Getting There & Away
Located 728km northwest of Sydney, Lightning Ridge is only accessible by road. You'll need your own wheels as there are no scheduled bus or train services.
Exercise caution if you're arriving or departing in the early morning or latter half of the day: it's easy to get sleepy or distracted on the 80km straight stretch of the Castlereagh Hwy between Walgett and the Ridge. At dawn and dusk, abundant (and we really mean abundant, here) wildlife – kanagroos, emus, birds – may dart onto the road at any time.