You won’t see many buildings when you arrive in White Cliffs – everything from houses to hotels has been built underground to escape the Outback heat. People have been drawn here since the 1880s in search of opals, and you pick up some of the glittering gems in the many shops and galleries around town.replacenewlinereplacenewlineWhite Cliffs is Australia's oldest commercial opal field.It’s one of just a few places in the world where white opal is found and is most famous for its rare ‘pineapple’ opals with their distinctive spiky shape. Go underground to see a working mine with Red Earth Tours – you might even find a piece of opal yourself.replacenewlinereplacenewlineIf you don’t strike it lucky, there are a number of stores and galleries selling uncut and polished opals, jewellery and fossils. Visit the Fossicker’s Den, Aussie Southern Cross Opal, the Red Earth Gallery or Linda George Jewellery and take a piece of White Cliffs home with you.

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Location Information 

  • Elevation: 151.0 m
  • Population: 103
  • State electorate(s): Barwon
  • Federal Division(s): Farrer
  • Population information is based on 2016 Census data.

Travel To  

Broken Hill NSW 2880 (239 km, 2 hrs 34 mins)
Cobar NSW 2835 (333 km, 3 hrs 26 mins)
Acknowledgement of Country

White Cliffs NSW is located on the following Aboriginal Nation/s. acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and the traditional custodians of the lands where we live, learn and work.