Go Opal fossicking in Yowah!

Go Opal fossicking in Yowah!
The township of Yowah, built on the Yowah Opal Mining Field, is 150 km north west of Cunnamulla, the town has a resident population of about 60 which increases to nearer 250 during the winter months.

The first lease was registered in 1883 and opal has been mined on the field since that time.

The field is renowned for its Yowah Nuts, small hollow ironstone concretions, a small percentage of which contain a kernel of pretty crystal opal.

The field also has magnificent matrix which is a unique type of opal, usually formed within the outer shell of the Yowah Nuts and when cut makes an elegant gem.

Some 25 kms south of Yowah is the small field of Black Gate.

This area has ironstone opal similar to that found at Yowah, black boulder opal and crystal opal and well as some interesting fossils.

Many visitors to Yowah become entranced with the landscape, lifestyle, people and the search for opal that they continue to return to the area on an annual basis.

It is only in recent years that the town has acquired some of the everyday services we take for granted like electricity, reticulated water from the artesian bore, telephone and television via satellite.

There is a designated area for recreational fossicking (licence required) with hand tools only within close proximity of the town and both uncut and finished opal are available for sale from the many outlets operated by the opal miners.

The Artesian Waters Caravan Park offers tent sites, powered sites and cabins. The Artesian Waters Caravan Park featured on 'Macca' several years ago when a visitor called from there to tell Macca about the unusual layout of the Park.

Yowah is a comfortable day trip from Cunnamulla.
The road is bitumen sealed all the way. As well as fossicking, visitors can call into the many display rooms. The'Bluff' is the highest point for many miles and the views from the top are stunning. Each Sunday afternoon from 1.30pm the Tailgater's Markets are held at the Community Centre.

The Yowah Opal Festival is held on the 3rd weekend of July each year. The highlight of the Festival is the Jewellery Design Competition. All entries are on display at the Community Centre. Also on display are some of the best private colections of opals in the world. The festival offers the perfect opportunity to buy opal direct from the miners from Yowah and Koroit.
Information Paroo Shire Council Cunnamulla Visitor Information Centre