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Tom's Working Opal Mine, Coober Pedy

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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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  • My family had a great time at Tom's mine. First they noodled topside and found some beautiful fragments. After that we had the full tour and all came away feeling like we had a real taste of the opal ...  more »
  • Interesting, informative hands on fun. The only working opal mine in Coober Pedy that is open for tours.  more »
  • We chose the conducted tour and so glad we did. Our guide was so knowledgeable and able to impart that knowledge in a clear and gentle manner. She made us all feel comfortable and took any amount of t...  more »
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  • Would highly recommend Tom's working opal mine if you're passing through Coober Pedy. We ended up spending most of an afternoon here. It was a great experience to see all of the equipment working and to have a go at using the divining rods. The kids loved it!
  • If you do one thing in Coober Pedy, make it this! Wonderful tour explaining everything I wanted to learn about opals and mining. Included a live demonstration of various mechanical tools and machinery.
  • Nice mine. Good tour. Price is ok for the length of the tour. Good and interesting installations.
  • 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.

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