Lightning Ridge

Famous for magnificent opals, Lightning Ridge is also home to the unique black opal, a rare and luminous gem mined from the surrounding plains. Visit the town’s many opal stores where you can marvel at these local wonders and admire the stirring inner fire that has attracted visitors since the 19th century.

Visit the Opal Bin, 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. When you return, use your new-found mining expertise to try your hand at fossicking.

Lightning Ridge Heritage Cottage - Outback NSW

Lightning Ridge is also home to other intriguing and alluring attractions. Lightning Ridge’s Artesian Bore Baths, water from deep underground flows into an outdoor pool at a constant 42C. Enjoy the warm water on a cool evening when stars fill the sky.

The Bottle House Museum exhibits fascinating local artifacts - and is a former home made entirely out of bottles. You can also explore memorabilia at the Lightning Ridge Heritage Cottage Museum, housed in a 1932 miner's hut. Visit the Black Hand Opal Mine Art Cave for fabulous engravings carved in an underground mine.

Artesian Bore Baths in Lightning Ridge

John Murray Art Gallery displays the work of this local artist whose vivid acrylic and watercolour paintings capture life, work and play in Lightning Ridge. Murray’s work includes limited edition prints, posters and gift cards as well as paintings.

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.

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  1. Carinda Races

    Saturday 21 July 2018 , Walgett

    Carinda's biggest event of the year is its picnic race meeting held each July. Carinda and District Race Club has been racing since 1915 and stages a six race meeting every July. Outback racing at its best! All racing enthusiasts please p…

    21 Jul
  2. Lightning Ridge Opal Festival

    Wednesday 25 July 2018 to Saturday 28 July 2018 , Lightning Ridge

    The countdown has started for Lightning Ridge's biggest event! The Opal Festival is a four day celebration and there are many ways you can join in the festivities. There is Australia's largest show of opal and opal jewellery on display, t…

    25 Jul - 28 Jul
  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