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Published September 16th 2016
A Walk on the Mine Side
Have you ever been to Lightning Ridge? Did you know that Australia provides 95% of the world's opal? Read about Opal mining in Australia here.
Lightning Ridge is a small town in the north of New South Wales, near Walgett, not far from the Queensland border. It is where the black opal has been mined for around 100 years.
It's a quirky town with plenty to see and do, but the focus is the opal mining. There's quite a range of accommodation in town from caravan parks, motels, and a lovely B & B. Things to do include cafes and restaurants, visiting mines, exploring the self-drive Car Door Tours, an Olympic Swimming Pool, and the free open 24 hour Artesian Bore Baths – where you bathe in water around 40 degrees!
The Walk In Mine is one of the popular mine sites, where visitors can go down into the mine, listen to the tour guide tell the story of Lightning Ridge and mining for opal, watch a video, make friends with a yabby, enjoy free tea and coffee, and explore the opal shop for items made with local opal.
Read more about the Walk In Mine here. The Underground Opal mine tours are conducted throughout the day from 9 am to 5 pm, 7 days a week, but they are closed on Christmas Day. (From November to March they are open from 9 am to 3 pm.
My husband and I visited Lightning Ridge in 2015. It is indeed a most interesting and quirky town. Very popular too as we were only able to get accommodation for three days and although we packed a lot into it we didn't get to the Walk In Mine. I would love to go back and visit the area again.