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Old Timers Mine, Coober Pedy

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Explore how miners lived and worked during the opal mining times in early 1900s. As you walk through the cave and tunnels at Old Timers Mine, you will see old pick marks and even streaks of opal that have been left in the rocks. You can visit an underground house used by the miners that now displays a collection of opals and various artifacts from the mine's history. Outside, try your hand at the old manufacturing process with an interactive session using a pipe to filter the stones. The gift shop features polished opals and jewelry. Put Old Timers Mine at the forefront of your travel plans using our Coober Pedy trip itinerary planner.
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  • One of the places that was suggested to us to see and we were absolutely stoked we did getting to see how they separate the dust and rocks from the diggings(a vacuum of awesomeness,take your watch off...  more »
  • An in-depth look into the history and present-day mining. We arrived in time for the demonstration which was interesting and a bit of fun. Then we headed off with our booklet and guided ourselves thro...  more »
  • A fantastic place which gives a wonderful insight into opal mining in Coober Pedy. Very well described and illustrated.  more »
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  • We had a great time going thru the old mine everything was explained in literature...the museum was great...the underground home was amazing... The staff were very knowledgeable....and Fun!
  • Was really good kids loved digging for opals. The two guys at the counter very friendly and good with the kids. So worth stopping in for a look.
  • Real good experience, self guided tour was real good. the demonstration was a bit short but still informative
  • Great spot for kids! Worth a look at if your in town!
  • Wasn't too interesting for me. I like museums but this one should probably be visited with a tour-guide who can tell you more about the backgrounds of this mine. Prices are alright (15$ pp for an unguided tour).