History

of the Opal Ridge

The Opal Ridge was originally constructed in the swinging 1960’s, offering 12 rooms and a restaurant.  Over the ensuing 3 decades the motel was extended from 12 rooms to 20 rooms, then finally 28 rooms, with the addition of a bar, poolroom and function room.  At its peak the Opal Ridge was considered Collinsville’s entertainment jewel, hosting many dance nights, functions, weddings and events.

The mining construction boom period of the 2010’s saw the site approved for a 600-room workers camp-style accommodation facility.  With the onset of the mining downturn the project proponents went into liquidation and the Opal Ridge fell into a general state of disrepair.

 

 

In March 2017 the Opal Ridge was all but destroyed during severe cyclone ‘Debbie’.  The new owners undertook a major refurbishment which was completed in 2019.  Today the Opal Ridge is a contemporary country style motel, with a touch of elegance, offering 28 premium appointed rooms, Bar, Bistro/Café/Coffee Shop, Lounge, Restaurant, Pizzeria & Take-Away, and Function Room.

Our mission remains the same today as it was in the swinging 60’s – to provide an exceptional customer experience for our guests and clients, locals and visitors.

Sites to see in Collinsville

  • Coal Face Experience and Memorial Tunnel
  • Bowen River Motel
  • Pit Pony Statue
  • Collinsville Energy Park (Solar farms)
  • Showgrounds and free 72 hour RV park
  • Terrible Creek

Important Announcement

Opal Ridge advises that our Accommodation, Pizzeria, Takeaway and Drive-Thru are OPEN to the public.

Our Bar, Bistro and Restaurant is temporarily CLOSED in compliance with COVID-19 Coronavirus Australian Government regulation.