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Tom's Working Opal Mine

1993 Stuart Hwy, Coober Pedy, South Australia 5723, Australia
+61 8 8672 3966
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Mine tour

Brilliant tour! We all loved it. Kids all had a go at mining and had a ball. My kids now have... read more

Reviewed 4 October 2017
Fleur S
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Fantastic Tour

Would highly recommend this tour. - excellent value - really entertaining, informative and not at... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2017
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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 day equipment in action while on a guided tour with our experienced tour guides. Both tours are wheel chair accessible! See our showroom where you can buy souvenirs or high quality opal. We aim to give you an experience you will not forget.
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good33%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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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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Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

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 them.

1  Thank Fleur S
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

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 just flew by!

Thank PerthJackie
Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

Informative and fun tour for all ages. Very much hands on. If you want to truly experience opal mining this is the tour for you, complete with finding the slide, travel on the bosun's chair, practice drilling your own opals. A must do in Coober...More

Thank nic0les1
Reviewed 29 September 2017 via mobile

We did a guided tour today with Daniel... We were encouraged to have a go at everything possible, including drilling! Our girls (9 & 12) loved it and then went noodling in their area our the back, actually finding some special gems. From the minute...More

Thank Molly3636
Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

If you really want to know how it is done: GO! Such an interesting tour. You learn to know the hole history from when all started until now. I do not know what else to say bit: forget about the rest and GO!

Thank Roland A
Reviewed 23 September 2017

We did the self guided tour and were the only ones there. It was great fun wandering around and looking for bits of opal. Also a nice break underground from the hot sun. Good fun 'noodling' in the dust looking for opals, a fun interactive...More

Thank Kerrie0m
Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

We went on the guided tour at Tom's and found it fascinating. Our guide was very informative and easy to listen to. It was easy to walk around underground with very few steps. If you visit Tom's I would recommend taking the guided tour as...More

Thank Richo12
Reviewed 11 September 2017

This tour was advertised as one hour, but our group was there for two hours. I wasn't bored for one minute. The guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. There were hands-on activities, eg riding the bosun chair, trying your hand at divining, and digging for...More

1  Thank Jean F
Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

We dropped in here after going to the visitors centre, another great place to start your trip. Very friendly staff they work the place give you all the best information you need to start mining. Do your self the favour and take the guided tour...More

Thank Greg S
Reviewed 20 August 2017

A great place to visit with friendly staff and knowing it is a real working mine adds to its interest. Choose from self guided tours or short or long guided tours. Gem sales also available at reasonable prices. Plenty of parking.

Thank 221jodi
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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.