LIGHTNING RIDGE AREA ACTIVITIES

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  1. Stone's Throw

    Antique furniture, giftware, collectables and jewellery...and grab a coffee while you browse. Stone's Throw Walgett opened during the worst drought on record but with great local support, the owners have managed to keep the café open and i…

  2. The Big Opal

    Visit the first licensed opal mine open to the public in Lightning Ridge. Explore this underground mine at the Big Opal and experience what it is like to be in a real working mine. You can take a guided or self guided tour and also try your…

  3. Lightning Ridge Bore Baths

    The water found in the Bore Baths at Lightning Ridge comes from the Great Artesian Basin and is approximately two million years old! Natural pressure sends the water to the surface through an artesian bore and it maintains a temperature of…

  4. Great Inland Way

    The Great Inland Way is a highway tourist route that travels inland from Sydney to Cairns and Cooktown. It is a 2,956 kilometre journey along fully sealed roads, and some of the highlights include: Sydney, Bathurst, Orange, Dubbo, Gilgandra…

  5. John Murray Art Gallery

    John Murray Art Gallery in Lightning Ridge is the exclusive outlet for original John Murray paintings. One of the outback's favourite painters, here you can view the brilliant landscapes and characters first hand. The contrasting landsc…

  6. Lost Sea Opals

    Take home some Outback magic. Lost Sea Opals are jewellery makers and designers based in Lightning Ridge, designing and creating high quality jewellery and contemporary designs using Lightning Ridge Opal as well as other Australian opal …

  7. Outback Opal Tours

    Come on tour with Outback Opal Tours to see the best there is to see of the Ridge and for the real deal outback mining experience. Have fun and learn about the famous black opal and history of this mesmerising place. They are an accredite…

  8. Opal Bin

    Opal Bin have a collection of Lightning Ridge amazing carved opals, top quality solid opals in every price range and great opal specimens, unique individually designed jewellery in silver and gold. Everything at Opal Bin is from Lightni…

  9. Black Opal Tours

    Join Black Opal Tours - a small, friendly touring company in search of the world-famous, elusive Black Opal.... and discover the colourful nature of 'the Ridge' on this gem of a tour. Established since 1972, Black Opal Tours has carried …

  10. Australian Opal Centre

    Did you know that Lightning Ridge is the only dinosaur fossil site in New South Wales? Or that the fossils from Lightning Ridge are made of opal?! At the Australian Opal Centre, meet a life-like dinosaur face to face and see rare opalise…

  11. The Fox Wine Bar and Function Room

    The Fox Wine Bar and Function Room is set right in the heart of Walgett's central business district. With its modern look and luxe ambience you could be forgiven for thinking you weren't in outback NSW! The boutique beers and delicious cock…

  12. Walgett Artesian Bore Baths

    The water in Walgett Bore Baths, naturally heated to a temperature of 41.5 degrees, comes from the Great Artesian Basin and is a great spot for a long soak. The water found in bore baths such as Lightning Ridge, Burren Junction and Walgett…

  13. Lightning Ridge Heritage Cottage

    The Lightning Ridge Heritage Cottage Museum is a 1932 miner's hut that lets you 'step back in time'. It is full of memorabilia and you can purchase historical booklets plus select craft. The Museum features a relocated and refurbished 191…

  14. Sweeney's Arts & Crafts Incorp

    Sweeney's Arts & Crafts was given to the residents of the Opal Fields for a place to sell their huge variety of arts and crafts all handmade. The opals are the attraction of life on these fields and is an everyday conversation. Opal is Aust…