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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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.