Carolyn & Greg's Nomadic Adventures .../CanberratoCooktown_2013 travel blog

Mine Hosts

Damper munchers

Smallest Games room in NSW

Native garden

Opal sales in the Ridge

Carvings in the Black Hand mine

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30th

Wow last day of April already. Today we are leaving Gulargambone heading to Lighting Ridge. Last night we were thoroughly spoilt by our generous hosts Pam and Graham. We were the only guests in the park but they still lit the campfire and cooked a damper for us. A very enjoyable night chatting around the campfire. A place to call into for a night or two. Before heading back to our vans Graham brought out a liqueur he had made. Very nice and we all enjoyed a small glass.

We are noticing how dry it is becoming as we travel further into the central west. Not only is Greg contending with very rough roads there are lots of livestock feeding along the roads as they are moving paddocks. Seeing lots of Emus as well.

Arriving in Lighting Ridge about lunch time we are staying at the Opal caravan park, only a couple of years old, just outside of town. We are very surprised at the size of the drive through sites. The park is all gravel with a bit of lawn under the clotheslines and a small amount of shrubbery at each site. It is hot here today 29 degrees.

1st May

Another hot day 30 degrees today. After doing some domestics we head into town. First on the list will be a tour of Chambers of the Black Hand Opal Mine. Truly amazing, we went down 12 m. to walk among one mans passion of 14 years. Dinosaurs, 10 ft. high Buddha, Angels, Jungle cats, Super Heroes and Egyptian Chambers. 500 plus carvings in sandstone. We were lucky enough to be on the tour by our selves. What amazing talent and patience this artist has. The end of the tour concluded with a tour of a 100 year old mine.

Lighting Ridge was born due to the discovery of the Black Opal in the region. A high proportion of residents first visited as holiday makers - that neither left or couldn't stay away. Average winter temperature is 18 degrees. We have found this town fascinating, friendly and whole lot of fun.



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