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Mar 26, 2017 - Lightning Ridge

After taking the dogs for a walk around the block before it got too hot, we got into the car to go on the three remaining (blue, red and green) car door self-tours around Lightning Ridge. The blue and red tours ran immediately around the outskirts of town and it was fascinating to discover that there are miners living in their humpies digging for opal right behind the back fences of those living in town. There are obviously lots of very colourful characters living in the area. There are many different sizes and shapes of houses, but the...

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Mar 25, 2017 - Lightning Ridge

We went for a drive over to the opal fields of Grawin, Sheepyards and Glengarry today. Grawin is where Eric and Keith (Ian's brother) each have their own opal mine. Ian has been to Eric's mine once before, but once at Grwin today, could not remember how to get there. Anyway, after a quick call to Eric, Eric's mining neighbour, Brian, came and found us and we followed him to Eric's humpy and mine site. Brian ended up giving us a bit of a tour, showing us Keith's humpy and mine site as well as the new residence Brian is building for himself....

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Mar 24, 2017 - Lightning Ridge

First job this morning was to do a couple of loads of washing given that is over a week since I have done any! Then it was time to take the dogs for a walk before it got too hot, then Ian went for a walk across the road to have a look at the John Murray gallery. We have a couple of his prints already and have had our eyes on one of his limited addition prints called 'Master's Apprentices'. When Ian got back, I went to have a look, then after I went back to the van and had a discussion with Ian about our choices, we both went back to the...

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Mar 23, 2017 - Gulargambone to Lightning Ridge

Our decision to camp at David Gillon park was justified when we drove past the 2 road side stops the other side of Gulargambone which were the stops listed in Camps 8. Gulargambone itself was a cute little town that obviously thinks it is the galah capital of Australia as there are several large silhouettes of galahs carved out of corrugated iron fixed on poles greeting you at each end of town as well as in places throughout town. However, the 2 roadside stops were very close to the road as well as being drive through, so there was every...

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Oct 17, 2016 - Following the rivers to Lightning Ridge

Light rain over night - you don't need much to make the place look like it is drowning. We headed off under overcast skies north to Bourke along the Kidman Way. Good drive for 160kms to Bourke where we went to the Back of Bourke Centre to have a look. This is a very good experience to learn about the area. We also stopped off at the old wharf to see the Darling in flood. As the lady said, the water level is at 10m and the levy bank is holding the water back. We also found a lovely bakery as well where we purchased some bread for lunch in...

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Sep 19, 2016 - Lightning Ridge

19/9/2016 Monday. Lightning Ridge We woke to a cold (8 degrees) but sunny morning, and the sun and blue sky stayed with us all day. The breeze was quite cold, but it was lovely when it dropped. We walked from one end to the other of the main street of Lightning Ridge, which took us a couple of hours, only because we called into most businesses and chatted with the locals. The lady who owned the Real Estate was very interesting, and told us that she had worked there for a few years, and when the boss wanted to sell, she decided to buy....

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Homeless but happy

Sep 18, 2016 - Lightning Ridge

18/9/2016 Sunday. Lightning Ridge The van rocked and rolled last night! When I got up in the morning, I checked the weather radar, and not a sign of rain within cooee of Lightning Ridge. Wrong! The strong wind and the rain continued all morning, so we decided to look through John Murray's Art Gallery, which was very interesting, especially watching a videoed interview with him discussing the way he paints and why he lives in Lightning Ridge and not Sydney. His paintings are amazing, mostly of the area around Lightning Ridge but all of the...

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Homeless but happy

Sep 17, 2016 - Lightning Ridge

17/9/2016. Saturday. Lightning Ridge Woken early by someone knocking on the door of the van next to us - there was water spraying out from underneath their van. I did the washing and Ian got under our van and cleared the piece of carrot which had been stuck in the pipe for 3-4 days, making the sink unusable. Hooray! I'm so pleased I married a handyman. We went to the Info and picked up a few brochures. There are 4 self drive tours, each designated by a different coloured car door. We drove the Blue Door Tour then home for lunch. After a...

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Homeless but happy

Sep 16, 2016 - St George to Lightning Ridge

16/9/2016 Friday. Lightning Ridge Blue sky and sun! What a joyful sight after the last couple of days of non-stop rain. We left the caravan park at 9.30am and stopped at the bakery for bread, and Foodworks for milk, yoghurt plus a few other bits, filled up with diesel and finally left St. George at 10.20. Passed Bundoora, a property which was owned by friends, and is now owned by their son. We saw a mob of about 30 emus, the most we've ever seen at once. There were unfenced roads with cattle meandering along the side and across the road,...

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Homeless but happy

May 31, 2016 - Bore Bathing

Hi Everyone Its the first day of winter and our heater in the van has just timed it right to break down! Just keeping our fingers crossed that Paul can fix it. We have traveled a fair few miles since our last travel log update. We are now in the far north of NSW at Lightning Ridge, the home of the black opal, the rarest and most valuable of all the opals. But to get back to where we last left you – after sampling the delights of Mudgee we took a walk on the wild side with a quick visit to Dubbo's Western Plains Zoo. The land the zoo...

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Sep 7, 2014 - Lightning Ridge

Sunday 7 September Father's Day in Lightning Ridge. Quiet, restful day and did a bit of reading. Went to markets at Information Centre. Not many people there. Lots of stalls with second hand goods and lots of opals. Stalls were starting to pack up early, must have known there was a bit of rain coming. Been some heavy clouds around at times, but has not amounted to much rain. Guess they could do with some here. Had a walk around park in afternoon and visited the fossicking field. Watched others search for nothing. Doesn't look like they have...

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Sep 6, 2014 - St George to Lightning Ridge

Saturday 6th Sept. Left St George approx 9am after breakfast with Kent. He was pleased to have us looking after him for a bit while Alison is away in Toowoomba. Had very pleasant and easy drive en route to Lightning Ridge. Had first stop at Hebel and visited the cafe there which comes highly recommended and we weren't disappointed. Checked out the pub to see what has changed there. Don spent time in Hebel in 1999 after the town was wiped out by a tornado. Unfortunately the photo he presented there after the event is long gone. Probably...

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