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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.

Lightning Ridge Tours

One of the best ways to discover what makes Lighting Ridge so special is to be shown by a local and the are some great tour operators that can show you the best of what the Ridge has to offer. For those who prefer to explore the area at their own pace, there are the unique Car Door Tours.

Black Opal Tours


Pandora Street, Lightning Ridge

Join our friendly tour guides who are real opal miners - in your search for the elusive Black Opal. See above ground mining operations, camps, castles. Hear stories and fables of the Ridge. Fossick for opal! Enjoy exclusive access to the largest opal agitator ever built in Australia (weather permitting). Exclusive entry inside Fred Bodel's camp, the oldest miner's camp in Lightning Ridge. Opal cutting demonstration, opal explanation and opportunity to purchase from our exclusive collection. Learn all you need to know about our beautiful gemstone and more....enjoy a delicious complimentary Devonshire tea served at PLATFORM 1.
Departs: daily (8.15am & 12.15pm) (Summer 8.00am)
Free pickup from your accommodation

For more details and pricing, please go to their Website


Outback Opal Tours

outback opal tours

REAL TOURS by LOCALS – Give your car a break and let OUTBACK OPAL TOURS show you around.

Daily TOWN TOUR (3 hours +) 9am & 2pm - See the best there is to see of THE RIDGE. Highlights are a guided underground tour at WALK-IN MINE, famous AMIGO’S CASTLE, historical miners’ camp GEMSEEKERS PARADISE, opal cutting demonstration, purchase local opal, commentary & colourful stories on our air-conditioned bus.

FULL DAY TOUR to the Grawin, Glengarry, Sheepyard Opal Fields and three bush pubs.

The real deal outback opal mining experience not to be missed.

A HIDDEN GEM – EVENING TOUR hosted by award-winning Mel & Susie. Visit an off-grit art-camp on the opal fields, outback hospitality with show, dinner & relax around the camp fire under the stars.

For more details and pricing, please go to their Website

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