THE Tardis-Cara-Glamping, comfy bed & fossicking

Welcome to Lightning Ridge!

You will find opal at the back door and revel in the peace and quiet of our delightfully renovated 20ft caravan, aptly named THE Tardis!

THE Tardis offers two comfy single beds, air con & heating and basic cooking facilities, as well as access to our gorgeous outdoor kitchen and incredible outback oasis (aka the garden)!

You will be pleasantly surprised by this unique opalfield ‘cara-camping’ retreat.

A short drive to town and all attractions, THE Tardis is just far enough away to be peaceful but close enough to be accessible!

Please note we do not accept pets onsite.

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
You will be staying on the edge of the opalfields with genuine Lightning Ridge locals!
Your digs are a tastefully and lovingly renovated 20ft caravan we call THE Tardis, which has two single beds and a kitchenette. It has been painted with insulating paint and is equipped with fabulous heating and air conditioning. The comfortable spring beds are lovingly made with crisp organic cotton linen and we offer luxury towels. There are spare towels for trips to the bore baths. There is a bar fridge, double burner gas cooktop, 12v lighting and the water is bottled (no running water in THE Tardis). Weve a lovely library of books – we encourage swapping and there are comfy chairs outside for enjoying the night sky or afternoon drinks. A BBQ makes for great outdoor cooking and you are welcome to pick herbs and veg from our incredible garden. We also have lots of opal tailings around the place that you are welcome to spec (fossick) – finders keepers unless its a fossil in which case you’ll need to negotiate with Michael 😁 There is a shared outside bathroom (we may have other guests in Coconut Grove) its a canvas walled space with a corrugated iron roof fitted out with a 100 year old clawfoot bath and an instant gas hot water service. Toilet is outside the Tardis (inside a corrugated iron building), we keep the cistern off as it has friendly frogs in it, but it is a flush loo! If you are squeamish about frogs or don’t want a camping style experience then THE Tardis is not for you!!
Animals – as we have a dog and a pig onsite we don’t allow other animals.

Guest access
We’ve got guest access wifi on site but not in the spaces. 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
Lightning Ridge is a unique place and our home and THE Tardis space reflects that. It’s a little bit like camping, only with a few important mod cons, so please come with an open mind!

If you are unsteady on your feet, this place will not be ideal for you as we have lots of opal clay on the ground, steps up and down and the bathroom is a shower over a tall claw foot bath.


Sleeping arrangements

  • 2 single beds, organic cotton linen, Australian wool pillows


  • Air conditioning
  • Heating
  • Essentials (Towels, bed sheets, soap and toilet paper)
  • Free parking on premises
  • Cooking basics
  • Dishes and cutlery
  • Butane Gas cooktop
  • Kitchenette
  • Refrigerator
  • Long-term stays allowed
  • Extra pillows and blankets
  • Shampoo
  • Bed linen
  • Hair dryer
  • Garden or backyard



We loved the caravan situated just outside of town. It was lovely & quiet. The caravan was comfortable & clean. We enjoyed our stay & would stay with you again, if we came back. Kind regards, Katrin


Great place and people, lots of opals to be found and some friendly frogs in the toilet.


We had a great time in Lightening Ridge. Although it was to short with only 2 nights. With Rebel, you are right on an actual opal mine. You can look for opals on the heaps of rock although we did not have the time. The road in is a dirt road and you get the…


LR is a special place on map of Australia. If you want to experience it as close to the locals as possible, which is usually the best way to explore new places, Rebel’s caravan gives you just that. You will feel like being a part of the locals. The sandy roads just on the outskirts…


Rebel and Michael were wonderful hosts, giving us an authentic mining experience, great yarns, and samples of what a miner’s life is about. Rebel welcomed us warmly and explained the amenities very well. The accommodation is adequate and a step up from camping. The TARDIS was very clean and comfortable. It was quite cold in…


The TARDIS was exactly as described, it was a quiet peaceful location. We were greeted very warmly by Rebel and Michael on arrival. Both were very enthusiastic about Opal, Michael particularly knowledgeable on the subject and eager to share that valuable knowledge. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and look forward to returning in the future.


Rebel’s place was absolutely what I was looking for, was perfect for my trip as my mom wanted to see the place where opals are mined, and staying in the caravan added to the trip atmosphere. Rebel and Michale were great hosts, and absolute pleasure to chat with about opals and everything else. Next time…


Rebel’s place is a little bit out of town but a short drive if you have transport. It is a bit alternate but that’s why I booked it. If you have a princess in your party it’s not for you. It is clean and presents better in real life. Try it and enjoy something different.


Great spot right among nature, this is when you realise that simplicity is far more comfortable than fancy hotels ! Rebel is super friendly! Recommend everyone to stay over


Easy going, polite and friendly. A minor hiccup with the shower that was dealt with quickly and easily. If you’re after a taste of the outback experience, this is the place to go.


The BnB is situated a short drive from the Main Street. Rebel’s directions were good but if arriving at night, it would be tricky. The caravan has 2 single, comfortable beds. Electricity comes from power boards from the host’s caravan. Don’t expect luxury, but it is very easy to be comfortable. The bathroom is located…


With sunsets out the back and sunrises on your doorstep, the Tardis makes for a great stay in Lightning Ridge and as its name suggests, it’s bigger on the inside than you think with enough room to relax and cook but the BBQ out front is great too! Rebel is a warm and welcoming host…


The Tardis embodies the quirkinesses of Lightning Ridge and lives up to the tongue in check information which influence our choosing it as our place to stay. Rebel and Michael were generous hosts. From harvests from the garden to opal chips from their tailings we felt blessed. Can only recommend it. It may not be…


Close to town. Great hosts. Very helpful. The wildlife was as good as the sunsets. Recommended


Rebel & Michael were terrific hosts. We felt very welcome. The Tardis has all the creature comforts we required. The semi outdoor bath/shower was an experience worth paying for! A glimpse into the “Ridge Lifestyle” was fascinating. Thank Rebel & Michael.


Rebel’s Tardis is a fabulous quirky space. Easy walking distance to town. Must love frogs outstanding hospitality


Great little place right on the edge of town. Super clean with all of the charm you expect from a mining town. Give the hotel a miss and come stay in the Tardis 🙂


THE TARDIS .. home away from home. Location very convenient to all places and town. Well kept clean and had everything that we need. Highly recommended if you want to experience the out door living.


We had such a wonderful stay at The TARDIS! Rebel and Michael were outstanding hosts and we’d recommend them to anyone. The actual caravan was sparkling clean with very comfortable bedding. We were able to have a fire and enjoy the stars. You’ll even find little bits of opal fossicking right at your front door.…


Wonderful quirky place to stay. Facilities are great. Hospitality was second to none. We felt so welcome and the hosts local knowledge was invaluable. Surpassed our expectations. We would recommend staying at Rebel’s to anyone wanting to experience the real Lightning Ridge. 11 out of 10!


Rebel’s setup is incredible – from the syntropic garden to Rusty the rescue pig! The Tardis was comfortable and fun to stay in and I really appreciated all the thoughtful touches, like extra towels for the artesian baths. We loved hearing Rebel sing and play ukulele and seeing Michael’s fossil collection and learning about opals.…


Loved staying here, open fires and starry nights. Interesting community minded hosts who are creating beautiful gardens and habitat. Very clean and stocked with all the basics. Close to town and bore pool, and our favourite Thai eatery. I’ll be back!


Rebel and Michael are jewels!


Best in the Ridge for value and hospitality! I’ve stayed there twice in the last 3 weeks and will make it my go to when ever I am back up that way… Thanks for everything Rebel & Michael Emma and Nai ♥️ .


An immaculately clean quirky caravan with everything you need. If you want a better alternative to a caravan cabin or hotel room book this!


You would be mad not to stay a night or 2 if your ever going through lightning ridge


I had the most magical time in Lightning Ridge. Rebel is a special soul and the space has a healing and peaceful energy. I felt at home and didn’t want to leave.


A great experience with everything you need during a visit to Lightning Ridge. Rebel & Michael are gracious hosts with local knowledge and happy to share their home. The Tardis is really comfy and the outside shower a must.


What a truly beautiful place! Centrally located yet still provides the outback feel. Rebel and Michael are some of the warmest and most hospitable people I’ve ever encountered, it was such a blessing to stay with them. Rusty the pig is definitely the highlight, I’ll miss him! Will 100% be back!


Rebel and Michael were lovely hosts. The Tardis had few quirks but any issues were sorted quickly.


This was my second trip to the Tardis caravan and Rebel and Michael were as friendly as before. There is a well equipped kitchen area, very friendly pig, and frogs in the loo! I love it! Rebel now has a big circular tent with Indian style rugs on the floor, which I think I’ll check…


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