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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Opal Mining at Lightning Ridge, Australia. An exciting, adventurous occupation. This video will take you underground to see what all the fuss is about.
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 […]
Another amazing opal spot in the Yowah region I visited Koroit opal mine back in 1973. It was on a property called Boobora station. What attracted me most of all as we rattled along the old corrugated road between Cunnamulla and Charleville, western Queensland, was the beautiful streams of hot crystal clear water gushing from […]
Coober Pedy Opal fields, Australia’s Opal Capital Details about when Coober Pedy opal fields were discovered and the meaning of the name is found in another post on this site entitled, ‘Opal Mines of Australia,’ so this article will focus more on the Coober Pedy Opal fields themselves, and the status it currently holds as […]
The Australian Opal Mines are an ongong source of facination for opal miners and visitors over a hundred years of time. Many millions of dollars of precious opal have been cleaved from the harsh outback opal fields by men and women of determination and vision. Here is a glimpse of each of the main opal fields.