Are you planning a holiday or wanting to find things to do in Lightning Ridge? Well, you have come to the right place!
Discover Lightning Ridge
There are a few mining towns in Australia but none of them are quite like Lightning Ridge. The home of the Australian Opal Centre and to the Black Opal, the rarest form of Australia’s magnificent national gemstone, Lightning Ridge is a unique and historic opal mining town located in Outback NSW. Make your pilgrimage to the township, where you can relax in artesian bore baths or try your hand at fossicking!
Lightning Ridge is one of the world’s main sources of the most desirable opals. This unique and precious gem has been coveted since the time of Antony and Cleopatra and you are welcome to see the rare gems on display at the Opal Bin, from Autumn to Spring. Lightning Ridge is just a stone’s throw away from the discovery of one of the world’s largest and valuable uncut black opals and you are able to venture into a working opal mine on a guided tour at The Big Opal.
Fossick for your own treasures on land that was once inhabited over 100 million years ago by dinosaurs and ancient forests. Marvel at the opalised plant and animal fossils that are totally unique to Australia and are considered to be one of the rarest fossils in the world, at the only dinosaur fossil site in New South Wales.
Experience spectacular clear outback skies, flourishing wildlife and a plethora of birds and animals. Naturally heated artesian bore baths, far-stretching landscapes and old fashioned country hospitality is also a feature, in a place that is also famous for its friendly inhabitants.
Don’t miss the amazing art at the underground Chambers of the Black Hand Gallery, the beautiful artwork of the John Murray Art Gallery, Amigo’s Castle, and Bottle House Museum, commonly known as ‘The Black Queen’, a house that was hand-built by a local woman, Joan Andrews, with over 14,000 coloured glass bottles.
Held annually in July, the Lightning Ridge Opal Festival is a four-day-long celebration of the Ridge and its long-established opal industry. Browse numerous gem stalls or join in the fun of the Opal Queen Ball, plus many other special events and activities.
With so many wonderful things to do in Lightning Ridge, its hard to know what to do first!
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Lightning Ridge Opal Centre
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.