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. SPARK

    Thursday 23 August 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 …

    23 Aug - 29 Sep
  2. Skydive Outback Tour Walgett

    Wednesday 12 September 2018 , Walgett

    Skydiving Oz is coming to Walgett NSW as part of their Outback Tour in September to offer Skydiving for the locals. Get your adrenaline pumping! For Ages 12–100+. AUD5 per skydive is being donated to The Royal Flying Doctor Service.…

    12 Sep
  3. Skydive Outback Tour Lightning Ridge

    Thursday 13 September 2018 to Friday 14 September 2018 , Lightning Ridge

    Skydiving Oz is coming to Lightning Ridge NSW as part of their Outback Tour in September to offer Skydiving for the locals. Get your adrenaline pumping! For Ages 12–100+. AUD5 per skydive is being donated to The Royal Flying Doctor Service…

    13 Sep - 14 Sep