Lightning Ridge accommodation

Submitted: Sunday, Mar 08, 2015 at 17:13
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Hi forumites. We'll be stopping at Lightning Ridge for a couple of days in mid-May on our way to Townsville from Canberra. Pajero towing Penguin Outback. Has anybody stayed at Lorne Station recently? Or at one of the caravan parks in Lightning Ridge itself? Any thoughts or comments appreciated. Thanks.
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Reply By: Member - Scrubby (VIC) - Sunday, Mar 08, 2015 at 17:54

Sunday, Mar 08, 2015 at 17:54
G`day,
I stayed at the Opal Caravan Park, 142 Pandora Street, about six months ago.
It is a relative new park so shade is scarce but the amenities and service are excellent.

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Follow Up By: Member - Chooky and Wobble - Monday, Mar 09, 2015 at 09:41

Monday, Mar 09, 2015 at 09:41
We stayed at the opal as well. Great swimming pool. Very friendly people. Had an enclosed yard for dogs if you wanted to do a mine tour. The yard had 2 big dogs already in it so they let our daschund stay in the office in his bed. Loan of a battery drill and masonary bit to enable tent pegs to be put in. Will be going back on our next trip.

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Follow Up By: Member - johnat - Monday, Mar 09, 2015 at 15:02

Monday, Mar 09, 2015 at 15:02
The drill is an absolute necessity, as the ground has been rolled solid. Lovely place to stay, though!
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Follow Up By: Member - Scrubby (VIC) - Monday, Mar 09, 2015 at 20:34

Monday, Mar 09, 2015 at 20:34
G`day Fellow travellers,

"The drill is an absolute necessity, as the ground has been rolled solid."

I was also offered the drill with a masonry bit. I thankfully declined the offer.
Every now and then I see/read where people have had trouble driving tent pegs into hard ground.
I have been camping for over 60 years and as long as I can remember, if the ground was hard you poured a bit of water around the peg, less than 1/4 cup is usually enough. BINGO, job done, end of story.
Of course decent pegs are a necessity, the type you sometimes get that are made from light gauge wire are no good for anything.
Got a hard area nearby ?. Go and try it.

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Follow Up By: Member - Chooky and Wobble - Monday, Mar 09, 2015 at 20:45

Monday, Mar 09, 2015 at 20:45
Hi Scrubby,

The problem at lightning ridge is that it is all rock from the mines and it has been packed down. You actually drill through rock to put your pegs in. They have built up the area of the caravan park with overburden so it is above the surface flood water and also to level it.
As we said though great place and had a good time.

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Follow Up By: Member - Scrubby (VIC) - Monday, Mar 09, 2015 at 21:45

Monday, Mar 09, 2015 at 21:45
G`day Chooky & Wobble,

Yeah I know it is tough stuff, mainly sedimentary sandstone and some other hard ironstone type rock.
While I was there in the C/park I seen others using the drill, it drilled the ground very easily unless they hit a hard rock, they then moved to another spot for the peg and tried again.
I did exactly the same without using the drill, just a drizzle of water around the peg, easy as.
My mate in another van uses 10" screwdrivers for annex pegs, he had difficulty driving them in until I put water at the bottom, again easy as.

I don`t have an issue with people using whatever method they like to do various tasks when camping, and maybe they don`t know it`s just so simple to use a bit of water on a tent peg.

Cheers mate,

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Reply By: Member - Julio C (VIC) - Sunday, Mar 08, 2015 at 18:04

Sunday, Mar 08, 2015 at 18:04
Hi Keir & Marg
We stayed at Opal Caravan Park for a week and found it to be the best
caravan park in lighting ridge and it has a thermal pool across the road.
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Follow Up By: wholehog - Sunday, Mar 08, 2015 at 21:23

Sunday, Mar 08, 2015 at 21:23
x 2 from us as well.
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Follow Up By: Tim F3 - Monday, Mar 09, 2015 at 08:14

Monday, Mar 09, 2015 at 08:14
i have stayed at lorne station a couple of times,very basic facilities when i was there,hot showers,flushing toilets,common room,powered sites,town water supply,huge amount of room to camp just about anywhere,really bush camping with space away from other campers,not flash but suited me.

Also they put on film nights free for campers featuring historic films shown on a truly ancient projector..lots of fun.
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Reply By: Geobserver - Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015 at 09:22

Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015 at 09:22
Stayed at Lorne Station back in 2007. Plenty of space. No complaints at all - friendly people, and toilets, showers and cooking facilities all in good condition and clean. No luxuries, but hey it's Lightning Ridge.
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Reply By: moamajohn - Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015 at 20:17

Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015 at 20:17
Opal 6 months ago was fantastic in a word ! John
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