Australia is known for producing the world's finest opals, with 95 percent of the world's production of these gems originating from rich mineral deposits in New South Wales, South Australia, and Quilpie in Queensland. Quilpie Opals has opened a retail store in Cairns, which also serves as an educational venue for visitors wishing to learn about the Australian national gemstone. The shop, which offers a vast selection of opal jewellery as well as souvenirs, also has a mini-theatre where visitors can watch an informative video on opal mining, cutting and polishing. The gift shop stocks options to suit a wide variety of budgets, and opals make fantastic Australian souvenirs.
Address: Spence Street, Cairns