Outback Opal Tours
Outback Opal Tours
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Outback Opal Tours, based in Lightning Ridge, offers a range of different tours. Our most popular tour is the Full Day Tour, which takes you to the Grawin, Glengarry, and Sheepyard Opal Fields, including visits to all three bush pubs, providing an authentic outback experience. If you are pressed for time, our 3-hour Town Tour is perfect. It runs daily at 9 am and offers a comprehensive experience of Lightning Ridge, including a guided underground visit, Amigos Castle, an opal cutting demonstrations, heritage miner camps, and more. We make it easy for you by offering pick-up and drop-off services at all accommodations in town or at the Visitor Information Centre. Outback Opal Tours can also arrange tours for larger groups, guests arriving by plane, and for guides for coaches. Both tours are available any day for a minimum number of guests (from around March to October). Booking is easy. You can call Outback Opal Tours, send us an email, or stop by our booking office.
Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia

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2023

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Kelly
Mudgee, Australia5 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
When visiting Lightning Ridge we went on a tour with Nat. Nat was a fantastic tour guide!
Morning tea scones absolutely delicious from The Sheepyard Inn and our lunch was great from the Hilton. My partner and I were amazed at the war memorial & museum.

My six year old daughter loved every part of it.
Nat was so great with daughter and helped her understand what to look for when fossicking for opals which was so appreciated from us three.

Five star review and I highly recommend the tour.
Written 2 January 2024
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Thank you for your fantastic review and the five-star rating! We're so glad you enjoyed the tour with Nat, and it's wonderful to hear that your daughter loved the experience, especially learning about opal fossicking. We strive to make our tours enjoyable and educational for guests of all ages, and it's heartening to hear that we've succeeded. Your high recommendation means a lot to us. Thanks for choosing Outback Opal Tours:-))))
Written 10 January 2024
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Eva B
Adelaide, Australia2 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Not really impressed with our all-day tour which was more like a pub crawl than an outback opal tour. Our tour guide Nat was very good, shared heaps of knowledge, pointed out equipment we saw on the tour and explained how they are used. Nat also assisted us with fossicking through some potch showing us what to look for. We thought we would actually go into a mine to see how they work but in actual fact all we did was go from morning tea at the Shipyard Inn spent an hour there then off to lunch at Glengarry Hilton from there we went to see the ANZAC Memorial and the off to The Grawin for the Club in the Scrub and back home. Would recommend starting tour earlier and adding the Walk in Mine to the tour then going for morning tea or omitting the trip the to Club in the Scrub and do tour of mine before heading home.
Written 27 October 2023
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Dear guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback on TripAdvisor regarding your recent experience with our Full Day Tour to the Grawin, Glengarry & Sheepyard Opal Fields. We appreciate your compliments towards our tour guide, Nat, who endeavors to provide enriching and enjoyable experiences for all our guests. We are, however, disappointed to read that the tour did not meet your expectations in regard to an underground mine visit. We would like to clarify that the itinerary of our Full Day Tour, as described both in our promotional materials and explained upon booking, focuses on a journey to the iconic bush pubs and opal fields, along with a visit to the ANZAC Community War Memorial. This tour has been designed to provide a real outback experience with opportunities for fossicking and understanding the surface operations of opal mining. The underground mine experience you were interested in is actually featured in our Town Tour, which includes a visit to the Walk-In Mine. This is a distinct tour offering, and we strive to communicate the differences between our tour products clearly at the point of booking to ensure our guests select the tour that best meets their interests and expectations. We believe in being transparent with our guests about what each tour entails, which is why we take time to explain the itineraries during the booking process. It’s disheartening to learn that despite receiving the tour as described, it resulted in a lower rating based solely on an experience that isn’t part of the advertised itinerary. We uphold a high standard of integrity in delivering what is promised and consistently aim to provide an authentic and enjoyable tour experience. We will, nonetheless, take your feedback on board as we continually evaluate and enhance our tour offerings. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you again, perhaps for our Town Tour, which will provide the underground mine experience you desired. Thank you once again for your feedback, and we hope to better meet your expectations in the future. Best wishes from the Outback Opal Tours team
Written 30 October 2023
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Jodi L
1 contribution
Oct 2023 • Couples
Nat was a fabulous tour guide, so knowledgeable about everything Lighting Ridge! Full day at the mine fields and pubs in the scrub. Beats driving, we could relax and have a couple of beers. Can’t recommend them them highly enough!
Written 20 October 2023
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Thanks for the awesome feedback guys! We love hearing that you had a top-notch day with Nat exploring Lightning Ridge. Taking in the mine fields and those iconic scrub pubs is always better when you can kick back with a cold one. Really appreciate your strong recommendation. Hope to take you on another adventure one day. Best wishes from the OUTBACK OPAL TOURS Team.
Written 22 October 2023
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Phill B
1 contribution
Oct 2023 • Family
What a great day out with Nat.
She is so knowledgeable with the area and the history.
The onboard entertainment was a little precious.

Even the extra nature/refreshment stop on the way home allowed some socialising time with the other passengers.
Would definitely do it again.
Written 16 October 2023
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Thanks for your feedback! It’s fantastic to hear you enjoyed your day out with Nat and appreciated her knowledge of the area. We’re glad the extra stop added a nice touch to your experience and gave you a chance to mingle. Your thoughts on the onboard entertainment are noted and we agree - definitely pretty special and definitely very cute:-))))))) Thanks for spending the day with us and choosing us to explore the Opal Fields and bush pubs. Safe travels and best wishes.
Written 22 October 2023
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Andrew B
Brisbane, Australia2 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Best tour. Thanks Nat you made the trip so such fun. Bus comfy pubs friendly great day. Will recommend.
Written 14 October 2023
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Dear AndrewB, Thanks for the kind words! We're thrilled you had a blast with Nat and enjoyed the tour. It's great to hear you found our bus cozy and the pubs welcoming. Your recommendation is much appreciated. Hope to host you on another tour one day. All the best from the team.
Written 22 October 2023
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MerrinB
17 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
Had a great day out. Nat was our guide & her sense of humour was fantastic. Anyone can drive a bus to a destination, but Nat made it a fantastic day.
Written 12 October 2023
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Thank you MerrinB for your glowing feedback! We're thrilled that Nat's humor and guidance enhanced your day. It's always our aim to make the journey as memorable as the destination. We really appreciate your kind words - thank you:-)
Written 22 October 2023
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Bobbi S
3 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
The guided tour brought the trip alive! We're glad we didn't do a self-drive tour. So much history and humor with our driver, Nat!
Treat yourself to an experience, not just a tour!
Written 12 October 2023
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Thank you for your kind words! We're delighted to hear that our guided tour with Nat added so much value to your Lightning Ridge experience. Nat's blend of history, humor, and local insights truly brings the opal fields to life. We appreciate your recommendation and hope to have the pleasure of touring with you again in the future. Sending the teams best wishes.
Written 22 October 2023
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Jann R
3 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
We did the full day tour of the Opal fields and outback pubs. Thoroughly recommend this tour. Our tour guide Nat being a local knew so much about the area and Opal mining. She was informative, amusing and we never felt rushed (thanks for letting us have that extra drink at the last pub Nat). Highly recommend 👍
Written 9 October 2023
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Thank you for sharing your experience! We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed the full day tour with Nat. Her local knowledge and passion for opal mining truly make the tour special. We are glad you appreciated the relaxed pace and had time for that extra drink. Your recommendation means the world to us! Safe travels and best wishes from the Ridge.
Written 22 October 2023
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Claire Maree F
4 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
We did the full day tour and highly recommend. The three bush pubs were a highlight - the Sheepyard Inn, Glengarry Hilton and the Club in the scrub. Iconic very Australian.
Written 8 October 2023
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Thank you for the glowing review! We're delighted you enjoyed the Full Day Tour, especially the iconic bush pubs. Your feedback means a lot to us, and we're glad we could offer a memorable Australian experience. Hope to see you again on another adventure! Best wishes from the team.
Written 22 October 2023
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Rael’s
15 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Was such a great day so much easier than attempting to do the full day tour ourselves & not taking our own car just sitting back and enjoying. The guide Nat was very informative absolutely knew her stuff & was friendly, informative, interesting & had great knowledge of all things opal mining. Do yourself a favour when staying at Lightening Ridge and book yourself the full day tour.
Written 7 October 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the Full Day Tour and that Nat, our guide, was able to provide a memorable and informative experience. It’s always our aim to make the tour as enjoyable and stress-free as possible. We appreciate your kind words and hope to welcome you back on another adventure soon! Best wishes from the OUTBACK OPAL TOURS team.
Written 9 October 2023
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