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Opal News Roundup - July 2017

August 09, 2017

An underground picture of the opal mining location Coober Pedy

Image: Roads & Kingdoms


July saw the opal mining locations of White Cliffs and Coober Pedy take centre stage in the media, as well as a look at the only European opal mines located in Slovakia, in Eastern Europe. 

Go west to Wilcannia and White Cliffs
Looking for the best things to do in the opal mining location of White Cliffs and nearby Wilcannia in outback NSW? Here are five great ideas like an opal mine tour, stay at the White Cliffs Underground Motel and more!  

Resources regulator targets opal mines in latest audit
The New South Wales resources regulator audited more than 100 opal mines in the state this month targeting safety and environmental compliance.

South Australian businesses to learn if they are winners in the Telstra Business of the Year Awards

The owners an underground opal mine and museum, Umoona Opal Mine and Museum, are among the South Australian finalists in the Telstra South Australian Business of the Year Awards

The only opal mines in Europe are located near Prešov
Underneath Slánske vrchy near Červenica in the Prešov region are opal mines. These are the only opal mines in Europe, as well as being the oldest and the biggest in the world.

Australian underground
With more than 70 opal fields, Coober Pedy is the largest opal mining area in the world. It is also home to 45 different nationalities of immigrants and veterans of World War II who have escaped their past lives to take refuge in these underground houses they call dugouts.

Queen Elizabeth brings out Australia bling for PM Malcolm Turnbull's visit
When Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull met Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace, he would have seen the sparkling diamond encrusted brooch she wore in the form of a spray of wattle. She also owns and Andamooka opal necklace and earrings given in 1954 from the South Australian government when she visited Adelaide.





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