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Mt Lyell Underground Mine Tour

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About Mt Lyell Underground Mine Tour


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For serious boasting power on return from your holiday, why not do something completely different. Get kitted out in your hardhat, miner's lamp, gumboots, high viz vest and self-rescue equipment belt. Jump into the back of a working miner's transport vehicle and head off into the bowels of the earth. Travel for 6km down to the heart of the mine where you will see how the copper that helps your mobile phone function, amongst many other uses, is extracted from the earth. Marvel at the huge cavernous working spaces and massive machinery that crushes the rock ready to be hoisted to the surface.
Hang out in the miner's "crib room" where they gather for meal breaks. See the refuge chambers and escape-way. Learn about the safe working culture, world's best practice that is an integral part of mining in Australia.
You will also learn about the 133 year history of mining in Queenstown by visiting some of the original mining sites. Hear fascinating stories of the impact these mines had on the development of our great nation. Also learn of the environmental impact and the work being done to rehabilitate the landscape.
Visit the site of the 1912 mining disaster, Australia's worst mining tragedy where 42 miners lost their lives when fire broke out in the pump room on the 700ft level of the North Lyell Shaft. Tour duration 3 hrs. Age restricted to over 14 year olds. Long pants and long sleeves required by mine management for all visitors.