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  • Welcome to

    Chambers of the Black Hand Opal
    Mine Art Carving Tours Lightning Ridge

  • Welcome to

    Chambers of the Black Hand Opal
    Mine Art Carving Tours Lightning Ridge

  • Welcome to

    Chambers of the Black Hand Opal
    Mine Art Carving Tours Lightning Ridge

  • Welcome to

    Chambers of the Black Hand Opal
    Mine Art Carving Tours Lightning Ridge

  • Welcome to

    Chambers of the Black Hand Opal
    Mine Art Carving Tours

Trevor Hudson's guided tours

Go on a personalised tour
and see first hand these
great carved art works
in Lightning Ridge

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Chambers of the Black Hand

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Testimonials

On behalf of the Probus Club from T...Tamworth John Oxley Combined Probus Club
Best presented tourist attraction i...Rosalie and Terry Day
We recently spent a few great days...Roslyn and Don Pearson

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Welcome to Chambers of the Black Hand Opal Mine Art Carving Tours

Welcome! Forty feet underground , images carved and painted in the sandstone walls and pillars. This is your chance to tour this claim which has been worked since the early days of opal mining in The Ridge.

Chambers of the Black Hand has the only opal shop underground. As opal is Australia's national gemstone, don't miss out on this great experience. Our map location in Lightning Ridge, NSW is on the 3 Mile Road, 5klms up opposite yellow car door 7.

Expect to see..  Native animals, Lord of the Rings characters, biblical entities and dinosaurs like you have never seen them before. Carved on the wall of an opal cave, these captivating images have been created by local opal miner Ron Canlin. Ron has transformed a number of drives (tunnels) of an old opal mine into an interactive work of art. Countless carvings are set in sandstone on the walls.

You'll be amazed...  The Egyptian chamber has humorous hieroglyphics and is a replica of an Egyptian tomb. Atlas holds the world while Adam supports the roof of the entrance to the working mine - another feature of the tour. The Last Supper which took six months to complete and the pondering Nostradamus, which took five hours to carve, are depicted in magnificent detail and is testimony to the razor sharp skill and patience of Ron.

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It has taken the miner 18 years to complete the carvings so far and the evolving process will see even more sculptures and chambers added to the tour.  The mine was converted into a privately managed tourist attraction which offers guided tours, interactive display and underground shop.  

Chambers of the Black Hand is a local business managed by local people showcasing the best Lighting Ridge has to offer.

Ron Canlin – The Artist

Ron served with Royal Marines S.B.S. – 5 years on oil rigs as a diver. Ron is married with one daughter and 3 granddaughters . Ron and his wife Glennis came to Australia in 1980, making their home in Southport Queensland. Having always been interested in “fossicking”.

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Trevor & Cheryl Hudson – Tour Guide & Retail Store Manager

Chambers of the Black Hand is run by Trevor and Cheryl Hudson. Local miners themselves for some 25 years, they have endured the hardship and exhilaration that comes with chasing the ever elusive black opal. We came to Lightning Ridge approx 25 years ago for a week end and we are still here.

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