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Gateway to the Ridge

Stanley has a birdseye view of the surrounds. Stanley's story is steeped in the community & faces... read more

Reviewed August 12, 2018
Kelly C
Lightning Ridge, Australia
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A must in Lightning Ridge.

Afternoon sun and this is magic. Can't miss it as you approach Lightning Ridge from the... read more

Reviewed August 11, 2018
Steve W
Karratha, Australia
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Lightning Ridge, New South Wales 2834, Australia
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All reviews worth a quick stop great icon off the highway rest area statue beetles satellite vw detour body scraps parts john locals outback
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Reviewed August 12, 2018 via mobile

Stanley has a birdseye view of the surrounds. Stanley's story is steeped in the community & faces Birdsville where he was originally destined to live. Stop, read & marvel about his creation

Thank Kelly C
Reviewed August 11, 2018

Afternoon sun and this is magic. Can't miss it as you approach Lightning Ridge from the south. Close examination and it's two beetles twisted together!

Thank Steve W
Reviewed August 2, 2018

Stanley the Emu is just so iconic! It expresses the quirky style of the town; the residents' creativity in up-cycling material to something bigger and grander; John Murray's metal Emu stands tall on the highway and it's not destine to be a roadkill in this...More

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Reviewed July 15, 2018 via mobile

Having seen so many emus on the trip it was fantastic to see a tribute to this And upon getting to Stanley it was a welcome sign that the long trip was going to be worth it Fantastic photo op from the other side of...More

Thank Lollyz91
Reviewed July 13, 2018 via mobile

Definitely something different you come across before the turn into Lightening. Has a beautiful spot to stop and have a breather and relax. Definitely worth stopping and having a look at

Thank Brooke W
Reviewed July 11, 2018

Great icon as you approach Lightning Ridge. Made from VW parts. Interestinf story behind the construction of it on plaque beside it.

Thank Noelene61
Reviewed July 5, 2018

What great piece of sculpture couldn’t find it but did a little research and visited on our way down to Walgett .

Thank Ian B
Reviewed June 25, 2018

You pass it on the way into town from the south, and if you take a shot then, you don’t have to double all the way back for one later. Not really worth all the hype, but an interesting look nonetheless.

Thank Jamie H
Reviewed June 9, 2018

The artist who designed this statue had to have a great sense of humour. Stanley the emu stands near the Castlereagh Highway, about 10 km South of the Lightning Ridge turn-off. It’s made from scrap materials, including a car for its body and satellite dishes...More

Thank Jim4680
Reviewed June 2, 2018

What a clever sculpture! It is a kind of iconic sculpture to have near Lightning Ridge seeing how many emus you see in the wild. Very cleverly put together. Worth a look.

Thank kimsmum
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