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Fossickers Cottages

Lightning Ridge Accommodation

 
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Welcome to Fossickers Cottages!

Fossickers Cottages hosts

Fossickers Cottages, the perfect place to stay, relax and experience Lightning Ridge first hand. Meet locals who are passionate about their town and black opal - the stunning gemstone that is mined from the depths of what was once a great inland sea.

Andrew and Jo met in Lightning Ridge after both had moved out to 'The Ridge' from Sydney around 1996.

Andrew is an opal miner and Jo is a qualified jeweller/designer, since marrying in 1998 they have been making jewellery and mining black opal ever since.

Welcome

Fossickers Cottages were created when they moved out of their first cottage to move into their current home and they decided to help share a bit of their passion - the beauty of Black Opal and the eccentricity and experience of the Lightning Ridge area- with as many people as possible.

Our Town

  • “Though you've roamed the whole world over, seen most all there is to see, there are scenes you've never dreamed of, in the stone of mystery.” Laurie Hudson, Cumborah Postmaster 1947-1965 There are many ‘must see’ destinations in Australia and Lightning Ridge is certainly that; home of the beautiful Black Opal and like the wonderful gem, Lightning Ridge shows its varying colours depending on how you look at it.

 
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Accommodation

Accommodation at Fossickers Cottages

We have three inviting cottages. Two cottages are nestled away in quiet side streets of Lightning Ridge but so centrally located you can leave the car parked and discover the town on foot. Both cottages are within fully fenced, private, pet friendly yards – so you are welcome to bring the whole family, even the fury members! The third cottage couldn’t be more central, in the main street of Lightning Ridge, (this cottage is pet free).

We’re passionate about offering our guests the most relaxed stay with each cottage equipped with comfortable queen-sized beds in each bedroom, quality linen, reverse cycle air conditioning, a full kitchen and private bathroom and laundry. Two cottages have their own exclusive garden and outdoor area with gas BBQ, the third cottage has a private courtyard.

"Opal Cottage" – 1 Bedroom

bedroom opalopal loungeOur "Opal Cottage" is a peaceful one bedroom cottage overlooking an old town opal field, with a superb view to the west you could be in for some of the most beautiful sunsets you have ever seen. Opal Cottage is set off by a wonderfully eclectic garden that was established nearly thirty years ago! Feel free to hand feed the birds that frequent it.

Sleeps up to four- A comfortable queen-sized bed and a double sofa bed is available for extra guests.

 

"Harlequin Cottage"

bedroom harlequinHarlequin living roomsThe "Harlequin Cottage" was built over thirty years ago as a four-room miners hut, but has grown over time into a cosy and comfortable two-bedroom cottage. A large, fenced front yard makes a great play area for kids and pets of all ages – and its private garden and outdoor area (with BBQ!) makes for the perfect place to unwind after a long day.

You'll feel right at home in our "Harlequin Cottage".

Sleeps up to six- 2 Queen-sized beds. A single day bed and trundle are available for extra guests.

 

"Flagstone Cottage" – 3 Bedroom

fossickers cottages 02fossickers cottages 01Our “Flagstone Cottage” was a once an opal buyer’s residence with all the comforts of the day – timber floors (lounge and main bedroom), air conditioning in every room and a large tiled bathroom with shower and spa bath! On the sun- bathed front verandah you can watch the daily Ridge life pass by and, right next door is Morilla’s Café –a coffee is but meters away. At the end of the day relax in the beautiful large rear courtyard. The very best in Lightning Ridge accommodation.

Sleeps up to eight- 2 Queen-sized beds. Two King-single beds. A queen-sized sofa bed is available for extra guests.

Flagstone Cottage is pet free.

 

Things to Do

Things to do in and around Lightning Ridge

You can't stay in Lightning Ridge without finding out all about its stunning Black Opal gems. Contrary to that which the name suggests - Black Opal displays the most amazing range of colours and patterns, its black base simply enhancing its colours. Spend some time at our showroom to see our display of Black Opal, it is simply the most magical of the precious gems. We can show you how we cut and polish the gems and while you are there examine the collection of opalised fossils from the age of the dinosaurs. Take a soak in Lightning Ridges' hot Artesian Baths, loved by many for their soothing mineral rich waters. Do a self-drive tour or take a guided tour of the town and stroll underground in one of the old opal diggings. You can visit the working opal fields at the Grawin, Glengarry and Sheepyard fields and try your luck at fossicking for Black Opal in the designated fosssicking areas. Lightning Ridge has many interesting galleries, cafes, restaurants and pubs to explore. Plus excellent specialty shops with a fabulous range of quality jewellery and gifts. Finally, at the end of the day simply sit back, unwind and treasure the relaxing atmosphere of your private gardens at either one of Fossickers Cottages.

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Getting Here

Getting to Fossickers Cottages

When you arrive in town, call in to our showroom- Lost Sea Opals to pick up your keys. We are on the corner of Morilla and Onyx Sts, first intersection as you come into town and opposite the Caltex service station.

Opal Cottage is just round the corner in Onyx St and Harlequin Cottage is about fifty metres from there. Countrylink has a daily train and bus service from Sydney via Dubbo. Ph: 13 22 32 We will be happy to pick you up from the airport or bus depot. Just let us know!

Driving to Lightning Ridge

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Open Information on town or member by clicking panel on top left of map.

There are many different routes that can be taken when driving from any of the capital cities to the Lightning Ridge.

The following is an overview of the routes from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide that may help you in planning your Outback Beds experience.

From Brisbane:

Warrego Hwy <> Gwydir Highway <> Castlereagh Hwy: Distance = 730km approx

From Sydney:

Western Freeway >Castlereagh Highway: Distance = 792km approx

From Melbourne:

Hume Highway <> Newell Highway <> Castlereagh Highway: Distance = 1,225km aprox

From Adelaide: 

Barrier Highway <> Darling River Run <> Castlereagh Highway: Distance = 1,330km approx


Touring Routes

Touring Routes

  • Never been to the outback but really want to go? Then this touring route is the perfect way to get an insight and understanding of what makes the outback such a wonderful place to visit. The Outback Intro tour while take you to the ‘Back O Bourke’ and you will be able to do so easily and safely in a non-4x4 vehicle with your Outback Beds hosts expecting you every step of the way. After all, the Outback Beds motto is “travel in the outback with friends...

  • The Darling River Run is a journey of discovery along one of Australia’s most iconic rivers. Steeped in indigenous culture and pastoral history, an adventure along the Darling can include staying at any of the Outback Beds members along the river, and in the surrounding area when venturing away from the river to explore the wonderful Outback NSW. Like many parts of Outback Australia, the Darling basin is rich with Indigenous history, spirituality and living culture, as well as being an integral part of early European history and exploitative efforts of iconic Australians like Burke & Wills, Sturt, and Major Mitchell.

 

Guest Book

What others have said

"After a week on the road Harlequin cottage had without a doubt the most comfortable beds of the entire trip. It was right in the centre of town with 2 bedrooms and a laundry. The interior was modern and extremely clean with everything you could think of provided. Would recommend to anyone."


 

more information

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