Outback Towns

Lightning Ridge

Lightning Ridge is located in the heart of Australia's famous outback and is internationally renowned for producing the country's national gemstone - opal.

About Lightning Ridge


Lightning Ridge's mining area produces approximately 95% of the world's supply of black opal and some of the greatest characters you'll ever meet over a drink or two.

Try your luck at finding your fortune

Lighting Ridge boasts many attractions that gives you the chance to experience opal mining.  You can explore the opal fields, go down a mine, or try your luck at fossicking.  There are many high quality jewellery shops in town where you can buy some of the world's best opal and watch the experts cut and polish precious stones to perfection.

Relax and unwind in the natural bore baths

One of the world's best experiences is relaxing in the Artesian Bore Baths or natural hot springs after a hard day's work. The 40 Degree water is ideal for relieving arthritis and sore muscles.

Be careful of Skippy 

Lightning Ridge is only 45 minutes drive to Walgett and just over an hour to Collarenebri.  The roads are long and straight with little traffic, but do be careful as there are many kangaroos, and hitting them, doesn't make for happy travelling.



  • ATM
  • Fuel
  • Airport
  • Medical Centre
  • Chemist
  • Dump Point
  • Groceries
  • Mechanical Repairs