Thursday, March 28, 2013

Lightning Ridge - Opal Caravan Park

We left Moree and travelled , not far, to the Collarenebri Free Camp run by the council. It was a lovely bush primitive site with a new toilet and shower block - The showers were hot and it had a dump point. It is not in the Camp 5 book we have, but I believe it is in the Camp 7, we must get a new one asap.

We spent one night there and then travelled to Lightning Ridge to the Opal Caravan Park which is a Top Tourist Park. We could only book in for 2 nights but it is the most beautiful caravan park we have been in.
It was opened in 2011 and the amenities block puts all others to shame, the showers have glass doors on them so your clothes don't get wet and there isn't a puddle of water flowing over the floor where you stand to get dry. It is also a large block with (approx) 8 showers and 10 toilets  plus a laundry room. They even put pegs in baskets on the washing lines for you to use.
When the cleaner cleans the amenities block it takes her an hour to do the ladies and approx the same for the men, which shows they are cleaned properly.
There is a brand new pool and gazebo with outdoor furniture and a large camp kitchen and a smaller one. They also have an on site store and booking desk and a courtesy bus that takes you shopping in Lightning Ridge. (the park is just at the northern end of town and is a lot quieter). The free artesian bores are just 200metres away from the entrance to the park and are open 24/7. 
At the moment there is entertainment between 6-7pm at the camp kitchen - it is a bush balldeer (and he is very good)

Swimming Pool - Gazebo to the left of the picture

This is only part of the camp - it is huge

Smaller camp kitchen in the middle of the Park - there is a grassed area at the back with tables and chairs and this is where the entertainment plays

New camp Kitchen next to the pool - large flat screen TV on the left hand wall

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