White Cliffs under normal climatic conditions is a red dusty town, solely reliant on the “opal” business.  A wet scenario distorts these ‘actual’ facts of White Cliffs.

The town was established in the late 19th century when opal was first discovered. Opal has been mined ever since. The first Australian Opal was found 20 years before in Queensland in 1872

Many of the residents live underground, using mining equipment to dig extensive homes in the hillside to avoid the intense heat outside. There are also two underground motels called The White Cliffs Underground and PJ's Bed And Breakfast, as the town is becoming more dependent on tourism.

White Cliffs is the site of Australia's first solar power station which was built in 1981 producing 25 KWe and upgraded in 1996 to produce 45KWe using the same collector dishes but better technology (Not photographed)

The Church has no consecration date but certainly is over 100 years old.

The War Memorial in White Cliffs is an appropriate acknowledgement.

The ‘down town’ Opal Shop has all that you could wish in variety of product.

The White Cliffs Hotel is a modern corner watering hole.

The mural and artifacts serve as the reminder to the past.

Should there be an interest in Opals. White Cliffs is a must, along with Coober Pedy and Lightning Ridge.

Diary notes



Fireplace   Dump Station
General Store   Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic   Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club   Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding   Golf Course