mine tours...which one?

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Our big trip will take us through many of the large mining towns in the North of WA and many of those in Northern QLD. We would like to take the kids on 'a' mine tour and I'm wondering if anyone can recommend one in particular. We have four kids aged 3 - 8 yrs. Cost is very relevant as resources will be strectched.
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Reply By: maroni - Monday, May 22, 2006 at 14:08

Monday, May 22, 2006 at 14:08
Mt Whaleback in Newman w.a very good can't remember cost, you hop on bus and drive thru mine.. very good i think..
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Monday, May 22, 2006 at 23:39

Monday, May 22, 2006 at 23:39
Cost is only small. Best to book, as coach has minimum and maximum numbers. We booked at tourist centre the afternoon before and although they were a couple short of the minimum number, they felt confident someone would turn up in the morning, and they did. Coach leaves from tourist centre around 9 am i think. A great tour and well worth doing.
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Reply By: Muddies Doe(Trippn) - Monday, May 22, 2006 at 14:31

Monday, May 22, 2006 at 14:31
Hi Harry

If you are going to Weipa then the Rio Tinto bauxite tour would be a good one to go on. Not too long and you get resonably up close to the big machines.

When I was last there a few years ago I was lead to believe that there weren't going to be anymore underground mine tours because of high insurance premium costs involved and they shelved those tours. However, one of these website mentions underground tours?
I have never been on any tours in Mt Isa.
There is also a place there that simulates an underground mine and it is said to be good.

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Follow Up By: Muddies Doe(Trippn) - Monday, May 22, 2006 at 14:33

Monday, May 22, 2006 at 14:33
"When I was last there a few years ago"

It should read...........In Mt Isa when I was there a few years ago

Sorry.

Cya
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Monday, May 22, 2006 at 15:37

Monday, May 22, 2006 at 15:37
Mine tour at Weipa is highly recommended :))
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Reply By: Member - ROTORD - Monday, May 22, 2006 at 14:43

Monday, May 22, 2006 at 14:43
Bus tour of BHPBilliton Port Hedland [ technically a mine site ] , highly recommended . Automated train unloading by tipping the carriages upside down while still hitched is a highlight .
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Reply By: Longreach - Monday, May 22, 2006 at 17:52

Monday, May 22, 2006 at 17:52
Mt. Whaleback (Newman) is impressive in it's sheer size and worth doing. When we were there they told us they didn't do blasting when visitors are on site but talking to others since they have seen some balsting.
Also agree Pt Headland BHP facility tour is interesting.
I thought Weipa Bauxite less impressive, just front end loaders loading trucks, albeit big ones.
Haven't done it but Lonely Planet speaks highly of the Mt Isa underground tour. I think you have to be over a particular age for this so worth checking if your are considering taking kids.
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Reply By: Member - Brian (WA) - Monday, May 22, 2006 at 19:11

Monday, May 22, 2006 at 19:11
Hi Harry. I would say there are lots of mine tours. Which one?
The Whaleback tour is good. Also Hammersley do one at Mt Tom Price.
Hammersley also do a port tour at Dampier.
Maybe Woodside do one at Burrup.
Maybe in Kalgoolie do a gold mine tour.
As I SAy which one
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Follow Up By: Member - Brian (WA) - Monday, May 22, 2006 at 19:15

Monday, May 22, 2006 at 19:15
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Follow Up By: Member - Brian (WA) - Monday, May 22, 2006 at 21:36

Monday, May 22, 2006 at 21:36
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Follow Up By: Member - Brian (WA) - Monday, May 22, 2006 at 21:45

Monday, May 22, 2006 at 21:45
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Reply By: HJ60-2H - Monday, May 22, 2006 at 19:27

Monday, May 22, 2006 at 19:27
North Rankin A is a good one.
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Follow Up By: BenSpoon - Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 15:46

Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 15:46
may as well hire a sub and check out the tot while you're out that way.....
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Reply By: Motherhen - Friday, May 26, 2006 at 22:26

Friday, May 26, 2006 at 22:26
For something different, go out to the old Comet gold mine at Marble Bar. It is no longer operational, but is used as a display for the whole process, and includes going into a mine tunnel in the hill. That should get the interest of the older children. I'm not sure if children were excluded - you may need to check that where ever you go. Cost again was small. They also have a small gemstones cutting and polishing workshop. We had a great day there.
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