About Lightning Ridge

Lightning Ridge has a worldwide reputation for being fascinating, friendly and a whole lot of fun. A majority of the unusually high proportion of residents first visited as holiday makers – then either never left, or couldn't stay away. It's the lifestyle that makes them stay and some locals claim it's the weather as well. Winter is perfect at the Ridge where you can escape the cold to fine, warm days with an average temperature of 18 degrees.

There are visual experiences that can't be had anywhere else; the opal fields, the varied and ingenious miners' camps, fabulous arid-adapted plants and animals, spectacular skies and an exciting range of quality attractions, some with a whimsical, even eccentric local flavour.

Some great videos to get you in the mood...

Lightning Ridge Videos

Lightning Ridge is a unique destination that is high on any travellers ‘must do’ list. To give you a glimpse into why it is such a highly regarded outback destination and to get you in the mood for your visit, we have prepared some great videos to give you an insight on what Lightning Ridge has to offer.

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So unique, some stay in the Ridge for life!

About Lightning Ridge

Opal is found in many parts of Australia but it is the elusive Black Opal that has made Lightning Ridge famous. This rare gem is an appropriate symbol of the town as the exact nature of Lightning Ridge and its people is as mysterious as the stone itself. So what is Black Opal? Opal is non-crystalline silica, similar to quartz, but is not a mineral. Its internal structure enables unique diffraction of light to produce white, gray, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, magenta, rose, pink, slate, olive, brown, and black. Opal is formed from a solution of silica (very fine sand-like particles) and water. In some sandstone outback regions, water passes though the sandstone to form a silica-rich solution that flows to voids formed from decomposed fossils and as the water evaporates, a silica deposit is left. This is repeated over vast periods and from it, an Opal is formed.

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