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. To visit Tom's Working Opal Mine and other attractions in Coober Pedy, use our Coober Pedy road trip planning website .
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  • October 6, 2017
    Unlike some of the reviews here, I found the tour interesting and informative. It was surprising just how big the tunnels are. Opel mining is hard gig, tough way to earn a $. I work in the safety indu...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    Brilliant tour! We all loved it. Kids all had a go at mining and had a ball. My kids now have opal fever. They're obsessed! Great value for money. Guide was great with the kids and very attentive to t...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    Would highly recommend this tour. - excellent value - really entertaining, informative and not at all boring - very hands-on - we all had a go at lots of different facets of opal mining - the 2 hours ...  more »
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  • June 29, 2017
    Awesome experience. The highlight of our Coober Pedy trip. The tour guide is directly involved with the mine and was very detailed with his explanation of mining equipment and processes. We even got to try our luck at using a jack drill to mine for opal. Luckily we all pulled out decent souvenir chunks which will serve as a great reminder of our trip to Coober Pedy. Highly recommended.
  • March 13, 2017
    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!
  • February 4, 2017
    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.
  • October 13, 2016
    Nice mine. Good tour. Price is ok for the length of the tour. Good and interesting installations.
  • February 14, 2016
    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

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