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Opal Caravan Park, Lightning Ridge

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Pandora St. Almost opposite the hot artesian baths. Ph: 02 6829 4884. Top Tourist member. Pets allowed, at manager's discretion, on leash at all times.

Report By: U Boughta Jeep(72)
Date of Stay: April 2019 Rating: 4.5
This strongly recommended park has lived up to it's reputation. It is supposed to be the best park in western NSW and it probably is. Half a metre of fine gravel over the entire site has lifted it to a safe height above black soil plains so, on the rare occasion of rain, all is well. The clear, heated water of the (guests only) swimming pool is a marked contrast to the public artesian bath, 200m down the road. It has green algae floating in it and an oil skim on the surface. Every site in this park is drive through with easy entry and exit. The entire park is flat. No challenge at all! At reception the staff are professional and informed. The tourist info they offer is relevant and accurate. Sites are more than adequate in size. There is an on site coffee shop from 8 to 10am 6 days and entertainment every night. Swinging glass doors are a feature of every cubicle in both ablution blocks. They ensure the dual dry shelves stay dry. These are the best-designed, clean, appealing shower blocks I've ever seen in any park. This park is not cheap. Why would it be when it is booked out in the winter sometimes? It is, however, good value for money.
Very friendly staff, no complaints, staff explained park layout and facilities. Very good value for money $39.00 for 2A PN, powered. Paid $35.10, reduced for top parks. Amenities are close to most sites, were clean, condition is very good, there was adequate hot water, soap provided, dry change area, paper towels/dryer provided, exhaust fans/good ventilation, disabled facilities. Adequate number of tourist sites, mostly level sites, good night lighting, sites will accommodate large motorhomes and 5th wheelers, no sites with annex slabs, very few sites are shaded, ensuite sites available, drive-through sites, adequate taps close by, adequate sullage close by. Good laundry, basic camp kitchen, kiosk, disabled facilities, car wash, wireless internet is available is free, you can use your mobile wireless carrier used was Vodaphone, reception quality was 2. Quiet, open & roomy park, adequate shade, no permanent/annual vans. Clean UC gas BBQs, congenial bbq area atmosphere, bbq area lighting, seating provided at bbq. No playground. Clean pool, heated, tables and chairs provided. Suitable for a week or more, suitable for families, well maintained park, park is considered suitable for mobility impaired persons.
Liked:- The efficiency with which it is run and managed.
Added Touches:- They have a competitively priced Thai meal on site on Friday nights.
Local Information:- The local tours are good. No one we spoke to would recommend any venue to eat. Our experience was unfortunately consistant with their opinion.

Report By: Motherhen(87)
Date of Stay: July 2017 Rating: 5
Superb amenities blocks, and the best we have ever seen at a caravan park. Showers have full glass doors separating the dressing area, shower head sideways, hooks and shelves in dressing area. Two hair dryers at handbasins. Two disability access bathrooms at main amenities block. Two toilets and one shower (disability access) and undercover area with barbecues and seating at swimming pool. Large under cover area with seating and tables where entertainers perform. With 120 sites and a large unpowered area, with more powered sites being created.
Friendly staff, no complaints, staff explained park layout and facilities. Good value for money $27 for 2A PN, unpowered. Amenities are close to most sites, were clean, condition is very good, water pressure is good, there was adequate hot water, soap provided, dry change area, paper towels/dryer provided, exhaust fans/good ventilation, disabled facilities. Adequate number of tourist sites, mostly level sites, good night lighting, sites will accommodate large motorhomes and 5th wheelers, very few sites are shaded, ensuite sites available. Good laundry, good rec room, good camp kitchen, disabled facilities, car wash, dump point, wireless internet is available is free, you can use your mobile wireless carrier used was Telstra, reception quality was 2. Quiet, no permanent/annual vans. UC BBQs are free, congenial bbq area atmosphere, bbq area lighting, seating provided at bbq. No playground. Clean pool, tables and chairs provided. Suitable for a week or more, well maintained park, park is considered suitable for mobility impaired persons.
Liked:- Magnificent amenities, and disability access very well catered for. This park rally is excellent. Pets permitted. Full length mirror in Ladies. Toilet doors open outwards (safety and convenience).
Disliked:- A long way to amenities from some sites, and a very long way from the unpowered area. Inadequate number of washing machines for the large park. 1% credit card surcharge.
Parking:- In peak times, the queue spills out onto the road.
Added Touches:- Entertainment each evening. Fossicking area.
Local Information:- An Opal mining tourist town. Hot (very hot) spa bath close to caravan park.

Report By: Baz & Mick(234)
Date of Stay: July 2017 Rating: 4.5
As usual the Opal Caravan Park(Have stayed 7 times) is very well run with nothing to much trouble for Mark and his staff.The new entertainment area is very well received by the customers who have a great time listening to Mel & Susie.The amenities as usual are immaculate.

Report By: Kutterbull1(24)
Date of Stay: June 2017 Rating: 4.5
A well kept park very crowded when we were there no powered sites left. If you want power you must book ahead. We took an unpowered site which was ok but a bit of a walk to amenities. The whole park is light coloured gravel which would reflect the heat in summer. The night we were there ferals took over the camp kitchen and left it in a mess, where to these people come from?
Very friendly staff, no complaints, staff explained park layout and facilities. Good value for money $27 for 2A PN, unpowered. Amenities are close to most sites, were clean, condition is very good, water pressure is good, there was adequate hot water, soap provided, dry change area, paper towels/dryer provided, disabled facilities. Mostly level sites, good night lighting, sites will accommodate large motorhomes and 5th wheelers, no sites with annex slabs, no sites are shaded, ensuite sites available, drive-through sites, adequate taps close by, adequate sullage close by. Good laundry, good rec room, good camp kitchen, wireless internet is available is free, you can use your mobile wireless carrier used was Telstra. Quiet, open & roomy park, inadequate shade, a few permanent/annual vans. Clean UC gas BBQs, congenial bbq area atmosphere, bbq area lighting, seating provided at bbq. No playground. Clean pool. Suitable for a week or more, suitable for families, well maintained park, park is considered kid-safe, park is considered suitable for mobility impaired persons.

Report By: Nick and Kaye(24)
Date of Stay: June 2017 Rating: 4.5
Lovely spacious park. Great amenities. Limited trees so would be hot during summer. Close to Artesian baths
Very friendly staff, no complaints, staff helped us at the site, staff explained park layout and facilities. Very good value for money $37 for 2A PN, powered, off-peak season. Amenities are close to most sites, were clean, condition is very good, water pressure is good, there was adequate hot water, soap provided, dry change area, paper towels/dryer provided, exhaust fans/good ventilation, disabled facilities. Sites will accommodate large motorhomes and 5th wheelers, no sites with annex slabs, shade to some sites, ensuite sites available, drive-through sites, adequate taps close by, adequate sullage close by. Good laundry, good rec room, good camp kitchen, kiosk, disabled facilities, car wash, dump point, wireless internet is available is free, you can use your mobile wireless carrier used was Telstra, reception quality was 3. Quiet, open & roomy park, adequate shade, no permanent/annual vans. Clean UC gas BBQs, congenial bbq area atmosphere, bbq area lighting, seating provided at bbq. Excellent playground, in good condition. Clean pool, heated, pool is shaded, kid-safe pool area, tables and chairs provided. Suitable for month or longer, suitable for families, well maintained park, park is considered kid-safe, park is considered suitable for mobility impaired persons.
Liked:- Layout, Camp Kitchen, Pool, Artesian Baths.
Disliked:- The town water does have a smell due to being Bore water. We used a filter and it was no problem.
Added Touches:- Courtesy Bus, Tour bookings,
Road Conditions:- Castlereagh Hwy had quite a few undulations.

Report By: Greybeard and Silvertop(117)
Date of Stay: May 2017 Rating: 4.5
Great ensuite. Well laid out park well maintained. Excellent entertainment most nights. Artesian hot pool close by is very hot. A great park to base your self and explore a fascinating town.

Report By: StanMiko(11)
Date of Stay: July 2016 Rating: 4.5
Lightning Ridge had received approximately 12 inches of rain in the week leading up to our arrival, as evidenced by the amount of water on the sides of the road all the way from Walgett. With this park being predominantly gravel, this ensured that all sites were relatively bog-free. A credit to the managers of this park - sites and facilities and amenities were always spotless. As previously mentioned - DO BOOK - this place is busy and you may just be disappointed if you simply roll-up expecting a site. Overall, one of the best parks we have stayed at.
Very friendly staff, no complaints, staff explained park layout and facilities. Very good value for money $36 for 2A PN, powered. Paid $32.40, reduced for Top Parks Chain Discount. Amenities are close to most sites, were clean, condition is very good, water pressure is good, there was adequate hot water, dry change area, paper towels/dryer provided, exhaust fans/good ventilation. Adequate number of tourist sites, mostly level sites, good night lighting, sites will accommodate large motorhomes and 5th wheelers, no sites with annex slabs, very few sites are shaded, ensuite sites available, drive-through sites, adequate taps close by, adequate sullage close by. Good laundry, good camp kitchen, kiosk, disabled facilities, car wash, dump point, secure entry, van parking, wireless internet is available is free, you can use your mobile wireless carrier used was Telstra, reception quality was 4. Quiet, open & roomy park, adequate shade, no permanent/annual vans. Clean UC gas BBQs are free, congenial bbq area atmosphere, bbq area lighting, seating provided at bbq. No playground. Clean pool, tables and chairs provided. Suitable for few days, suitable for families, well maintained park, park is considered kid-safe, park is considered suitable for mobility impaired persons.
Liked:- Large, wide sites. Showers were roomy and had glass doors. All facilities and amenities are spotlessly clean.
Parking:- Adequate parking area whilst checking in.
Added Touches:- Shuttle bus into town during the day. Car and caravan washing area. Front desk will book tours for guests and tour buses will pick up from this park.
Local Information:- So much to see and do - some quirky, interesting characters in this town. Local tourist information centre is very helpful. Bowling club has great meals. Walk-In Mine was good to see, however, at $20 per person, was a bit steep - most other places were $5 each. Car Door Tour is a must do!
Road Conditions:- Road conditions were a bit average, however the region had experienced significant rain in the week leading up to our time in Lightning Ridge. Nothing significantly out of the ordinary for an area such as this.

Report By: Peter & Lee(193)
Date of Stay: May 2016 Rating: 4.5
Previous reports cover this park very well. Ensuite sites now $49.50 per night after Top Tourist discount. No grass but large level gravel sites makes it look a bit barren. Road conditions from Walgett are very poor with shoulders breaking up, bumpy & narrow.

Report By: Garvs(4)
Date of Stay: February 2016 Rating: 4.5
This is one of the best caravan parks I have stayed in. Very clean,and high level of maintenance.
Very friendly staff, no complaints, staff explained park layout and facilities. Very good value for money $36 for 2A PN, powered, off-peak season. Paid $32.40, reduced for Chain discount . Amenities are close to most sites, were clean, condition is very good, water pressure is good, there was adequate hot water, dry change area, paper towels/dryer provided, disabled facilities. Adequate number of tourist sites, mostly level sites, good night lighting, sites will accommodate large motorhomes and 5th wheelers, no sites with annex slabs, very few sites are shaded, drive-through sites, adequate taps close by, adequate sullage close by. Good laundry, good camp kitchen, disabled facilities, car wash, dump point, secure entry, wireless internet is available is free, you can use your mobile wireless carrier used was Optus. Quiet, open & roomy park, adequate shade, no permanent/annual vans. Clean UC gas BBQs are free, congenial bbq area atmosphere, bbq area lighting, seating provided at bbq. No playground. Clean pool, tables and chairs provided. Suitable for a week or more, suitable for families, well maintained park, park is considered suitable for mobility impaired persons.
Liked:- Very well maintained, tidy,and organized. Friendly, helpful staff. 2 camp kitchens
Disliked:- No shade, but there is no shade to be had anywhere in Lightning Ridge.
Added Touches:- Hairdryers in amenities. Glass shower doors and dry changing area, lots of hooks and shelves. Caravan washing area provided.
Local Information:- 200m from free artesian pool.

Report By: Baz & Mick(234)
Date of Stay: August 2015 Rating: 4.5
Once again stayed here for a few days,(5th year)nothing has changed still one of the best parks to stay at.This year Mark is building an entertainment complex which will be finished soon.Amenities are still kept immaculate,as is the area around the park.Paid $31-50 with Top Tourist discount. Lightning Ridge has so much to see and do,very quaint town.

Report By: waznjen(182)
Date of Stay: July 2015 Rating: 4.5
Very friendly staff, no complaints, staff explained park layout and facilities. Good value for money $35 for 2A PN. Amenities are close to most sites, were clean, condition is very good, water pressure is good, there was adequate hot water, dry change area, paper towels/dryer provided. Adequate number of tourist sites, mostly level sites, good night lighting, sites will accommodate large motorhomes and 5th wheelers, no sites with annex slabs, shade to some sites, ensuite sites available, drive-through sites, adequate taps close by, adequate sullage close by. Good laundry, good camp kitchen. Quiet, open & roomy park, adequate shade, no permanent/annual vans. Congenial bbq area atmosphere. Suitable for few days, suitable for families, well maintained park, park is considered suitable for mobility impaired persons.
Liked:- Within walking distance to artesian bore baths

Report By: Denellerose(12)
Date of Stay: July 2015 Rating: 5
When you drive into Lightning Ridge you wonder what you have landed in- quite a shoddy looking town at first but don't judge this book by its cover! Our kids have their own "rating" system for every park we stay at and this one is in their top five! We stayed in an ensuite site and there was plenty of room in there. All sites are drive through. There had been quite a lot of rain the days before we arrived so some areas were quite muddy however the actual sites were well drained.
Very friendly staff, no complaints, staff explained park layout and facilities. Very good value for money $60 for 2A 20C PN, ensuite. Paid $55, reduced for Top Tourist discount. Were clean, condition is very good, water pressure is good, there was adequate hot water. Adequate number of tourist sites, mostly level sites, good night lighting, sites will accommodate large motorhomes and 5th wheelers, no sites with annex slabs, very few sites are shaded, ensuite sites available, drive-through sites, adequate taps close by, adequate sullage close by. Good camp kitchen, kiosk, dump point, secure entry. Quiet, open & roomy park, no permanent/annual vans. Clean UC BBQs, congenial bbq area atmosphere. Clean pool. Suitable for few days, suitable for families, well maintained park, park is considered kid-safe.
Liked:- Fantastic park and we loved the fossicking area down the back of the park, even if it was really muddy. Sites were huge too!
Added Touches:- Tour buses can pick you up from reception to do some of the local tours. Walking distance to the artesian pools that are opened almost 24 hours!
Local Information:- This town is such a surprise filled with characters. Cannot recommend highly enough the Chamber of the Black Hand underground tour. The pizzas from Bruno's were delicious and we had to have takeaway as they were booked out.

Report By: Blue Lakers(60)
Date of Stay: June 2015 Rating: 4
$35.00 for 2A powered sites. We paid $31.50 with 10% reduction for Top Tourist membership. Amenities are close to most sites and were very clean. Showers had dry change areas ensured by glass shower door enclosure. A very good park.