Of all the opal mining towns in Australia there can few that are wilder or more disorganised than Andamooka.
We love showing tourists from Australia and Overseas around Andamooka. We are often asked ‘what to do and see in Andamooka’.
So we’ve asked around town and compiled this magnificent list!
Andamooka Opal Showroom Underground Opal & Mineral Museum
1) Orientate yourself on arrival and check out the ‘Andamooka Opal Showroom Underground Opal & Mineral Museum ‘ with Margo Duke & Peter Taubers. Includes:
- Andamooka Post Office and the Dukes Guest House
- Dukes Bottlehouse
- Andamooka Opal Showroom Underground Opal & Mineral Museum
Visit Karkaroo! The opalised baby Andamooka Plesiosaur. There is an amazing display of opal from all over the world together with photographs and mining paraphernalia on show. Margo and Peter have a vast gem and opal book collection for book lovers to look over and fine opal display upstairs in Dukes Guest House. Visit the website.
2) Feast on the famous miner sized meals at the legendary Tuckabox Hotel: (08) 86727137
3) Yiros, Veggie Burgers, Coffees, BIG Breakfasts, BIG Burgers, Hot Chips, Hot Dogs, Wing Dings and Dimo’s plus more snacky goodness!
The Dine-A-Mite Cafe is located in the Andamooka Community Hall Complex run by a local family.
Takeaway orders: 0409 512 692
Cal the Stoner
4) ‘Cal the Stoner’ is a sculptor and artisan stonemason who explores changes in natural stone, through placement in different environments. Cal is creating a life sized tiger that when complete will have opal eyes and claws! Go check it out! Visit Cal’s studio between 2-3pm Entry fee is a cold beer Call Cal and let him know you are coming: 0403042973
5) Go noodling (fossicking) for opal, dinosaur bones, fossils, Australites, gems and gold.
Op Shopping at CWA
6) Friday and Saturday morning! visit the Best CWA Shop in Australia (according to ABC’s Peter Goers OAM in the ‘Boo-Teek’ OP Shop, run by the Country Women’s Association.)
Arid Explorers Garden
7) Check out local art and local flora
8) Semi-dugouts historic cottages along Opal Creek Blvd, made in the 1930s by early pioneers and miners. Open for all year round. Listed on the National Heritage Register
Andamooka Observatory Bookshop 📚📖
10) Andamooka Boot Hill ( Cemetery ). There is so much history, friendship and sentiment to be found amongst the lovingly cared for gravesites. Have a noodle in the old mining dumps on the way.
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