Lightning Ridge

Aerial photo of a part of Lightning Ridge town and nearby mines.

Lightning Ridge is an interesting and unique opal mining town in the north-western corner of the Australian state of New South Wales. Australian Traveller magazine has judged that "The Ridge" is in the 53rd position in the listing of 100 of Australia’s Best Towns.


The Lightning Ridge region provides many visual experiences that can't be had elsewhere in Australia. Go and see for yourself!

Tourist information

Lightning Ridge Visitor Information Centre, Lions Park, Morilla Street, Lightning Ridge NSW 2834; phone: (02) 6829 1670, fax: 02 6829 1672. Web: Lightning Ridge Visitor Information

Get in

Lightning Ridge is easily accessible on a sealed road about four kilometres east of the Castlereagh Highway, approximately 75 km north of Walgett, the next nearest town.

Get around

A vehicle is required to visit the many interesting out of town sightseeing locations such as Grawin with 'The Glengarry Hilton' and 'Sheepyard Inn'.





Restaurants and cafes are available to suit all tastes.



A variety of accommodation catering to different needs and budgets.

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