Lightning Ridge Area

Discover rare and luminous gems, fabulous underground art caves and natural heated springs in the majestic surrounds of historic Lightning Ridge. You’ll also find plenty of activities around Walgett, from exploring heritage trails to great fishing on the beautiful Darling River. 

Visit the Opal Bin in Lightning Ridge, where raw opals are polished into shimmering gemstones and rare and precious stones are on display. At The Big Opal you can venture into the mine site where opal was once mined. Use your new-found mining expertise to try your hand at fossicking.

open air cinema at the Australian Opal Centre

Held in July each year, the Lightning Ridge Opal Festival is the town’s premier event, bringing jewellers, buyers, lapidary enthusiasts and visitors together for the best Lightning Ridge has to offer. This festival boasts over 150 stalls with a huge range of products including gemstones, lapidary supplies. There are also free activities and social events.  

Stay and relax at the Bore Baths, where water springs from the Great Artesian Basin. Visit the Black Hand Opal Mine Art Cave for fabulous engravings carved in an underground mine. The Bottle House Museum is a former home made entirely out of bottles, a fascinating legacy of a time when building materials were in short supply.

Artesian Bore Baths in Lightning Ridge

Situated near the junction of the Namoi River and Barwon River, Walgett is a former paddle steamer port, established on the Gemini’s pioneering river trip of 1861. Follow local heritage trails and learn the history of this area. You will find more Bore Baths here, where water springs at a naturally heated temperature of 41.5 degrees. 

The Darling River Run follows the course of the Darling from Walgett to Wentworth, a journey brimming with memories of Australia’s pioneering days. Walgett is the northern gateway to this journey of enthralling history, wonderful scenery and rolling agricultural lands.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. SPARK

    Saturday 22 September 2018 to Saturday 29 September 2018 , Lightning Ridge

    SPARK, a cinematic celebration of Lightning Ridge enjoyed by over 2,000 people and counting! SPARK is about what makes Lightning Ridge so special – why people come for a few days then stay a lifetime. Audiences love SPARK’s celebration of …

    22 Sep - 29 Sep
  2. Poetry on a Plate

    Sunday 23 September 2018 to Sunday 07 October 2018 , Bourke

    You haven’t experienced Bourke until you’ve relaxed beneath a Coolabah Tree under the starlit sky, with a campfire of Gidgee coals, whilst sharing a scrumptious meal and experiencing some exceptional Australian poetry, local stories & music…

    23 Sep - 07 Oct
  3. Let's Dance Carinda: David Bowie Tribute Festival

    Saturday 29 September 2018 to Monday 01 October 2018 , Walgett

    A weekend of music, local and travelling bands and activities for families young and old whilst experiencing the true outback of Australia. Accommodation - Camping, tents, swags and caravans. Lots of room and millions of stars. Purchase t…

    29 Sep - 01 Oct
  4. Lightning Ridge Easter Festival

    Event dates to be confirmed: March 2019 , Lightning Ridge

    Home of the elusive 'Black Opal' and renowned for its colourful characters, barrels of dreams, opportunities and experiences! The Ridge is as unique as the Black Opal itself. The Easter Festival showcases all the Ridge has to offer and …

    30 Mar - 31 Mar
  5. Bre Big Fish

    Tuesday 11 June 2019 , Brewarrina

    Held on the June long weekend, the "Bre Big Fish" is become bigger and better every year, attracting over 600 anglers in 2015. The Brewarrina Fishing Club aims to reduce the amount of pest fish such as Carp and restock the Barwon-Darling Ri…

    11 Jun