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Lightning Ridge has a hot and humid climate and mercury hovers between 19 and 36 deg C throughout the year. It is best to visit here from May to July because it is comparatively cooler and that the town is busy celebrating its most famous festival- Lightning Ridge Opal Festival during this time.Lightning Ridge Attractions
Artesian Bore Baths
The Artesian Bore Baths at Lightning Ridge are fed by the nearly
two-million-year-old waters of the Great Artesian Basin. These naturally
heated thermal baths, with waters flowing into them at about 40 to 50 deg
Celsius, are best to treat a day’s fatigue and a lot of skin ailments.
These baths are fed through several hundred bores that are scattered
throughout the Great Artesian Basin.
John Murray Art Gallery
John Murray Art Gallery in Lightning Ridge is home to an exclusive outlet
of original paintings by John Murray. He is considered one of the finest
painters in the region and visitors can get a first-hand taste of his
genius through his brilliant landscapes and other paintings. Some other
attractions here are several original paintings, plus canvas, mounted,
framed, posters print, and souvenirs made by him.
Chambers of the Black Hand Opal Mine Art
Chambers of the Black Hand Opal Mine Art is an underground room located 36
to 40 feet below the ground and full of sandstone walls and pillars painted
with several remarkable carvings. These paintings are thought to date back
to the evolution of the city of Lightning Ridge. Visitors will find also
find paintings of native animals, biblical entities and dinosaurs neatly
carved inside an opal cave. Another attraction here is the Egyptian chamber
that has hieroglyphics related to typical Egyptian tombs and the classic
called ‘The Last Supper’.
Festivals and Events
The Lightning Ridge Opal Festival
The Lightning Ridge Opal Festival is a four-day event held in the last week
of July. It includes the Opal Queen Ball, Opal & Gem Festival, IOJDAA
Trade Show and Jewelry Competition. This event attracts many jewelers,
wholesalers, miners, and tourists who are impressed with a stunning show of
jewelry and networking opportunities.