See rare fossils made of opal, discover precious opal and unique outback communities and watch footage of opal mining and cutting; witness the beginnings of a remarkable museum, enjoy and intriguing gift shop and meet a dinosaur from long-ago Lightning Ridge!


The Australian Opal Centre
In the beautiful outback landscape of Lightning Ridge, we’re preparing to build the Australian Opal Centre, an amazing national museum in an energy-efficient, 100 metre long, two storey underground building, filled with glittering treasures and stories of the people who found them.


birdtoothGlimpse what’s to come
Visit the Australian Opal Centre showroom at Lightning Ridge. Here you can marvel at our current display of opalised fossils from the Age of Dinosaurs, relics of opal mining heritage, opal from around the world and much more!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHave your photo taken with Russ, our resident Muttaburrasaurus, who has ducked through the window to say hello. (Don’t worry, Russ is a herbivore, he only eats our garden.)

You can also browse in our gift shop, filled with unique and beautiful items that make great gifts and souvenirs.



We are located at:
3/11 Morilla Street
Lightning Ridge
NSW 2834

Phone: +61 2 6829 1667

You’ll find us behind the orange door!
We’re open from Monday to Saturday, and we look forward to seeing you!



Click here to return to the Australian Opal Centre website.