Meet the community where the opal is king and most of the residents are small-scale miners. Discover the story of Australia’s national gem, the opal. Fossick for opals and join a whole host of local activities while you are in town.
That’s not a rock
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.
Yowah Nut (center) – An ironstone rock with opal matrix and hopefully a crystal centre. This unique opal can be mixed in with black or red ironstone, vitrified clay or silicated sandstone to form the most beautiful patterns and pictures.
Art at Sunset
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.
The local touch
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.
Round off your day with a relaxing soak in a hot Artesian Bore Bath at the ‘Artesian Waters Caravan Park.’ Or, if you like a few more bubbles, then head to the Yowah Artesian Spa. There are two pools, the first warmer than the second. What’s not to love about a good bath at the end of the day? Invigorate your body and soul in these naturally heated mineral waters listening to the sounds of the Outback.
Ducks and Dinner
Be sure to include the Thursday night Dinner and Duck Race in your itinerary. It’s held during tourist season at the Artesian Waters Caravan Park. You’ll enjoy a 3-course dinner and the chance to bet on the unique bore drain duck race. This event raises money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Yowah Opal Festival
This annual event is held on the third weekend in July. Over two days you can get your fill on all things opals, gemstones and crafts. There’s some great live music and entertainment as well as events to make the two days as fun-filled and memorable as possible.
Top things to do in Yowah
- Test your skills on the 9 hole golf course
- Fossick for opals in the public fossicking area
- Explore the ‘living gallery’ of wonderful opal displays
- Drive to ‘The Bluff’ for sunset views and stone art creations
- Place a bet on the bore drain duck race
- Soak up the benefits of Artesian waters with a hot bore bath
- Spot local birdlife on a locally guided tour
Accommodation in Yowah
Artesian Waters Caravan Park
Experiences in Yowah
Rural Transaction Centre
Harlequin Drive, Yowah
Phone 07 4655 7011
Yowah Opal Hut
87 Matrix Drive, Yowah
Phone 0438 554 791