Welcome to Lightning Ridge

Unique, beautiful, in a sparse, dusty kind of way, with skies that go on forever, and increasingly popular with international visitors and folks heading north or south via the inland routes, 'The Ridge' is a worthwhile destination for those seeking the offbeat, if you're prepared to make the long and monotonous drive. Popular in winter, consider a summertime visit when there's nobody but locals in town: that is, if you can hack the heat.

Lightning Ridge is the kind of place a travel writer might loathe being sent to on assignment, then finding oneself strangely wanting to stay: maybe because of the baths, or dread of the long drive home, but definitely not for the food.

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Lightning Ridge in detail