If your planning a trip Down under to Australia you might want to visit some of the annual opal shows. March to July are the mild months in the opal fields so it is a very pleasant time to visit Australia. If you plan to visit the South Australian opal fields you can drive from Adelaide up through opal mining towns to visit Ayers Rock (Uluru).
Many opal dealers visit the Gold Coast Opal show and then they exhibit at the Lightning Ridge and Yowah opal festivals from Mid July to August.
Lightning Ridge is Home of the Black Opal. The opal show runs annually at the end of July. Each year the dates are slightly different so check out there official page for details -http://www.lightningridgeopalfestival.com.au/
Every second year the Opal jewelry awards are held during the opal show. This promises to bring lot more opal wholesalers to the show and the entire town gets involved in the show.
There is also an Opal queen Ball for ladies over 18 to enter.
The whole town supports this opal festival and The Opal jewelry competition. It usually runs just before the Lightning Ridge opal show around the middle of July.
Opals from the Koroit opal fields are present as well as many types of Boulder opal from Queensland. This is a truly unique festival that is a must do for opal lovers.
General run at the beginning of August, this exhibition is held in Australia’s play ground, the Gold Coast.It is different atmosphere compared to beauty of the Outback. The beautiful beaches, theme parks and restaurants make it a fun filled event for everyone.
This is Trade show held in Winton which is in central Queensland.
This show has all Gemstones of Australia from Opals, Sapphires, Emeralds and Gold nuggets. It usually runs early to mid August.
March is Good time to visit the opal fields of Coober Pedy as temperature is mild but in summer it is too hot to visit.
There are also other opal fields close by that you can visit including Mintabie, Andamooka, and drive up from Adelaide to Alice springs and view Australia famous Ayers Rock.
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