About Us

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



OUTBACK OPAL TOURS was started in 2004 and the concept was to capture true outback spirit and combining it with great history & information about the 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 the Ridge and is a second-generation opal miner. His parents immigrated from Serbia in the early sixties. Petar’s (or also called 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 either grew up in the area or lived in our multi-cultural town for a long time and all of us have been involved in the opal industry in one way or another.

We really do feel our tours are the best way to get a genuine Lightning Ridge experience and to create unforgettable memories for you. We will show you the best there is to see of the Ridge.

Our Team


OUTBACK OPAL TOURS is and accredited tour operator by Services NSW/RMS NSW. We pride ourself on the committed people working in our team. As a privately Australian owned and operated business, OUTBACK OPAL TOURS is still small enough to allow us to keep our finger on the pulse, ensuring we are constantly improving and offering a unique tour experience for our guests and groups.

Our team consists of:

Tour Guides


We pride ourselves on the standard of our tours and we are very aware of our responsibility to provide well informed, environmentally conscious, highly trained tour guides. All guides have a sound knowledge of our local area focusing on its history, Aboriginal culture, geology and the natural environment. By evaluating our guides performance after every tour, we ensure that a high standard is maintained. You can also help us by filling in our feedback from available on each of our buses. All our guides are trained in house with direct involvement of OUTBACK OPAL TOURS owner/director 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 (tourist) 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.



We operate with two buses. One of them is a TOYOTA Coaster with 21 seats and the other one is a TOYOTA HiAce with 11 seats. Both vehicles have air conditioning which provide comfortable travelling conditions even during our hot summer months. To ensure you can hear our guides commentary, we have microphones and speakers fitted in our vehicles for your enjoyment on tour!

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


Accredited tour operator by RMS/Service NSW No. 4221


Being an accredited tour operator provides both consumers and industry with an assurance that the accredited tourism business is committed to quality business practice and professionalism.

The primary focus is to ensure that the consistent standards of product and service delivery meet and, where possible, exceed the visitors’ expectations.


Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 


OUTBACK OPAL TOURS is awarded with the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, having received these recognitions twice since buying the business two years ago in 2017 and 2018.

A Certificate of Excellence honours hospitality businesses that deliver consistently great service across the world. This designation is presented to approximately 10% of total businesses on TripAdvisor that have consistently achieved great reviews over the past year


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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 info@outbackopaltours.com.au or Phone 02 6829 4110 

See the best there is to see of the Ridge