Lightning Ridge Travel Guide

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Lightning Ridge Things to Do

  • ARTESIAN BATHS

    On a cold day, what could be better that sitting in the warm/hot Artesian Bore Baths. These are so nice, I think probably good for ailments, my body just relaxed in the warm water.They say the baths are the best remedy for soothing aches and pains and can help to alleviate arthritis. The Great Artesian Basin is approximatley two million years old...

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  • CHAMBERS OF THE BLACK HAND - PART 2

    Part 2 of the Tour, and this was the amazing part.Let me tell you about this 100 year old mine where approx. 20 metres underground, subterranean tunnels open into vast chambers. I think you will be just as amazed as my husband and I were, when we saw the first walls decorated with carvings and paintings by artist Ron Canlin, the owner of this...

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  • CHAMBERS OF THE BLACK HAND TOUR - 1

    What a funny name for a tour..............Well, name aside..........THIS WAS ONE EXCELLENT TOUR!The tour is in two parts, you can do either a part of a full tour, all the full tour.We chose the full tour.We entered the Mine down a steep stair-case, what goes down, must come up [ a steep climb up at the end of the tour] but do not worry, they have a...

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  • FREE FOSSICKING

    Located next to the Vistor Information centre in Lightning Ridge, is a FREE FOSSICKING AREAIt pays to remember, that you are not allowed to just go into anybodys mullok heaps, even though they look deserted, they are a Miners claim. Miners can be very angry people, and they do not like people who are "ratters", they are people that "Rat"..."Rob"...

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  • VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE

    At some time during your stay here, you should visit the Visitor Information Centre.We went to the Centre 1st, and found out about what tours and sights to see. We also bought a map for $1, which gave us information on the "Car door self-drive tours"The woman behind the counter was helpful and knowledgeable. From her, we found out this Town works...

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  • WALK IN MINE

    The BLUE CAR DOOR TOUR took us to the Walk in Mine.We visited here with the Tour company. I was a little disappointed with this mine, this was because we had been down another one 1st, one that I enjoyed. The Walk In Mine was originally mined during the early 1960's. Unfortunately, not a lot of good opal was found at the Walk In Mine so it was...

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  • OLYMPIC SWIMMING POOL

    I told you Lightning Ridge was a "quirky town" in the Outback of Australia, but little did I expect to find was an Olympic Swimming Pool!Yes, you read right! An Olympic Swimming Pool was built for Olympic swimmers from other countries to do their training in for the Olympics. Want to build a $30m indoor Olympic-standard diving centre and 25 metre...

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  • WATER THEME PARK

    In Summer, when Lightning Ridge hits some high temperatures, then there are several places you can go to cool off.If you have children, then the Water Theme park looked pretty amazing, children would just love it!These are some of the Water features in the complex...............A wading pool with a swan slide, turtle slide, frog slide, a buccaneer...

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  • LIGHTNING RIDGE BOTTLE HOUSE

    Another unusual building in this town, is the Bottle house, it looked to be made out of hundreds of bottles. People around here sure know how to recycle!Originally a miner's camp it now houses a collection of bottles, mining artifacts, rocks & minerals & More.Opening Hours: 9am - 5pm 7 days ADMISSION IN 2010...... $5 adults, Children free

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  • GEM GARDENS

    The other section of the Gem gardens is more paths, shrubs and lawns.You wouldn't know there is a Pump Station here, as it has been made into a mini-miners cottage.In the centre is a fountain that has 8 panels of different murals made of potch, stone and colour representing scenes of Lightning Ridge.

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  • GEM GARDENS

    The Botanic Gardens at Lightning Ridge are a little different. This is because, one whole area is dedicated to Shrubs/Tree/Flowers that grow in the Outback.These are the ones that can help you to survive if you are lost in the bush, or the ones that the Aboriginal's use for food. You can actually survive by eating their fruits, roots, flowers or...

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  • LIGHTNING RIDGE SCENERY & HOMES

    If you come to Lightning Ridge, then you really must leave the main town area, and get out to where the Miners and their Camps/Humpys/Homes are.This is where the real Lightning ridge is, and I am sure you will be amazed at what the Miner's live in, especially if you have never been to a Mining area before.Old Buses, Old Caravans, Lean to sheds,...

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  • MINES & MULLOCK HEAPS

    The Red Car door tour, wound us around many mullock heaps, and miner's humpys. The land is barren and harsh, there are Trees, but not a lot. We didn't see people around, I guess they are all working underground. Opal was first discovered at Lightning Ridge in the 1880s, and the first recorded mine shaft was sunk in 1901.For years, mines were dug by...

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  • OPAL SHOPPING

    A trip to Lightning Ridge would not be complete without having a look in some Opal Shops.There are plenty to choose from. I wasn't looking to buy Opal, so we only went into a couple of shops. Probably the one that stands out the most, and I should think it would be the largest too, is the Opal cave. Prices vary, Cheap for the chips that have been...

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  • GREEN CAR DOOR TOUR

    I thought THE GREEN CAR DOOR TOUR was the least interesting of all the car door tours.It can only be done when the road is dry "dry weather track only," even then, the road was in bad condition.We passed plenty of Miner's camps, and there are Buddha & wild Orange Trees on the roadsides. Right at the end of the road, is NETTLETON'S FIRST...

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  • "GODDESS OF 1967" - CHURCH

    Have you seen the film "The Goddess of 1967," or know something about it, well, I know neither!I have found out some information though.......... It is a 2000 Australian film about a rich young Japanese man who travels to Australia with the intention of buying a Citroeon Car that he has found for sale on the net. Once there things, do not quite go...

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  • HISTORICAL MINERS HUT

    This abandoned miner's hut in the main street is opposite Coopers Cottage. The hut was built in 1932 by Albert Spicer when he struck opal. Now, it is open for us to have a look through, and to browse the historical displays & handicrafts for sale. The bark dividing walls, dirt floors and kerosene tin chimney, wood stove, are typical of early...

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  • MURALS

    I wandered a little around Lightning Ridge and found a nice Aboriginal Mural. It was located beside a garage in the Main street.Beside the Mural is the story about it, see photo 2

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Lightning Ridge Shopping

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    by thedouglas Written Feb 18, 2006

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    Lost Sea Opals has been at The Ridge for more than 30 years, and has a great reputation, well earned for their integrity and beautiful products. They mine, buy and cut opals, and then design and manufacture some of the most beautful opal jewellery I have ever seen. Set alone, or with diamonds, pearls or other gems, the range and quality of product is second to none. Opal jewellery has often been fairly lack and tasteless, but none of that in this store.

    There are also opalised fossils on display and for sale, with a view towards the preservation of these items of immense beauty and historical significance.

    What to buy: OPAL

    What to pay: Best prices you will get anywhere

    What to look for Lost Sea gems ...and showroom
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Lightning Ridge Local Customs

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    by balhannah Updated Jun 17, 2010

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    Of course, Lightning Ridge is full of Opal Buyers, Miners wanting to sell their Opals, and Opal Shops.

    In Australia, you do not have to worry about being hassled to buy.

    In the shops, go in for a browse, they will other help if needed.

    In the Pub, we were approached by a Miner who offered us a look at his Opals to buy, all that had to be said was "No thanks, not interested" and he left us alone, NO PESTERING HERE!

    The same out on the fields where some have small trestles with their opals on display.
    Have a look, enjoy the Miner's yarn, [Miners have quite funny stories and are very interesting], even so, do not feel obliged to buy. They will not pressure you to buy!

    It makes life & holidays so much more enjoyable to be able to look & browse IN PEACE!

    Miner & his Opals at his Claim Opal Jewellery in a shop
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Lightning Ridge Warnings and Dangers

  • CONCRETE MIXERS

    Concrete mixers I hear you say! What can a tip be about a Concrete Mixer?At the entrance of the road that takes you into the Town of Lightning Ridge, we saw our 1st Concrete Mixer Agitator. We had no idea why it was there, until we did a tour later on.The Agitators are the modern way of separating the clay from the Opal. The opal clay is fed into...

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  • ROADS IN & AROUND LIGHTNING RIDGE

    Lightning Ridge roads are TERRIBLY ROUGH!This is mainly around where the mines are, and the 'car door trails', in the Town itself, they are bitumen.They are dirt, they are gravelly, they are corrugated, they have been washed out with the unusual amount of rain they had this year, they are hardly ever graded.................Something else...

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  • BOOK AHEAD!

    Lightning Ridge, even though it is in Outback New South Wales, and a long way to reach, it is a very busy town full of Tourists.If you are a Caravanner, Camper or have a Motorhome, it would be best to book your site before arrival day, .... or arrive before lunch on the day.We arrived at 2.30 in the afternoon, and found the 1st Caravan park FULL....

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Lightning Ridge What to Pack

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    by thedouglas Written Feb 18, 2006

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You need to take good walking shoes or boots - forget open shoes, unless you like getting your feet very dirty - the dust is everywhere! Closed boots are also most sensible if you want to go underground into a mine - which will have ladders to navigate.

    Also, need to be prepared with some form warm clothing for the evenings, as, in most outback areas, it can get quite cool when the sun disappears.

    Days are typically warm - hot, and, even in winter, once the sun comes up, no need for longs at all. Bring a good hat, as always, and plenty of water bottles.

    Down the shaft
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Lightning Ridge Off The Beaten Path

  • Just drive around the fields............

    Drive around and see the local community - the housing - the absolutely secondary interest in the housing quality - the quirky way "lean-to's" are built - and eventually get more of a lean. No real difference in these to decades ago. Rudimentary, and barely functional. Note the rocks on the roof - interesting way of anchoring the corrugated...

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  • Sunset at Lunatic Hill

    This is a popular recommendation for visitors to The Ridge - an old minefield, which is still worked - often seasonally - is a beautiful setting to watch the sun go down. . The sunset from up here is just breathtaking, especially in the scape of the barren field, dotted with mullock heaps, the abandoned houses, vehicles, and resting mine machinery.

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  • OUTBACK TOILETS

    No worries Mate, We have Toilets [washrooms] whatever, anywhere!Not like my time in Europe when it was hard to find one in a Capital City.Out here in the bush, 700kms from a Capital city, we have them, they may not be 5*, but it is a Loo, sometimes you maybe lucky and have a view, that is, a hole in the corrugated iron to peer through! If you go on...

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  • BIRDS

    Wild birds we encountered at Lightning Ridge were Apostle Birds. They are funny birds, and are quite used to humans.If you are staying at the Hotel/Motel Caravan Park, take a look at their aviary. They have some beautiful Australian Parrots in it.The 1st three photos are of the same Parrot of which I do not know its name.Photo 4.........Superb...

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  • MINER'S CLAIM

    Want to go Opal mining........Then you must get a Miners Claim.Just a little about it......You need to clearly mark your claim area, and you need to notify the owner of the land of your intention of applying for a claim.IF THE MINERAL CLAIM IS NOT MARKED OUT CORRECTLY IT MAY BE CANCELLED BY THE MINING REGISTRAR.Be careful not to peg-over someone...

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