About Us

OUTBACK OPAL TOURS is an accredited tour business owned and operated by a second-generation opal mining family. We promise you the best way of seeing THE RIDGE and surrounding opal fields. Everyone at OUTBACK OPAL TOURS has extensive experience within the opal mining industry and a real love and passion for our unique outback opal mining town. 


OUTBACK OPAL TOURS started in 2004 and the concept was to capture the true outback spirit – combined with great history & information about our famous Lightning Ridge Black Opal. The founders felt they really wanted to share their love and passion for their home town with all of our visitors. This is still our aim today and we also are very proud to call Lightning Ridge home.

Petar Borkovic and Franka Friedrichs-Borkovic are the current owners and directors of OUTBACK OPAL TOURS. Petar was born and raised here in Lightning Ridge and is a second-generation opal miner. His parents immigrated from Serbia in the early sixties. Petar’s (most people call him Borko) wife Franka came as a backpacker from Germany in 2006. She fell in love with this multicultural place first, followed by falling in love with her opal mining husband.

All of our tour guides have a special connection to Lightning Ridge. They grew up here or lived in our multi-cultural town for a long time. All of us here at OUTBACK OPAL TOURS have been involved in the opal industry in one way or another.

We believe our tours are the best way to get the real Lightning Ridge experience  and to make unforgettable and unique holiday memory. We will show you the best there is to see of out outback opal mining town.


OUTBACK OPAL TOURS is an accredited tour operator by Service NSW with Acc.No.43182. This provides assurance that our business is committed to quality and professionalism. As a family owned and operated business, OUTBACK OPAL TOURS is ensuring we are constantly improving the tours we offer.


We pride ourselves on the standard of our tours and we are very aware of our responsibility to provide well informed, environmentally conscious, and highly trained tour guides. All guides have a sound knowledge of our local area focusing on its history, Aboriginal culture, geology, and natural environment. By regularly evaluating our guide’s performance we ensure that a high standard is maintained. You can also help us by filling in our feedback form available on each of our buses. All our guides are trained by operators Petar Borkovic and Franka Friedrichs-Borkovic

OUTBCK OPAL TOURS is always on the lookout for passionate people to lead our tours. If you think you have what it takes, contact us and tell us why we would miss out if we don’t hire you. To work with us you will need a strong interest in the opal mining industry, culture, history and be fit and healthy. You need exceptional people skills, patience and above all, take your responsibility to ensure our guests safety seriously.


OUTBACK OPAL TOURS is aiming to deliver an authentic memorable and unforgettable experience for the visitors of Lightning Ridge, which they wouldn’t get on their own. Most of all we want to share our love and passion for our unique outback town and black opal mining industry with our guests.


Every Lightning Ridge visitor will come on one of our tours to see and experience THE RIDGE with us. We are dedicated to create remarkable and long-lasting memories for you by providing real tours by locals for the real experience. We want to show you what we do and why we live in our unique town.


We operate a TOYOTA Coaster 21-seater and TOYOTA Hiace 11-seater. Both buses are air-conditioned to provide comfortable traveling even during our warmer months. To ensure you can hear our guides commentary, we have an audio system on both vehicles.

For pick-ups from Lightning Ridge airport and for private tours we have a 2016 Ford Ranger 4WD available.


OUTBACK OPAL TOURS was awarded TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence, for the past three years in a row 2017, 2018, 2019.

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Download a copy of our current brochure(s) and pricelist packed full of information about the range of tours we offer You’ll find information about the places we visit, the types of tours we offer and prices for our current season

Questions about our tours? Don’t hesitate to reach out to friendly Reservations Team today email [email protected] or Phone 02 6829 4110 

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