The inimitable Jock, at Jock’s Place in White Cliffs, outback NSW. White Cliffs is in the middle of nowhere. There was nothing at all there until a couple of roo shooters found opal in 1889 and the rest, as they say, is history.
Jock is one of the many characters you find in the outback. For $5 he’ll show you around his “dug out”, as they call the old – and new – honeycomb tunnels of the underground opal mines where they all live. Being underground provides relief from the outside temperatures which are often over 40 degrees celsius.