Big Opal Mine

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Location: Lightning Ridge.
(-29.452055, 147.967315)
Open: All year daily 9-.
Guided Tours: 9, 13.
Fee: Self Guided Tour: Adults AUD 10.
Guided Tour: Adults AUD 22.
Classification: MineOpal Mine
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours:
Address: Big Opal, 3-Mile Road, PO Box 250, Lightning Ridge NSW 2834, Tel: +61-2-6829-0247, Fax: +61-2-6829-4247. E-mail: contact
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The Big Opal Mine is entered down a spiral staircase. A maze of tunnels used for opal mining, locally called drives, is visited on a guided tour. Of course the tour ends in a gem shop with large display of opal souvenirs and local artist paintings.