Lightning Ridge Mineral Claims District

solid black opals from Lightning Ridge

Code of Conduct

Prospectors and miners planning activities should review the Code of Conduct for landholders, opal miners and prospectors PDF icon [62KB]. The code is aimed at anyone involved in, or affected by, the opal mining industry at Lightning Ridge and the surrounding district.

Geology of the area

Get to know the geology of the area by viewing Lightning Ridge maps, reports and records and prospecting areas with the Opal Claim System (OCS) Viewer.

Apply for a mineral claim

To start mining for opal, you need to apply for a mineral claim. Approximately 1,500 mineral claims are processed by the Division of Resources and Energy Lightning Ridge Office every year. Find out how to apply for, renew, transfer or cancel a claim in the Mineral Claims section. You will need to pay a fee and submit the correct form.


Ensure your safety and awareness in the field by undertaking mining courses on safety, the environment and operating a mine.


Discover more about the history of Lightning Ridge and expand your knowledge of opals.

You may also be interested in:

  • Mining Amendment (Small-Scale Title Compensation) Bill 2014: On 18 September Minister Roberts announced new laws to improve mining relations between landholders and opal miners. For more information read the media release.
  • 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.