In partnership with Walgett Shire Council.
Home of the elusive black opal and renowned for its colourful characters, barrels of dreams, opportunities, and experiences – Lightning Ridge (commonly referred to as just the ‘Ridge’ by its beloved locals) is a must-visit destination with autumn. In fact, the Ridge is as unique as the black opal itself!
The Easter Festival, on 7–9 April, showcases all the Ridge has to offer and more. If you are after a unique, dynamic and memorable experience, the Lightning Ridge Easter Festival is the place to be.
Your Easter long weekend is packed full of exciting events for the whole family, including;
- Lightning Ridge Black Opal Bull and Bronc Ride
- Outback Opal Hunters and mining machinery line-up
- street stalls and carnival
- annual Miners Rickshaw challenge, strength challenges, and famous egg and spoon races
- Lightning Ridge Race Club horseraces
- big dig for more than $15,000 worth of solid opals
- little dig for more than $3500 worth of ‘techie’ prizes for the kids
- live entertainment at numerous venues in the Ridge and Grawin
- Milan Dhiiyaan dance troupe
- fireworks spectacular – more fireworks than ever before with a dramatic opening
- helicopter scenic flights.
It’s the only place to be this Easter, and every Easter!
Why not extend your stay and experience the countless fun things to do in Lightning Ridge? A visit to attractions like the Artesian Bore Baths, Chambers of The Black Hand, Lunatic lookout and the Beer Can House are a must. Matched perfectly with a decent coffee, delicious food and, of course, a cold beer – you are sure to experience so much more than the quintessential Australian outback experience.
While Lightning Ridge has a plethora of accommodation options, it does fill up quickly. As such, it’s advised you make any bookings well in advance. Overflow accommodation (motels, farm stays and camping areas) are available in the surrounding Lightning Ridge/Grawin regions at Walgett, Collarenebri, Brewarrina and Hebel.
For all the details and more, head to www.explorelightingridge.com.au, or follow the Lightning Ridge Easter Festival on Facebook.