Lightning Ridge - NSW

Population - Town 

Position

DEG: -29.42743 147.97866
DMS: 29º 25' 38.75" S 147º 58' 43.15" E
UTM: 55 J 6744259mN 594929mE
Altitude: 148.8m

Description

Place Type

Population - Population - Town

Location

539.62kms SouthWest of Brisbane - Driving 735 km (8 hours 9 mins)
579.05kms NorthWest of Sydney - Driving 729 km (8 hours 34 mins)

Address & Contact

1 Opal St
Lightning Ridge NSW 2834
Phone: N/A
Email: N/A
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Information

Lightning Ridge is a famous opal mining town located in outback New South Wales, around 70km north of Walgett and only 6km off the Castlereagh Highway. The town has a population of some 1,826 people and lies next to the world’s richest deposits of black opal - the most valuable and widely known type of opal. Lightning Ridge offers plenty to see and do including: natural hot artesian bore baths, artist shops, a water theme park, the interesting bottle house, and of course - trying your hand at opal fossicking!!

Lightning Ridge hosts the annual Goat Race in the town's main street and a rodeo on the Easter long weekend. What makes the goat race appealing is that the goats are harnessed and driven by children, much like harness racing in equine sports. The Goat races are accompanied by wheelie-bin races, and horse races the following day.

Lightning Ridge and its surrounds feature a diverse range of native wildlife including kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, echidnas, possums, an abundant range of reptiles, and even rare Australian birds.

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Closest Weather Station

Walgett at 15/06:30am EST
Distance from Lightning Ridge 69.16km S
TemperatureFeels LikeRel. HumidityDew PointPressureRainfallWind DirectionWind SpeedGusts
-0.4°C-4.8°C86%-2.4°C1020.3hPa0.0mmN11km/hr
6knots
13km/hr
7knots

Closest Climatic Station

Lightning Ridge Visitors Information Cen
Distance from Lightning Ridge 0.74km SW
 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Mean Max. °C36.134.532.127.822.919.318.921.626.229.031.734.2
Mean Min. °C22.521.618.614.18.86.55.26.310.514.218.219.9
Mean Rain mm52.149.842.429.828.236.735.216.629.145.064.462.7

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