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Tom's Working Opal Mine, Coober Pedy
(4.3/5 based on 170+ reviews on the web)
Take an underground tour of Tom's Working Opal Mine, where you can dig for opals in a functioning mine. Tickets are sold right at the entrance, where you can also pick up a hard hat and other necessary tools. You can choose an interactive guided tour, conducted by experienced miners who provide participants with detailed explanations and demonstrations. Self-guided walking tours are also available for those who prefer to stroll through the mine at their own pace. Both types of tours are safe and well-lit, with no need to crouch or crawl through narrow tunnels. After your tour, relax at the reception area, where you can grab a free beverage and connect to the mine’s free high-speed Internet. Make Tom's Working Opal Mine a centerpiece of your Coober Pedy vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Coober Pedy tour planner.
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  • 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 di...  more »
  • 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. 
  • 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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  • Nice mine. Good tour. Price is ok for the length of the tour. Good and interesting installations.
  • Worth a vist, see a few machines fire up. See a bit of opal. Do a bit of noodling.
  • Great place to experience, and explore how they live and mine opals. Interactive tour, our tour guide Ben was great, the kids had many questions, and all were answered very well. Well worth the visit
  • We had the best tour guide! She was the essence of Coober Pedy. She was warm and approachable, ultra-Australian, a little hungover but still had an excellent sense of humour. We heard a few bad luck opal mining stories that seem synonymous with Coober Pedy. We learnt of the techniques and saw the various machines used to dig out the underground tunnels. I would recommend this tour. It is informative, inexpensive, easy to find, and fascinating.
  • Worth a visit, great little tour and the kids will love it!