Welcome to Lightning Ridge. by robz

Welcome to Lightning Ridge.

A landscape, a mind set and an independence all of its own! This scene is typical of Lightning Ridge and its "suburbs". The mounds are the mullock heaps from the underground opal shafts - these open shafts litter the landscape. The car door is a street sign directing strangers to an item of interest - there are few actual street signs and the diggings stretch for kilometres throughout the landscape - with a warren of dirt tracks connecting them. It is not recommended that you stray too far into areas you don't know, the mine shafts are a danger, it's very easy to get lost and it is not a good idea to turn up unannounced on somebody's claim.
I only know these scenes from television :) isn't it extremel hot there? Love the sign on the left haha...
June 22nd, 2018  
Sounds like the wild west so to speak! I guess this is a cooler time to visit?
June 23rd, 2018  
Love this shot, gives a real feeling of the place.
June 23rd, 2018  
What a fascinating place.
June 23rd, 2018  
Ingenious road sign:)
June 23rd, 2018  
@madeinnl Hi Ko - it sure does get hot - up to 52 degC in summer. Winter is better - beautiful days but cold nights.
June 24th, 2018  
@nzkites uch better John - at least the days are better - but it's cold at night. :)
June 24th, 2018  
@suzanne234 We found out why they used car doors - there are old, derelict cars everywhere. And in some areas you don't even have to have a registered car - any old banger will do!! :)
June 24th, 2018  
@casablanca And the people are fascinating to go with it. It's a great place to visit!!
June 24th, 2018  
@golftragic I think you would like it here!
June 24th, 2018  
@robz I'll bet!!
June 25th, 2018  
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