Umoona Opal Mine & Museum, Coober Pedy

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Umoona is an original opal mine on Coober Pedy’s main street that has been converted into the town’s largest single underground tourist attraction – a “must see” in Coober Pedy.

One of the biggest range of Coober Pedy Opal in rough and cut stones, opal curios such as opalised shells and opal pipes, as well as Boulder, Yowah and Black opalExquisite jewellery and opal items designed and handcrafted on our premises.

Authentic Aboriginal artifacts; paintings by local artists.

Refreshments available.

Tax free to overseas visitors.

International certificate of guarantee.

Friendly multilingual staff with working knowledge of opal mining. Guided tours through two underground homes and our mine at 10am, 2pm and 4pm. Work out when and for how long to visit Umoona Opal Mine & Museum and other Coober Pedy attractions using our handy Coober Pedy family vacation planner.
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  • August 13, 2017
    Really worth the visit, informative and well laid out, clean, very interesting. The mine is amazing and kids will love it.  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    Visited here as part of a tour, watched the movie and wondered around the mine, very interesting. The jewelry is probably the best quality in Cobber Pedy, we visited a lot of shops and the quality jus...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    extremely interesting tour through opal mine, and underground house and explination of features. very informative, and fantastic free museum also.  more »
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  • We did the paid tour and were thoroughly entertained by Rudi, a miner who has worked the opal fields for many years. He gave us a fantastic insight to mining and dugout life. The displays of fossils and opalized shells are interesting and the opal shop is beautiful.
  • It's amazing place esp. for overseas tourits who are not familiar with dugouts. Everything is interesting, esp. if you do a guided tour. I liked the shop a lot with the wonderful stones and charming swiss lady who told us, she, originally coming from Switzerland, already lived for 30 years in Coober Pedy!
  • The free museum is rather basic but you get to see some interesting things in the paid tour. You can get a good sense of how the mining works and how the underground houses look and feel. They've done a decent job of presenting things for visitors but it does feel rather touristy. The large shop makes you feel like you're in an attraction rather than somewhere more authentic.
  • Umoona Opal Mine is a great educational museum in the heart of Coober Pedy! An underground tour within this business will give you the best summary of Coober Pedy's history
  • The information and artefacts were nicely displayed, however the main part of the museum was the jewellery shop! Friendly staff who were happy to show you jewellery without any pressure sales tactics.

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