White Cliffs opal hunters find riches below ground, fame above

John Hanscombe
Tom Melville
By John Hanscombe, and Tom Melville
Updated August 13 2021 - 12:47am, first published August 12 2021 - 10:00am
Treasure hunters Jaymin Sullivan and James 'JC' Caruana in their White Cliffs opal mine. Picture: Dion Georgopolous

The flashlight pauses on a rounded stone that stands out in the mine roof metres underground. "These are glacial stones," explains Jaymin Sullivan. "Millions of years ago, when things were still moving around, they would have floated over to Australia in the bottom of icebergs."

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John Hanscombe

John Hanscombe

National reporter, Australian Community Media

Four decades in the media, working in print and television. Formerly editor of the South Coast Register and Milton Ulladulla Times. Based on the South Coast of NSW.

Tom Melville

Tom Melville

Host, Voice of Real Australia

Originally from Canberra, Tom Melville worked for the BBC in the UK and as a freelancer in Tunisia before coming to ACM. He is the host of ACM's national podcast Voice of Real Australia. urlgeni.us/VORAPod