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Getting to Lightning Ridge is easy from any of the east coast capitals and is a short drive north of Walgett, and while it is not on the Darling River, it is certainly a must-see destination while travelling the Darling River Run.

Australian Opals

Lightning Ridge Black Opal

Opal, just the name conjures up images of the unique, colourful precious gem that is full of mystery that has through the ages been integral to many civilisations; the Opal has a strong link to Roman history and closer to home it has been referenced many times in the Dreamtime of Indigenous Australia.

While Opal is found in many parts of the world, Australia produces around 90% of the world’s Opal and lightning Ridge is home to the very special and unique darker variety known as the Black Opal.

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