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Lightning Ridge - Cities, Towns and Localities

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The home of the ‘black opal’, Lightning Ridge is a unique place, where people come to visit and some would decide to stay. For the tourist, fossicking on the mullock heaps is a relaxing pastime and sometimes rewarding.

You can visit working mines, see the wet puddling operation, used to separate opal ‘nobbies’ from the clay in which they are found or just relax and enjoy the activities in the town.

Check out our listing of Lightning Ridge accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre

Lightning Ridge Tourist Association
Ph: 02 6829 0429
Freecall: 1800 639 545

Lightning Ridge Visitor Information Centre
Lions Park, Morilla Street
Ph: 02 6829 1670
Fax: 02 6829 1672

Open 7 days a week 9 am - 5 pm
Hours may vary, contact visitor centre

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Lightning Ridge Attractions

Astronomers Monument
• at Indians Lookout Field, LIGHTNING RIDGE NSW 2834 • Ph: 02 6829 2882
• Visit a curious concrete folly 2 km from town.
Bevan's Black Opal & Cactus
• LIGHTNING RIDGE NSW 2834 • Ph: 02 6829 0429
• A collection of opals, also cut and polished. The Cactus Collection contains a large variety of rare specimens, some over 100 years old. See the magnificent blooms in spring and summer.
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The Black Queen
• LIGHTNING RIDGE NSW 2834 • Ph: 02 6829 0980 • Email
• The Award Winning Black Queen is an inspiring collection of intertwining stories weaved together and told in a wonderfully mysterious way. Expect the unexpected. Outstanding Outback Theatre with a twist.
Down to Earth Opals
• 11 Morilla St, LIGHTNING RIDGE NSW 2834 • Ph: 02 6829 2616 • Email
• Opals, designer jewellery, Aboriginal Art, opal photography.
Goondee Aboriginal Keeping Place
• The Centre houses an extensive collection of archaeological artefacts from the local area, as well as other cultural materials. There are also examples of material which show the lifestyle on an Aboriginal mission. You can hear cultural talks on Aboriginal artefact making and dreamtime stories.
The Bottle House
• 60 Opal St, LIGHTNING RIDGE • Ph: 02 6829 0618
• Conducted tours through the house, see how the old miners lived.
Fossicking Heap
• Ph: 02 68291670
• Try your luck at scratching through the dirt on this fossicking heap next to the Lightning Ridge Visitor Information Centre. You never know what you may find - Good Luck!
Hot Artesian Bore Baths
• Pandora St, LIGHTNING RIDGE NSW 2834
• Temp 42ฐC, depth 1024.1 metres. to gain maximum benefit of the purported therapeutic value of the Hot Artesian water, leave the pool and cool down between short immersion times. Features one large bathing pool and one small pool. There are toilets and showers.
Kangaroo Hill Tourist Complex
• near Cnr of Fred Reece Way & Aerodrome Rd, LIGHTNING RIDGE NSW 2834 • Ph: 02 6829 0155
• Private collections of sea-shells, bottles, rock and minerals, antiques and collectables.
Lightning Ridge Opal and Fossil Centre
• Morilla St, LIGHTNING RIDGE NSW 2834 • Ph: 02 6829 1667 • Email
• Open 10 am - 4 pm Mon - Fri or by appointment
• Meet face to face with a life like dinosaur or examine the unique opalised fossils on display at this significant centre. Show your support for Lightning Ridge' s journey to develop a world class Opal and Fossil Centre on the Three Mile Opal Field.
Spectrum Opal Mines
• Bald Hill Rd, LIGHTNING RIDGE NSW 2834 • Ph: 02 6829 0581
• Opal specialists, film in the underground theatre, walk through mine, underground showroom.
• Bald Hill, PO Box 758, LIGHTNING RIDGE NSW 2834 • Ph/Fax: 02 6829 0473
• Go underground and tour an authentically worked opal mine, film on Lightning Ridge Opal Mining, see the Big Hoist.

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Lightning Ridge Events

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Lightning Ridge holds a number of festivals and events. Check out the local visitor website, or contact the local visitor information centre.


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