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Tom's Working Opal Mine

Address: 1993 Stuart Hwy, Coober Pedy SA 5723
Phone: +61-8-86723966

What people are saying:

Coober Pedy, a lonely town 600 kilometers away in the hinterland of South Australia. It is best known as the "Opal Capital of the World". There is only one gem that can flash the seven brilliance of the sun at the same time, and that is the opal. 80% of the world's opals are produced in Australia, and the small town of Coober Pedy is the most important mineral center. It is said that when someone passed by here, it was raining heavily, and the mountains were full of colorful lights, like miracles. So I discovered the Opal vein that shocked the world. Over the past few decades, countless gold diggers have come here to hunt for treasure, some have become rich overnight, and some have gone bankrupt. (Many local people live in such mines to avoid the sweltering heat, warm in winter and cool in summer) There are several old mines and museums in the town to visit. The tour guide will explain the mining process and history in detail, and you can also experience absenteeism. life. The origin of these gems, each one is full of hardships. If you apply for a piece of land with a length of 100 meters, you can excavate gems. But the mineral veins are not so easy to find. Maybe you have digged up and there is no blood flow. The next door is a big mineral vein. There are also mineral veins that are hard to find and are destroyed by accidentally digging them. Mining machines are old-fashioned, and once broken, it takes at least three weeks for the parts to arrive. The labor cost is also high. In order to save costs, some mine owners have specially developed mining experience projects for backpackers. Tourists have to pay him when they dig for them! Of course, he also promised to dig all yours.

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  • backpackme

    Worth a visit if traveling with kids

    Drove in not knowing what to expect, only to be blown away with what lay beneath the ground. The owners were so welcoming and excellent with our two young boys. There was not a child on our tour that ...

    Reviewed on /Date(1617293057000+0800)/
  • frankgustafson

    Well worth the visit

    What an amazing tour. They are very friendly and very knowledgeable in opal mining showing all different aspects for looking for opal. It opening shortly due massive renovations by the new owners. W...

    Reviewed on /Date(1616769651000+0800)/
  • elllenwilliams
    Adelaide, Australia

    Excellent experience!

    We visited as a young couple who wanted some hands-on opal mining experience. We had a lovely female guide (with a charming little dog) who hoisted is up the mining shaft if we so dared. Walking aroun...

    Reviewed on /Date(1596316211000+0800)/
  • CherylP631
    Adelaide, Australia

    Friendly & informative staff

    Thank you to the lady who ran the information counter - she went out of her way to make our visit informative and fun. We did a self guided tour. We asked so many questions & she answered them all. Y...

    Reviewed on /Date(1594568172000+0800)/
  • Stephen D
    Stephen D
    Adelaide, Australia

    A Good Insight Into Modern Opal Mining

    I arrived at Tom's in between tour times so I embarked on a self-guided tour. At the reception desk I was handed a map of the mine, a hard hat and a UV torch which is used to find the opal seams. The ...

    Reviewed on /Date(1593813186000+0800)/

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