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White Cliffs

White Cliffs is 89 kilometres north of Wilcannia, 1,050 kilometres north-west of Sydney.

After opal was found by kangaroo shooters on Momba Station in 1889, White Cliffs developed quickly into an important Opal Field with an estimated population of 5,000 in 1900.

Today the town is accessible by sealed road, has an all weather airstrip, fuel, store, solar power station, and has become home to opal miners, artists, photographers, tourist operators and others with many of them living underground in dugouts to avoid the weather extremes experienced in this part of outback Australia.

Due to the good road conditions the town and its moon like landscape has become a tourist attraction creating new ways of income for the friendly permanent residents offering a range of accmmodation, galleries and opal shops.

Visitors who do not fancy the thought of sleeping underground with many tons of rocks above them can find comfortable air conditioned motel accommodation at the White Cliffs Hotel which is also a good place for a yarn with locals or to quench the thirst after spending the day in the hot and dusty surrounds.

The Paroo Darling NP Visitor Centre in White Cliffs helps visitors to discover artesian mound springs, ephemeral lakes and spectactular landscapes.

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Copyright: Klaus Mayer
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 6000x3000
Taken: 01/01/2010
Uploaded: 10/07/2010
Updated: 05/03/2015


Tags: white cliffs; opal field; new south wales; outback; australia; town
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