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Old Timers Mine, Coober Pedy
(4.5/5 based on 380+ reviews on the web)
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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  • If you're looking to see how these miners lived and the conditions they had to put up with, this is the place for you. The first thing you get given is a hard hat, then proceed through the hand carved...  more »
  • We were greeted by Mark who was very friendly, somewhat entertaining and full of knowledge. We started the self guided tour and he called us a short while later to try the blower outside. We were then...  more »
  • Having 90 mins to kill prior to our departure, a visit to the Old Timers Mine fitted the bill beautifully The self guided tour meant we could go at our own pace and really get to know the detail of ho...  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).