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Tom's Working Opal Mine

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Address: 1993 Stuart Highway, 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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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.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 November 2016
loafin2005
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Found this a good experience. Interesting stories were told, some unique things to do. Overall a satisfying time was had.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Was very disappointed with this place no guided tour available so they handed me a map and pointed out the highlights

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Initially we tried to do a self-guided tour but I didn't feel I was able to explain sufficiently to my children the ins & outs of a working opal mine. And I was a bit lost down there - even using their map it was tricky to work out what was what. We had a medical appointment that clashed with... More 

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Adelaide
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Really interesting to go into the different tunnels to see the workings of a mine and learn about the processes involved.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 2 weeks 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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3 of 5 bubbles 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 

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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 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.

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4 of 5 bubbles 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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