This is a one-stop-shop for information on opal mining in the Lightning Ridge Mineral Claims District for prospectors and miners.
Start by taking time to review the Code of Conduct for landholders, opal miners and prospectors [62KB]. The code is aimed at anyone involved in, or affected by, the opal mining industry at Lightning Ridge and the surrounding district.
To start mining for opal, you need to apply for a mineral claim. Approximately 1,500 mineral claims are processed by the department's Lightning Ridge Office every year.
Ensure your safety and awareness in the field by undertaking mining courses on safety, the environment and operating a mine.
Lightning Ridge Opal Mining Report
Recommendations from the review conducted by Murray Wilcox AO QC and the NSW Government's response can be seen in the Lightning Ridge Opal Mining Report.