When considering a visit to White Cliffs I got mixed reviews from people that had been there. It didn’t come too highly rated, the most common response was “I wouldn’t bother going there, there is nothing there” They were nearly correct, there isn’t a great deal to see, but I’m definitely glad we stopped in, and I would totally recommend visiting White Cliffs.
The main attraction in White Cliffs would be the Underground Motel. Not only is the Motel underground but many of the locals also live underground, in ‘dug outs’ on the side of a hill. I was fascinated at this idea and wanted to experience first hand what this was all about.
For the duration of our stay we were the only plane to use the airfield, and the entire time we only saw 2 cars on the road. While the population is said to be about 200, there are only around 80 permanent residents as many live elsewhere during the warmer months when temperatures reach well into the 40’s.
So why did I like it? Other then my fascination with people living in ‘Dug outs’ and sleeping in a ‘cave’ for a night; I liked standing on top of the hill and looking out to nothing. It was like being on a boat out in the middle of the ocean and in every direction you look there is nothing. I felt a million miles from anywhere.
White Cliffs Attractions
White Cliffs Underground Motel
If you do nothing else in White Cliffs, at least spend a night in the underground motel. It certainly isn’t 5-star accommodation but after a few nights in a tent, in the middle of summer, it nearly feels like the Hilton. The furnishings are a little outdated and stuck in the 80’s but it is clean and has everything you need, and considering how remote they are, I think what they offer is great!
Where: 129 Smiths Hill, White Cliffs NSW
Tips: Don’t miss watching the sunset from the roof of the motel.
History and Culture Centre
Located at the underground motel is the History and Culture Centre. The display consists mainly of signs placed around the outsides of the room telling stories from the pioneering days through to stories of some of the characters that still live in town today. It is open to the public, but admission fee’s apply. If you are a motel guest you get free entry.
Where: White Cliffs Underground Motel, 129 Smiths Hill, White Cliffs NSW
Tips: If you want to take in all that the History & Culture Centre has to offer you need to allow a few hours.
Red Earth Opal Cafe, Showroom & Opal Mine Tours
See the elusive White Cliffs Opal Pineapple on display, take a tour of a working and producing opal mine and enjoy light refreshments in the cafe. Definitely worth a visit to gain a greater appreciation of Opal mining in White Cliffs, this is one of the more highly regarded attractions in White Cliffs
Where: 100 Kayrunnera-White Cliffs Rd, White Cliffs
Tips: Contact them prior to arriving to check there opening and tour times.
Named appropriately, Fossickers Den contains a good selection of opal products, but is also open to the locals to sell their handmade goods, so you will find a variety hand made items such as wood turning, beanies and much much more. Visit the Fossicker’s Den to find Linda George, resident jeweller, who can set your loose opal into what ever design you can come up with.
Where: Dugout 6 , The Blocks , White Cliffs
Aussie Southern Cross Opals
Specialising in opal jewellery as well as polished and rough specimen stones.
Where: Turley’s Hill
For more information on White Cliffs check out http://www.aussietowns.com.au/town/white-cliffs-nsw.
To download a mud map of the town click here. Some of the information on the map may be out of date.
Tips: Many attractions are subject to change. It’s a good idea to contact businesses you plan to visit to confirm operating time for when you plan to visit. Don’t rely on what you read.
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