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“Amazing gallery of rock sculptures.”

Chambers of The Black Hand
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Owner description: A unique gallery of over 350 sandstone carvings plus murals painted on the sandstone walls in the sandstone level above the opal level of an old opal mine. Ron Canlin is the artist of this amazing attraction, 12 years passion and still carving daily, a real work in progress. After touring the carvings, Trevor Hudson with 30 years experience in mining and prospecting then takes you down to 2nd level where he will draw on his wealth of knowledge to give you a very informative talk on the geology and formation of opal, the drives and shafts were hand dug by the old timers over the past 100 years. Not to be missed, winner of the NSW 2008 Hidden Jewel award.
Reviewed October 3, 2013

WOW, This is not to be missed. The sculptures are obviously a labour of love for sculptor Ron Canlin. He has been carving this gallery throughout the tunnels over the last 16 years. This would be fascinating for any age group. He also has hidden "where's Wally for children to count" an eclectic mix which will cater to a wide range of ages. A definite must see. The guys conducting the tours have mines of their own which they work, so some great stories of their finds.

Thank getaway25
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

Loved the carvings, absolutely mind blowing. The carvings are well worth a visit although you will need ample time to look at them as you cant believe one man could carve sand stone into figures so life like. Loved the artists work and the guides are wonderful, offering lots of knowledge and time to wander.

Thank Liz J
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

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.

Thank 1946Maz
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Reviewed September 14, 2013

Brilliant! Is a must do. To meet the person who did all the carvings was fantastic. Purchased a most exquisite opal to bout.

Thank Josephina17
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Reviewed September 13, 2013

What an amazing place - good and varied art work carved in rock and all under ground. An array of opals as good as anywhere in Lightning Ridge. A few stairs to travel, but a lift is also available. Do not miss

Thank Graham H
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