Opal Mining and Precious Stone Prospecting Access Permit

To obtain access to the Woomera Prohibited Area (WPA) for opal mining or precious stone prospecting activities you need to:

Before entering the WPA under the permit you must obtain approval for your intended access dates:

  • apply at least 10 business days prior to your intended access date
  • you may apply for a period of entry of up to three months
  • at the end of each three-month period, a new form is to be submitted
  • you must also obtain approval for anyone accompanying or assisting you in the WPA.

Opal Mining and Precious Stone Prospecting Permits are valid for 12 months. You must not enter the WPA without approval or on any other dates than those stipulated in your permit.

Permits may contain specific conditions relevant to that individual permit.

Coober Pedy opals, image courtesy Roger Bulovic