Yowah Opal Sidetrip



The turnoff to Yowah is 18 km west of Eulo on the Adventure Way. Its then 73 km which includes 23km on dirt roads. Discover the story of Australia’s national gem in Yowah. Spend a few days exploring this ‘living gallery’ with its distinctive opal galleries dotted around the town. The main attraction for this area is the unique Yowah Nut. You guessed it, the opal is formed naturally like a nut and many visitors would disregard them as simply a rock. Experienced opal miners will often crack open thousands of nuts to find gem colour. These regularly sell for thousands of dollars. While in Yowah, you can try your hand at fossicking in an area adjacent to town.

For a spectacular sunset, you simply must visit ‘The Bluff.’ The 150-metre rise is only a few kilometres from town and offers 180 degree views of the surrounding country. If you can draw your eyes away from the view you’ll notice piles of stones everywhere. This ‘stone art’ has become a popular activity for visitors to the area, so make sure you add your own before you leave.

Back in town you may fancy a round of golf? The local course offers an open-air clubhouse, sandy greens and fairways. Wind down with a luxurious soak in ancient artesian waters then meet the locals at the community fireside barbeque. If you are in town on a Sunday, then be sure to head to the Sunday Tailgaters Stall which starts around noon. Expect to be awed by the range of opals and locally produced craft on sale.

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