Australian Opal fields

Australia is a large continent and many have never seen the facinating world of the opal miner. These images will introduce you to the people and places associated with finding one of the world's rarest gemstones
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Seam opal - a nice shot of green opal probably from the Grawin or Sheepyards fields near Lightning Ridge

Seam opal - a nice shot of green opal probably from the Grawin or Sheepyards fields near Lightning Ridge

The Australian town of Coober Pedy has restaurants, art galleries, bars and hotels, all underground.

The Australian town of Coober Pedy has restaurants, art galleries, bars and hotels, all underground.

Boulder Opal from the Koroit field. Deep blue green colors like this are now viewed as black opal

Boulder Opal from the Koroit field. Deep blue green colors like this are now viewed as black opal

Desert Cave Hotel in Coober Pedy, Australia: As the world's only internationally rated underground hotel, Desert Cave Hotel is an exciting change for surface-dwellers. Set in an opal-rich region of the Outback, the hotel is hewn from sandstone and stays cool and dry.

Desert Cave Hotel in Coober Pedy, Australia: As the world's only internationally rated underground hotel, Desert Cave Hotel is an exciting change for surface-dwellers. Set in an opal-rich region of the Outback, the hotel is hewn from sandstone and stays cool and dry.

A chunk of amazing Matrix opal from the Koroit field, west of Cunnamulla.

A chunk of amazing Matrix opal from the Koroit field, west of Cunnamulla.

White Cliffs NSW - from the air it looks like craters on the moon. most of them dug with a pick and shovel over 100 years ago

White Cliffs NSW - from the air it looks like craters on the moon. most of them dug with a pick and shovel over 100 years ago

Picture on the wall of the Narabri club not far from Lightning Ridge Opal fields

Picture on the wall of the Narabri club not far from Lightning Ridge Opal fields

Club in the Scrub near the Grawin opal field out from Lightning Ridge

Club in the Scrub near the Grawin opal field out from Lightning Ridge

An emu crossing the road in White Cliffs, western NSW. Its not uncommon to see emus and kangaroos ambling along the main street of this outback opal town

An emu crossing the road in White Cliffs, western NSW. Its not uncommon to see emus and kangaroos ambling along the main street of this outback opal town

Boulder opal specimens for collectors at Eulo west of Cunnamulla (Aboriginal word for 'long stretch of water' This happens from time to time when there is a flood

Boulder opal specimens for collectors at Eulo west of Cunnamulla (Aboriginal word for 'long stretch of water' This happens from time to time when there is a flood

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