There are many attractions which make Lightning Ridge unique and appealing for a
holiday. With daytime winter temperatures of 12 - 22°C, Lightning Ridge is ideal
for a warm winter getaway. Lightning Ridge attractions are as varied and unique
as the colourful stone for which the miners are searching.
Award-winning Black Queen:
'Completely Surprising.' The
BLACK QUEEN is a
collection of intertwining stories weaved together and told in a wonderfully
mysterious and compelling way. Expect the unexpected.
The Black Queen
presents you with the challenges and the rewards of living in the environment of
yesteryear and will take you on an amazing journey of discovery that intertwines
museum and theatre together to create live, memorable and interactive
performances that will leave you spellbound.
Chambers of The Black Hand you'll be amazed... The Egyptian chamber has humorous
hieroglyphics and is a replica of an Egyptian tomb. Atlas holds the world while
Adam supports the roof of the entrance to the working mine.
Countless carvings are set in sandstone on the walls.
Bevan's Black Opal and Cactus Nursery is said to be the largest display of old
and rare cactus in southern hemisphere, this garden is a labour of love and well
worth a look!
If you want an authentic underground experience, then the
Walk in Mine is just
the place. Here you can feel first hand what it's like to go below the earth and
dig for opal. Originally a working mine, the
Walk in Mine is a
myriad of shafts and ballrooms that have been restored so visitors can glimpse
the life of an opal miner.
Bottle House is a unique structure and an intriguing example of innovative
architecture. Originally a miner's camp, the Bottle House now houses a
collection of artefacts and other items of interest.
At John Murray's
Art Gallery you will be intrigued. His unique sense of humour and outback
palette combines beautifully into some stunning and colourful masterpieces.
You are able to soak in the FREE hot and therapeutic gift of artesian water,
experience mining or visit one of the unique collections and homes of the
characters of the Ridge. Take a step back in time, or try your luck fossicking,
whatever your taste, there is something to tickle everyone's fancy.
Car Door Tours
- The people of Lightning Ridge are well known for their ingenuity
and creative solutions and nothing reflects these qualities better than the
aptly named Car Door Tours! These quirky journeys are Lightning Ridge's answer
to 'self drive' tours and are a great way to start your visit to The Ridge. Four
tours are demarcated by colour coded and numbered car doors. Strung in trees and
leaning in easily seen places, the car doors will lead you to some of the
Ridge's greatest attractions. You will find Charlie Nettleton's first hand sunk
shaft at the end of the green car door tour, take your cheese and nibbles and
stop for the sunset at this great ridge location! On the red car door tour you
will find Amigo's Castle and the Astronomers Monument. These monumental
constructions are a testament to Lightning Ridge's self taught architects and
builders, be sure to keep an eye out on the fields for all the other unique
If you are not the 'off the beaten track' kind of traveller or you would like to
get the inside scoop on the attractions you have seen on your car door tour -
you might like to jump aboard one of the fantastic tour Buses, the Black Opal
Tours or the Outback Opal Tours.
The region has a number of adventure based tourist attractions. Golfers might
also like to try their hand on Lightning Ridge's 'country' golf course.
Lightning Ridge also boasts a clay target and pistol club.
Lightning Ridge has a large variety of accommodation to cater for every style
budget... from the business traveller to families, whatever the accommodation you
need... we've got it. The Lightning Ridge Community provides a wide range of
comfortable amenities, including a choice of quality Motels, charming B&B,
cosy family cottages, convenient caravan parks with camping and cabin facilities,
centrally located holiday units, restful holiday cabins and units, peaceful
outback Bunkhouses and cottages and backpacker style accommodation.
Lightning Ridge has a diverse range of native wildlife including kangaroos,
wallabies, koalas, echidnas, possums and a remarkable range of reptiles.
Lightning Ridge is also a haven for rare Australian birds, and you can get up
close and personal with a surprisingly large number of these fascinating
Lightning Ridge boasts a 12-month program of entertainment with events including
the Easter Goat Races, Opal and Gem show Expo, spring exhibition of the Arts and
Crafts Council, Opal Festival, Aristocrat Black Opal Fours Bowls Carnival,
annual Golf Tournament, 'The Opal Open' pistol shooting competition and during
Easter the Black Opal Rodeo.
Be warned though, many have stopped for a 3 day visit and are still here 30