THE Hungry Spirit Staying with us

We are looking forward to hosting you!

We have a number of delightful spaces @THE Hungry Spirit that can be your retreat while you spend time in Lightning Ridge.

We love to breathe new life into old caravans and let them live on with freshness and delight providing a nurturing space for those who enjoy a quirky place to lay their heads. And we’ve also got pretty excited about Tents lately too!

If you’d like to explore Retreat options or see what Workshops & Events we have coming up, we welcome it!

If you are a retreat organiser and would like to work with us on your next amazing adventure – please email

We will welcome you warmly and provide you local guidance and advice.

We’ve got lots of fossicking on site, beautiful spaces for contemplation and relaxing and an abundant garden you are welcome to enjoy the bounty from.

We also have a fantastic outdoor camp kitchen our guests are welcome to use!

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 in all our spaces for:

3 night minimum

We look forward to seeing you soon.

May you bloom where you are,

Rebel & Michael

Self Responsibility

We expect everyone who stays with us to be self-responsible and open for an adventure! We live on the edge of the opal fields, have gardens with rocky opal clay paths, a dam and spaces that have their own quirks including no hot water, gas cooking and sometimes spiders (and frogs in the loo)! If you are risk averse, have health conditions or are unsteady on your feet, we recommend finding alternative accommodation in Lightning Ridge

Check in


Check out

10am *unless otherwise agreed*

Longer stay discounts

For weekly stays we offer a 20% discount on the nightly rate

For monthly stays we offer a 40% discount on the nightly rate

For 60+ day stays we are happy to negotiate.

Please email stay@thehungryspirit to secure these rates.

Cancellation & Refund policy

Full refund for cancellations made within 48 hours of booking, if the check-in date is at least 14 days away. 50% refund for cancellations made at least 7 days before check-in. No refunds for cancellations made within 7 days of check-in. We reserve the right to offer refunds outside of this policy under exceptional circumstances please email to ask!

Cancellation for Long-term stays

This policy applies to stays of 28 days or longer and overrides our standard policy. This policy allows guests to cancel for a full refund only during the 48hours after booking and only if you cancel 28 days prior to check-in. 

We reserve the right to cancel bookings, but will only do so under extreme circumstances and will always find you an alternative or provide 100% refund.


No pets allowed, we have other animals on site and for everyone’s safety it’s best we remain pet free!


Smoking is not permitted inside our spaces and there will be a $500 cleaning fee applied if this rule is broken. You can smoke in the outside areas and please dispose of your butts in the bins provided.

Suitability for children

We have hosted many children in all our spaces, they love it! We have extra bedding for hire if required (you can bring your own as well, please email to enquire/book) However, our outdoor space has risks including a dam, our friendly, but large pig, possible snakes/spiders!


We have had people leave with enough opal to pay for their stay and then some (if they wanted to sell it, which of course they don’t!) and while that’s not typical, we do have LOTS of lovely opal tailings for you to sort through on site. We bring all of them back from our mine each week. There’s no guarantee that you will find anything of course, but it’s lots of fun and what you find you can keep = the only caveat is that if it looks like a fossil, you’ll have to negotiate with Michael!