Lightning Ridge (NSW)

There are a few Mining towns in Australia but none of them are quite unique as Lightning Ridge. Make your pilgrimage to the home of the spectacular black opal, the rarest form of Australia's magnificent national gemstone. Lightning Ridge, a charismatic opal town on the edge of the NSW outback, is the world's main source of the most desirable of opals, the unique precious gem coveted since the time of Antony and Cleopatra. 

Fossick for your own treasure on lands that 100 million years ago were inhabited by dinosaurs and ancient forests, a stone's throw from the discovery one of the world's largest and valuable uncut black opals. Marvel at opalised plant and animal fossils that are totally unique to Australia the world's rarest fossils, at the only dinosaur fossil site in NSW.

Experience outback skies, birds, animals, landscapes and hospitality in a place famous for its friendly inhabitants.

Don’t miss the amazing art at the underground Chambers of the Black Hand gallery and you can check out the Black Queen at the house hand-built with 14,000 coloured bottles.

Bus Brisbane to Lightning Ridge from just $129.60

List of Towns in close Proximity on Bus Qld Routes

  • Hebal
  • Darrinbandi
  • St George


  • Lightning Ridge Bore Baths
  • Down to Earth Opals
  • John Murray Art Gallery

Visitor Information

Lions Park, Morilla Street
Lightning RIdge NSW 2834

Ph: 02 6829 1670

Cristy Houghton

Cristy's unique career has taken her from country NSW to the city lights of Clarendon Street South Melbourne and back again. With an early career in radio as a copywriter and creative strategist, she is now a Jill of all trades as a graphic designer, website builder, blog writer, video editor, social media manager, marketing strategist and more. 

In fact, give her any task and this chick will figure out how to do it! Go on, we dare you!

No, really, we DARE you!!

Cristy has won two Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs) for Best Ad and Best Sales Promotion, and even has an 'Employee of the Year' certificate with her name on it.

Cristy and her husband James have traveled extensively through Russia, China and South East Asia, and have two fur-babies, Sooty (cat) and Panda (puppy). Cristy loves drinking coffee, meeting people to drink coffee, coffee tasting and coffee flavoured cocktails. She also enjoys road trips, TED Talks and watching cat videos on youtube.