Good camping around Lightning Ridge?

Submitted: Monday, Mar 21, 2005 at 14:16
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Hi all

It's been about 20 years since I've been to Lightning Ridge (NSW), and have to go up that way for a week to visit the rello's. I've forgotten what's up that way...

I was wondering what camping there might be along the way from Sydney (around Dubbo) for the first night, and also if there was any good camping around the Ridge itself. We are looking at the Warrumbungles and Siding Springs areas.

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance :)
Chris
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Reply By: Member - Steve (ACT) - Monday, Mar 21, 2005 at 16:05

Monday, Mar 21, 2005 at 16:05
We stay in Lightning Ridge overnight once a year on the way to Townsville. We always stay at the main caravan park on the left on the way into town, great place. It has a cafe, pub etc

The last vist we spent an extra night and did a little touring, we went on an opal mine tour, if you stop and the info centre on the way in they'll give you a map and there are self drive tours marks by coloured car doors.

If you have kids there is a fantastic water park with a wave pool, slides, things for all aged kids!! $5.50 to stay all day! They were also completing their olympic diving pool. Very interesting place, the locals are friendly especially at the bar at the caravan park. Not everyones cup of tea, but we love it there.

Sandy
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Reply By: Lyds - Monday, Mar 21, 2005 at 17:51

Monday, Mar 21, 2005 at 17:51
about 2 years ago we stayed at the same place Steve did. No complaints, handy if you enjoy an ale or 2.

On the way, we stayed at Coolah Tops. Weren't there long enough, but seem to recall quite a bit of wild life in the area.

Also checked out the Warrumbungles and Siding Springs too.
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Reply By: old-plodder - Monday, Mar 21, 2005 at 18:40

Monday, Mar 21, 2005 at 18:40
Stayed at the same place as Steve a couple of years ago in a tent.
Grass, shade, good amenities including laundry, hot water etc and only a short walk into town centre.
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Reply By: Member Eric - Monday, Mar 21, 2005 at 21:02

Monday, Mar 21, 2005 at 21:02
Local RSL is a laugh also . Very well known for its black opal . Also I hope you get a thiunderstorm . They dont last long , but the light show is awsom
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Reply By: Member - Steve (ACT) - Monday, Mar 21, 2005 at 21:53

Monday, Mar 21, 2005 at 21:53
Last time we were there it was stinking hot with no breeze, and we were wishing for one. Woke up at 2am to an absolute gale, even the small rocks were rolling along the groung, tent poles to the camper blowing over and the swingout kitchen was swinging!!

Steve
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Reply By: Member - Steve (ACT) - Monday, Mar 21, 2005 at 22:10

Monday, Mar 21, 2005 at 22:10
http://www.lightningridge.net.au/

Try this site for info!!

Steve
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Reply By: Member - Chrispy (NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 22, 2005 at 07:25

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2005 at 07:25
Thanks everyone for your replies :)

We are there for a week, staying at my folks-in-laws place which is the "Black Queen: bottle house.

We'll be participating in the local goat races and stuff (along with a fair few beers) and then heading off to the Warrumbungles and Siding Springs for a look-see too.

The Ridge is a pretty bohemian place, so we shouldn't find it too hard to fit in ;)
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