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Big Opal - Underground Mine Tour

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Inside view of the opal miner's life.

This is a working opal mine, opened to the public for paid self guided tours and mined when the... read more

Reviewed 9 August 2018
Steve W
Karratha, Australia
Small, Independent Mine

This is an independent move operator who opens his mine up for people to visit. He’s been in... read more

Reviewed 14 October 2017
Craig R
via mobile
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Suggested duration: < 1 hour
3 Three Mile Rd, Lightning Ridge, New South Wales 2834, Australia
+61 2 6829 0247
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is the real thing. My uncle who used to be an Opal miner explained that this is what it is (was) like underground. It gives you a pretty good idea of the miners life.

Thank Joyce_B_Bos
Reviewed 9 August 2018

This is a working opal mine, opened to the public for paid self guided tours and mined when the season is lean. Great way to see the extent of the mining and the lengths the opal hunter will go to find their prize. Over priced...More

Thank Steve W
Reviewed 9 August 2018

Going down 113 steps made us wonder what we were in for. Turned out to be a great indication of how opals are mined. Great explanation of how shafts are drilled, how prospecting happens, and how "the muck" is excavated, hauled to the surface, and...More

Thank tmac100
Reviewed 18 July 2018 via mobile

Added it to your “must do list” Take the yellow car door tour and you will find this place. The Owner is a character who gov a lots of day information. Take 113 step down to the underground hand dug mine. Look around and take...More

Thank Explore162623
Reviewed 22 October 2017

Like Chambers of the Black Hole, this is overpriced for what you get, and at the same price of a similar self guided underground tour in the area. My value meter says cut price by half. While we enjoyed the experience, people want value for...More

Thank Emanpee
Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

This is an independent move operator who opens his mine up for people to visit. He’s been in Lightning Ridge for a number of years and is very knowledgeable on the area as well as opal mining. Unlike some of the other operations, the tours...More

Thank Craig R
Reviewed 19 March 2017

A one man enterprise, and one of the few mines open when we were there. A bit overpriced, but fairly interesting self guided walk down spiral staircase and along mine passages. He said the opals he was selling in his shop were from the mine...More

2  Thank Greenjag
Reviewed 8 March 2017

We enjoyed our visit but the exhibit really needs refreshing and updating. The mannequins are falling apart and need some TLC. The written bulletins are informative however it would be better if the past and present day mining techniques were presented.

1  Thank DianeC113
Reviewed 3 January 2017

We found the price of visiting the mine a little expensive, but it was a pretty interesting walk underground to look at a mine. Make sure you wear your helmet as there are plenty of places to bump your head.

1  Thank themaddog74
Reviewed 5 December 2016

We did this mine tour as part of The Outback Opal Tour and I found it very informative about opal mining, but,just remember for the 113 step spiral staircase down, there is 113 steps up.

Thank N5902ELgaryb
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