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Opal Information For Outback Australia

Welcome to my blog post “Opal Information For Outback Australia”!

If you have come across my blog then you may of noticed that I have started to cover the great west in Australia, what we call the Outback!  Why do we call it this?

Opal mining and the plain that surrounds Light...

Image via WikipediaWhy do we call it this?

Well, because it’s out the back from the coast and hinterlands!

Photo rightOpal mining the plain that surrounds opal ridge!

It’s not always all red sand and desert!  No, at time this place gets so green that you just wouldn’t think it was the same place.

Actually after all the rain we have had this last year the place is well and truly thriving!  Actually it looks so good that they cancelled the latest Mad Max movie and moved it to South Africa!

Anyway, I have some more really cool content for you below!

Enjoy!

Outback Australia – Land of Challenges and Opals

living in the outback 53 Outback Australia Though the Outback may look like vast barren desert, it’s not always dry out west. In fact, in a good season, Lightning Ridge can be very wet and muddy. There’s a saying that goes this way, “Stick to the black soil in the dry season and it’ll stick to you in the wet.”  As it stands, at this time of writing 2011 we have had the largest floods in recorded history.  At present a lot of the opal fields are full of water.

No truer words have been spoken. Black soil makes a dusty but quite smooth road when it’s dry, but is nearly impossible to travel when it’s wet. It slips worse than snow.

There is a beautiful highway that links the continent right through the middle. Some sections are so long and straight, you could read a book while driving–this practice is not recommended, however.

Opal gems are not the only colors in Outback Australia

living in the outback 2 300x201 Outback AustraliaA mixture of dust and Outback climate produce some unbelievable sunsets. The evening sky blazes with warm colours, often highlighted by bands of deeper hues. Where the sky meets the ground, the stark silhouettes of individual trees, shrubs, boulders, and isolated dwellings stand out against the backdrop of colour.

One miner at Yowah has compiled a photographic book of these sunsets, each of which is unique.

Winter nights are magnificent in the Outback Australia. There’s always plenty of mulga wood to burn. You have to experience a campfire in the outback on a chilly evening, with the Milky Way spread out before you, to know what I mean by “out of this world.” A few friends around a campfire just caps it off, especially if someone is playing the guitar accompanied by a mouth organ (harmonica), and lots of bushcampfire Outback Australia yarns (stories).

Even the mundane experience of visiting an outdoor toilet at night can be awe-inspiring. Looking up at the sky from your roofless outhouse, you ponder how long it takes to get from one end of the Milky Way to the other. The astronomers say it would take 100,000 years travelling at the speed of light.Add to this, the intrique of finding an opal and you have the perfect situation.

To read the rest of this article please click here  Outback Australia

Yes, the land west of the coast sure is a unique place.  I have traveled there a few times myself and flew over it in a plane and have fantastic memories.  If you have read about Australia and what it has to offer then you would have some idea, but believe me you really have to visit to truly understand this great land and true blue Aussie hospitality!

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Posted by on December 3, 2011 in The Great Australian Outback

 

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The Outback Aussie Opal Fields Of Australia

Welcome to my blog post The Outback Opal Opal Fields Of Australia!

Did you know that this subject is steeped in true Aussie outback History?

Actually even a lot of Australian’s don’t know very much about this subject and it definately wasn’t taught in school.  I should know that because I attended one, school that is!

Anyway, here is a piece of content that covers the subject very well below!
“Oh”, yes lets not forget the video below, deep down inside an opal mine!

Opal Fields of Australia Map
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Where are the opal mines? Go Underground here

It is said that over 95% of the worlds opal comes from Australia.

Most of the Opal Fields of Australia are located in three states:

Boulder Opal fields of Australia

Queensland . Boulder opal is mined in a large area between Quilpie in the South and Winton in the north. The boulder and black opal fields nearly meet at the border between Queensland and NSW. They are a significant example of very remote opal fields of Australia.

Chrystal and White Opal Fields of Australia

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A report on the Opal Fields of Australia would not be complete without mentioning the famous mines in South Australia . This is the home of the Coober Pedy, Mintabie, and Andamooka mines, famous for light opal, which includes crystal, grey and white opal. Sometimes called ‘milk’ opal. Here are some examples of light colored opal set in gold and silver as pendants and earrings. This white opal has been backed with a dark background giving it a dark opal appearance. At least twelve of these opal pendants are from south Australia. See if you can recognize them.

Photo right: Now that’s some serious opal!

Opal!

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3. Black Opal Fields of Australia

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New South Wales is the home of the famous Black Opal. In fact its knon worldwide for dark opals. White cliffs further south toward the South Australian border, is all but mined out but was probably the largest opal mine in the world before Coober Pedy which is now one of the largest opal fields of Australia, was discovered.

This section describe opal mining in Australia, yesterday and today. Many of the photos you’ll see on these pages are displayed, with permission, from the reference books. If you are interested in these publications, please Contact Us for prices and details.

For more information, read the Encyclopaedia of Australian Opals to learn more about opals. Other parts of this site go into more details of the Opal Fields of Australia, so please enjoy the information and take as many notes as you like.

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So,what did you think of my page The Outback Aussie Opal Fields Of Australia, pretty cool huh?

I loved putting this together!

What I should really do is get in touch with peter from Opalmine.com who supplied the story and see if he has any outback Aussie slang he can share with us!

English: Raw opal found in Andamooka South Aus...

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Photo below right: Raw Opal found in Andamooka South Australia!

Anyway, please pass on this story to others, as I am very sure there would be many would would just love it!

See you again soon and happy travels

Marty

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Posted by on December 2, 2011 in The Great Australian Outback

 

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