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Coober Pedy and the Umoona Opal Mine and Museum

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Coober Pedy – referred to as the Opal capital of the World is a town in northern South Australia, roughly 850km north of Adelaide on the Stuart Highway.

The town has evolved into a unique place, once the opal mining capital of the World, now it relies as much on tourism to sustain its community of roughly 3,500.

Take a trip underground and discover a whole world of Opals in the town of Coober Pedy at the Umoona Opal Mine & Museum.

The store is an original opal mine on Coober Pedy’s main street that has been converted into a huge underground tourist attraction.

The opal mine first worked in the 1920s and today it’s a museum. Enthusiastic tour operators will take you through the mine and explain the incredible history of opals, of the aboriginal history and of the mine itself.

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You can watch ‘The Story of Opal’ a 20 minute award-winning documentary to be viewed in an underground theatrette.

See an actual underground home called a ‘dugout’ and learn out it was made as well as what it’s like to live underground.

The underground museum hosts a staggering array of stunning opals and fossils.

After exploring the caverns of the mine you may wish to return to the underground shop and purchase some exquisite opal jewellery and items.

By Nachoman-au – A digital photograph taken by myself., CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1466045

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