Keep your car at home and hop on one of our coaches as you explore Toowoomba to Lightning Ridge at your own pace. Take in the stunning, vast landscapes without needing to concentrate on the road ahead, meet other travellers and have a chat with the locals.
Lightning Ridge is a unique and historic opal mining community in Outback NSW, home to the rare Black Opal. See some of the rarest fossils in the world at the only dinosaur fossil site in New South Wales. Discover why visitors have long been drawn to this vibrant and dynamic community by admiring magnificent jewels at the local opal stores or try your own hand at fossicking.
Relax in artesian bore baths, marvel at the natural beauty of surrounding landscapes and wildlife and enjoy the various artwork and sculptures around the township. With underground sculptures, a bottle house museum, antique lamps, castles, monuments, gardens and hills named ‘Lunatic,’ ‘Pig,’ and ‘Bald’, you will be kept busy discovering all the town’s unique attractions! Go on a pub crawl to ‘The Pub in the Scrub’, enjoy a tour of the underground gallery, Chambers of the Black Hand, or see the mine and go fossicking at The Lightning Ridge Opal Centre. All these experiences and much more can be found at Lightning Ridge.
You’ll love all of the comforts that come standard on our buses while you travel from Toowoomba to Lightning Ridge, including reclining leather seats, in-seat USB chargers, and panoramic windows!
A Bus QLD Outback bus is the best way to get from Toowoomba to Lightning Ridge. Secure your ticket now for your next trip from Queensland to Northern New South Wales.
Bus Queensland runs services from Toowoomba to Lightning Ridge (via Goondiwindi and St George) on Mondays and Thursdays.
Return services from Lightning Ridge to Toowoomba (via St George and Goondiwindi) operate on Tuesdays and Fridays.
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The Customs House Museum is a popular tourist attraction in Goondiwindi. Built around 1850, Goondiwindi Customs House served as a customs point where taxes for goods crossing the Queensland-New South Wales border were collected. The charming three-bedroom cottage is now a museum, having been lovingly restored and surrounded by lovely cottage gardens. The customs house museum is one of many well-preserved remnants of Goondiwindi’s rich past. It’s a step back in time, with everything from antique typewriters, cash registers, and plug switchboards to steam engines, and federation-style clothes.
The Hebel Historical Circle, a public art project, brings Hebel’s colourful history to life. Ten timber posts depicting the features of Hebel are planted in the dusty red ground of this unique provincial village. Learn about Kelly’s Point, Cobb & Co, border customs, and local Aboriginal sports heroes. While you learn about this intriguing town, the kids can play in the playground close to the historical circle.
A national museum with a public collection of Australian opals is one of Lightning Ridge’s most famous attractions. The Australian Opal Centre allows visitors to learn more about Lightning Ridge’s black opal heritage, see these valuable stones up close, and buy various souvenirs. Come home with a precious, prehistoric stone to remind you of your visit to Australia’s opal fields. There are opal earrings, necklaces, rings, and other unusual opal jewellery and novelties available for purchase.
The Unique Egg is St George’s most famous un-egg-spected attraction. You won’t find painted emu egg carvings like these anywhere else on the planet. For more than 60 years, Steve Margaritis has been carving emu eggs by hand. At The Unique Egg, this talented man’s carved and painted emu eggs are on show and for sale.
A spectacular 10 days of blossoms, flavours and also noises, the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers takes over the Southern Queensland city of Toowoomba in the most beautiful of methods each September. The program consists of greater than 60 one-of-a-kind occasions and experiences, including award winning parks, stunning private yards, a road parade breaking with flower colour, worldwide well-known musical acts, some of the most effective food and also red wine to be located in Queensland and a multitude of cultural as well as all-natural experiences.
Update: 29th June 2021
Bus Queensland advises that all services will continue as scheduled during the 3 day lockdown starting 6pm today. The Queensland Government advises that residents in locked down areas can only leave home for one of the following reasons:
1. To buy essentials such as groceries or medications.
2. Work or study if you can’t do either from home.
3. Exercise in your local area.
4. Healthcare or to provide help, care or support.
Wear a mask when you leave home.
We ask that all passengers please keep up to date with the current requirements found at https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/public-health-directions/restrictions-impacted-areas
Update: 29th June 2021
Passengers on our Lightning Ridge services crossing between NSW/QLD borders will require a border pass. We ask that passengers please keep up to date with the current border crossing requirements found at https://www.qld.gov.au/border-pass
Payment over the phone and via our website is preferred.
Please do not travel if you are feeling unwell.