Category: Opal Mining

Humor – at Lightning Ridge Opal Fields

Humor – at Lightning Ridge Opal Fields Opal fields Humor- It gets pretty hot and sticky at Lightning Ridge. That’s why a lot of folks head for the coast around November each year and dont go back until about March or April when things cool down a bit. Mind you we are totally spoilt nowadays […]

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Black Opal Underground Interview

Black opal underground interview. But its a long way to Australia and to Lightning Ridge for overseas tourist. Hence we have put this interview together, not only to find out a bit more about “black opals” but to see just how they are found and see some examples of how amazing “black opals” really are. Not many […]

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Opal Fields of Australia

Opal Fields of Australia The opal fields of Australia are one of the last remaining frontiers in the world, a place where you can be completely alone, apart from Kangaroos, emus and the occasional lizard or snake. The yellow-orange colors of the Australian Outback roads particularly in Western Queensland are typical of places where opal is found in the […]

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Yowah Nut Opal

Yowah nut opal-what is it? Yowah nut opal are really small boulder opals that look roughly like a nut from a tree. They can be as small as an apricot seed or as large as a Mango seed. When the nut opens up they often have layers of brown, roundish patterns much like a lemon peel […]

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Opal And Australia

Opal And Australia Video Australia has come a long way in the last two hundred years. Some of it good. A lot not so good. Starting with it being Britain’s way of getting rid of excess criminals, most of whom were just poor starving folks who stole a piece of bread and ended up in […]

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The Great Opal Fields Of Australia

The Great Opal Fields Of Australia! What a place of history that continues on even until today! It takes a long time to get there and road can be rather boring with lots of what looks pretty much the same in wheat paddocks, sorgum and cattle grazing country. The novelty of kangaroos jumping all over […]

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Gems from The Land Down Under

Gems from Land Down Under Australia has many Gems but Opal is King The following article doesn’t tell it all but gives a good summary What is it about Australian opal that makes it any different to any other opal found in the world? Yes, its true, even though the name Australia seems to be […]

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Australian Opal

Australian Opal is different What is it about Australian opal that makes it any different to any other opal found in the world? Yes, its true, even though the name Australia seems to be synonymous with opal, there are lots of places in the world that have opal in its various forms. Historically, opal was […]

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Opal Mining At Lightning Ridge

Opal Mining at Lightning Ridge, Australia. An exciting, adventurous occupation. This video will take you underground to see what all the fuss is about.

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Opal Mines of Australia

Opal Mines of Australia Opal mines of Australia were discovered back in the mid nineteenth century. Often they were discovered by chance while various outback men were going about duties far removed from the idea of looking for precious gems, in this case opal. Since this article was written, Mike cleaned out this hole but […]

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