Dis­cover the hot spot of Out­back NSW

Australian Traveller - - Getaways -

oak­ing in the hot arte­sian bore bath in Light­ning Ridge is an un­miss­able plea­sure. Pumped some 690 me­tres from the hid­den reat Arte­sian Basin, the nat­u­rally hot, min­eral-rich water is more than two mil­lion years old. This sooth­ing and re­vi­tal­is­ing ex­pe­ri­ence is guar­an­teed to en­gen­der a state of deep re­lax­ation and, with a starry night sky as your back­drop, it’s the per­fect way to end a long day of out­back tour­ing and ad­ven­ture. Lo­cated around nine hours north-west of yd­ney, on the edge of the out­back, Light­ning Ridge is the largest opal-pro­duc­ing fields in Aus­tralia. Its town is as colour­ful in its char­ac­ter and di­ver­sity as is its world-fa­mous black opal. With an av­er­age tem­per­a­ture of ͳͺ de­grees, Light­ning Ridge is the per­fect place to visit dur­ing the win­ter months to es­cape the cold. With opal fields, the var­ied and in­ge­nious min­ers’ camps, fab­u­lous arid-adapted plants and an­i­mals, spec­tac­u­lar skies and an ex­cit­ing range of qual­ity at­trac­tions, some with a whim­si­cal, ec­cen­tric lo­cal flavour, Light­ning Ridge is like nowhere else. Con­tact: 02 6828 6100; wal­gett.nsw.gov.au

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