Lightning Ridge Area
Nature in Lightning Ridge
Lightning Ridge is the outback mining town that's famous for its rare black opals. Professional prospector Charles Nettleton uncovered the opal-mining potential of the area in 1902; the town has been attracting opal-lovers ever since. Buy your own at one of the many opal stores in town.
- Thursday 25 July to Sunday 28 July Lightning Ridge Opal Festival
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About Lightning Ridge
Although there are many mining towns, and quite a few opal fields in the State, Lightning Ridge, located 75 km north of Walgett, has achieved legendary status. The prize for local miners is black opal, a dark stone with dazzling flecks of red, blue and green, the result of carbon and iron oxide trace elements.
Get into the opal mood while here. Try your luck at fossicking, buy some sparkling gems as memento or take the self-guided tour of the Walk-in Mine at Bald Hill. You can even enjoy a round of golf on a course set on an old opal field with 'greens' of oiled sand. The town has a variety of accommodation to suit all needs.