Old Timers Mine

Old Timers Mine, Coober Pedy: Hours, Address, Old Timers Mine Reviews: 4.5/5

Old Timers Mine
4.5
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
About
Relive history and step back in time to 1916 with this original opal mine, historical museum and underground home, designed to give you the ultimate underground experience. Continuous self guided tour and maps available in different languages. Come and see some of the first opal found by Willie Hutchison in 1915. Try your luck and look for opal in our noodling pits. Kids will love it. • Explore an historic 1916 Opal Mine • See the natural seams of opal and fossils • Admire opal with UV lights • Walk through original underground homes • Continuous self-guided tours • Underground gift-shop • Historic museum • Opal jewellery • Noodle in the pits • Large range of souvenirs
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Wayne J
1 contribution
A Visit to the Old Timers Mine by two old timers.
May 2021 • Couples
The introduction was clear, concise and very helpful. The signage was excellent and the pathways easily accessible. All exhibits were well lit, clearly documented and easily understood. The creative artworks and sculptures demonstrated the flexibility of the stone and made the whole experience educational, interesting and worthwhile.
Written 18 June 2021
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ClontarfPorky76
Clontarf208 contributions
A Must Visit
May 2021
This was a great visit in Cooper Pedy.
You get to experience going down a mine and see what it was like mining in Cooper Pedy in the early. Excellent photos and other items on display.
Written 14 June 2021
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Jonique Life
Australia975 contributions
Old Timers Mine
May 2021 • Couples
This is probably up there with one of the best self guided tours we have done. When we walked in we were greeted with amazing customer service and the tour is phenomenal with a map provided and you can link the numbers with what you are looking at with an explanation. It is like a maze of fun underground in the mine and after doing that you can explore some underground homes as well as a museum. Would definitely recommend to all.

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Written 4 June 2021
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Thank you so much guys! Enjoy your travels!
Written 4 June 2021
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Anita T
Melbourne, Australia328 contributions
A great experience!
May 2021
We did the underground tour, at a Seniors’ price. A hard hat was needed and necessary as the roof was low in places. It was so interesting seeing the methods of mining opal and also how the family lived in the underground rooms.
Written 23 May 2021
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Thank you, and definitely, don't forget your hard hat!
Written 4 June 2021
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Sammi
12 contributions
Unique underground experience
May 2021 • Friends
This is an unique experience and must to visit in coober pedy. You can see the old mine and underground house, it was so fun i did the tour with my friends. Also there is a shop onsite for souvenirs and opals. Nicko is very professional with knowledge and gave good recommendations for the opals that we bought for mum.
Written 17 May 2021
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Thank you guys! I hope your mum loved her earrings!
Written 4 June 2021
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Debbie A
Buderim, Australia421 contributions
Excellent
May 2021
Lots of information about how mining started in Coober Pedy. There is also a lot of memorbrilla. There is also an underground home to view as it was back mining first started and then a bit later on when the mod cons came along. You have to wear a hard hat as some of the ceilings are low, Very easy to walk around and you get a list to follow as they are self guided tours only.
Written 17 May 2021
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Thank you so much Debbie! Glad you have enjoyed your time here.
Written 4 June 2021
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A2535ATjohnw
Adelaide, Australia132 contributions
A great place to spend some time whilst in the town.
May 2021
You explore at your own pace. Great to learn about the area, We were not there in a busy time, so were able to explore without being rushed.
Written 14 May 2021
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Thank you for your review!
Written 4 June 2021
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Bart_Deh
Melbourne, Australia33 contributions
Good starting place to discover Coober Pedy
Apr 2021
Very interesting museum. Shows you life in the ( old time ) mines + a lot of history of Coober Pedy. The clerk said it would take us approximately half an hour, however we stayed close to 2 hours ( and still some of us wanted to read more ).
Very good value for money.
Written 16 April 2021
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Thank you for your review, you can definitely spend a couple of hours if you really want to read about the life back in the days!
Written 26 April 2021
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Frog-Aus
Melbourne, Australia311 contributions
A historical mine not to be missed
Mar 2021
A most interesting and informative visit, self guided with lots of explanatory signs about what happens in opal mining , the conditions, mishaps, dangers etcc brought to life with life size mannequins in different positions, an underground "house" in the 1950s and a lovely shop with a comprehensive range of opals for sale.
Written 16 April 2021
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Thank you for your review! Glad you enjoyed your time here!
Written 26 April 2021
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Nicola
2 contributions
A Must Do!
Feb 2021 • Couples
This is the best attraction in Coober Pedy! A great self guided tour underground seeing the mines and underground homes. The guy on the front desk was so helpful. Gave us info and tips on things to do in and around the area.
Written 24 February 2021
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Thank you for the review guys! Glad we could help you enjoy your stay!
Written 26 April 2021
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  • Sun - Sat 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM