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Explore the opal fields with friendly guides who are experienced opal miners Free pickup from your accomodation Complimentary Devonshire Tea! Go inside Fred Bodel’s, Lightning Ridge’s most treasured old mining camp – open only to Black Opal tours...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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Lightning Ridge, New South Wales 2834, Australia
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Reviewed 28 July 2018 via mobile

Dave was the Lancashire lad who gave us a great tour of Lightening Ridge today. His 26 Yr of inhabiting this place has given him a very experienced knowledge of opal mining in this town. As southerners we had little knowledge of opal mining until...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Wendy B, Owner at Black Opal Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2018

Thanks Glenda, wonderful to hear that you really enjoyed yourself. Thanks for the 5 star rating.

Reviewed 27 July 2018 via mobile

Went with Mappo on the afternoon tour of Lightning Ridge. Excellent tour guide,learnt sooo much more about the Ridge than expected and not just about opals. So pleased I did this tour and eould highly recommend. Helen Spedding

Date of experience: July 2018
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Wendy B, Owner at Black Opal Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2018

Thank you Helen for your wonderful feedback. So glad you enjoyed your tour and learn't about our wonderful town. Hope to see you back again.

Reviewed 26 July 2018 via mobile

Thanks Mappo! We had a fantastic, relaxing time and loved afternoon tea. Loved how much you knew. Also appreciated the honest information about opals and could buy my long await black opal off people we could trust. I recommend the tour to anyone. This was...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Wendy B, Owner at Black Opal Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2018

Thanks for your 5 star review Sarah, Great to hear that you had a fantastic time. We do try to give everyone a wonderful and informative time. Sure you will have wonderful memories everytime you admire your black opal.

Reviewed 25 July 2018 via mobile

You board the bus for a very informative tour around the Ridge into the claim areas including some that are restricted. You get to see how the early miners lived You are shown the initial opal "cutting" and provided with a very nice devonshire tea...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Wendy B, Owner at Black Opal Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2018

Thank you for your comments it is always nice to know people appreciate what we offer, we do try to make sure all our customers have a great experiance.

Reviewed 9 July 2018

We went on the tour on Sunday morning, had a very enjoyable time. It is always good to be with a local as the knowledge is so much better then just driving yourself around. Enjoyed going down the Walk In Mine and looking at the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Suzanne H
Wendy B, Owner at Black Opal Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2018

Thank you Suzanne. We do try to make sure all our customers have a great experiance and local knowledge as you mention makes all the difference.

Reviewed 6 July 2018 via mobile

Took the afternoon tour of Lightning Ridge, Mappa the tour guide was very helpful and knowledgeable about the town, it was a 4 hour drive around with afternoon tea and a couple of very reputable Opal Shops well worth the cost.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Susan B
Wendy B, Owner at Black Opal Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2018

Thank you for your comments, great to know you enjoyed your tour.

Reviewed 26 June 2018 via mobile

Excellent tour, newsy, informed and hilarious commentary by tour guide Terry, well worth the money and to get acquainted with the town.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Wendy B, Owner at Black Opal Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2018

Thanks Pamela for your 5 star feedback. Yes Terry is a great guide.

Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

The tour was wonderful. Our driver and guide was informative and had a genuine love for Lightning Ridge. Afternoon tea was a delight and very welcome. We both enjoyed the tour and came away with lots of info on opals and the town and its...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Wendy B, Owner at Black Opal Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2018

Thank you. Yes Mappo has a great love for LIghtning Ridge as do all our drivers, so glad you enjoyed your tour.

Reviewed 15 June 2018 via mobile

Absolutely awesome tour, Mappy was very knowledgeable, friendly and humorous. Underground tour was spectacular, worth every cent.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank George H
Wendy B, Owner at Black Opal Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2018

Thanks George for your feed back. Yes Mappo and all our drivers are local and have wonderful local knowledge. Glad you enjoyed your tour.

Reviewed 14 June 2018 via mobile

Did this bus tour today & thoroughly enjoyed the stories & history as told by 'Mappo'. The afternoon tea was delicious, the underground mine was an experience. Only complaint I have is the bone jarring bus that really needs to be replaced.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Wendy B, Owner at Black Opal Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2018

Thank you for your feed back. Glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour, we aim to give everyone a wonderful experience.

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Sorry, can’t remember but I would certainly remember if it was a rip-off. We thoroughly enjoyed it so must have been well worth the money 👍
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