Top 8 Airbnb Vacation Rentals In Lightning Ridge, Australia - Updated 2024

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Lightning Ridge is a charming outback town located in the north-western part of New South Wales, Australia. It is home to the black opal which is the rarest of its kind and a highly valued gem. Several attractions can also be found in this town such as underground sculptures, galleries, and jewelers. If you happen to be in Sydney, Lightning Ridge is an eight-hour drive via Castlereagh Highway. It’s a great destination during spring and autumn when the temperature is just right for a cozy indoor stay or some adventurous outdoor activities. There are so many reasons why you need to explore this town. For your accommodation needs, check out our list of the top eight Airbnb vacation rentals in Lightning Ridge, Australia.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on April 11, 2024.

1. Rustic castle on a mining field (from USD 129)

You will love the rustic and royalty themes of this vacation rental. It is considered one of the most photographed mining camps in Lightning Ridge, Australia. The stonework of the property is amazing and an absolute Instagram heaven due to its unique castle features. Ridge Castle is located on Simms Hill, the highest point of Lightning Ridge that guarantees excellent views. The property is 2 km (1.2 mi) from town. It is near some tourist attractions such as Amigo’s Castle and Black Queen.

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Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia
4.5 km (2.8 mi) from Chambers of the Black Hand
131 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Castle 6 Beds 7 Guests 4 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 7

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
it is comfortable inside and has plenty of space
the house itself was very clean and comfortable
a unique experience with wonderful hosts
the hosts were great gave the feeling that nothing would've been to much trouble
a great stay with friendly hosts a must see in lightning ridge loved it
it was in a great location to enjoy the surrounding attractions
great hosts unique accommodation interesting location rustic as a castle should be
very quaint with cute little surprises around the place in its design
such a great place to visit
fantastic and unique place to stay in the ridge wouldn't stay anywhere else
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2. Self-contained unit with a veranda (from USD 88)

If you are looking for a homey space with absolute privacy and quietness, this is the place to go. The property features a living room with a TV perfect for movie nights. The full kitchen lets you whip up hearty meals every day. Outside, there’s a veranda for some coffee or tea time. All in all, it is a great value for money as it offers the basic amenities for your retreat at a much lesser cost.

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Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia
4.06 km (2.6 mi) from Chambers of the Black Hand
121 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire guesthouse 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
great kitchen facilities and bathroom with a machine
ronny's place was comfortable and well set out
clean spacious and comfortable recommended
it is very clean quiet and comfortable
it was very clean and had all facilities including a well equipped kitchen
very clean very comfortable very quiet and very private
simple clean undercover parking good outdoor sitting area
owner is easy to communicate with and is friendly
ronny provided clear directions to the property and was very responsive when communicating with him
helpful and friendly host good location
the location is very convenient and an easy walk into town
great location close to the olympic pool and bore baths
well equiped kitchen with a good tea selection good location with a short walk to town
ronny’s place was ideal for our short stay in lightning ridge
a very comfortable stay & a great location
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3. Tiny house close to the town center

A vacation rental that is only 1.5 km (0.9 mi) away from the town center, you can get to enjoy a five-star ridge camp experience in a tiny clean house on an opal field. The cottage is newly built, and it can accommodate up to two guests. The living room is perfect for relaxing indoors, while the kitchen is where you can whip up hearty meals for you and your companion. In case you need to get some work done, this rental also comes with a dedicated workspace. The spacious yard is ideal for some coffee or tea time.

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4. Capacious house in the heart of Lightning Ridge (from USD 98)

The spacious house is hosted by a top-rated Airbnb host who can give you directions to the best tourist spots, coffee shops, and more. It is a delightful home with a living room and a kitchen. It can accommodate four guests and comes with two bedrooms and one bath. The front and back verandas offer not just fresh air but also beautiful garden views. The property is also located in the heart of Lightning Ridge which makes it an ideal option for guests looking to explore this town’s unique offerings.

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Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia
3.74 km (2.4 mi) from Chambers of the Black Hand
47 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 2 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
fantastic having a fully stocked kitchen and a comfortable lounge to relax in after a day out
the house is beautiful- spacious verandahs a fully-equipped kitchen and an amazing garden which our children loved exploring
sharon's cottage is comfortable spacious tastefully decorated has an oasis of a garden and is centrally located
convenient clean place to stay
comfortable cosy clean location communication and value
comfortable cosy clean location communication and value
very clean and great location
her property is very comfortable clean and well stocked with pots and plates etc
sharon is a marvelous host
sharon was a great host
sharon is a warm and friendly host
she is very helpful and kind
sharon is a wonderful host and the house exceeded our expectations
location was excellent right in town
a wonderful quiet location
such a cute quirky little place
great location a unique home with lots of interesting touches and a lovely backyard
it is the best place in town
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5. Newly renovated caravan near a vegetable garden (from USD 64)

The property is the perfect place for adventure-seeking souls who love camping. Although it is in a secluded area, it is not too far from tourist attractions. The unit has two comfy single beds and a kitchenette where guests can cook their own meals, all in a tastefully renovated caravan. Guests have access to the mini-vegetable garden close to the property and can even take delight at their pickings.

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Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia
4.89 km (3.1 mi) from Chambers of the Black Hand
117 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Camper/RV 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
loved the thermal baths where we had a hot dip and a hot shower
also coffee and tea making facilities and basic self help cooking facilities
the beds were so welcomed after a full day exploring the ridge
the caravan interior is done up very homely and we were very comfortable
if you want a better alternative to a caravan cabin or hotel room book this
clean cosy and comfortable
the tardis was very clean and comfortable
very clean and stocked with all the basics
an immaculately clean quirky caravan with everything you need
super clean with all of the charm you expect from a mining town
rebel was a fantastic host
rebel is a perfect host
rebel & michael are gracious hosts with local knowledge and happy to share their home
rebel is a wonderful host very friendly and accommodating
rebel went above and beyond she was a very lovely and facilitating host
easy walking distance to town
great location for exploring the ridge
this was a very comfortable place within walking distance of the downtown and nearby attractions
what a truly beautiful place centrally located yet still provides the outback feel
a wonderful place to adventure and hunt for opals
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6. Spacious three-bedroom house in a quiet area (from USD 148)

If you need a big and comfortable space for you and your family or friends, this is the place to go. Little kids are welcome on the property, too. The three-bedroom unit is located at the edge of town and surrounded by opal fields. If you plan to explore nearby areas, this abode is just a few minutes’ drive to the town center. Guests can relax in the spacious outdoor area and make use of the free parking on the premises. The unit offers good views from its lovely patio. Guests can cook their own meals in the complete kitchen and dining area.

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Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia
4.36 km (2.8 mi) from Chambers of the Black Hand
214 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 3 Beds 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the beds were so very comfortable and the air-conditioning worked well
it was large comfortable and had all the amenities for a pleasant stay
good outdoor area to sit in and lots of room inside
good facilities at the house and big firepit in the yard to enjoy in the evenings
large comfortable and quiet three bedroom home with huge secure yard
the place is clean and comfortable
very spacious and clean house
awesome convenient clean and spacious
it's very clean have enough towels and bedding to cover every season
the house was spacious spotlessly clean and well equipped
marina is the perfect host
host was very quick to respond and helpful
great place to stay friendly host
the hosts mum made us feel so very welcome it was a great holiday
marina was super-quick in her responses to us very friendly and helpful
great location near everything in town
great place great location big rooms
excellent location and very comfy bed
easy walk to the main street
marina's house is in a great location
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7. Beautifully decorated unit with a balcony

This place is perfect for when you just want to chill and relax. The unit can accommodate solo guests or couples. It has its own entrance for your privacy needs. The unit also has basic amenities, such as a TV, WiFi, and a dedicated workspace. It also comes with a fridge and small oven if you intend to do some cooking while on vacation. You may also bring your car as the place has ample parking space. Previous guests mentioned that the unit is always sparkling clean so no worries about any viruses lurking on the surface.

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Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia
3.18 km (2.0 mi) from Chambers of the Black Hand
15 reviews   Wifi Available
Entire guest suite 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
we particularly enjoyed eating our breakfast on the balcony and the electric blanket
comfortable accommodation meet our expectations
very clean and well set up place to stay
sonja's place is really nice and clean
good position clean and tiny friendly host bathroom very small
fairly compact room and bathroom but very clean with heating/cooling and a serviceable kitchen
a nice place and a nice host
sonja is a pleasant host
sonja's is a pleasant place to stay in lightning ridge
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8. Unique guest suite near the airport

This apartment has everything you need: TV, WiFi, a dedicated workspace, fridge, oven, and a parking space on the premises. Aside from the European-inspired design, you will also love the balcony that is perfect for coffee or tea time. You can even enjoy a shared barbecue area outdoors. The unit is located at the front of the property for easy access and has a separate entrance for your privacy needs. What’s more, this guest suite is situated near local attractions as well as Lightning Ridge Airport.

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Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia
3.04 km (1.9 mi) from Chambers of the Black Hand
8 reviews   Wifi Available
Entire guest suite 1 Bed 1 Guest 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 1

Top guest reviews
it was clean and tidy with all essential items provided
a lovely and clean cosy spot to enjoy the very unique town from
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Pack your bags and plan a trip Lightning Ridge

These vacation rentals in Lightning Ridge, Australia, will make you pack your bags and get on an exciting adventure. It will be such a treat to stay in the peaceful and quiet town that has so much to offer. Book your accommodation now, and you will never regret staying in Australia’s rare gem.

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