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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.

Buying Black Opal - Lightning Ridge

Lightning Ridge is home to the elusive and stunningly beautiful Black Opal and there is no better place to purchase your very own national gemstone. Lightning Ridge has a large variety of businesses catering for those who want to purchase Opals.

Absolute Opals and Gems


Morilla Street, Lightning Ridge

With over 40 years of absolute love of opals and gems, the Absolute opals team has been mining opals since 1968. You can visit the Absolute Opal showroom or view there large range of rough, cut or boulder opals and jewellery on there online store via the Absolute Opals website.  

Opening Hours: 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday.

For more details and pricing, please visit their Website


Chambers of the Black Hand Opal Shop


3 Mile Road, 5kms up opposite yellow car door 7

Regarded by many as the best opal display in the Ridge, The Chambers of the Black Hand Opal shop offers complete peace of mind to anyone purchasing opals or opal jewellry.

Buy with confidence with thier unique 48 hour refund guarantee should you decide you dont like what you purchased.

All reasonable discounts considered.

Opening Hours: 9am - 5pm 7 days a week

Features: Spectacular Opal Display, Hand Made Jewellery.

For more details and pricing, please visit their Website


Down to Earth Opals

Down To Earth Opals New July 17

11 Morilla Street, Lightning Ridge

Over 25 years in business. One of the most significant displays of solid Lightning Ridge opal anywhere in Australia, and including the largest collection of exquisitely carved Lightning Ridge opal in the world.

Our friendly contemporary showroom is brimming with bespoke handmade opal jewellery complemented by original Aboriginal art from the Utopia (NT) region, hand stitched textiles displaying beautiful Aboriginal designs, and one-off unique fashion jewellery pieces from around the world hand selected annually by proprietor Vicki Bokros.

Trade buyers welcome. Online web shop with full opal range. 100% money back guarantee.

Features: Solid opal jewellery, cut stones, carvings and rubs, opal ear-cuffs, Woodwick candles, Aboriginal art and Aboriginal inspired rugs and cushion covers, fashion jewellery.

Opening Hours: 9am - 5.30pm, 7 days a week

For more details and pricing, please visit their Website


GGS Goldsmith


Morilla Street, Lightning Ridge 

Gerd is the local Master Goldsmith and is an outstanding craftsman. Call in and see his personal collection of work - or have him set your newly fossicked (or purchased) opal.

Features: Hand made and designed jewellery customised to your taste.

Opening hours: 9am - 12.30 and 2pm - 5pm (Mon- Fri) 9am - 12.30pm (Saturday)


Marg's Carvings

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Three Mile Road (just past Halleys Comet St) 

At Marg's you may have your piece of opal carved into a figurine of your choice or select from one of the carvings on display.

You will see the workings and activities involved with opals.

Also on display is a beautiful range of local polished opal from the miner to you, where you have the opportunity to choose your own personal piece of jewellery.

Added to the display is a collection of Australian Rock Art, polished pieces of boulder, pearls and carved paua shell.


Lost Sea Opals


Morilla Street, Lightning Ridge 

Feast your eyes on Lightning Ridge's largest on display collection of opalised fossils - bones and plant material from an ancient inland sea. Also featuring stunning solid and inlay opal jewellery from the Lightning Ridge and the Boulder Opal Fields, this is a light and beautiful store.

Features: Display of opalised fossils, Stunning opal inlay jewellery, Silver jewellery, Boulder Opal jewellery, Solid Opal jewellery, Books.

Opening hours: 8.30am - 6pm 7 days a week

For more details and pricing, please visit their Website


Opal Bin


Morilla Street, Lightning Ridge 

Lightning Ridge Opal Specialists; Each Opal in our shop is 100% guaranteed to be a Solid Lightning Ridge Opal from our own mines, cut, polished and carved to bring out its best. Come and see one of the largest and best displays of solid Lightning Ridge Opals anywhere! All our jewellery is designed to suit the individual character of its opal, and hand crafted by talented silver and goldsmiths. At the Opal Bin, we aim for Quality. We also have a large selection of Rough opal, rubs, cut and polished and carved opals, also opal specimens and gifts.

Opening hours: Mon, Wed, Fri – 9am- 5pm : Tue, Thurs-10am-5pm : Sat- 9am-3.30pm : sun-closed

For more details and pricing, please visit their Website


Opal Cave


Morilla Street, Lightning Ridge 

Lightning Ridge's largest showroom. In the middle of town, opposite the Post Office. Created to look like an underground mine. We have the largest range of opal, jewellery, souvenirs, gifts, art and pottery.

Features: Rub and polish your own opal here! Also...Free Tour Guide for Coaches, Free Opal explanation. Opal Waterfall, Mineshaft with Underground miner. Booking Agent for Countrylink and Coach Companies.

Opening Hours: 8.30am - 5pm 7 days a week

For more details and pricing, please visit their Website


Peter's Opals

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Cnr Opal & Harlequin Streets, Lightning Ridge

When in Lightning Ridge Peret's Opals is the shop the locals recommend!

For beautiful opals at great prices pop into Peter's Opals for a browse. Peter's Opals is centrally located in the centre of town. Peter has a fabulous range of doublets, rough and solid stones, he also has a great great range of opal jewellery to suits all styles. Come in and have a browse on your next visit to Lightning Ridge.  

Opening Hours: 9am - 5pm 7 days a week


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