Can I find opals at Lightning Ridge?

Can I find opals at Lightning Ridge?

The star of Australia’s opal mining history, Lightning Ridge is also famed for its elusive black opal. See these rare gems at the Opal Bin, where raw opals are polished into shimmering gemstones. Tour an opal mine at The Big Opal and try your luck fossicking or visit the world-class underground Australian Opal Centre.

Where can I fossick for opal?

The opal fields of Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia are spots to fossick for hard-won flecks of treasure and explore fascinating history….

  • Yowah, QLD.
  • Lightning Ridge, NSW.
  • White Cliffs, NSW.
  • Coober Pedy, SA.
  • Andamooka, SA.

Which opals are the most valuable?

Black opal is the most prized opal and may realise prices over AUD $15,000 a carat. Boulder opals also have a dark body tone. White opals have a light body tone and are generally the least valuable form of opal.

Can opal be found anywhere in Australia?

Australia’s Opal fields lie in the three states of Queensland, New South Wales, and South Australia, along the site of the ancient ‘Great Inland Sea’, or ‘Great Artesian Basin’. White, or ‘Milky’ opal, is found in South Australia, Black opal is found in Lightning Ridge, NSW, and Boulder opal is found in Queensland.

Where are opal mines in Australia?

Coober Pedy,South Australia. Coober Pedy produces the bulk of the world’s white opal.

  • Andamooka,South Australia. Situated 520 km north of Adelaide,Andamooka miners work over an area of about 52 square kilometres on the Arcoona plateau in shafts,large bore-holes,open-cut excavations
  • Mintabie,South Australia.
  • Lambina,South Australia.
  • What is a Lightning Ridge opal?

    The Opal is the national gemstone of Australia. Lightning Ridge in New South Wales Australia, is the main source of the black opal. These Opals contain a predominantly dark background, gray to blue and black, displaying a wide range of colours.

    What is the opal mine in South Australia?

    Mintabie Opal Field. Mintabie,once second only to Coober Pedy as an opal producer,is today in low production.

  • Coober Pedy. Coober Pedy lies between Adelaide and Darwin on the Stuart Highway. It is situated approximately 800km north west of Adelaide.
  • Where are opal mines?

    Full tank of fuel and enough to get back to town

  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunblock
  • Gloves
  • Closed toe shoes (no flip flops while mining)
  • Clothes for all conditions (warm or cold and wet)
  • Weather appropriate bedding if camping
  • Containers for opals: buckets with lids,small containers or baggies
  • Swimming suit and towel (you have to hit the pond at Virgin Valley camp)