Best known opal areas in Oz are Lightning Ridge, Coober Peedy and Quilpie region - none are easily accessible from Sydney
The only opal mines in NSW are in Lightning Ridge and White Cliffs - both are a very long way from Sydney. As already mentioned, there are a lot of opal retailers in Sydney and some have bins where you can go through the potch and hope to find something worthwhile.
Lightning Ridge is a great trip - but not something you would consider on a short visit unless opal mines are your true love.
Thank you all, for infos! I'll browse the net, and try to find something. Thanks again.
My next question would be: Where is the nearest Aboriginal village or town where I can really see traditional aboriginal life and experience their culture. Maybe even participate in some traditional Aboriginal events?
Bure - you love the tough questions!
There are large urban Aboriginal communities in both Redfern and La Perouse - both of which are very close to the city, but not really tourist centres. If your time is limited catch the bus out to La Perouse on a Sunday and you can watch great snake displays and some boomerang throwing. There are also usually displays of local shellwork and you can chat with the local Indigenous people about their culture. You can also visit the La Perouse museum and enjoy a great lunch at the Boatshed.
If you have more time head down to somewhere like Narooma for a less urban Aboriginal experience. See about-australia.com/travel-guides/… south-coast/attractions/aboriginal-torres-strait/umbarra-aboriginal-cultural-centre-and-tours/ for more details. This is around 3 1/2 hours drive from Sydney. (Sorry - remove space before south - had to add to fit in TA word length)
To experience the Indigenous culture you may be imagining in a remote community head out the the Northern Territory and spend a couple of days in a wonderful community like Manyallaluk near Katherine.
you might consider a REX flight sydney-broken hill. Take a few days and check out..
Mutwintji National park (take the aboriginal tour to the artwork)
White Cliffs (stay underground and buy some opal)
A sheep station on the Darling (say Trilby)
The aborigiinal situation in Wilcannia
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