Outback Glamping – Garden & Opal – Charlie’s Camp

Welcome to Lightning Ridge!

Charlie’s Camp is the only glamping available in Lightning Ridge and is the perfect place to stay if you are looking to unwind and relax!

A charming and spacious glamping ‘Bell tent’ that is set with water and garden views in a private corner of THE Hungry Spirit healing space at Lightning Ridge.

Beautifully furnished with a double futon mattress, solar lights, turkish floor rugs and tea and coffee cart, you won’t venture far from this bright and comfy space.

With a lovely outdoor sitting space, access to our abundant garden and fully equipped outdoor kitchen you will be enamoured with the calm and peaceful energy.

Charlie’s Camp is a delight for lovers, healers and those who want a peaceful retreat.

Because we want you to have time to explore Lightning Ridge and enjoy all it’s delights AND have time to relax and enjoy the serenity, wander in our garden, sit and read a book – we accept bookings for:

3 night minimum

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For other properties hosted by THE Hungry Spirit check out Rebel’s listings


The space
With a comfy double bed and organic cotton linen you’ll sleep well here…with bright night skies and water and garden views you will enjoy the peace, tranquillity and healing nature of this space. Tea and coffee making facilities are tent side and you have full use of our gorgeous and modern Outdoor kitchen which is a short stroll from Charlies Camp. Your bathroom is shared with our other Airbnb guests – and we only welcome awesome people so you may make new friends in any of the shared spaces. Your guests Rebel Michael are locals with many passions. Please note we do not accept pets onsite.

Guest access
We’ve got guest access wifi on site (not in Charlie’s Camp) please ask for password.
We have a washing machine if needed.
Guests can wander in our veggie patch and are welcome to dig around – or have a nibble! We also have lots of opal tailings around the place that you are welcome to spec in – finders keepers unless its a fossil in which case you’ll need to negotiate with Michael

Other things to note
The shower and toilet is shared and is a short walk from Charlie’s Camp .

Lightning Ridge is a unique place and our home and Charlie’s Camp reflects that. It’s glamping, with a few important mod cons, so please come with an open mind!
Please note we do not accept pets onsite.


Sleeping arrangements

  • 1 double bed


  • Essentials (Towels, bed sheets, soap and toilet paper)
  • Free parking on premises
  • Dishes and cutlery
  • Kitchen (Space where guests can cook their own meals)
  • Private entrance (Separate street or building entrance)
  • Long-term stays allowed (Allow stay for 28 days or more)
  • Shampoo
  • Bed linen
  • Garden or backyard



Glamping at Rebel and Michaels was everything we hoped it would be! The tent was cosy and very cute and the facilities were all we needed especially considering we had the luxury of heading over the the bore baths each evening before bed. Rebel and Michael are extremely knowledgeable about the area and about opals and paired with their excellent hospitality they make the perfect Lightning Ridge hosts I would recommend this stay to anyone with an excitement for opals and a love of nature!


Worth it 100% would definitely recommend


Camping at charlie’s camp was a wonderful experience. Rebel and her husband are wonderful hosts and know so much about the local area and the opal mining industry. There is also plenty of fossicking opportunity at the camp ground.


We had a great time staying here. The Bell Tent was great, the site was awesome. Met the great animals, including the frogs! 😉 Rebel did a lovely job hosting and it was a great spot to be in to get into town. If you want a rootsy, warm hearted place, then YUP 🙂


Amazing experience in lightning ridge! Rebel and Michael were so friendly and knowledgeable and made me feel right at home. The tent was lovely inside with everything to make you comfy and cosy. Would 100% stay again next time I’m in town. Thank you!


What an excellent way to spend time in Lightning Ridge. The tent was so comfortable and in the middle of winter was warmer then expected. Rebel and Michael went out of their way to make sure we were fully stocked with wood for our fire pit and had water bottles on hand to ensure we were warm. We were well and truly occupied with the fossicking around the property and patting Rusty the resident pig. We were so stoked that Michael let us check out his fossil collection. The property was in a super convenient location. Would definitely visit again when in Lightning Ridge.


We had a great time. Micheal was a wealth of knowledge on both opals and fossils which added to our trip.


Rebels’s property was absolutely fantastic! Located close to many of Lightning Ridges attractions, the glamping tent is very well appointed, super comfy and warm and cosy. Rebel was incredibly friendly and welcoming and had heaps of great tips for discovering all Lightning Ridge has to offer. A must stay when you’re in town!


Absolutely loved my (Email hidden by Airbnb) munication with Rebel was fast and easy. The glamping tent was so cosy and comfy, and Rebel and Michael were fantastic hosts. Oh, and make sure to say hi to Rusty,the pig! A wonderful place to stay and explore all Lightning Ridge has to offer. Tip: Just make sure you have Telstra on your mobile in Lightning Ridge otherwise service is non-existent.


Super lovely hosts, the Yert was so glamorous and comfortable and we love the little opal pieces we found out the front too! We miss Rusty the pig already 🙂


This place was beyond the perfect little hideaway, I would even go as far to say it was our little home away from home. Michael and rebel have done wonders to make this place readily available for everything you could need. The relaxed atmosphere, the chic design of the teepee and the most amazing little tweaks really did make it perfect. Worried about staying in the cold – it’s okay hot water bottles! They really have thought of everything you might need and have gone above and beyond to make it lovely. We had our own private little fire to which Michael was more than happy to help us get going. It was close to the main part of town, but still far enough away to be a quiet piece of outback paradise. Would 100% recommend to anyone eager for a small splice is heaven whilst “glamping” in the outback.


Such a unique place to stay in a completely iconic Aussie location. Loved the 2 night stay in the yurt. Rebel provides lots of extras, like the hot water bottle on the cold nights! Michael built up a lovely fire for us on the first night, enabling us to sit outside and view the sparkling stars and bright Milky Way . Rusty the wild / tame pet boar was an added attraction! Having the permaculture garden to pick extra veggies to add to our salad was great! I’ll definitely make a return visit to stay in the yurt again and join the Dinosaur dig one day!


What a great stay in a charmingly unique accomodation at Rebel and Michael’s little piece of paradise in the Aussie iconic Opal Mining town of Lightning Ridge. My partner and I stayed quite comfortably in the the yurt tent surrounded by beautiful morning sunrises and sunsets along with brilliant star lit night skies warmed by a roaring camp fire. The camp kitchen/living area was well equipped and fun to use. Michael and Rebel were fantastic hosts, communicative and friendly without being intrusive. Loved chatting with them and would stay there again in a heart beat! The location is close enough to town yet isolated from other houses, therefore a peaceful and serene vibe. Rusty the pig was a kick. 🙂 Overall, a fabulous stay! Thanks again from Steve and Linzie

This is a great base to explore Lightening Ridge from, Rebel & Michael are great hosts, generous with their time and stories. The setting is pretty, the tent very comfortable and we loved our nightly outdoor fire and Rusty the pig.

Cute, well styled space. Great local knowledge. Toasty warm, despite being icy cold outside. Water bottles were a nice touch. Close to town, great local knowledge.


Beautiful space to get away from it all. The bed was super comfy and Rebel is just lovely. The resident pig is gorgeous


Amazing stay


Just great! Comfortable bed. Sitting outside with a fire each night after a relaxing soak in the artesian baths, under the moonlight. Just unforgettable and we felt so relaxed staying there. It’s everything Rebel says..& more


Loved it! Thanks Rebel and Michael x


Appears a bit rustic when you first see it, but It does grow on you. Very peaceful. Not at the high end of the glamping scale but then when you see how some of the opal miners live, perhaps it is!


A wonderful place to experience a different lifestyle and to rediscover yourself.


An amazing glamping experience in the outback in an unique airbnb. Highly recommended!!


Luxe glamping tent located on a small property just out of town. Great outdoor amenities (kitchen, seating, garden, firepit) with a little walk to shared (with other guests) bathroom and toilet. Rebel & Michael are great hosts and there are thoughtful touches everywhere such as a well stocked tea cart in the tent. A great base for a stay in the Ridge. Will definitely visit again!


A wonderful retreat from the big smoke – we thoroughly enjoyed our stay (and sleep!). We felt so welcomed by Rebel and Michael – as I’m sure you will also. Will visit again!

Mark G

Friendly and warm hosts, very relaxing and confirtable anenities, awesome open air kitchen/dining/hangout space. Kid friendly.


My comments sent Rebel Thank you for hosting us and as I said the “experience” was wonderful. Thank you for the “little things” ie: cordless fan and mosquito coils. Loved the fire pit . We will absolutely recommend. Thank you


Certainly something different and a great glamping experience. The camp kitchen was great and good to chat to other people staying and learn about the amazing horticultural work going on. Even got fresh veggies from the garden for dinner!


Charlie’s Camp was a unique place to stay for coastal dwellers like us. Rebel was a lovely host and our glamping experience was very comfortable.


As a frequent traveller, I am very impressed with Rebel and Michael’s accomodation, hospitality, local knowledge and beyond, they are second to none in this respect. I highly recommend you stay for more reasons than can be listed. Top top experience and everything we could have hoped for and more.. thank you for being you by sharing your story and ridge with us. Hope to see you again soon God bless David and Amanda


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