Welcome to the Ridge!
Travelling through this vast land, one often discovers places that envelope the soul with tangible elements; a beautiful river, majestic native forests, indigenous culture, or unspoilt pristine beaches.
Every now and again though, one can come across a place where the same feeling is experienced without any tangible elements to account for that feeling.
Lightning Ridge, home of the unique Black Opal, is one of those places!
Such is the allure of the Ridge, that many who initially planned to stay a day or so as part of a larger travel experience, end up staying a lifetime without being able to pinpoint the exact reason.
At the Ridge, one can experience underground sculptures, bottle-houses, antique lamps, castles, astronomy monuments, unique gardens, hills named 'Lunatic', 'Pig' and Bald', a pub crawl to 'The Pub in the Scrub', 'The Glengarry Hilton' and 'Sheepyard Flat', and even tour underground mines.
And how do you find all these things? Look out for a colored car door!
Make sense? ...probably not, but it will when you visit the Ridge!
Lightning Ridge Festivals
The Lightning Ridge Opal festival is a four day event held over the last week in July and includes the Opal Queen Ball, Opal & Gem Festival, IOJDAA Trade Show and Jewellery Competition (biennial - [ ... ]
All across this country, people will mention certain 'not to miss event' or 'unique outback experience'; but the one that is on more 'To Do' lists, is the legendary Lightning Ridge Easter Festival. Th [ ... ]
Every October, we celebrate our rich art community and create a map to take you on a self-guided tour of the exciting local artwork in town and on the opal fields. Artober is brought to you by the Lig [ ... ]
In true Ridge style. ‘Back to the Ridge’ is a bit of a get together for locals and friends of the Ridge held in October. Borne out of a tight community bond, it is coordinated through the [ ... ]