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Yowah Opal Festival 2012

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by Caitlin Pianta (subscribe)
Freelance writer living in the Australian Capital
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The little four block town in Outback Queensland known as Yowah is a gem of a place - and they really know how to reinforce this with their annual Yowah Opal Festival.

Taking place on the third weekend of July every year and located just two hour's drive from Cunnamulla on a sealed road, the famous museum specimens of Yowah Nut Opal, Ironstone Matrix Opal, Opalized Wood Opal abd Boulder Opal are proudly displayed amongst an exhibit of world class Outback Mining town traditions.

You can not only meet the miners who dig the opal, but you can also buy it in many forms, cut, polished and rough, in jewellery or as a raw substance from the numerous stalls on location.

Fully catered, fully licensed with a soundtrack of great culturally diverse music, you can dance away your troubles in a friendly outback setting. Enjoy the warmth of the huge community campfire every night and listen to miners stories as well as bush poetry presented by local and travelling outback poets.

While you're there, check out the displays of the Yowah Mine Shaft and observe the hoist and winch in operation, explore the underground tunnels, Old Yowah mine and the open cut mine.

A truly unique outback experience, be sure to book ahead or you have the option of setting up tent in designated camping grounds.
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Why? To see the diamonds of Yowah
When: July 2012
Where: Yowah, Queensland
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