Saving the Rainbow Bones – film

The relationship between the opal miners and palaeontologists of Lightning Ridge has been forged over many decades. This is the story of how they work together to ensure Lightning Ridge’s iconic opalised fossils are protected.
By Australian Geographic April 28, 2021 Reading Time: < 1 Print this page

Directed by Angela Heathcote. Filmed by Pat Wiecks. Original Score and Sound Design by Pip Leason. Opal images by Robert Smith.

The Australian Geographic Society has run trips to the Lightning Ridge opal fields for seven years with proceeds from the dig helping fund environmental and conservation work around Australia. Join our upcoming trip here.