Visited recently with husband in a wheelchair and 14yr old son Access was quite steep for most people in a wheelchair, but hubby is very fit and with our assistance he saw most of the mine We really had wanted to do the 10am tour,...More

Thank Sprat72
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Lorna W
20 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.