"FREE FOSSICKING" Lightning Ridge Things to Do Tip by balhannah

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  Trying to find some Opal at the Free area
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  • Trying to find some Opal at the Free area - Lightning Ridge
      Trying to find some Opal at the Free area
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Located next to the Vistor Information centre in Lightning Ridge, is a FREE FOSSICKING AREA

It pays to remember, that you are not allowed to just go into anybodys mullok heaps, even though they look deserted, they are a Miners claim. Miners can be very angry people, and they do not like people who are "ratters", they are people that "Rat"..."Rob" their claims.

This FREE AREA is so visitors can have a bit of fun.
Dumped Mullock is fairly regularly dumped in an area here. You can go your hardest trying to find Opal here.

Our tour guide told us, that since December 2009, in 6months, over $3000 worth of Opal has been found here, I even found a very small piece myself.
I didn't have the right tools, had to scratch around using my hands and shoes, so if you are thinking of doing this, bring a pick and a water spray, this way you can spray the rock to see if you have Opal. I also believe, you can hire the necessary equipment from the Info Centre.
It is hard work as it had formed a very hard surface.

For a bit of fun, you can stick your head through a "standing Miner & his Wife" that has been painted by John Murray.

Address: Next to the Visitor Information Centre.

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 11, 2013
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  • breughel's Profile Photo
    Dec 11, 2013 at 3:29 AM

    Black opal is multicolor from what I saw!

    • balhannah's Profile Photo
      Dec 11, 2013 at 12:20 PM

      Yes it is. All Opal is, only black is very dark and worth a fortune!


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