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Chambers of the Black Hand


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This photo shows the entrance to the ‘Chambers of the Black Hand’ opal mine and sculpture chambers at Lightning Ridge in New South Wales, Australia. Tomorrow I’ll start to post some photos of the sculptures.

Rusting Relic at Lightning Ridge


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Exploring Lightning Ridge in New South Wales (Australia) is like stepping back in time to some degree. Everywhere you look you see the history of opal mining and the establishment of the town. There are old vehicles of many descriptions all around the opal fields.

Amigo’s Castle – Lightning Ridge


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There are quite a number of strange sights at Lightning Ridge in New South Wales, Australia. The photo at left is one of them. The building is known as ‘Amigo’s Castle,’ which is a private home with construction begun back in 1981.

The building was inspired by Roman ruins located near Amigo’s birthplace in his homeland – Italy. It has all the trappings including, dungeons and tunnels – that form part of the owner’s opal mine.

Amigo’s Castle can be seen while taking the self-drive ‘Red Car Door Tour’ in Lightning Ridge (visit the Visitor’s Centre in Lightning Ridge for a brochure).