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


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!


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.

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Outback Opal Tours


We operate with two fully air-conditioned buses. We can also accommodate large group tours on your bus or on ours.

We will pick you up from your accommodation, the Visitor Information Centre or a pre-designated place of your choice.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

For more details and pricing, please go to their Website