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Lightning Ridge

Lightning Ridge is a small town located in north-western New South Wales, Australia. It is well known for its opal mines, hot springs, and unique landscapes.

Getting There

The easiest way to get to Lightning Ridge is by car. It is about seven hours drive from Sydney and four hours from Brisbane. Alternatively, you can take a flight to Dubbo or Moree and then hire a car to drive to Lightning Ridge.

Things to Do

Opal Mines

Lightning Ridge is famous for its opal mines. Visitors can go on a guided tour of the mines to learn about the mining process and even try their hand at mining for opals.

Hot Springs

The Artesian Bore Baths are natural hot springs located in Lightning Ridge. The water is said to have healing properties and is great for relaxing in after a day of exploring.


The landscape around Lightning Ridge is unique and interesting. Visitors can take a scenic drive to see the sandstone formations, red earth, and unusual plants.

Crocodile Caravan Park

The Crocodile Caravan Park is a must-visit for visitors to Lightning Ridge. It features a range of quirky and unusual sculptures made from opal mining equipment.


Lightning Ridge has a range of accommodation options, including camping grounds, hotels and motels, and caravan parks. The Crocodile Caravan Park is a popular choice for visitors.

Food and Drink

There are several cafes and restaurants in Lightning Ridge, serving a range of food and drink options. The pizza at Rizza’s is highly recommended.

Visit Lightning Ridge

Lightning Ridge is a unique and interesting destination in New South Wales. With its opal mines, hot springs, and unusual landscape, it is definitely worth a visit.

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