Historic Daydream Mine
For a glimpse into what life was like for early miners in and around Broken Hill, head to the Historic Daydream Mine near Silverton, and descend beneath the earth to walk the same tunnels that Cornish silver miners did in the 1880s.
These miners worked 12-hour days, six days a week, and all by the light of candles held in wall-gripping candleholders called ‘spiders’. Don’t worry though, electric lights and head torches will guide your way today, and rather than staying underground all day, tours last about 90 minutes. Guides offer plenty of fascinating details about life in the mines and the harsh conditions miners endured.
The tunnels are quite narrow and the ‘ceilings’ low – not recommended for anyone uncomfortable in confined spaces.
There’s also an above-ground tour which includes a replica miners’ hut. Afterwards, enjoy a hot drink and a plate of freshly baked scones at the on-site tearoom. Cornish teas, cold drinks and souvenirs are available.
Sturdy footwear is essential in accordance with the Department of Mines Safety Act.
Bookings are essential. Please call to book.
EFTPOS and credit card facilities are available most of the time ( reception/service coverage permitting).
Underground and surface tours are available.
Disabled access available, contact operator for details.