Lightning Ridge Tours
One of the best ways to discover what makes Lighting Ridge so special is to be shown by 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.
Black Opal Tours
Phone: 02 6829 0368 - Website - Morilla Street, Lightning Ridge
Join our friendly touring company in the search for the elusive Black Opal. See above ground mining operations, camps and castles, hear stories and fables of the Ridge and fossick for opal! Enjoy exclusive access into Astronomers Monument, an incredible concrete castle and Fred Bodel's camp, the oldest miner's camp at Lightning Ridge. Guided tour through Amigo's Castle and see our private opal display. Learn all you need to know about our beautiful gem stone and more....including a complimentary Devonshire tea served at PLATFORM 1, the Flying Potsman's historic red rattler train carriage!
DISCOVER THE COLOURFUL NATURE OF THE RIDGE ON THIS GEM OF A TOUR!
Classic Black Opal Tour (3 hour tour)
Departs: twice daily, seven days a week 8.45am and 1.30pm. (Summer Tours 8.15am only)
Prices: *$35 adults *$30 seniors *$80 Family (2 adults, 2 children *any additional children will be charged at $15 each)
Package Tour (4.5 hours) Underground experience included
Price: *$70 adults *$65 seniors *$170 family (2 adults, 2 children * any additional children will be charged at $15 each)
Departs: daily (Summer Tours 8.15am)
Free pickup from your accommodation
Features: Opal cutting demonstration, Exclusive access into Fred Bodel's Camp, Exclusive access into Astronomer's Monument, Guided tour through Amigo's Castle, fossick for opal, informative talk on Black Opal, Lunatic Hill open cut and hear the history of our opal bearing ridges, complimentary Devonshire tea and most importantly, friendly guides that are real opal miners guaranteeing an unforgettable experience.
Outback Opal Tours
Phone: 02 6829 4110
We operate with two fully air-conditioned buses. We can also accommodate large group tours on your bus or on ours.
TOWN TOUR - The entire Lightning Ridge experience - 3 hours
We are the tour that creates memories. Our experienced local tour guides will pick you up and take you through our unique opal-mining town and the surrounding opal fields. You will go fossicking (looking for opals) and also watch a cutting & polishing demonstration by an experienced opal cutter and carver.
OUTBACK OPAL TOURS is the only tour business taking you exclusively inside/around Amigos Castle. This famous Lightning Ridge tourist attraction was recently featured on BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS.
We will explain everything you need to know about opals and share some interesting facts and stories about opal mining (past and present).
You will also go on a guided underground tour at the BIG OPAL. This is a "real working mine" to get the feel of being underground. Entry fee is included in the tour price, as well as a complimentary tea/coffee and biscuits.
We love Lightning Ridge - Home of the Black Opal and Australia’s national gem stone. Let us share its stories with you!!!
Daily Tours at 9am and 2pm, 7 days a week (all year around).
We will pick you up from your accommodation, the Visitor Information Centre or a pre-designated place of your choice.
Prices: Adults $50 pp, Age Pensioners/Seniors $45 pp, Children (5-15yrs) $20 pp, Family $115 (2 Adults and 2 Children - any additional children $20)
Features: The real mining experience, underground tour at the Big Opal as part of the tour, Opal cutting & polishing demonstration, famous tourist attraction Amigos castle and so much more from past to present.
GRAWIN, GLENGARRY & SHEEPYARD TOUR - FULL DAY TOUR
OUTBACK OPAL TOURS also have a full day tour to Grawin, Glengarry and Sheepyard Opal fields. It s a whole day experience you‘ll never forget, starting the moment you leave Lighting Ridge on the scenic journey to the fields via Cumborah in our air-conditioned bus.
During this trip you will get to visit all three unique bush pubs in this area. The Club in the Scrub for morning tea with its bush golf course, the Sheepyard Inn and Community war memorial & museum and the Glengarry Hilton with its tucker van for lunch. You will have the opportunity to go fossicking for opals on the opal dumps with introduction and guidance from our knowledgeable tour guide.
You will also visit the mining fields, see working mines, meet some real miners and have a chat with the locals while enjoying your morning tea and lunch with a cuppa or a coldie (if you want one).
Take a trip back in time and experience what Lighting Ridge was like 20 years ago.
Prices (include morning tea and lunch): Adults $95pp, Age pensioners/Seniors $90pp, Children up to 15yrs $75
Tour is dependant on availability. We need a minimum of 6 bookings to run this tour and it may be cancelled/changed due to weather condition.
Please ring to book and/or find out more about our tours.