Lightning Ridge, Outback NSW


Most would agree, that any travel through Outback NSW should include a few days at Lightning Ridge.

Home of the unique Black Opal and like the precious stone it is famous for, the 'Ridge' will show its varying colors depending on how you look at it.

And while the Black Opal may sometimes be illusive to find, the character and hospitality of Lightning Ridge certainly are not.

There is a wonderful welcome from the time you arrive; you can understand why some travellers visit for a few days and end up staying the rest of their life. It is a wonderfully eccentric place and the eccentricity is comforting in this day of conformity.

Local postmaster back in the 1950's summed it up well... "Though you've roamed the whole world over, seen most all there is to see, There are scenes you've never dreamed of, in the stone of mystery."

And how do you find all these thing?.. look out for a colored car-door.

Make sense? Thought will when you go though....

They are a unique bunch of characters at Lightning Ridge and they pride themselves on a wonderful and heartfelt hosipitality that extends to all.

It maybe something about the pioneering spirit that allowed this area to develop and many visitors become so enamored with the place that a 3 day holiday can turn into a lifetime of pleasure.


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Lightning Ridge Visitor Information

  • Lightning Ridge See & Do

    • Underground scultures
    • Bottle-houses
    • Castles
    • Astronomy monument
    • Unique gardens Hills named 'Lunatic', 'Pig' and Bald'
    • A pub crawl to 'The Pub in the Srub', 'The Glengarry Hilton' and 'Sheepyard'
    • And even tour underground mines.
  • Visitor Information Centre:

    • Morilla Street Lightning Ridge, NSW 2834..
    • Website
    • Telephone 02 6829 1670

Lightning Ridge - Touring & Accommodation

Fossickers Cottages, the perfect place to stay, relax and experience Lightning Ridge first hand. Meet locals who are passionate about their town and black opal - the stunning gemstone that is mined from the depths of what was once a great inland sea.
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Driving to Lightning Ridge


There are many different routes that can be taken when driving from any of the capital cities to the Lightning Ridge. The following is an overview of the routes from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide that may help you in planning your outback experience.

From Brisbane:

Warrego Hwy <> Gwydir Highway <> Castlereagh Hwy: Distance = 730km approx

From Sydney:

Western Freeway >Castlereagh Highway: Distance = 792km approx

From Melbourne:

Hume Highway <> Newell Highway <> Castlereagh Highway: Distance = 1,225km aprox

From Adelaide: 

Barrier Highway <> Darling River Run <> Castlereagh Highway: Distance = 1,330km approx


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