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Tom's Working Opal Mine

Open Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Free noodling area.

Friendly people. I hoped for the working mine tour but sadly the mine wasnt working the day I was... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Caz G
Adelaide, Australia
True taste of the Opal fields

Really interesting, maze of tunnels good demonstrations and even the chance to find your own opal... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Ed J
Perth, Australia
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Working opal mine situated just 500m north of the town along the Stuart Highway. Open 6 days a week in off peak season and 7 days a week in peak seaason. Guided and self guided tours are available at our large underground reception area. See modern...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
1993 Stuart Hwy, Coober Pedy, South Australia 5723, Australia
+61 8 8672 3966
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All reviews guided tour great tour hands on activities bosun's chair self guided per adult an interesting experience whole family own pace take your time toms mining rods uv opals machinery techniques
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Friendly people. I hoped for the working mine tour but sadly the mine wasnt working the day I was there so I took myslef along on the self guided tour. Still interesting and fun. I tried dowsing for opal and did well. Educational and fun...More

Thank Caz G
Reviewed 4 days ago

Really interesting, maze of tunnels good demonstrations and even the chance to find your own opal. This should be a must visit place.

Thank Ed J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I recommend taking a tour of the mine as with a self tour you dont really get any benefit from it! I havnt been on the guided tour but it offers use of the tools and demonstrations of the machinery which we missed on the...More

Thank Michelle L
Reviewed 9 September 2018

Not sure what happened and I hope that nothing bad had happened but the man that runs the tours didn’t show up to work the day we went and the lady that was there we so kind and very apologetic and could tell she was...More

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Noel T, Manager at Tom's Working Opal Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Hi Jacintajm We are sorry to hear you were disappointed and didn't get a tour that day. Unfortunately the tour guide had a family emergency and had to leave. Sorry for any inconvinece this may have caused. Kind Regards, Joanne tippett

Reviewed 25 August 2018 via mobile

Hands down one of my favourite tours ever; and I’ve travelled the globe! Informative, fun, exciting and you walk away with a deeper understanding and appreciation for what is OPAL! Miss it and you will regret it!

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Reviewed 22 August 2018

It is a little bit old fashioned ... old DVD-players with old monitors, tourist-trappy, strange and the "working" is missing a little bit. Also the noddle-area is just a dirt hill. So do it but do not aspect something special.

Thank Olli S
Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

We did several Mine Tours and were disappointed by most. Often just sitting in the bus and saw whole mines Just through Bus Windows. But Toms was great. The female Guide had Lots of time for us despite WE we're Just 4 people. We could...More

Thank frederike463
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

This was such a great tour and our girls aged 4, 8 and 10 were interested the whole time. The best thing was that it was a hands on experience which meant the girls learnt so much more about opal mining as it broke all...More

Thank Karen D
Reviewed 4 August 2018

If you want to understand more about opal mining Tom's is a great way to do as you walk the working tunnels that are well signed and with many interesting pieces of information along the way. You are provided with a UV torch to see...More

Thank Oldjack
Reviewed 2 August 2018 via mobile

Would strongly recommend this tour!!! We spent the extra for a guided tour and worth every cent for the information received and our questions answered with a great working knowledge of opal mining. Well worth the stop.

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Lorna W
20 December 2016|
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Response from Sue S | Reviewed this property |
If our driving - go to Bathurst, Dubbo, Broken Hill and across to Port Augusta before heading north on the Sturt Highway which is approximately 2100 kms and a long long drive. Lots to see if you have the time to stop and... More
Nadine W
8 April 2016|
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Response from harleybearhsc | Reviewed this property |
No but you can pick through the tailings its a bit of fun take home some slivers of opal. Its fun and interesting.