Opal fields; Grawin Glengarry Sheepyard

OPAL FIELDS – GRAWIN, GLENGARRY, SHEEPYARD

Located approximately 70 kilometers west of Lightning Ridge, Grawin, Glengarry and Sheepyards offer an unrivaled opportunity to see how life is lived on a frontier-style opal field.

Ever since the first discovery of opal in the area in 1905, people seeking their fortune have come and gone in waves with each new strike, which makes for a community of colourful characters.

Grawin, Glengarry and the Sheepyards can be accessed via the small village of Cumborah. The road is sealed up to the Grawin turnoff and the gravel mining roads are in reasonable condition. When driven at the right speed they are suitable for caravans and other vehicles. It is worth remembering though, that this is a restricted area so best to stick to the main areas.

GRAWIN:

The Grawin was established in 1908 with the discovery of opal at “Hammond Hill” Further discoveries in 1920 at “Richard’s Hill” put the unofficial village on the map with an opal weighing 450g (about the size of a man’s fist) it was named “The Light of the World”

The Club in the Scrub:
The Club in the Scrub is a hub of social activity in Grawin. The club offers a range of activities, sporting events, raffles, good foods, regular entertainment and community events.

Café and Kitchen open daily from 10 am – 2pm

Kitchen open for dinner Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights only from 5.30pm – 8pm

For more information please call 02 6829 3911 or visit their website Grawin Club in the Scrub 

10/04/2020 – Good Friday – Seafood Raffles & Live Entertainment,

12/04/2020 – Easter Sunday – Free Kids Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Bonnet Parade: 10.30am Annual Yabby Races: 2pm

25/04/2020 – Anzac Day – Two Up from 12pm

06/06/2020 – Christmas In June

13/09/2020 – Annual Grawin Show

**Please note Rickshaw dollars/discount vouchers will no longer be accepted**

GLENGARRY:

It is believed that a field was discovered at Glengarry in 1095 but, it wasn’t until the 1970’s that Glengarry became a major field in its own right.

Glengarry Hilton:
Nestled in the heart of the infamous Glengarry Opal field. Nothing like the Sydney Hilton but with lots more atmosphere this unique pub offers Backpacker style air-conditioned accommodation, meals and snacks everyday, swap & go gas, laundry facilities and Flash Flush Toilets!!!
Open 11am till late.
For more information please contact 02 6828 3983

THE SHEEPYARD:

The next major rush of people to the area started on Melbourne Cup Day in 1985.

Sheepyard Inn:
Visit the Sheepyard Inn for a cold beer, cooled meal, groceries, gas and local tourist information. Opal cutting demonstrations and pool comp Wednesday night.
Free camp area with shower and toilets.  Tours groups welcome.
Open 7 days 10am until late.
For more information please call 02 6829 3932

Sheepyard Community War Memorial Lake Beard:
Amongst the shanties, old caravans and piles of mullock you will find the beautiful Sheepyard and Community War Memorial built by miners – many of which were Vietnam Veterans. On ANZAC Day, hundreds of war veterans. locals and visitors flock to the sheepyard for the moving Anzac Day service.

Sweeney’s Arts & Craft Cottage Inc:
Purchase locally made arts, crafts, gifts and souvenirs, Sweeney’s sells everything from Crocheted rugs to opal jewellery.
Open 10am-3pm Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday
Open Public Holidays and everyday during School Holidays

Marg’s Carvings:

Margscarvings is at Grawin, approx. 1km from the The Grawin Store. (Follow the yellow signs).  Marg has a good display of various small figurine carvings,  as earrings, pendants also ornaments. These are a great idea for that special gift, made from local material.

If you were purchase your own piece of potch/sandstone or other stone why not ask Marg to carve it into something special for you.

Marg’s Carvings holds regular classes where each person is able to learn how to work with local material (Classes are currently postponed due to COVID-19 Restrictions.)

For more information check out their website; www.margscarvings.net

 

 
Events:
ANZAC Day March – 25th April For more information contact Norm Jones 0413 452 056
Grawin Ball – August. For more information contact The Grawin Club in the Scrub 02 6829 3911
Grawin Show – August. For more information contact The Grawin Club in the Scrub 02 6829 3911

OPAL FIELDS – GRAWIN, GLENGARRY, SHEEPYARD

Located approximately 70 kilometers west of Lightning Ridge, Grawin, Glengarry and Sheepyards offer an unrivaled opportunity to see how life is lived on a frontier-style opal field.

Ever since the first discovery of opal in the area in 1905, people seeking their fortune have come and gone in waves with each new strike, which makes for a community of colourful characters.

Grawin, Glengarry and the Sheepyards can be accessed via the small village of Cumborah. The road is sealed up to the Grawin turnoff and the gravel mining roads are in reasonable condition. When driven at the right speed they are suitable for caravans and other vehicles. It is worth remembering though, that this is a restricted area so best to stick to the main areas.

Mud Map of Opal Fields

GRAWIN:

The Grawin was established in 1098 with the discovery of opal at “Hammond Hill” Further discoveries in 1920 at “Richard’s Hill” put the unofficial village on the map with an opal weighing 450g (about the size of a man’s fist) it was named “The Light of the World”

The Club in the Scrub:
The Club in the Scrub is a hub of social activity in Grawin. The club offers a range of activities, sporting events, raffles, good foods, regular entertainment and community events.
Open 7days from 10am until late.

10/04/2020 – Good Friday – Seafood Raffles & Live Entertainment,

12/04/2020 – Easter Sunday – Free Kids Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Bonnet Parade: 10.30am Annual Yabby Races: 2pm

25/04/2020 – Anzac Day – Two Up from 12pm

06/06/2020 – Christmas In June

13/09/2020 – Annual Grawin Show

**Please note Rickshaw dollars/discount vouchers will no longer be accepted**

For more information please call 02 6829 3911 or visit their website Grawin Club in the Scrub

Grawin club in the scrub flyer

GLENGARRY:

It is believed that a field was discovered at Glengarry in 1095 but, it wasnt until the 1970’s that Glengarry became a major field in its own right.

Glengarry Hilton:
Nestled in the heart of the infamous Glengarry Opal field. Nothing like the Sydney Hilton but with lots more atmosphere this unique pub offers Backpacker style air-conditioned accommodation, meals and snacks everyday, swap & go gas, laundry facilities and Flash Flush Toilets!!!
Open 11am till late.
For more information please contact 02 6828 3983

THE SHEEPYARD:

The newest of the three fields the Sheepyard was opened in 1984.

Sheepyard Inn:
Visit the Sheepyard Inn for a cold beer, cooled meal, groceries, gas and local tourist information. Opal cutting demonstrations and pool comp Wednesday night.
Free camp area with shower and toilets.  Tours groups welcome.
Open 7 days 10am until late.
For more information please call 02 6829 3932

Sheepyard Community War Memorial Lake Beard:
Amongst the shanties, old caravans and piles of mullock you will find the beautiful Sheepyard and Community War Memorial built by miners – many of which were Vietnam Veterans. On ANZAC Day, hundreds of war veterans. locals and visitors flock to the sheepyard for the moving Anzac Day service.

Sweeney’s Arts & Craft Cottage Inc:
Purchase locally made arts, crafts, gifts and souvenirs, Sweeney’s sells everything from Crocheted rugs to opal jewellery.
Open 10am-3pm Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday
Open Public Holidays and everyday during School Holidays

Sweeney’s Art & Craft 2019 Poster

Marg’s Carvings:

Margscarvings is at Grawin, approx. 1km from the The Grawin Store. (Follow the yellow signs).  Marg has a good display of various small figurine carvings,  as earrings, pendants also ornaments. These are a great idea for that special gift, made from local material.

If you were lucky enough to stumble across your own piece of potch/sandstone and other stones why not ask Marg to carve you something special.

Marg’s Carvings holds regular classes where each person is able to learn how to work with local material (Classes are currently postponed due to COVID-19 Restrictions.)

For more information check out their website; www.margscarvings.net

 
Events:
ANZAC Day March – 25th April For more information contact Norm Jones 0413 452 056
Grawin Ball – August. For more information contact The Grawin Club in the Scrub 02 6829 3911
Grawin Show – August. For more information contact The Grawin Club in the Scrub 02 6829 3911