The Ridge Castle

Experience the life of an outback opal miner in this truly unique and quirky castle in Lightning Ridge.

Experience Rustic Royalty in your Castle Kingdom

Stay in the iconic Ridge Castle, one of Lightning Ridge’s most photographed mining camps. You will have the entire castle to yourselves.

See extensive views from your turret. Marvel at the amazing stone work. Enjoy some of the quirky features including the use of car doors for windows. Instagram heaven!

Though you will feel like royalty, remember this is a genuine mining camp in the Ridge. So while you won’t get five-star accommodation, you will have an unforgettable experience.

Prince Peter & Sir Roy

The Ridge Castle Hosts 
Lightning Ridge Royalty

Dame Rebel

The Ridge Castle Manager 
Rebel Black

Experience Rustic Royalty in your Castle Kingdom

Stay in the iconic Ridge Castle, one of the Ridge’s most photographed mining camps. You will have the entire castle to yourselves.

See extensive views from your turret. Marvel at the amazing stonework. Enjoy some of the quirky features including the use of car doors for windows. Instagram heaven!

Though you will feel like royalty, remember this is a genuine mining camp in the Ridge. So while you won’t get five-star accommodation, you will have an unforgettable experience.

Lightning Ridge Royalty

Prince Peter &

Sir Roy

The Ridge Castle Hosts 

Rebel Black

Dame Rebel

The Ridge Castle Manager 

 Genuine Outback Experience

Queen Bed Clyde River Cottage Nelligen

Sleep in an Australian Castle

Quirky outback castle with a dungeon and turret, perfect for classic Lightning Ridge sunsets.

Jetty

Comfortable Living Quarters

The Ridge Castle sleeps up to 7 people and features outdoor fireplaces.

Courtyard

Miners Camp Experience

Staying in a miners camp is an unforgettable experience – note you won’t find 5-star amenities.

Five Star rating Clyde River Cottage Nelligen

The Spirit of Lightning Ridge

Stay off grid in one of the key attractions on the famous Red Car Door Tour.

Book Your Stay

Unlike most castles worldwide, the Ridge Castle is  available to the public for accommodation.  For rates and availability, we use the online booking service, Airbnb. You can book here now.

Genuine Outback Experience

Queen Bed Clyde River Cottage Nelligen

Sleep in an Australian Castle

Quirky outback castle with a dungeon and turret, perfect for classic Lightning Ridge sunsets.

Jetty

Comfortable Living Quarters

The Ridge Castle sleeps up to 7 people and features outdoor fireplaces.

Five Star rating Clyde River Cottage Nelligen

Miners Camp Experience

Staying in a miners camp is an unforgettable experience – note you won’t find 5-star amenities.

Courtyard

The Spirit of Lightning Ridge

Stay off grid in one of the key attractions on the famous Red Car Door Tour.

Book Your Stay

As with most castles worldwide, the Ridge Castle is mostly closed to the public. It is on rare occasions we open it up for guests. You can check availability or book now.

Amenities
Queen Bed Clyde River Cottage Nelligen

1 Queen Bed

Queen Bed Clyde River Cottage Nelligen

5 Single Beds

Kitchenette Clyde River Cottage Nelligen

Kitchenette

Free linen Clyde River Cottage Nelligen

All Linen Provided

Fireplace

Outdoor Fireplaces

Riverside BBQ

Barbecue

Courtyard

Solar Power

Courtyard

Turret

Free wifi

Free and fast Wifi

Five Star rating Clyde River Cottage Nelligen

Top Guest Ratings

Free linen Clyde River Cottage Nelligen

Flatscreen TV

Free linen Clyde River Cottage Nelligen

Royal Photoshoot

Amenities

Queen Bed Clyde River Cottage Nelligen
1 Queen Bed
Queen Bed Clyde River Cottage Nelligen
5 Single Beds
Kitchenette Clyde River Cottage Nelligen
Kitchenette
Free wifi
Free and fast Wifi
Jetty Fishing Clyde River Cottage Nelligen
Solar Power
Fireplace
Outdoor Fireplaces
Free linen Clyde River Cottage Nelligen
All Linen Provided
Free Netflix Clyde River Cottage Nelligen
Flatscreen TV
Five Star rating Clyde River Cottage Nelligen
Highly Rated
Courtyard
Turret
Riverside BBQ
Barbecue
Riverside BBQ
Royal Photoshoot

Stay in this icon in Lightning Ridge and you won’t be disappointed. A castle of character and charm…no other place could be anywhere near the real heart of Lightning Ridge. Enjoy!”

– Graham, Australia

Staying at the Ridge Castle was just the icing on the cake. It’s in amongst the diggings but spotlessly clean and makes you feel like you’re in your very own outback story.

I will recommend a visit to anyone who will listen. Loved every minute of it. Thanks so much.

– Andrea, Australia

“The only thing I was disappointed in was the fact I couldn’t stay longer.

The castle’s location allows guests a snippet of a real life outback opal experience. Absolute highlight for me was definitely the turret to star gaze from. Great value for money, looking forward to going back.”

 

– Kate, Australia

Your Very Own Outback Story

“A trip to Lightning Ridge is really a unique and wonderful experience. Staying at the castle was just the icing on the cake. It’s in among the diggings but spotlessly clean and makes you feel like you’re in your very own outback story. I will recommend a visit to anyone who will listen. Loved every minute of it. Thanks so much.”

– Andrea, Australia

Castle Theme is Fantastic

“Great space and location. Castle theme is fantastic.”

– Corey, Australia

Unique Experience

“A unique experience with wonderful hosts. You won’t be disappointed!”

– Lyn, Australia

Things To Do
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Opal Fossicking

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Car Door Tours

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Grawin Opal Fields

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Chamber of the Black Hand Opal Mine

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Artesian Bore Baths

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Water Theme Park

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Amigos Castle

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Indoor Heated Diving Pool

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John Murray Art Gallery

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Cactus Nursery

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Big Opal Underground Tour

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Lightning Ridge Historical Museum

Things To Do

Opal Hunting

  • Fossicking
  • Grawin Opal Fields
  • Big Opal Underground Mine
  • Chamber of the Black Hand Opal Mine

Local Culture

  • John Murray Art Gallery
  • Car Door Tours
  • Amigos Castle
  • Lightning Ridge Historical Museum
  • Cactus Gardens

Swim & Relax

  • Artesian Bore Baths
  • Water Theme Park
  • Indoor Heated Diving Pool
  • Olympic Swimming Pool
Location

Ridge Castle Kingdom

This is the kingdom of the Ridge Castle. You can book your accommodation to stay in the Ridge Castle here.

Lightning Ridge

NSW, Australia

Lightning Ridge is a small outback town in north-western NSW. It’s home to the world-famous black opal, Australia’s national gemstone. Lightning Ridge is a key tourist destination for those looking to experience life in the outback.

Dining

There’s a variety of restaurants in Lightning Ridge.

  • Piccolos Italian Restaurant.
  • Brunos Italian Restaurant.
  • Hungry Spirit Thai.
  • Lightning Ridge Bowling Club.
  • The “Club in the Scrub” – Grawin Opal Field.

Shopping

Khan’s SUPA IGA is located at 33 Opal Street.

Getting to The Ridge Castle

The Ridge Castle is located off the grid on Simms Hill, approximately 1km of dirt road. No worries for cars – even if it is raining. Even our Royal Carriage has never been bogged.

If you use GOOGLE Maps and type in – The Ridge Castle, Lightning Ridge, you should find it easily using their directions!

However, just in case the directions are below.
Drive all the way through Lightning Ridge until you come to a T intersection, turn RIGHT (Gem St). You will drive over a couple of speed humps past the local Pool/s and come to crossroads.

Turn LEFT (Pandora St). Roughly 700m up this road you will see a turn to the right with a Red Car Door with a #1 on it – turn right here (the sign is on the right hand side of the road, a little bit off the road).

This road is ROUGH so please take your time. Drive up the hill a couple of hundreds metres and take the next left at Red Car Door #3.

Follow this around to the left (it’s basically a big cul de-sac). There’s large potholes and other bumps along this road so please take care!

You’ll go past some camps (people’s houses) and a little house made of bottles and stone and then you’ll come to the Ridge Castle (at the end of the cul de-sac). We are at Red door number 4.

Location

Clyde River Cottage

Just an 8 minute drive from Batemans Bay. Book your stay now.

Ridge Castle

Lightning Ridge

NSW, Australia

Lightning Ridge is a small outback town in north-western NSW. It’s home to the world-famous black opal, Australia’s national gemstone. Lightning Ridge is a key tourist destination for those looking to experience life in the outback.

Dining

There’s a variety of restaurants in Lightning Ridge.

  • Piccolos Italian Restaurant.
  • Brunos Italian Restaurant.
  • Hungry Spirit Thai.
  • Lightning Ridge Bowling Club.
  • The “Club in the Scrub” – Grawin Opal Field.

Shopping

Khan’s SUPA IGA is located at 33 Opal Street.

Directions

The Ridge Castle is located off the grid on Simms Hill, approximately 1km of dirt road. No worries for cars – even if it is raining. Even our Royal Carriage has never been bogged.

From Lightning Ridge

If you use GOOGLE Maps and type in – The Ridge Castle, Lightning Ridge, you should find it easily using their directions!

However, just in case the directions are below.
Drive all the way through Lightning Ridge until you come to a T intersection, turn RIGHT (Gem St). You will drive over a couple of speed humps past the local Pool/s and come to crossroads.

Turn LEFT (Pandora St). Roughly 700m up this road you will see a turn to the right with a Red Car Door with a #1 on it – turn right here (the sign is on the right hand side of the road, a little bit off the road).

This road is ROUGH so please take your time. Drive up the hill a couple of hundreds metres and take the next left at Red Car Door #3.

Follow this around to the left (it’s basically a big cul de-sac). There’s large potholes and other bumps along this road so please take care!

You’ll go past some camps (people’s houses) and a little house made of bottles and stone and then you’ll come to the Ridge Castle (at the end of the cul de-sac). We are at Red door number 4.

Our Story
Lightning Ridge Royalty

The Castle custodians are Roy and Peter Counsell (Sir Roy and Prince Peter). They have been visiting Lightning Ridge for over 50 years and lived there fulltime for over 10 years whilst mining unsuccessfully!

They are still frequent visitors to Lightning Ridge – often flying there from the NSW south coast in their ultralight aircraft.

 

Rebel Black

Your local host is Rebel Black, a full time resident of Lightning Ridge.

Rebel is also a founder of the “Rural Woman” and the “Hungry Spirit”.

Rebel’s  mission in life is to thrive, heal and evolve and to inspire others to do the same.

All have a wealth of local information so you get to see the best of Lightning Ridge.

 

Our Story

Lightning Ridge Royalty

The Castle custodians are Roy and Peter Counsell (Sir Roy and Prince Peter). They have been visiting Lightning Ridge for over 50 years and lived there fulltime for over 10 years whilst mining unsuccessfully!

Their parents, King Edward and HRH Shirl, were residents of the Ridge Castle for around 35 years. Roy and Peter are still frequent visitors to Lightning Ridge.

Rebel Black

Your local host is Rebel Black, a full time resident of Lightning Ridge.

Rebel is also a founder of the “Rural Woman” and the “Hungry Spirit”.

Rebel’s  mission in life is to thrive, heal and evolve and to inspire others to do the same.

She has a wealth of local information so you get to see the best of Lightning Ridge.

FAQ
Is there WiFi?

Yes. There is fast broadband and entirely free to our guests.

Is the Ridge Castle air-conditioned?

Though we are on solar power, it is not strong enough to run the split system air-conditioner or heaters. For summer however, there are mobile water coolers/fans. In winter, plenty of blankets. The secret is to dress warmly inside or enjoy an outside fire.

Do we need to bring linen?

No. All beds are fully made up. Apart from warm doonas, each bed also has a spare blanket.

We also include pillows, towels and bathmats.

Do you accept pets?
Sorry, but no pets are permitted.
What cooking facilities are there?

The kitchen has a microwave, fridge and enough kitchenware to cook up a small banquet. There is a gas stove but the oven does not operate.

Can we use the wood-fired stove inside?

The wood fired stoves and water systems not to be used.

What is the bathroom like?

There is an internal basic bathroom with hot water for the shower or bath. If you want to live like a local, we suggest you use the nearby artesian bore baths for a hot shower and delightful soak.

Is there a working mine on-site?

There is a working mine on site which you cannot go down. (We may be on site mining however so will be more than happy to show you any of our finds! If not, you can see all the dirt we dig up instead….).

Is there mobile reception?

At the Ridge Castle, as in the whole of Lightning Ridge, mobile reception can be spotty. In our experience, Telstra has good reception. Optus comes and goes. Other carriers generally doubtful.

Can we have a BBQ or open fire?

There are two fireplaces, one in the turret (perfect for keeping you warm during sunset) and another in the Palace Grounds.

We supply a small quantity of firewood. Fires must only be in the provided fire buckets. Of course, any fires are subject to local fire restrictions.

How cold does it get?

Winter nights in the Ridge can get cold. There is no internal heating apart from personal blankets and warm beds. Dress warmly! Our solar stored energy is not strong enough to run a heating system.

How do we get to the Ridge Castle?

The Ridge Castle is located off the grid on Simms Hill, approximately 1km of dirt road. No worries for cars – even if it is raining. Even our Royal Carriage has never been bogged.

If you use GOOGLE Maps and type in – The Ridge Castle, Lightning Ridge, you should find it easily using their directions!

However, just in case the directions are below.
Drive all the way through Lightning Ridge until you come to a T intersection, turn RIGHT (Gem St). You will drive over a couple of speed humps past the local Pool/s and come to crossroads.

Turn LEFT (Pandora St). Roughly 700m up this road you will see a turn to the right with a Red Car Door with a #1 on it – turn right here (the sign is on the right hand side of the road, a little bit off the road).

This road is ROUGH so please take your time. Drive up the hill a couple of hundreds metres and take the next left at Red Car Door #3.

Follow this around to the left (it’s basically a big cul de-sac). There’s large potholes and other bumps along this road so please take care!

You’ll go past some camps (people’s houses) and a little house made of bottles and stone and then you’ll come to the Ridge Castle (at the end of the cul de-sac). We are at Red door number 4.

Is the whole property ours?

There are three styles of accommodation in the kingdom of the Ridge Castle – each is separate however. In addition to the Ridge Castle, there is the “Knights Quarters” and the small “Oasis”. You may see the other guests but all the residences are separate.

Is the Ridge Castle family-friendly?

Though the Castle could accommodate an invading army, we allow a maximum of 6 guests. No children under 16 years old please.

Is there a washing machine?

There is no washing machine but there is a laundromat in town offering a drop off/pick up service.

FAQ

Is there WiFi?

Yes. There is fast broadband and entirely free to our guests.

Is the Ridge Castle family-friendly?

Though the Castle could accommodate an invading army, we allow a maximum of 7 guests. No children under 16 years old please.

Is the Ridge Castle air-conditioned?

Though we are on solar power, it is not strong enough to run the split system air-conditioner or heaters. For summer however, there are mobile water coolers/fans. In winter, plenty of blankets. The secret is to dress warmly inside or enjoy an outside fire.

Do we need to bring linen?
No. The Queen size bed is fully made up. A spare blanket and doona is also available if you really feel the cold.

We also include pillows, towels and bathmats.

Do you accept pets?
Sorry, but no pets are permitted.
What cooking facilities are there?

The kitchen has a microwave, fridge and enough kitchenware to cook up a small banquet. There is a gas stove but the oven does not operate.

What is the bathroom like?

There is an internal basic bathroom with hot water for the shower or bath. If you want to live like a local, we suggest you use the nearby artesian bore baths for a hot shower and delightful soak.

Is there a working mine on-site?

There is a working mine on site which you cannot go down. (We will be on site mining however so will be more than happy to show you any of our finds! If not, you can see all the dirt we dig up instead….).

Is there mobile reception?

At the Ridge Castle, as in the whole of Lightning Ridge, mobile reception can be spotty. In our experience, Telstra has good reception. Optus comes and goes. Other carriers generally doubtful.

Is the whole property ours?

There are three styles of accommodation in the kingdom of the Ridge Castle – each is separate however. In addition to the Ridge Castle, there is the “Knights Quarters” and the small “Oasis”. You may see the other guests but all the residences are separate.

How cold does it get?

Winter nights in the Ridge can get cold. There is no internal heating apart from personal blankets and warm beds. Dress warmly! Our solar stored energy is not strong enough to run a heating system.

Can we have a BBQ or open fire?

There are two fireplaces, one in the turret (perfect for keeping you warm during sunset) and another in the Palace Grounds.

We supply a small quantity of firewood. Fires must only be in the provided fire buckets. Of course, any fires are subject to local fire restrictions.

Contact

Email

Our local manager – Rebel:

rebel@thehungryspirit.com

Call

Rebel – our local manager:

0419 639 380‬

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Rebel – our local manager:

0419 639 380‬

Email

Our local manager – Rebel:

rebel@thehungryspirit.com

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“This place is an unconventional gem. The hosts are so welcoming and knowledgeable about the area and it was lovely meeting and talking to them. A different quirk with every glance.

We were so pleased to have stayed here – a place we will surely never forget!”

 

– Lyn, Australia

Great spot, a unique Ridge experience.

– Ethan, Australia

A unique experience with wonderful hosts. You won’t be disappointed!

– Lyn, Australia