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Old Timers Mine & Museum

Old Timers Mine & Museum Tours and Activities

The South Australian outback can be a tough place to make a living—particularly when you live underground, and hope everyday you’ll find opals. That was the lifestyle of early miners who lived in the town of Coober Pedy, literally making their homes underground, beginning in 1916. For reasons still unclear, however, the miners up and left the area sometime around World War I—leaving behind opals they’d placed in the ceiling, never again to return. It wasn’t until 1968 that a local miner found the shaft while exploring around his own mine, and rather than simply harvesting the opals and reaping financial reward, he created an underground visitor attraction that details the area’s history. When you go beneath ground at the Old Timers Mine & Museum, you truly are stepping back in time to experience a hard way of life, and even have the chance to search for opals while noodling through leftover mullock.

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9am-5pm daily
Crowder Gully Road, Coober Pedy, South Australia, 5723

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What are Old Timers Mine & Museum hours of operation?
Old Timers Mine & Museum hours of operation: 9am-5pm daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.