Lightning Ridge is a small town located in the outback of northern New South Wales best known for its unique and stunning black opals.

 71947 Mineshafts


The history of Lightning Ridge dates back to the late 1800s, when a shepherd stumbled upon the first black opal in the area. This discovery sparked a rush of miners and prospectors, leading to the establishment of the town and the birth of a thriving opal mining industry. Today, Lightning Ridge is home to one of the largest and most productive opal fields in the world, attracting visitors from all over the world to admire its stunning gems.

 66596 Abandoned Car
 71948 Old Mine Machinary

Highlights for Visitors

  • Visit the local opal fields and try your hand at fossicking for your own opals
  • Admire the unique and stunning black opals at the Lightning Ridge Opal Mines
  • Take a dip in the Artesian Bore Baths
  • Explore the historic town and learn about its rich history at the Lightning Ridge Historical Society & Museum

Pictures of Lightning Ridge

All of Richard's pictures of Lightning Ridge are available to buy as high quality photographic Prints or on Canvas. We also have many framing options available.

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