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Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, Melbourne

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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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The hub of tourist and commercial activity, the center of Melbourne remains the best place to stay if you're looking to splurge and enjoy every possible modern amenity during your visit. Travelers on a limited budget can search for cozy yet less expensive rooms in the seaside suburb of St Kilda or the bohemian neighborhood of Fitzroy. Though the city center offers more than a fair share of mid-range lodging options, you'll also find plenty of rooms in this price bracket in the quieter suburbs.
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  • We visited this dealer last March when we were on holiday in Melbourne and the service we got was far beyond excellent , the owner and staff we really great and the owner explained all about the produ...  more »
  • I picked up a free map at the tourist centre and it recommended to visit this opal shop. I think I would have gone past it if I wasn't looking for it, it's a small door leading down to a basement shop...  more »
  • We were very impressed with the introduction to opals- from mining to polishing to varieties and doublets, triplets and solid stones. The shop had a wonderful selection of jewelry and loose stones. If...  more »
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  • We were looking for a base range opal and has been to 2 other opal shops in the city. They are either too snobbish or dishonest. This shop however was a breath of fresh air. First we were greeted by Nic who is super friendly and a down to earth guy. He showed us his outback pets collection and demonstrated how to sand the opal. Then the staffs took over to explain more about the opal. And they just left us alone to pick what we like. They even allow us to bring it out to see it under the sunlight. All pricing was clear and organized. Would definitely recommend this place!
  • Brilliant. Beautiful opals at a range of prices, and history behind them. The service was great, and there was even wildlife available to look at! If you're in the market for opals, this is where you need to be. Couldn't recommend more.
  • Can't wait to vist when down under from Mpls,MN.
  • Excellent servo great price and beutiful free opals. Other jewellery shops should follow Lightning Ridge Opal shop's examples.
  • Always found this place having the most character, authentic and friendly service. Must see if you are in the market for opals.