White Cliffs

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White Cliffs is a small opal mining town in the Far West (Outback) region of the Australian state of New South Wales.

Get in[edit]

White Cliffs can be reached from Wilcannia via a good 93 km sealed road. Be extra careful of animals on this road.

It is also possible to cross from Broken Hill on an unsealed road passing by Mutawinji National Park.

Get around[edit]

See[edit]

  • A Heritage Trail leads visitors around the town to sites of interest, such as the location of a "camel beer" riot in the 1800s.
  • Walk/drive/ride along the trail among the small active mine workings, which look like human-scale ant nests.
  • Some tours of small-scale mines or abandoned mines may be available.

Do[edit]

  • Fossick. There are fossicking areas set aside for searching for opals.

Buy[edit]

White Cliffs' primary industry is opal mining, and many shops around town sell opals and opal jewellery.

Eat[edit]

The local cafe serves as a store, fuel supplier and cafe serving take-aways or eat-in.

Drink[edit]

At the Hotel/Motel

Sleep[edit]

Entrance to PJ Underground B&B

The village has a Hotel/Motel and two underground motels.

  • White Cliffs Underground Motel129 Smiths Hill, White Cliffs, NSW 2836 (follow signs from White Cliffs),  +61 8 8091 6677, e-mail: . Sleep underground as the locals do at a steady naturally-regulated 22C. Family-style dinner provided at extra cost: don't be late. Reached along a 1km gravel road from the center of town. Swimming pool (not underground!) $105.

Go next[edit]

Opal fields at White Cliffs
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