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Lightning Ridge

We've reached our destination.  The opal town of Lightning Ridge.  If other opal towns we have visited are anything to go by this will be an odd place.  We are going to spend 4 days here before going back home.  Let's go see.


  1. What is that? It looks like a concrete truck? But why? I have been to Coober Pedy, and THAT was unusual!

    1. According to the Lightning Ridge info site "Opal dirt' – sandstone and clay mined from the opal level – is taken up to ground level using a hoist or blower, and dumped into the back of a truck.
      The opal dirt is then washed down by tumbling it for several hours inside a modified cement mixer called an agitator. Finally, the remaining 'tailings' are sorted, with keen eyes searching for any hint or trace of opal colour."

      Yeh. I have been to Coober Pedy and Andamooka both very unusual.

  2. Hope you find a big opal. I'm going to Coober Pedy next year, my first opal town.

    1. We were seeking warmth and new places, not opals. You will enjoy Coober Pedy.


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