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.
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.