Our Tours

We will show you Lightning Ridge in one of our air-conditioned buses. With our experienced local tour guides, you will get to see the best there is to see of the Ridge with plenty of local tales, humour and laughs along the way to keep you entertained. Learn all about our world famous black opal and opal mining.

See and hear about life in Lightning Ridge past & present and about some amazing quirky characters who choose to live here in our unique outback black opal mining town. For all of our tours we will pick you up from your accommodation place in town or from the Visitor Information Centre.


Daily 9am & 2pm – 7 days a week Included in this tour is entry fee for WALK-IN MINE, morning/afternoon tea & entry fee for AMIGO’S CASTLE
Adults $60 pp
Seniors $55 pp
Family of 2 Adults & 2 Children $140
(any additional children 5-15 years) $20



Daily 9am & 2pm – 7 days a week

Duration of the TOWN TOUR is about 3 hours 

We run this tour if we have a minimum of two adults bookings.

  • Friendly and knowledgeable local tour guides. All our guides were raised or have 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
  • Visit the WALK-IN MINE (Opal Mine Adventure) and experience firsthand the conditions and atmosphere of opal mining on a guided underground tour with us. Entry fee for the WALK-IN MINE is included in our price. This mine is the most easily accessed mine (wide stairs and rails) in Lightning Ridge and was originally a real working opal mine.
  • Opportunity for fossicking (this means looking for opals) and catching the opal bug
  • Travel past miner’s camps and through the scenic Three Mile Opal Fields
  • Visit Lunatic Hill open cut – the biggest and richest open cut in Lightning Ridge
  • We take you to the famous Lightning Ridge tourist attraction AMIGO´S CASTLE which has been featured on “Better Homes and Gardens” with Johanna Griggs. OUTBACK OPAL TOURS is the only tour operator in town with exclusive rights to show you around AMIGO´S CASTLE (entry price also already included in our price)
  • See and hear all about life past & present on the opal fields and about the amazing and quirky characters that choose to live here in our unique outback mining town
  • Complementary morning or afternoon tea and biscuits supplied for you
  • Learn about our world famous Black Opal and opal mining in Lightning Ridge
  • Want to see how opal is transformed from the rough into a beautiful gem? Our opal cutting demonstration will take you into the workshop of an experienced opal cutters. She also is an opal carver and an expert in her field. You will also have the opportunity to sight a great variety of the best quality and exquisite opals browsing through the shop
  • Fantastic photo opportunities on this tour. We are happy to stop the bus for you to get the picture you want – just let us know
  • If you know the show OUTBACK OPAL HUNTERS on Discovery Channel you will see some of the places seen on the show on and learn about the teams if you are interested
  • Pick-up and drop-off conveniently from your accommodation place in town or the Visitor Information Centre

These are only some of the things you will see and experience when you come with us on one of our morning or afternoon tours. We love Lightning Ridge and we are very passionate about our black opal industry. There is so much to see & to hear and it will be a great experience for you to see our unique and a little bit crazy outback mining town of Lightning Ridge with OUTBACK OPAL TOURS.


Daily 9am & 2pm – 7 days a week For a minimum of six adult bookings we run this tour any day of the week. Included is Devonshire Morning Tea (tea or coffee) and lunch at the Glengarry Hilton (drinks at your own expense)
Adults $125 pp
Seniors $120 pp
Children 5-15 years $75



Take a trip back in time and experience what Lightning Ridge was like 40 years ago. Our FULL DAY TOUR to the Grawin, Glengarry & Sheepyard Opal fields is a genuine experience you will never forget. A lot of the mining for our world famous black opal happens in this area and you will see all the sights and all three unique bush pubs out there. Our experienced local tour guide will keep you informed and entertained throughout the day.

  • Heading from Lightning Ridge approximately 80km through farming country and see livestock, goats, emus, kangaroos and a variety of birds on your way to the opal fields
  • Devonshire morning tea at the “Grawin Club in the Scrub”. See the famous Grawin golf course and its great “log style cabin” club house
  • Travel through the mining fields and view working mines & opal mining machinery. You will get insight into the daily grind of being an opal miner and what is involved in mining in a remote community
  • Try your luck fossicking (looking for opals) on the Mullock heaps/dumps with instruction, guidance and support of your knowledgeable local tour guide
  • Enjoy your lunch from the tucker van at the “Glengarry Hilton”. Chat and mix with the locals and grab a coldy at the bar if you feel like one
  • Visit the Sheepyard community War Memorial at Lake Beard and have a look around in their museum which is well worth visiting
  • Visit Sweeney’s community shop to look at a variety of handmade souvenirs or to buy some opal specimens
  • Stop for a look around at the “Sheepyard Inn“. Quench your thirst with a cold drink or have a cuppa if you like. Local miners are always up for a chat
  • Unique and quirky photo opportunities on the trip all day. Take a selfie or let our tour guide take a great snap of you as a memory of your trip out here
  • We conveniently pick you up and drop you off from your accommodation, the Visitor Information Centre or a pre-designated place of your choice


Evening Tour Hosted by Mel & Susie on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday nights for a minimum of eight guests. Duration 2.5 hours + This tour includes dinner, dessert (billy tea/coffee) and show in A HIDDEN GEM bush theatre
Adults $80 pp
Seniors $80 pp



The night is hosted by award-winning entertainers Mel & Susie

On this tour, you have the opportunity to go inside a beautiful and unique off-grid art-camp on the opal fields. A HIDDEN GEM was created by local art legend John Murray. It is the latest tourist attraction in Lightning Ridge and can only be visited on this tour with OUTBACK OPAL TOURS exclusively.


-Enjoy hearty Aussie camp-oven tucker around the campfire under a thousand stars.

-Relax, make new friends and experience pure Aussie outback magic.

-Be entertained by your hosts – the award-winning duo and Aussie Champion Bush Poets Mel Susie in their HIDDEN GEM bush theatre.

-End the evening with billy-tea and dessert before getting back on our bus to be conveniently dropped off at your accommodation.


Experience fantastic outback hospitality with two true-blue entertaining storytellers and Australian bush poetry champions Mel & Susie.                                                                                  

Do yourself a favour and don’t miss this very special tour if you are around


discount for multiple tour bookings

If you come on any of our tours you will receive our loyalty customer card when getting on our bus. If you are booking multiple tours with us you will receive a discount for any additional tour you choose to come.


  • Receive $5 off per person for the second and third tour you will book with OUTBACK OPAL TOURS


available for all tours

If you are looking for a special present why not purchase a GIFT VOUCHER(S) for one or all of our tours. Please contact us to purchase here info@outbackopaltours.com.au

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