Opening May 15!

This year, we will once again open our famous "Northern Lights" area. This is the part of the Royal Peacock Opal Mine that was featured in The Travel Channel's "Cash and Treasures" program, with Kirsten Gum. It has yielded some truly impressive opals!

 

Famous Northern Lights Opals

Famous opals found here include the Northern Lights Delight (also called "the shoe") and the massive Ginkgo Log. At 130 pounds, the Ginkgo Log (pictured below) is among the largest opals ever found, anywhere in the world! It was found by a customer in the late 1990s.

Walt Wilson and the Ginkgo Log

Walt Wilson, and the Ginkgo Log

Freda's Log

Another special opal found two years ago in the Northern Lights is Freda's Log. This treasure, which belongs to Julie Wilson, is not for sale. It was discovered by Julie, her father, and a friend. The photo gallery below shows off a few views of it. Alternatively, you can watch a video of Freda's Log.

The Northern Lights was closed to the public in 2004, and then reopened last year. To prepare the site for public digging, about 150 feet of clay overburden was removed. The gallery below shows Walt Wilson, Jake (Wilson) Anderson, and Leon Frey readying the site for opening day.

Preparing the Northern Lights

The Northern Lights area offers both "bank digging" and "tailings mining."

Learn more:

Fee Digging

Tools needed for mining

 

Come Prepared!

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Heads or Tails?

Heads or tails?
While the head banks sometimes produce larger specimens, large opals have been found in the tailings that were overlooked by bank diggers, or pushed out with the backhoe.

Tool Rentals

If you need more tools than you brought, our Gift Shop offers a LIMITED QUANTITY of the following tools for rent:

Item Day rate
Picks $5
Shovels $2
Rakes $2
Screens $10

Note: Our rental picks are not Estwing models. However, we do offer Estwing picks for sale in our gift shop. There are two types of Estwing picks. One is a small rock pick and the other Estwing is a long-handled pick. Both are important in bank and tailings.

New Safety Gear Required

Limited Number of Rentals Available
Hard toe shoe covers$5.00/day
Hard hats$5.00/day
Safety glasses$5.00/day