Welcome to the
Australian Opal Centre

At Lightning Ridge on the edge of outback NSW, Australia an extraordinary national monument is taking shape – a world class, energy-efficient, two-storey underground building that will be the home of the new Australian Opal Centre. 

Designed by internationally renowned architects Glenn Murcutt and Wendy Lewin, the Australian Opal Centre will celebrate our National Gemstone and be filled with glittering treasures from the earth and the stories of the people who found them.

This 21st century architectural icon will be a world-class tourism attraction and a world leader in the areas of knowledge, information, education and creative exploration of Australian opal. It will also play a vital role as a nexus for community, economic and cultural development across Australia's inland opal producing areas.

This year, the Australian Opal Centre is offering an exciting opportunity for individuals, groups, businesses, government and more to join an exclusive pool of supporters who will become patrons of this magnificent building.


Visit the Australian Opal Centre

The Australian Opal Centre is open to visitors from Monday to Saturday at 3/11 Morilla St, Lightning Ridge. 

Opening Hours are generally 9am-5pm. To confirm opening times on the day of your visit, please call ahead on (+61) 2 6829 1667.

The Black Opal Heritage Shed is open during SPARK, for Fossil Digs and school visits, or by appointment.