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Where does opal come from?

Where does opal come from?

Australia is the main source of precious opal and accounts for over 95% of the worlds opal production.

Opals are mined in very localised areas throughout the central part of outback Australia. This opal bearing ground is often near the edge of the Great Artesian Basin. There will be pockets of opal on the edge of the GAB like a pinprick on the map, with no opal being found anywhere else near it.

White Opals are mined in the South Australian opal fields of Coober Pedy, Andamooka, Mintabie and Lambina. Harri and his dad were miners of the Mitabie and Lambina fields in the 80's and 90's

Black Opal is only found in one location, just to the south of Queensland opal fields, at Lightning Ridge, Grawin, Glengarry and Sheep Station in North western NSW.

Boulder opal is a unique type of natural opal that forms within ironstone rich Boulders.  Boulder opal is only found in the middle of Queensland Australia, it spans from near Winton, through areas near Longreach and Quilpie, to areas near Cunnamulla like Yowah and Koroit.

Crystal Opal can be found in any of these opal mining locations.

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