Lightning Ridge Attractions
The Black Opal is reason enough for visiting the Ridge, but it does not end there... there are attractions aplenty from Outback theatre, underground sculptures, bore baths, galleries, jewellers 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. 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, jewellers 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.
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 underground sculptures, bore baths, galleries, jewellers and unique people (just to name a few).
Lightning Ridge has a large variety of attractions to suit all needs. For those interested in purchasing Opals, many of the Lightning Ridge 'Attractions' listed below sell Opals. For specialty shops dealing with Opal purchases, please refer to our 'Opal Shopping' section.
Red Car Door Tour - Car Door number 4
A life's passion... this amazing hand-built castle is a labour of love for the last 25 years and there is still a way to go until it is complete.
Opening Hours: Most days between 9am - 5pm
Cost: $5.00 per person
Artesian Bore Baths
Phone: 02 6829 1670 - Pandora Street, Lightning Ridge
A trip to the Ridge would not be complete without a visit to the free Artesian Bore Baths. At the end of a hard day fossicking and exploring, there is nothing quite as therapeutic as a long soak in the naturally heated thermal baths. Allow the water to soothe your aches while you gaze at the starry night sky and enjoy the serenity. Bliss!
Opening Hours: Open all the time except between 10am - 12noon Monday to Friday for cleaning
Australian Opal Centre
Phone: 02 6829 1667 Website - Morilla Street, Lightning Ridge
Meet a life-like dinosaur face to face! Examine rare opalised fossils from long ago, when dinosaurs and other wonderous creatures lived in streams, billabongs and mighty pine forests at the place we now call Lightning Ridge. Learn about Australian opal, opal mining and pioneering life on the opal fields.
Opening Hours: 1pm - 5pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. 9am - 1pm Tuesday. 9am - 5pm Saturday, or by appointment.
Cost: Free entry
Features: Lifelike dinosaur, opalised fossil collection, opal information, books, posters, postcards, toys, gifts and treasures from the Earth.
Bevan's Black Opal & Cactus Nursery
Phone: 02 6829 0429 www.bevanscactus.com - Blue Car Door Tour, Lightning Ridge
Said to be the largest display of old and rare cactus in the southern hemisphere, this garden is a labour of love and well worth a look! Meet the only black opal mining cactus farmers in the world!
Opening Hours: 9am - 5pm 7 days
Cost: Adults $10 Children free if accompanied by an adult.
Big Opal - Underground Mine Tour
Phone: 02 6829 0247, 3 Mile Road, Lightning Ridge
Visit a genuine working Opal mine. First licenced opal mine open to the public in Lightning Ridge.
Hours: From 9:00am 7 days
Tours:Self guided tour of the mine. Adults $15 Children $5.00
Features: Opal mine, free entry to above ground opal and souvenir shop, fossicking, and DVD of opal history featuring Lightning Ridge.
Phone: 02 6829 0618 - Opal Street, Lightning Ridge
A unique structure and an intriguing example of innovative architecture.
Originally a miner's camp, the Bottle House now houses an astonishing collection of artefacts and other items of interest.
Opening Hours: 9am - 5pm 7 days
Cost: Adults $10 Children free
Features: Friendly service and souvenirs.
Chambers of the Black Hand
Phone: 02 6829 0221, 3 Mile Road, 5klms up opposite yellow car door 7
You'll be amazed... The Egyptian chamber has humorous hieroglyphics and is a replica of an Egyptian tomb. Atlas holds the world while Adam supports the roof of the entrance to the working mine - another feature of the tour. The Last Supper which took six months to complete and the pondering Nostradamus, which took five hours to carve, are depicted in magnificent detail and is testimony to the razor sharp skill and patience of Ron.
Opening Hours: Daily Tours at 10.10am and 2.40pm - Rolling Tours daily from 9.30am - 12noon and 3pm - 4.30pm
Cost: $35.00 per Adult, $10 Children
Features: Guided Underground Mine Tours
Morilla Street, Lightning Ridge
Coopers Cottage is an authentic abode of the early miner, built in 1916. Its historical setting embraces the living conditions of the mining pioneer.
Cost: Free entry to one of the oldest houses in The Ridge
Opening hours: 11am to 5pm 7 days a week.
Phone: 02 6829 1670 - Visitor Information Centre, Lightning Ridge
Whether you are old hat or it is your first time - there is nothing more exciting than that first bit of colour appearing beneath your fingertips as you scratch through the seemingly endless piles of white opal dirt. Good Luck!
Opening Hours: Daylight to Dusk
Kangaroo Hill Complex
Phone: 02 6829 0155 Top of Opal Street, Lightning Ridge
A life of collection has led to this quirky Lightning ridge icon. A fabulous display of rocks, minerals, shells, bottles and antiques will have you captivated for hours as will the freefossicking heap outside.
Features: 1 hour free fossicking, rocks and mineral display, shells, bottles and antique display, souvenirs
Opening Hours: 10am - 4pm except Sundays (Closed Christmas Day)
Cost: Adults $5 Children $0.50
Historical Society & Heritage Cottage
Phone: 0419 639 120 - Morilla Street, Lightning Ridge
Features: Local history, books and souvenirs 1932 Miners' cottage and 1915 Cottage Hospital Gallery. Historical displays books and crafts.
Cost: Donations accepted
Opening Hours: open 3 days a week (Tuesday,Wednesday & Friday 10am-4pm), or by appointment, phone for details
Olympic Pool and Water Theme Park
Phone: 02 6829 0150 - Gem Street , Lightning Ridge
The 5 Star Olympic Pool and Water Theme Park operates during the summer months. The Olympic Pool is handy for keeping fit and the Water Themepark for keeping the kids entertained.
Opening Hours Olympic Pool: Monday - Sunday 11am - 6pm (Open November - April)
Opening Hours Theme Park: Monday - Friday 3pm - 6pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am - 6pm
Walk in Mine
Phone: 02 6829 0473 Website - Bald Hill Road , Lightning Ridge
At the Walk In Mine you will be able to take a trip underground and experience for yourself an Opal Mine, view a fascinating film of the many Lightning Ridge characters and their lifestyles at the 'Ridge'.
Enjoy a complimentary tea or coffee in our picnic area and try your hand at fossicking for your own opal.
Come and meet us and visit our Showroom for your Opal/Jewellery or souvenir of Lightning Ridge at the best prices.
All Day Self-Guided Tours, No Bookings Necessary
Opening Hours: 9am - 5pm Daily
Features: Underground Mine, Mining Operations, Opal and Mining Information Talk, Video and Jewellery Showroom
Cost Tour: Adults $20 Children $8 (aged 6-16yrs, if under 6 free) Family $50 (2 Adults and any number of children)