Walk In Mine
The Walk In Mine is the most easily accessed mine, and the longest running tourist attraction in Lightning Ridge. Originally a working opal mine, the Walk in Mine opens up an amazing world underground, even to many elderly folk.
The underground theatre presents a wonderful DVD to enhance your experience. Learn how what you see underground transforms into the large range of affordable and beautiful gems in the showroom, and helps you identify what you are looking for when you search for your own opal in the fossicking area.
Much of the display has been mined, cut and set by the staff at Walk In Mine and they are proud to show it to you. Make Walk In Mine your first point of call in the Ridge.
Entry to the Walk In Mine is free. There are guided tours available which incur a small fee. Please contact operators for details.
Down to Earth Opals
Opal like you’ve never seen before…. and more!
Down to Earth Opals specialises in cutting, carving, wholesale and retail of Lightning Ridge Opal and producing one-of-a-kind jewellery pieces.
Established in 1991, Down to Earth Opals are famous for beautiful, innovative opal products (especially their freeform and carved opals); fair prices; high standards of quality and integrity; and friendly, knowledgeable staff.
Opal Bin have a collection of Lightning Ridge amazing carved opals, top quality solid opals in every price range and great opal specimens, unique individually designed jewelry in silver and gold.
Everything at Opal Bin is from Lightning Ridge, it is all solid and all mined by them, cut and polished by them, sold to you at unbeatable prices. They aim to educate everyone who comes there about Lightning Ridge opals. They also have an opal carver in the premises who can carve your find for you.
Australian Opal Centre
Did you know that Lightning Ridge is the only dinosaur fossil site in New South Wales? Or that the fossils from Lightning Ridge are made of opal?!
At the Australian Opal Centre, meet a life-like dinosaur face to face and see rare opalised fossils from long ago, when dinosaurs and other creatures lived in streams, billabongs and mighty pine forests at the place we now call Lightning Ridge.
Learn about precious Australian opal, how it is mined and the unique cultural heritage of Australia’s opal fields.
Find out about the amazing home planned for the Australian Opal Centre, in an incredible two storey underground building that will generate its own power, collect its own water, and house one of Australia’s most rare and spectacular public collections.
Support this exciting community project by shopping there. Special souvenirs and treasures from the earth – fantastic!
Lightning Ridge Bore Baths
The water found in the Bore Baths at Lightning Ridge comes from the Great Artesian Basin and is approximately two million years old! Natural pressure sends the water to the surface through an artesian bore and it maintains a temperature of between 40 to 50 degrees celcius. The bores supplying these baths are only a few of hundreds being rehabilitated throughout the Great Artesian Basin conserving this precious natural resources for future generations.
A life’s passion… this amazing hand-built castle is a labour of love for the last 25 years and there is still a way to go until it is complete.
Opening Hours: Most days between 9am – 5pm
Bevan’s Black Opal & Cactus Nursery
Off Bald Hill Road, Lightning Ridge, BEVANS Cactus is home to the world’s only opal mining cactus farmers. Started in 1966, and now encompassing two passionate generations, Bevans host the largest cactus nursery in the Southern Hemisphere with approximately 2,500 young and aged varieties. Grown from seeds collected from around the world, many plants are now over 100 years old, with the oldest being nearly 150 years of age.
Bevans Cactus is the 3rd largest nursery in the world and visiting is a ‘Must See and Do’ activity whilst in Lightning Ridge. Bevans Cactus is another wonderful example of the ingenuity and determination that makes Lightning Ridge such an interesting and amazing place to visit.
Opening Hours: 9am – 5pm 7 days
Big Opal – Underground Mine Tour
Visit a genuine working Opal mine. First licenced opal mine open to the public in Lightning Ridge.
Hours: From 9:00am 7 days
Tours:Self guided tour of the mine.
A unique structure and an intriguing example of innovative architecture.
Originally a miner’s camp, the Bottle House now houses an astonishing collection of artefacts and other items of interest.
Opening Hours: 9am – 5pm 7 days
John Murray’s Art Gallery
Situated in the main street, John Murray Art Gallery is full of the vibrant paintings that have made John Murray one of Australia’s leading outback artists.
Entry is free; the gallery is full of large and small original paintings and hosts a wide range of reproductions, posters, cards and art souvenirs. Visitors can enjoy the artworks in the relaxed and friendly atmosphere, as well as hearing first hand some of John’s inspiration on the in house DVD.
Opening Hours: Weekdays 9am – 5pm, Saturday 9am -2pm, Sunday 9am – 2pm
Situated on Bore Baths Road next to the Library. Displaying and selling a large range of locally made Arts, Crafts, Pottery & memorabilia.
- Varied workshops
- Dance Classes & Free Artist’s Exhibitions.
Opening hours: Every afternoon 7 days from March to December.
The Ridge Art Space
Providing professional gallery space for visual artists. Self run exhibitions for established and emerging artists.
Kangaroo Hill Complex
A life of collection has led to this quirky Lightning ridge icon. A fabulous display of rocks, minerals, shells, bottles and antiques will have you captivated for hours as will the freefossicking heap outside.
Features: 1 hour free fossicking, rocks and mineral display, shells, bottles and antique display, souvenirs
Opening Hours: 10am – 4pm except Sundays (Closed Christmas Day)
Historical Society & Heritage Cottage
Phone: 0419 639 120 – Morilla Street, Lightning Ridge
Features: Local history, books and souvenirs 1932 Miners’ cottage and 1915 Cottage Hospital Gallery. Historical displays books and crafts.
Cost: Donations accepted
Opening Hours: open 3 days a week (Tuesday,Wednesday & Friday 10am-4pm), or by appointment, phone for details
Olympic Pool and Water Theme Park
Phone: 02 6829 0150 – Gem Street , Lightning Ridge
The 5 Star Olympic Pool and Water Theme Park operates during the summer months. The Olympic Pool is handy for keeping fit and the Water Themepark for keeping the kids entertained.
Opening Hours Olympic Pool: Monday – Sunday 11am – 6pm (Open November – April)
Opening Hours Theme Park: Monday – Friday 3pm – 6pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am – 6pm