Lightning Ridge (located in northern New South Wales, Australia) is the home of the finest opals in the world, and is also a place of intrigue, where wealth and poverty sit comfortably side by side.
Space and light are in abundance and of a quality that attracts artists from all over Australia and overseas too.
The Lost Sea Opal cafe (situated diagonally opposite the caravan park where we stayed two nights) is perfect for coffee and meeting locals and other travellers. Our two German shepherds often provide an opening sentence or two and behave well, settling themselves beneath the table. Today we talked to three locals who remembered us and our dogs from last November, and then we had an interesting conversations with two lots of travellers.