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Winton Opal Show 2020

Winton Opal Show 2020

 Winton Opal Show 2020 Sadly, the Winton Opal Show in July has been cancelled due to issues surrounding the pandemic, but all is not lost.The Queensland Boulder Opal Association is just waiting for final approval from the Winton Shire Council to hold the show on...
Down but not out!

Down but not out!

 Down but not out! With lockdown over, the Australian Outback is open for business – tourism and opal!I have it on good authority that the 2020 sales days in Winton (July 10/11) will go ahead albeit on a smaller scale.The first opal auctions were held in the Royal...
Australian Boulder Opal Rock

Australian Boulder Opal Rock

Let’s talk rough!   Let me first state that there is no bad language contained within. The term rough in this article refers to raw, unprocessed opal bearing rock which is mined in Western Queensland, Australia …… where once there was an inland sea, conifer...
Kids Love Boulder Opal Rocks

Kids Love Boulder Opal Rocks

Kids love rocks If I had a dollar for every time a child said to me “I love rocks,” I’d be a millionaire You see, we used to sell at an open-air market every weekend before Corona and families would file past and admire the table of rocks we had on display out front....
Opal Festivals and Opal Shows 2020 Travel Guide

Opal Festivals and Opal Shows 2020 Travel Guide

The opal show circuit is a great time to visit the opal fields for three key reasons. Firstly, because it’s best time to catch a lot of miners from one area in the same place at the same time. If one is on the hunt for opal outside the show season, they must a) find a...
Visit Opalton and dig of opal

Visit Opalton and dig of opal

We recently had the good fortune to visit the historical township of Opalton in Central Western Queensland. Opalton was founded in 1888 and in just a few years boasted a population of six hundred people all involved in some way in the opal industry. Unfortunately, a...

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