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Lightning Ridge Opal Mines

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Melbourne's Number One Experience! Come in and learn about Australia's National Gemstone. Browse and select from our stunning selection of opals and opal jewellery and check out our Wildlife display - a little piece of the Outback in Melbourne's...more
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63 Elizabeth St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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Reviewed 13 November 2014

We loved our visit here! Definitely worth while! We received a free 15 minute tour where you get to see how opals are made and processed and we learned a lot about opals we would have never known! A bonus to this attraction was getting...More

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buchu444, Manager at Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, responded to this reviewResponded 13 November 2014

Dear arodger1. Thanks for your review. I'll pass on your comments to our founder, Nick. The big photo of him mining is quite something! He has many stories to tell about his time down the mines. We hope you'll visit us again one day. :)

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Reviewed 4 October 2018 via mobile

Family-owned shop with a fun and informative demonstration of how opals are mined. All price points are available for purchase too! I found a loose opal I really liked, but the store owner found some cracks in it that made her think it would break...More

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lavenderpie, Manager at Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2018

Hi Ashley. Thank you so much for your fabulous online reviews. This is a so important for our business as most people find out about us here! We are so grateful that you've taken the time out of your holiday to write such great things...More

Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

Our visit started with the very warm Atheka tell us all about opals, making us feel like experts in less than 15 mins! Following that, we were left to comfortably roam and check out their fantastic collection. Prices are clearly stated and there is a...More

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lavenderpie, Manager at Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2018

Wow! Thanks for the lovely review. We hope you never stop staring at your opal😊.

Reviewed 17 May 2018

This spot is distinguished from the other opal sales outlets by the free and interesting displays and explanations of opal mining, cutting and polishing. A side curiosity is a live animal display of some of the dessert creatures encountered whilst opal mining. A totally enjoyable...More

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lavenderpie, Manager at Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2018

What a great review! We are so grateful that you took the time to post this for us. Thanks!

Reviewed 22 February 2018

After visiting a couple of other opal stores and practically having to peel the death grip of the sales people from our arms to escape, this was such a delightful change. The owner's daughter (and I am embarrassed that I forget her name) gave us...More

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lavenderpie, Manager at Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, responded to this reviewResponded 24 February 2018

Hi there! It was great to meet you two, and thanks for the glowing review. It's a tricky name to remember - Atheka 😉

Reviewed 9 January 2018 via mobile

The jewelry selection was terrific. The young blonde woman was sho helpful. We also enjoyed the history and wildlife.

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lavenderpie, Manager at Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, responded to this reviewResponded 11 January 2018

We really appreciate your feedback. Thanks for the wonderful review and we're glad you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 3 August 2017

Not to be missed! Our family had spent the entire day shopping around for an opal and whilst visiting the usual arcades and even an opal shop opposite the town hall, we could not find something that suited us. We were about to miss Light...More

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lavenderpie, Manager at Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2017

Thanks for the lovely review. We're glad you came to visit us!

Reviewed 25 July 2017 via mobile

Ive bought boulder opals last year but realized I made the wrong choices. I emailed to inform Atheka about my plan of returning the boulder opals to be exhanged for items of my choice. Atheka replied I can do so anytime whenever I visit Melbourne...More

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lavenderpie, Manager at Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2017

Thank you so much for such a positive review. We're glad you were happy with the outcome.

Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

I concur fully with other positive reviews, and am so pleased I read my visitor guide, as our time spent here was very enjoyable and informative. A wonderful lady member of staff from Uruguay took us through the opal mining, polishing and valuing process. The...More

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lavenderpie, Manager at Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2017

Hi. Thanks for your very positive review. I will pass on your kind review to Nati. And glad you like the wildlife too!

Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

Been living in Melbourne and never knew it's here. We went to Coober Pedy for opal gems when there's right one in Melbourne. The owner is very welcoming and also the rest of the staffs. You can tell this one is the real deal as...More

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lavenderpie, Manager at Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2017

Thank you for such a beautiful review of our store. You've made our day!

Reviewed 19 May 2017

We visited this dealer last March when we were on holiday in Melbourne and the service we got was far beyond excellent , the owner and staff we really great and the owner explained all about the production of mining of the opals , It...More

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lavenderpie, Manager at Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, responded to this reviewResponded 22 May 2017

Thanks for taking the time give us such a glowing review. It's great that you had such a positive experience with us. Thank you!

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