Lightning Ridge NSW
Lightning Ridge is located in north-western New South Wales. Temperatures in summer can reach up to 50c but below ground the temperature remains at around 22 degrees. The Lightning Ridge area is a world-renowned center of the mining of black opals. Lightning Ridge has the largest known deposits of black opals in the world. The name Lightning Ridge is said to have originated when in the 1870s some passersby found the bodies of a farmer, his dog and sheep which had been struck by lightning.