Umoona Opal Mine & Museum
Umoona Opal Mine & Museum
4.5
Speciality MuseumsGeologic FormationsHistory Museums
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
An original old mine on Coober Pedy's main street,Umoona Opal Mine has been converted into the town's largest single underground tourist attraction- A "must see" in Coober Pedy An original Opal Mine with guided tours at 10,2 and 4 pm daily Genuine dug-out home on display Historic opal mining interpretive centre Aboriginal interpretive centre Award-winning documentary video "The Story of Opal" Exclusive Opal Jewellery and Opal Stones
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Kim0695
    Bannockburn, Australia76 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely little activity!
    Lovely little museum, very informative about the land, history, and how opals were found. We did the underground tour, this was good, however hard with young children that don't sit still. Opals in the shop were expensive, but it was definitely lovely to see and experience. The staff were nice and friendly
    I'm glad to hear you had a mostly enjoyable experience at Umoona! It's always a bonus when staff are friendly and approachable; it makes the entire experience more pleasant. That's exactly what we strive for. Thank you for taking the time to share your review! It's beneficial for both future visitors and Umoona Opal Mine itself.
    Written 30 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 October 2023
  • KatielouAustralia
    Hobart, Australia1,769 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Opal History
    A comprehensive overview of life and history in Coober Pedy was provided on the tour. We learned about the opals (naturally!) but also about life living underground. Our guide was informative and friendly explaining the different types of opals and what to look for in quality. There is a shop where opals can be purchased with prices to suit every budget.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 November 2023
  • K72
    Melbourne, Australia3,071 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really interesting
    We were a group of 10 and had a guide booked. Tatiana showed us around the mine and museum whilst giving us a lot of information. The mine was decommissioned in 1970 but houses some traditional miners quarters and a more modern version of the underground house. Great to compare both. The mine is well lit and wide- not claustrophobic at all. A few low rooflines so watch your head. Interesting to see how modern machinery changed the mining tunnels too. Of course there's a gift shop at the end, with opals to purchase. The tour began with a 20 min video about how opals were first found in Coober Pedy. We were lucky enough to see some flowering Sturt's Desert Pea out the front of the mine entry too.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 April 2024
  • TwinMumma3514
    Brightwaters, Australia125 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    History of Opal Mining
    We visited this place as part of a tour group, it was very interesting. We enjoyed the video at the start, exploring the underground house, and learning all about the history of opal mining in Coober Pedy. My children really enjoyed it and were captivated the whole time. Highly recommend.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 June 2024
  • Sethvagg
    Port Macquarie, Australia17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see for any visitors to Coober Pedy!
    Been to Coober Pedy quite a bit and decided to venture into this unassuming building… Wow! Wasn’t expecting that. An amazing place and a lot bigger than we expected. Booked the tour and that was amazing. The guide (Zoe, a local girl) was fantastic and really has a lot of local knowledge. Would highly recommend a visit (and the tour) to anyone who visits Coober Pedy.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 June 2024
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Pas Q
Adelaide, Australia62 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
We were taken to the Umoona museum as part of an off train experience from the Ghan. On arriving we were immediately handed over to a young lady who was to be our guide. We were rushed though a couple of rooms to get an explanation of opal vs potsch then to a life size dugout. Again there seemed to be a rush. After leaving the dugout we stopped in a tunnel where the guide rambled about something - it was hard to understand because she spoke so fast.
But then we were ushered up a flat walkway which took us to their opal store. Obviously our time there was meant for shopping, not really to learn anything or see anything of interest in depth.
Written 31 October 2020
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Trisstie
Adelaide, Australia778 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
Our Noble's tour group were taken to this opal mine and great museum located in Coober Pedy's main street. The museum is free to enter and guided tours run 3 times a day. You should allow at least an hour & a half to fully enjoy what's on offer. It covers a great history & explanation of how opal mining started in the early 1900s. Be prepared to walk well below ground level through long tunnels which require you to navigate steps at times and bending to get through low overhead ceilings. At the end of the tour there is a gift shop and you may find a piece of jewellery to take home. Tea & coffee are on offer. Well worth a visit.
Written 17 May 2021
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Thanks for the review Trisstie. You've explained everything we offer perfectly. Hope to see you again in Coober Pedy sometime!
Written 20 July 2021
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apim
Canberra, Australia350 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
The museum in the town with highest footfall, The Ghan has affiliation here and they bring their passengers first here. Also, this place probably boasts biggest collection of opal in display for sale. Finally, the lookout point above the area is great to catch a long way view of the Coober Pedy sign (the hollywood style)
Written 24 August 2021
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Thanks a million for the review and we're glad you enjoyed your visit. We hope you'll come back and visit again sometime.
Written 28 August 2021
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elllenwilliams
Adelaide, Australia30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
We visited as a young couple to learn a bit about Coober Pedy and its opal history. The museum is fantastic - excellent displays with a lot of attention to detail. The video is extremely well done and very informative. Our most favorite part of our visit had to be our tour with Rudi (who is 85 years young!). Rudi was an opal miner in Coober Pedy who began his mining career in the 1960s. He gave us a truly unique insight into the experience of living and mining in Coober Pedy and was able to answer all our burning questions. He is such a character and we want to thank him again for being an unforgettable and entertaining guide. Would recommend to anyone visiting Coober Pedy!
Written 2 August 2020
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Janice C
Sydney, Australia40 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
The much celebrated Umoona Mine and Museum, another recent construction, contains everything you would want to see in one location. We spent some time here and learnt a great deal about opal mining and the hardships and loss of life, and at the end of the tunnel, an opal shop. The residential dugout is a very poor example of the real thing, there are real dugouts available to tourists in town. Not really a museum more a Disneyland experience. The shop at the end of the tour is the only decent place to buy good opal jewellery in town. Big business seems to have put the small businesses out of business.
Written 17 September 2022
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Frostee65
Adelaide, Australia66 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
You have the choice here of just walking around or doing a guided tour. The tour included a short movie about the discovery of opals and how they're formed
Our tour guide was Rudy, who used to mine for opals and even stayed in the accommodation they show you as part of the tour. It was extremely interesting and very informative. We also heard great reviews for Emily, another tour guide.
Written 12 January 2020
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KatielouAustralia
Hobart, Australia1,769 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
A comprehensive overview of life and history in Coober Pedy was provided on the tour. We learned about the opals (naturally!) but also about life living underground. Our guide was informative and friendly explaining the different types of opals and what to look for in quality. There is a shop where opals can be purchased with prices to suit every budget.
Written 6 November 2023
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Gary P
Brighton, Australia63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Couples
If you want to know the how, what, when of opal mining then this is the place. A fantastic movie about how Coober Pedy came to be, old time dugout home, modern dugout home, original mining tunnels even the licence system explained. Free tea, coffee, hot chocolate aat the end of the tour.
Informative, clean and child friendly.
Written 30 September 2020
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tastony2
Hobart, Australia206 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
A must visit during a stay in Coober Pedy. It is really a great highlight, and with a good guide the whole Opal mining industry comes to great light. A remarkably extensive underground mine that encapsulates all of the regions current and past history.
also a shoppers paradise for gifts of the local mining product.
Written 10 May 2021
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So great to hear your feedback and thank you for taking the time to leave a review. So glad you enjoyed the visit!
Written 20 July 2021
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Glammaa
Canberra, Australia224 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
We did this tour as soon as we arrived in Coober Pedy. There is a film that goes for about 15 minutes which is informative but probably a little bit dated. Our guide was great, she shared all sorts of stories about opal mining, all of them entertaining and some of them jaw-dropping. I would highly recommend this tour.
Written 4 September 2022
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