Hard Times Mine Underground Tour

Self drive
Fitness level low
Intensity level low
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5.03 reviews

Highlights & inclusions

Fully guided walking tour
A group souvenir photo is provided for each guest.
Have a truly authentic modern mining experience
Learn about the history of mining from former miners
Walk through 1.2km of tunnels & see huge mining machinery in action
Venture 25 metres underground to experience the realities of a miners day

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Thu, May 30, 2024

What you can expect

Gain an insight into the world of mining in Australia with an underground tour of the Hard Times Mine in Outback Mt Isa in Queensland. There is no better way to understand the trials and tribulations of miners than on a guided tour with an ex-miner. Listen to the fascinating stories of the good and hard times deep under the earth plus see how tunnels are formed and shaped below the surface.

The Hard Mines Underground tour in Mt Isa also gives participants the opportunity to get up close to machinery and try their hand at the air-leg drill under expert guidance. The underground mine tour is recommended for all people 7 years and above and each person will be provided with safety equipment including overalls, hard hats and gumboots.

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What you need to know

Inclusions
  • Fully guided walking tour at an underground mine in Mount Isa
  • Group souvenir photo
  • Steel toed gumboots, overalls, hard hats and additional safety equipment
Exclusions
  • Transport to/from your home destination or accommodation
  • Meals
Highlights
  • Award-winning Hard Times Mine Underground adventure
  • Truly authentic modern mining experience
  • Fully guided walking tour takes visitors 25 metres underground to experience the realities of a miner's working day
  • See huge mining machinery in action and hands on drilling
  • try your hand at the air-leg drill and feel the earth rumble with the firing of the blast face
  • Take home a group souvenir photo
Time
  • Tours depart at 9am and 1pm daily (Closed Christmas Day, New Years Day, Good Friday and Boxing Day)
Duration
  • 3 hours in duration
Departure Location
  • 19 Marian Street, Mount Isa, Queensland
What To Bring
  • A pair of socks
  • Light clothing is highly recommended (preferably shorts and a t-shirt as skirts and dresses are not recommended under overalls)
Additional Information
  • A ‘Waiver of Liability’ must be signed by all participants.
  • No cameras are permitted to be taken underground
  • A minimum of 3 people on each tour is required for the tour to operate
  • The minimum age for children is seven (7) years of age
Cancellation Policy
  • Amendments or cancellations made less than seven (7) days prior to arrival will incur a 100% cancellation fee
Booking Information
  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements

Recent reviews

53 reviews
5

Very knowledgeable presentation from an old-time miner

The trip down into the mine was very real. We got to be hands-on with a drill to set a blast. We saw heavy equipment in operation and felt a simulated blasting of the rock wall. This mine is still in operation and pulling our mineral-rich ore and these rock samples were so heavy! Highly recommended!

Victoria Vickers 10 months ago
5

Well worthwhile as it's educational, informative and an eye-opener for those that haven’t been involved with underground mining

Fabulous tour by Luke. Informative and amusing while providing an insight into mining underground. A hands-on tour starting with changing into miners' gear to give you some idea of what it’s like to be a miner underground. An amazing effort by to team to set up Hard Times mine to allow people a glimpse of a miner's life. The Cornish pasties are scrumptious. I highly recommend this tour.

Jane Fitzgerald 11 months ago
5

Relaxed informative tour with a knowledgeable old miner.

Mt Isa Mines no longer permits tours of its mine so in the early 2000s $15 million was tipped into setting up this tourist experience. Sure you are only 15m below ground and not 2,000 but that is in itself comforting. Always felt completely safe and the aspects of wearing orange overalls, a hard hat and light and having a coffee break in the "crib" room added to the realism without turning the exercise into a theme park. Everyone gets to try drilling and the event ends with a simulated explosion and exit from the tunnels on the back of a ute. Good value at $85. Groups of around 20.

Justin Dabner almost 3 years ago

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