Explore...

Read and rate Travel Journal Entries for Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia

Oct 8, 2018 - Lighting Ridge

8/10/2018. Monday. Sunny & hot. Lightning Ridge After yesterday’s “summer’s here with a vengeance” day, surprisingly we slept well under the doona! It was coolish in the morning, but another hot day. We were an hour behind the eight ball today, all sleeping to Queensland time. When we got motivated we took Ron to John Murray’s Art Gallery, an artist famous for outback paintings and Australian animal and bird caricatures, particularly emus, along with some famous people ie. Tony Abbott and budgies!!! Ian bought a print that I liked, but we...

Jump to full entry

Oct 7, 2018 - Nindigully to Lightning Ridge

7/10/2018. Sunday. Sunny and hot Nindigully Pub to Lightning Ridge. What a fantastic stay at the Nindigully Pub free camp! So quiet, a big camp site and a river - plus free entertainment. Perfect. It was about 9am when we left, but actually 10am NSW Daylight Saving time. Our first stop was Thallon to see the 4 painted silos, which were good. Fortunately, Ron was talking to a chap at Warwick who said a marked dirt road was now bitumen, so we took this short-cut to Dirranbandi, where we topped up with fuel before passing through Hebel where...

Jump to full entry

Oct 7, 2018 - O/N at the "Ridge"

So here we are again at the Opal CP in Lightning Ridge. It was a pleasant drive, we stopped in most of the towns enroute for a short break, fuel or both. Once you turn off onto the Castlereagh Hwy at Gilgandra the road surface though sealed seems to have been sealed with the corrugations incorporated in it, it felt like the van was going to bounce off at times This is an overnight stop so apart from a soak in the artesian communal hot tub there will be no authorative discourse. If you wish to relive the experience of the Chambers of the...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


North by North West

Apr 18, 2018 - House-sitting in Outback

Hi everyone I mentioned meeting Australian renowned artist John Murray and his photographer wife Viki . . . guess where I’ve been house-sitting for the past seven and a half weeks? At the “camp” on the outskirts of Lightning Ridge that John built and owned for decades until 2016 when he sold it to Mel and Susie, two of Australia’s top bush poet entertainers – who are currently away on tour . It’s been an interesting and initially challenging time – I’m sure you can picture it, a Kiwi attempting to house-sit a rural mining camp in the semi...

Jump to full entry

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...

Jump to full entry

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....

Jump to full entry

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...

Jump to full entry

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...

Jump to full entry

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...

Jump to full entry

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....

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


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...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


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...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


Homeless but happy

Previous -- 0 1  2  -- Next


Advertisement
OperationEyesight.com