The old time miners had backfilled the shafts, hiding the mine below.
Who knows why they never returned to dig out the opal still waiting.
Families are especially welcome, as the mine , having no open shafts or mining equipment in operation, is safe for children.
The tour takes approximately 35 minutes to complete.
After your mine tour enjoy the experience of underground shopping.
The Old Timers Mine has an extensive range of opal, opal jewellery and locally made souvenirs.
There is also a huge selection of rock and opal specimens.
A windlass was a hand-powered winding device for hauling ore up a shaft.Haulage was limited to comparatively shallow depths, and light loads.They could be manufactured easily using bush timber for the barrel and frame, and a few basic blacksmithing skills for the iron handle.The windlass is an apparatus for moving heavy weights.Typically, a windlass consists of a horizontal cylinder (barrel), which is rotated by the turn of a crank or belt.A winch is affixed to one or both ends, and a cable or rope is wound around the winch, pulling a weight attached to the opposite end.