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Umoona Opal Mine & Museum

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Address: 14 Hutchison St, Coober Pedy, South Australia 5723, Australia
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+61 8 8672 5288
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08:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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An original old mine on Coober Pedy's main street,Umoona Opal Mine has been...

An original old mine on Coober Pedy's main street,Umoona Opal Mine has been converted into the town's largest single underground tourist attraction- A "must see" in Coober Pedy

An original Opal Mine with guided tours at 10,2 and 4 pm daily

Genuine dug-out home on display

Historic opal mining interpretive centre

Aboriginal interpretive centre

Award-winning documentary video

"The Story of Opal"

Exclusive Opal Jewellery and Opal Stones

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Learn all about Opals and getting them out of the ground

This tour was recommended to us by our hotel. We just missed the morning tour (10:00am) but spent our time learning all about opals and viewing them in the display cases from the... read more

Reviewed 11 March 2017
N & N B

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

Worth a visit to see the museum display they have Opal jewelry is very expensive here. Staff were pleasant.

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Thank Robert H
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Reviewed 11 March 2017

This tour was recommended to us by our hotel. We just missed the morning tour (10:00am) but spent our time learning all about opals and viewing them in the display cases from the knowledgable staff. Once the tour we missed was done, we got to talk to a former opal miner (Rudy) who told us all about actually mining opals... More 

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Casablanca, Morocco
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017 via mobile

Very good museum. I learned a lot about opals, mining practices, dinosaurs and Aboriginal people. The history of Coober Pedy is also shown I recommend it.

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Thank G L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

Lots of opal jewellery to view and buy. A museum and go down deeper into an old working mine and living quarters. You have to do this one

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Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

Didn't do the tour but talked with the staff about the opals and would have bought some if I had plenty of $$$$$$.

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Thank Carolyn P
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

I think that is one of the most important place to visit in Coober Pedy to understand its history and culture. The museum shows everything about opal mining as well as helps you to understand the people who live there today.

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Mackay QLD
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

This was the highlight of CP just to see, read and listen about history of CP. Never forget the photo of the entrance to the underground bank, that was funny.

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rotherham,england
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2017

We went here after Linda at Desert View recommended it and was very interesting,after the film show you go on a tour of the old mine.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 February 2017

We stayed at the accommodation next to the museum for one night in September 2016. The accommodation was much like a hostel - bunk beds with one bathroom. We could also walk up to the main ablutions block to use the sinks, toilets and showers there. We also had a small kitchen with a fridge which was good. It's pretty... More 

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Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 February 2017

Very interesting. You learn all about opal mining from when it started to the present day. In the museum you get to see the old mines and see how they used to extract the opal and where the miners used to live. You also see how they clean the opals. The shop is lovely with many different specimens at a... More 

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