WHITE CLIFFS… an intriguing little outback town!
You will find White Cliffs around 70km north of Wilcannia and 270km northeast of Broken Hill in Outback NSW.
White Cliffs is renowned for its opal mining and fascinating underground houses.
The houses are a sight to see, well you don’t actually see much and I guess that is the amazing part… Most you only see a front door in the side of a hill or air vents popping out of the ground and that’s pretty much it!!
With temperatures soaring well above 40 in the summer months, the underground houses or “dug outs” with their constant temperature of around 22 degrees, provide a place to escape the harsh conditions!
There are a few souvenir “houses” dotted around White Cliffs and the owners are more than happy to have a chat and tell you about their unique life experiences.
We drove around the opal fields and saw a few working operations. (You can see the bucket going up the conveyor in the pictures below).
We tried to find some of our own opals without much luck!
WHERE DID WE STAY?
White Cliffs Opal Pioneer Tourist Park.
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- Clean amenities – $1 coin operated hot showers.
- Camp Kitchen.
- Water available.
- Dump Point.
- Picnic Tables.
- BBQ areas.
- Pets allowed.
- Located in the middle of town.
THINGS TO SEE!!
You can pick up a self-guided map of town from the Paroo-Darling National Park Information Centre, this will outline most of the things to see in town.
- White Cliffs Hotel
- White Cliffs General Store
- Bill O’Reilly Oval – the famous cricketer was born here!
- The first ever Solar Power Station in Australia
- The Underground Motel
- Underground House Tour
- Working Opal Mines
- Opal Mine Tour (Red Earth Opal Mine & Cafe)
The van park owner had told us the underground house tour was a must! We are so glad we went, it was AMAZING! The kids wanted to live there… We weren’t allowed to take pictures inside as it was her actual house she lived in but I did get a couple of the roof vents outside (see below). It was like a maze of tunnels, very pleasant temperature and just something you have to see! So, if you venture to White Cliffs make sure you go and see it – it’s just on the hill behind the caravan park, two viewings a day when we were there!
We thoroughly enjoyed our time in White Cliffs and would recommend a visit if you are travelling around the Outback!
Click here to read more about our Outback Trip and see what other amazing places we visited!