Digging at Lightning Ridge

Each year Australian Geographic sets out for Lightning Ridge to discover fossils and opals, or even fossilised opals.
By Australian Geographic February 13, 2019 Reading Time: < 1 Print this page

Searching for opalised fossils is a privilege usually available only to opal miners and scientists. Each year, however, the Australian Opal Centre and Australian Geographic Society team up to search for fossils on the Lightning Ridge opal fields. In 2018, Weewarrasaurus pobeni, whose opalised jaw was discovered among materials that had been discarded as un-noteworthy, became Australia’s newest dinosaur and the first dinosaur to be given a scientific name in NSW in almost 80 years. Come to our dig in 2019 and you could make the next enormous discovery! The details can be found HERE.

Above are images from our 2018 dig.