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Big Opal - Underground Mine Tour

Big Opal - Underground Mine Tour
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“self guided”(4 reviews)
“the owner”(6 reviews)
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
3 Three Mile Rd, Lightning Ridge, New South Wales 2834, Australia
+61 2 6829 0247
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Reviewed 4 October 2018 via mobile

This supposedly the easiest underground mine to get into. At $20 per adult I did think it was a little expensive for what you got. You explore the mine by yourself. There is a lot of information on the walls but the kids (6,7) did...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 571nitan
Reviewed 3 September 2018 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.

Date of experience: August 2018
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

Date of experience: July 2018
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

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Ken P
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

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank martinshelledwards
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

Date of experience: October 2017
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

Date of experience: September 2017
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

Date of experience: February 2017
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.

Date of experience: February 2017
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.

Date of experience: December 2016
1  Thank themaddog74
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