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ANDAMOOKA DUKES BOTTLE HOUSE MOTEL & ANDAMOOKA OPAL SHOWROOM

We are pleased to be able to offer the following package to all visitors travelling our state.

 

Dukes Tour Package

Andamooka Opal Experience

Andamooka OpalAndamooka is a comfortable 6-hour drive from Adelaide and getting you right into the outback in your first day of travel if you choose. Interesting spots along the way include Wadlata and the Arid lands gardens in Port Augusta, the Heritage and Rocket Centre in Woomera and the ‘New’ mining town of Roxby Downs.

Arrive in Andamooka in time to take in the amazing sight of this higgledy-piggledy frontier town, which still displays the original pioneer miners shacks and dugouts. Some wonderful examples of ‘making do’ as they had to in the early years.

Book into your comfortable room at Dukes Bottlehouse Motel and then do the ‘two pub crawl’ to check out your dinner options. Eat at the famous Tuckerbox Restaurant or take in the ambiance of the Opal Hotel. Have a chat with the opal miners at the end of a hard days’ yakka and see if they have been lucky!!

White Dam crystal opalHave a leisurely breakfast at Dukes’ then do a Tagalong tour with Peter, our own in-house miner, to a working opal mine. All that is to be known of the quest for finding that big opal parcel will be revealed, and you can try your luck at finding your own ‘king stone’. Come back into town, have a bite to eat, and then take a humorous and informative local town tour of our historic dugouts and an underground mine. If opting for a 2nd nights stay take a drive and visit the longest salt lake in the southern hemisphere, Lake Torrens. (Four Wheel Drive vehicles recommended)
Don’t forget to spend some time exploring Andamooka, visiting the showrooms (all have something different to offer) and do your own historic walk.

This package can be done in one day, but depending on your time of arrival and how rushed you want to be we would recommend a minimum of two days with option of a third night to visit the Olympic Dam Copper Mine and Roxby Down Township. This offers a unique contrast of an Old mining Town and a New Mining town. Tours of the Olympic Dam Complex are available at on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays only and go from 9 to 10.30am. Cost is a gold coin donation for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

The Andamooka Opal Experience package includes:
  • Accommodation in our ensuite, air-conditioned rooms.
  • Full Cooked Breakfast.
  • Tagalong Opal mine tour with a visit to the Famous Bills Pub.
  • Historic Cottage Tour.
  • Andamooka Mud Map and information on surrounding areas.
  • Free use of barbecue facilities.

Package Price: One Night

  • $155.00 per person twin share.
  • $35 Single supplement.

Each extra night inc. Breakfast:

  • $65 per person twin share.
  • $35 Single Supplement.

Optional Touring:

  • Lake Torrens & Surrounds.
  • Twilight visit to the Arid Recovery Reserve (Roxby) to see the Bilbies, which have been re introduced to the outback by way of BHP wildlife restoration initiatives.
  • Olympic Dam Minesite Tour :- Ph 08 86712001


Stromatalite fossils Lake Torrens

 

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Dukes Air Packages

Andamooka, being a comfortable 4 - 6 hour flight from Victoria makes a perfect place to stay on your first or last night of an outback adventure. For all inclusive Australian Air Tours including Andamooka, visit Kirkhope Aviation

The gibber plain airstrip is about 3 kms N-NW of the township and the main strip is 1000 mtrs long and runs roughly east west with the prevailing winds.

There is an all weather strip at Roxby Downs , which is some 30 kms west and aviation fuel is also available there. Owners must be notified if you are planning to land or refuel there.

Coming in you fly over the amazing lunar like landscape of the opal fields and the longest salt lake in the southern hemisphere, Lake Torrens. Peter or Margot will collect you from the airstrip and take you back into town to book into the comfortable motel rooms.

Depending on the time of arrival and the amount of time available to you the following activities are suggested:

  • White Dam crystal opalTake a guided tour of the Historic Miners Dugouts and see how they toughed it out in the early years of mining.
  • Take a drive to White Dam Opal Fields where most of the mines are dug by bulldozers and visit the famous Bills Pub, where Bill (now deceased) raised over $250,000 for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
  • Take a drive to the edge of the great salt lake, Lake Torrens and view a 360o horizon and maybe see some wildlife on the way.
  • Take a wander up to the Andamooka Boot Hill ( Cemetry ) and see some amazing things there. Have a bit of a noodle (fossick) in the old mining dumps on the way.
  • Check out the Opal Showrooms and see if you can find the most beautiful stone in town. All have something special to offer.
  • Do a two pub crawl and have a chat with the local miners before enjoying a miners size meal at either establishment.

Our package for a one night stay would be:

  • Airport transfer to and from Motel via the Scenic Route.
  • Fully Cooked Breakfast.
  • Historic Cottage Tour.
  • White Dam Working mine and Bills Pub Trek.

Cost per person on a twin share basis would be: $155.00
Single Supplement: +$35.00

An optional extra, time permitting, would be the Lake Torrens Tour which would be an extra $20 per person (Minimum 4 People)

Stromatalite fossils Lake TorrensAnother option, on departure perhaps, would be the Roxby Downs Mine Tour which only operates on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9am to 10.30. An early departure to refuel at Roxby could incorporate a pick up by the Roxby Tour Bus from the Airport. Early notification would be required but the cost of the tour is a gold coin Donation for the RFDS at this stage. Transfers by road would be approximately $95 per Vehicle (4 pax)

For further information please contact us:

Margot or Peter
Email: peter@andamookaopal.com.au
Tel: 61 (0) 8 86727007
Fax: 61 (0) 8 86727062
Enquires: Enquiry form

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