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Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, Melbourne

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Inspirock Rating:
4.9/5 based on 95+ reviews on the web
Learn more about one of the most coveted gemstones at Lightning Ridge Opal Mines. Join a tour where the staff will take you through the complex and introduce you to the different types of opal. You'll see how they are processed and treated from mine to market, including the ways they're crafted into jewelry and other pieces. Afterwards, stop in the shop to browse items at reasonable prices. Use our Melbourne vacation trip planner to visit Lightning Ridge Opal Mines on your trip to Melbourne, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Hidden gem! Free lessons on opals, beautiful opals and opal jewelry, all price ranges. Nicholas is a treasure who loves his craft and business. He is a very sharing person and has a small room contain...  read more »
  • Small place but incredible stuff in there. Please do not miss meeting Mr. Nick, he will tell you what is it all about, process, places, experiences; plus he has and outstanding energy. People you wann...  read more »
  • Set foot and walked sevetal blocks from Crown Plaza Hotel down to Elizabeth Street to be greeted by Atheka, the daughter of the owner was very patient for a brief Opal Lessons 101. She showed me how t...  read more »
  • Friendly and down to earth with great prices. Awesome experience! Gone back three times and will go back several more.
  • I didn't buy anything and was cheeky and cheap, yet the girl there was very helpful! She gave us information on Opals and showed us how the store layout is set with regards to price!
  • Absolutely fantastic service! Both members of staff were absolute experts in their work and so helpful during our visit. This included showing us how the opals are made, teaching us about the different types of opals and assisting us in finding the perfect opal. Lightning Ridge Opal Mines on Flinders is not just an opal shop, it is an opal experience :)
  • absolutely amazing! Leila (hope is correct) was so competent and professional and she told us everything about the opals. Also they have a very huge range of opals. And most important thing: they don't force you to buy anything. Truly appreciated :)
  • On our recent trip to Melbourne, we visited he Lightning Ridge Opal Mines on Flinders Lane. Nick was very knowledgeable and explained the difference between white and black opals. He encouraged us to take several pieces outside to view them in the sunlight. He never questioned us as we took over $1,500 outside. Nick did not rush us and answered each and every question we had. We had visited other opal outlets, but Lightning Ridge Opal Mines gave us the best information and the best prices. We bought several opals while there. We would recommend that anyone visiting Melbourne pay a visit to Nick. An added attraction was the opportunity to visit Nick's "zoo". If you want, Nick will let you hold his pets. I was able to hold both a snake and a lizard. What fun.
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