Lightning Ridge is a very different place to visit as a Tourist. We had read about the Chambers of the Black Hand before we reached Lightning Ridge and had decided a visit was a must. Well it didn't let us down, an old underground Opal Mine turned into a myriad of sandstone sculptures along the old drives, examples were a giant Buddha, Super Heroes, the Last Supper and many many more. We were fortunate to be there when the Artist was there, so he gave us a quick explanation on how it all started. Some of the Sculptures were painted, but the whole effect was quite incredible and everywhere you looked you could see something different. We joined in a tour which took us down to the next level where the Opals were mined previously and we were given a general explanation on what they looked for when searching for Opals. Of course, the last part is the shop where you can buy Opals. All in all, really worth a visit.
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