Outback Opal Hunters

The BEST episodes of Outback Opal Hunters

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

The world's toughest treasure hunters push their bodies and bank accounts to the limit on a quest to strike it rich, hunting the legendary Queen of Gems - Opal. Australia produces more than 90% of the world’s opals. Hidden beneath outback desert plains lies a hidden bounty, 30 million years in the making, waiting to be discovered. Opals are one of the most valuable gemstones on the planet – one stone alone can fetch a million dollars – and it's the dream of striking it rich that drives these crews to push their bodies and bank accounts to breaking point.

Last Updated: 5/25/2022Network: Discovery Channel (AU)
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Episode 12
star
8.18
11 votes

#1 - Episode 12

Season 8 - Episode 12 - Aired 5/12/2022

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Episode 13
star
8.16
32 votes

#2 - Episode 13

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired 4/25/2019

It's the end of the mining season and the last chance for the teams. The Rookies gamble their hopes on one last haul of opal, and the Opal Queen makes a final desperate dig.

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Episode 6
star
8.13
32 votes

#3 - Episode 6

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/12/2020

The Bushmen's new claim turns dangerous, forcing Rod and Les to choose between riches and safety. Plus, the Young Guns demolish their old mine.

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Episode 12
star
8.12
26 votes

#4 - Episode 12

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired 4/23/2020

The Young Guns risk it all to find rare pineapple opal. Meanwhile, the Boulder Boys take on deadly ground and the Bushmen face a race to the hospital.

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Episode 10
star
8.08
26 votes

#5 - Episode 10

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired 4/9/2020

The Bushmen combat opal thieves on land and in the skies. Plus, Lightning Ridge's Gavan McFarlane puts his son to work and the Boulder Boys dig their way out of trouble.

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Episode 8
star
8.00
24 votes

#6 - Episode 8

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired 12/5/2019

In Sheepyards, the Bushmen are desperate for a breakthrough after a run of bad luck. In White Cliffs, the Young Guns are under financial strain and fall out over their new mine.

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Episode 2
star
8.00
23 votes

#7 - Episode 2

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/15/2020

Pete and Sam start a risky project that could set them up for opal riches. Plus, Aaron has to mine his way out of debt after borrowing money to buy his late dad's house.

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Episode 1
star
7.97
33 votes

#8 - Episode 1

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/8/2020

In outback NSW, the worst storm in 20 years devastates the Bushmen's and Chris Cheal's mine, while in Coober Pedy, a new team the Blacklighters need opal to re-establish.

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Episode 2
star
7.94
32 votes

#9 - Episode 2

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/24/2019

Bushmen Rod and Les risk their lives re-opening a long-abandoned mine. New team the Young Guns goes deep underground for the first time, hunting pineapple opal.

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Episode 1
star
7.94
31 votes

#10 - Episode 1

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/17/2019

New team the Bushmen clash with opal thieves raiding one of their mines. The Cookes hack an old digging machine, while the Fire Crew hunt for a new deposit of rare black opal.

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Episode 4
star
7.93
29 votes

#11 - Episode 4

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/29/2020

The Boulder Boys drain floodwater in pursuit of a suspected opal level. Rod Manning is under pressure after using his wife's favourite opal ring as collateral.

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Episode 5
star
7.90
31 votes

#12 - Episode 5

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/5/2020

The Blacklighters must relocate Opalzilla after their claim runs dry of opal. And, the Cheals hope to hit the jackpot in a bizarre structure, the Z-fault.

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Episode  7
star
7.89
27 votes

#13 - Episode 7

Season 7 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/18/2021

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Episode 11
star
7.88
26 votes

#14 - Episode 11

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired 4/16/2020

The Bushmen stay up late to drive out poachers from their mine. Col Duff reunites with Greg Geran in one last push to find opal before the summer heat gets too much.

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Episode 4
star
7.85
27 votes

#15 - Episode 4

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired 2/27/2020

Boulder Boys Aaron and Ron almost lose their $60,000 excavator. The McFarlanes race a storm in Lightning Ridge, and The Tunnel Rats family ties are torn apart.

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Episode 8
star
7.85
33 votes

#16 - Episode 8

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/26/2020

Hard ground at the Bushmen's claim causes damage to their digger. And, Pete and Sam hunt for better opal dirt as their "mega wash-plant" shows promise.

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Episode  12
star
7.85
26 votes

#17 - Episode 12

Season 6 - Episode 12 - Aired 4/22/2021

It’s the last week of the season and difficult conditions force The Bushmen to enlist a rookie miner. The Cheals suffer setbacks above and below ground.

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Episode 3
star
7.84
25 votes

#18 - Episode 3

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/22/2020

The Young Guns spend all of their savings on a hydraulic digger that causes more problems than it solves. Plus, the Blacklighters are dealt a dose of reality!

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Episode  2
star
7.84
43 votes

#19 - Episode 2

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired 2/11/2021

The Cheals plan to extract opal hits a wall. The blacklighters continue their search for surface opal to pay for their $15,000 Opalzilla.

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Episode 9
star
7.83
24 votes

#20 - Episode 9

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired 4/2/2020

After an injury to one of their members, the Young Guns face a tough decision on how to continue mining. Meanwhile, the Cheals break through to a long-lost underground mine.

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Episode 6
star
7.83
29 votes

#21 - Episode 6

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired 3/12/2020

In White Cliffs, NSW, The Young Guns' claim is ravaged by a vast outback dust storm. Meanwhile The Boulder Boys, who are within reach of their $100,000 season target, chase old leads that could see them strike it rich.

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Episode  7
star
7.82
28 votes

#22 - Episode 7

Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired 3/18/2021

The Bishop runs out of luck in his open-cut claim and resorts to explosives. The Young guns battle to get their new mine running. Pressure mounts for the Blacklighters as they handle mechanical failures.

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Episode 5
star
7.81
27 votes

#23 - Episode 5

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired 3/5/2020

The Bushmen gamble on a dangerous mining method deep below ground. An injury causes The Bros a serious setback, and The Poms struggle to find their first piece of opal.

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Episode 2
star
7.76
29 votes

#24 - Episode 2

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 2/7/2019

Rookie Justin has cracks in his equipment and his relationships. Col's Crew are a man down and on their last drum of fuel. The Fire Crew are on a wild goose chase hunting a bounty of fabled fire opal.

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Episode 1
star
7.75
32 votes

#25 - Episode 1

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired 2/6/2020

In Mintabie, South Australia, The Tunnel Rats are under extra pressure as rival miners close in on their claim. In Sheepyards, NSW, The Bushmen must brave an abandoned mine to remove a dead animal. Meanwhile, rookie prospectors The Poms seek a prize opal to kickstart their mining career.

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