Description

Lightning Ridge is a small outback town in north-western New South Wales, Australia. Part of Walgett Shire, Lightning Ridge is situated near the southern border of Queensland, about six kilometres east of the Castlereagh Highway. The Lightning Ridge area is a world-renowned centre of the mining of black opals and other opal gemstones.

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Around Lightning Ridge NSW 2834


Our Picks on what to Do in Lightning Ridge NSW

Chambers of the Black Hand

Australian Opal Centre

John Murray Art Gallery

Our Picks on where to Stay in Lightning Ridge NSW

Chasin Opal Holiday Park

Opal Caravan Park

Crocodile Caravan and Camping Park

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Our Picks on what to Eat in Lightning Ridge NSW

Gourmet Gecko Cafe

Harlequin Cafe

Morillas Cafe

Shopping in Lightning Ridge NSW

Community Services  


Lightning Ridge Tourist Information Centre
Lightning Ridge,
LIGHTNING RIDGE NSW 2834

Walgett Shire Council
77 Fox Street,
WALGETT NSW 2832

Lightning Ridge Police Station NSW
Opal Street,
LIGHTNING RIDGE NSW 2834

Lightning Ridge Library NSW
50/52 Pandora Street,
LIGHTNING RIDGE NSW 2834

Lightning Ridge Olympic Pool NSW
Gem Street and Harlequin Street,
LIGHTNING RIDGE NSW 2834

Location Information 

  • Elevation: 170 m
  • Population: 2,284
  • State electorate(s): Barwon
  • Federal Division(s): Parkes
  • Established (yr): 1922
  • Population information is based on 2016 Census data.
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Travel To  

St George QLD 4487 (230 km, 1 hr 28 mins)
Walgett NSW 2832 (75 km, 50 mins)
Acknowledgement of Country

Lightning Ridge NSW is located on the following Aboriginal Nation/s.

poidb.com 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.