Lightning Ridge: Located less than an hour from the Darling River, similar to Broken Hill and Bourke, 'The Ridge' is one of those must-see destinations of Outback Australia. Home of the beautiful Black Opal and like the wonderful gem, Lightning Ridge shows its varying colours depending on how you look at it.
About Lightning Ridge:
'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.' Laurie Hudson, Cumborah Postmaster 1947-1965.
The Black Opal is elusive but Lightning Ridge's character and hospitality certainly are not. There is a wonderful welcome from the time you arrive; you can understand why some travellers decide to stay a little longer; in fact, some stay forever.
Located in a unique Outback Australia location, it is a wonderfully eccentric place and the eccentricity is comforting in this day of conformity.
You can read all there is to know about The Ridge' and even hear stories, but that will give you as much understanding as trying to smell a color.
You can experience sculptures underground, bottle-houses, antique lamps, castles, astronomy monuments, unique gardens, hills named 'Lunatic', 'Pig' and Bald', a pub crawl to 'The Pub in the Scrub', 'The Glengarry Hilton' and 'Sheepyard', and even tour underground mines. And how do you find all these thing?.. look out for a colored Car Door.
Make sense? Thought not...it will when you go though....
The 'Ridge' will welcome you with classic country hospitality but it will certainly not be 'more of the same'.
They are a unique bunch of characters out there and they pride themselves on a wonderful and heartfelt eccentricity; it is something about the pioneering spirit that allowed this area to develop and many visitors become so enamoured with the place that a 3 day holiday can turn into a lifetime of pleasure.
The Ridge sits on the world's richest deposits of Black Opal but that is not the only gem that Lightning Ridge lays claim to; it is one of the most welcoming, wonderfully eccentric, and 'must-see' destinations of Outback Australia.
Lightning Ridge Visitor Information:
Visitor Information Centre:
Morilla Street Lightning Ridge, NSW 2834
Telephone: 02 6829 1670
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