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rar110



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Lightning Ridge

We recently did a trip to Lightning Ridge, so I thought I'd post few pics. Lightning Ridge is a small mining town in north west NSW. It's a very eclectic place. It is the home of the black opal. We loved it.




It has a small volunteer visitor centre on the edge of town. Miners dump truck loads there for visitors to scratch through. We found quite a few pieces, even red opal.

It also sits on top of the Great Artesian Basin which is an enormous underground water source. On the edge of town is a pool where hot water flows up from deep underground. The water temp was about 40 C when we were there. I went in 3 times one day.

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rar110



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We went underground.

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Saw some nice sunsets.


And a few gravel roads.
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These are the best threads, love the last photo, mind if I pinch a copy? Thumbs Up

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Love this! Brings back memories - was in Coober Pedy a while back. Got a lift in a LR defender with 500,000 miles (and no brakes!!). The Driver (Big Mike) had just done a stretch of 7 years for shooting his partner with a magnum .57 for stealing some of his Opal share.

Ended up noodling in the ulu at midnight with him and Chinese pete (opal dealer). Wondered if I was digging my own grave at one point - no-one even know I was out there, but I needn't have worried. They even let me keep the first opal we found!

Turned out to be a great bunch. Thumbs Up

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Thanks, I'm glad you liked it.

I need to remember to bring it back up to standard height for these trips. I used the IID tool to drop it 20mm to make it easier to get in and out. ______________________________
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Great pictures, indeed that last one is fantastic.

Hot springs are great, reminds me of Dalhousie Springs on the Western Simpson.

Cheers, Jerry

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Don't get me started on the Simpson Desert Jerry. Dalhousie is another great spot. We did that trip in the Perentie 110 wagon.

Dalhousie hot springs pic.

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Another pic south of Birdsville.

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Hi Pete, Oh wow!

I did it in a 300TDi Defender, crossed on one tank of fuel!

Great pictures, what memories (now homesick!!!).

Thanks for taking the trouble.

Cheers, Jerry

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Oh please stop. I *love* Australia. Spent some time there in 98/99 and should have bloody stayed. Sadly SWMBO won't leave the UK whilst her parents are still alive, which is understandable but still effin irritating.

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