Lightning Ridge Opal Mines

Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, Melbourne: Hours, Address, Lightning Ridge Opal Mines Reviews: 5/5

Lightning Ridge Opal Mines
5
Speciality & Gift Shops
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Melbourne's Number One Experience! Come in and learn about Australia's National Gemstone. Browse and select from our stunning selection of opals and opal jewellery and check out our Wildlife display - a little piece of the Outback in Melbourne's CBD. We are open Mon-Fri 9.30Am - 5.30Pm and Sat/Sun from 10.00Am-5.00Pm.
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Neighbourhood: Central Business District
Full of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques, throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You never quite know what you’ll find around the next corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air of Berlin in the street art, a touch of Paris in the umbrella-shaded cafes and, reminiscent of Rome, eateries tucked away in the most unlikely of places. Perhaps you might want a break and cross the Yarra River to Southbank - walk along the promenade, bask in the sun at a waterside bar and decide whether to go to the nearby casino or book a ticket at the Melbourne theatre company.

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DavePen49
Penmaenmawr, UK218 contributions
Interesting place
Mar 2020
If you've a half an hour to spare it's worth a visit. Learn the history of the larger than life character that started it all.
Written 17 May 2020
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Thanks for the great review. We really appreciate it!
Written 29 January 2021
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marleneg918
Cleveland, OH3 contributions
Learning about opals in Melbourne
Mar 2020 • Couples
In addition to the beautiful opals this family run store has you get an education about the different types of opals. Whole experience was very enjoyable with no pressure shopping.
Written 22 March 2020
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Hi! Thank you for the great review.
Written 26 March 2020
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TimC
1 contribution
Authentic shopping
Jan 2020 • Solo
Was looking to buy opal in Melbourne and having been put off by a previous pushy experience in another shop followed a trip adviser review and settled on Lightning Ridge.

Sophie took 10 - 15 mins to give me a buyer's guide to opal before showing me pieces that suited my budget.

I never felt pressured, felt that i got good value for money and found exactly the pieces i was after.

If you're looking to buy opal in Melbourne i would strongly recommend you shop at Lightning Ridge. I am very pleased i did. Thanks Sophie.
Written 17 January 2020
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That's really lovely feedback. I will pass this on to Sophie. Thank you!!
Written 18 January 2020
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AeroncaGuy
Putney, VT10 contributions
More than just Opals!
Nov 2019
Little did I expect to pet a friendly skink when I walked down the stairs to Lighting Ridge Opal store... Staffed by friendly, thoughtful and informative staff, this is a gemstone store plus a small zoo. I was given a wonderful demonstration of how opals are polished and graded. This is a family business with many of the folks who work there descended from the opal miner founder. I found their prices competitive and their quality, high. Bought a lovely pair of silver + opal ear rings + pendant with a stylized kangaroo setting. They were also very helpful with a disabled friend who accompanied me.
Written 1 January 2020
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Thank you very much for the kind words. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit!
Written 13 January 2020
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Randall M
Los Angeles, CA102 contributions
Excellent service
Nov 2019 • Friends
As we walked down the stairs we were immediately greeted by the friendly staff. The staff demonstrated how opals are cut and what noodling is all about. This is a family run business with a long history. An added bonus are the snakes and lizards. The family is as passionate about animals as they are opals. There is an excellent selection of opals to choose from with a price point for everyone. I purchased a necklace for my mother which I know she will enjoy. Must see in Melbourne!!

Thanks to the staff for an excellent experience!
Written 12 November 2019
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Hi. Thanks for the fabulous review. We are so so grateful!!!
Written 13 November 2019
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Damian D
1 contribution
Opal store
Nov 2019 • Family
We walked in off the street with our two young children, 10-12. Our son is in love with opals. We were greeted by a young lady that took us on a guided tour of the shop, she really took her time to explain all the different types, locations and history. Such an amazing experience. Highly recommend anyone looking to learn more about opal, this is the place to go.
Written 4 November 2019
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What a lovely review and we're so glad you enjoyed your visit to our store. Thank you!!
Written 6 November 2019
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xarty2017
Hilo, HI53 contributions
Informative
Sep 2019 • Friends
I have enjoyed cutting and polishing opals when I was a rock hound as a youth. That was many many years ago but I looked for a room to perhaps getting some opal rough to play with. They have a set up in the shop where you can see the steps to cut and polish opals and as an added bonus there is a small collection of spiders, lizards, and snakes which you can interact with if you wish. I was fascinated by the ‘two headed’ lizard whose tail resembles his head. The staff are very friendly and informative. They also have a tray of what is called pitch where you can dig for tiny opal scraps. I spent an enjoyable hour doing just that and found a few small bits of opal that I am sure I will be able to polish and make something.

Their collection of opal jewelry and polished but unset stones is extensive and if you are in the market for something special you will find it here.
Written 24 September 2019
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Thank you so much for your kind words. We hope you enjoy cutting your bits of rough!
Written 25 September 2019
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Earle G
51 contributions
Beautiful Opals. Great Family Story.
Aug 2019
We stopped in during our visit to Melbourne. The opals they have here are truly amazing and beautiful. Loved learning about the history of Lightning Ridge and the process of how to find and clean opals.
Written 4 September 2019
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Hi. Thanks for the great review. It's greatly appreciated!
Written 5 September 2019
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drgretch1
Chicago, IL3 contributions
Learned About Opals and Fantastic Shopping
Aug 2019 • Family
Our family enjoyed the information about opals and opal mining as presented by Sophie. We also enjoyed browsing and purchasing opal jewelry for myself and our family members at home. All the staff at the store were a pleasure to chat with and assisted with our purchases. Highly recommend as a shopping stop when visiting Melbourne.
Written 12 August 2019
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Hello! Such a great headline and a wonderful review. Many thanks!
Written 13 August 2019
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Ross S
17 contributions
A wonderful experience learning about Opals!
May 2019 • Solo
I had everything I needed to know about opals explained to me by Laura. Although she's only been working there for 7 months, she did a wonderful job bringing me through the history of Lightning Ridge as well as carefully explaining the different types and properties of opals. She was very friendly and helpful. I was also really happy to take home a few free rough opals during my hands on experience of pretending to be an opal prospector! Ended up buying an opal necklace for my mother. Glad to see that there was a range of fairly affordable opal jewelry available for purchase.
Written 22 May 2019
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What a great review. I'll pass on the lovely feedback to Laura. Thanks!
Written 23 May 2019
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  • Mon - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sat - Sat 11:00 - 16:00
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