Have they all been touched by the sun? There's something deliciously, refreshingly, awe-inspiringly crazy about the people of Lightning Ridge.
Meet Brian who, after reading a book about opals, arrived home to inform his wife that he'd sold their taxi plates and that they were moving to Lightning Ridge the following morning. Forty years later, Brian is still at the 'Ridge, and still pulling black opal out of the ground. (Though these days he's on wife number two, the first one having run off...with another miner.)
Looking for ideas on how to spend your time in Lightning Ridge?
Have you heard about our NEW Visitor Incentive Program, the Ridge e Didge card? Be sure to collect yours from the Lightning Ridge Visitor information Centre for just $10.
With it, you will be able to save $$$ on you visit to Lightning Ridge through some great discounts offered by our members.
With a Ridge e Didge card... you really are a Ridge VIP!
Like to experience some REAL madness?
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.
The Easter Festival showcases all the Ridge has to offer and more... if you are after a unique, dynamic and memorable experience - join us for the 2014 Lightning Ridge Easter Festival!
The magnificent Lightning Ridge Black Opal is certainly well worth visiting the Ridge for, but it does not end there... there are attractions aplenty from Outback theatre, underground sculptures, bore baths, galleries, jewelers and unique people (just to name a few).
Take a step back in time, or try your luck fossicking, whatever your taste, there is something to tickle everyone's fancy.
Looking for inspriation on how to spend your time in Lightning Ridge?
One of the best ways to discover what makes Lighting Ridge so special is to be shown b a local and the are some great tour operators that can show you the best of what the Ridge has to offer. For those who prefer to explore the area at their own pace, there are the unique Car Door Tours.
Visiting Lightning Ridge, it is easy to see why it is a mecca for artists. It is one of those places. From traditional indigenous art, through to contemporary and onto the vibrant artwork that conveys the outback and its characters; there is something for everyone at the Ridge.