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A b o u t u s
OUTBACK OPAL TOURS is a small family owned tour company aiming to supply the best way of seeing Lightning Ridge and the surrounding opal fields. Everyone at OUTBACK OPAL TOURS has extensive experience with opals and mining and a real love of our wonderful town.
S e r v i c e s
We will show you Lightning Ridge in air-conditioned comfort and style. With our experienced local guides, you will see the best there is to see of Lightning Ridge and its surrounding opal fields. Learn all about opals and opal mining, how we choose to live and the amazing characters that live here in our unique outback mining town. Go on a guided underground mine at the BIG OPAL to get the feel of a real working mine. Entry included in our price. OUTBACK OPAL TOURS is also the only tour business taking you excluively in and around AMIGO´S CASTLE. This famous tourist attraction was recently featured on "Better Homes and Gardens".
We will pick you up from your accommodation, the Visitor Information Centre or any pre-deignated place of your choice. We can also accommodate large group tours on your bus or on ours.
H i s t o r y
OUTBACK OPAL TOURS was started about 15 years ago because of the love of Lightning Ridge, it's people and of course it's opal. The founders felt they really wanted to share their love and passion with our visitors which is still our aim today. Our tour guides all have a special connection to Lightning Ridge. They either grew up in the area or lived in our multi-cultural town for a long time. All of our guides have been involved in the opal industry in one way or the other. We feel our tour is the best way to introduce Lightning Ridge to you!
T e s t i m o n i a l s o n T r i p a d v i s o r
“Very well done”
A must do tour, you get so much more interesting information than you would than if you were doing it on your own. Peter is an excellent guide telling some fantastic stories.The mine tour was great but seeing the opals being cut and polished was definitely a highlight. I wasn't a huge lover of them before but now I have my own beautiful piece to take home and wear. So thank you Justine
Visited June 2016 Nicky D
Picked up at our accommodation for the 9am tour by Peter, a local miner/tour guide. I had read that there was no audio on the bus so sat up the front. However, he had a loud deep voice and we had no problem hearing his many stories as we drove down the dirt roads to see how and where many of the miners lived. Also driven around the town to see the facilities the locals have to enjoy, mostly funded (according to Peter) by the locals themselves. We then went to the Big Opal Mine, donned our hard hats and proceeded to descend the spiral staircase with the owner - about 110 steps. Well worth the effort to see what goes on underground. It was a bit harder coming up so need to be average fitness. A cup of tea/coffee and biscuits was offered here before heading to Amigos Castle. It was interesting to hear how the castle originated and meet Amigo. There was also an art gallery attached. After a 3 hour tour we were driven back to our accommodation. All up a great experience and very good value .
Visited May 2016 Carmel, Newcastle, Australia
My family (incl 3 kids aged 8, 10, 13) all really enjoyed this tour. A lot of the things we saw we could have driven ourselves to (via the car door tour signs) but we would have missed all the stories from the old timer opal miner turned tour guide. Eddie (the guide) was informative, interesting and funny with an extremely dry sense of humour. Whole family thought the tour was incredibly worthwhile and we're so glad did it.
Visited March 2016 Suzie B, Camden, Australia
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