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Tom's Working Opal Mine, Coober Pedy

(4.3/5 based on 180+ 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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  • Our 3 children loved this interactive tour. They were allowed to have a go at the machinery, they jack picked an opal seam underground and got to fossick above. Our guide was patient, informative and ...  more »
  • A great self guided tour that you can walk through and take your time with - the diving rods are good and the uv light surprising - prepare yourself for the fossicking "noodling" afterwards as it's ad...  more »
  • Wonderful tour explaining everything I wanted to learn about opals and mining. Included a live demonstration of various mechanical tools and machinery  more »
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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!