Oxley Wild Rivers National Park

Camping

Campgrounds

Apsley Falls campground (15 sites)

Apsley Falls campground, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park (Image: P Mathews/DECC)When the modern world gets too much, you know it’s time to load up the campervan and head for the hills. Apsley Falls campground, on the western edge of Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, is your ticket to serenity. This unique bush site, in northern NSW, is a world away from the city crowds. It’s the perfect bush stop on a driving holiday and a great base for walking and birdwatching.

Pick a campsite among the snow gums, boil the billy and take in Apsley Falls, even more spectacular after rain. Keep your eye out for king parrots, black cockatoos and the colourful spotted pardalote.

After a day of exploring, cook up a barbecue feast and unwind round the campfire. If you’re keen to see some wildlife after the sun sets, grab the torch; you might see spotted-tail quolls, bandicoots and sugar gliders.

Activities: walking, birdwatching, picnics and barbecues

Location:  shown on Apsley Falls map

Getting there: Apsley Falls campground is in the Apsley Falls precinct of Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. To get there follow the signs from Walcha on the Oxley Highway.

Facilities: picnic tables, wood barbecues (firewood supplied), flush toilets, gas/electric barbecues (free), carpark, lookout, trackhead/access point

Bookings: Bookings are not required for Apsley Falls campground.

Contact: Walcha, Phone: 02 6777 4700

Budds Mare campground (3 sites)

Budds Mare campground is a great place to escape for an evening or two of rugged bush camping in a World Heritage listed landscape. The campground is right on the edge of the tablelands, with a spectacular lookout over the Apsley River Gorge.

Once you’ve set up your campsite, it’s time to explore. The Budds Mare to Riverside walk leaves from the campground, taking you down to Riverside campground and picnic area along a 7km track. It is a strenuous walk that is suitable for experienced bushwalkers. You’ll be rewarded at Riverside though, with picnic tables, barbecues and swimming holes in the Apsley River.

There are some facilities at this campground, including wood barbecues that are great for roasting marshmallows, but it’s a good idea to arrive well prepared for your weekend getaway.

From the lookout, a walking track leads down the ridge to Riverside Visitor Area on the Apsley River.

Activities: walking, camping, picnics and barbecues, fishing

Location:  shown on Budds Mare map

Getting there: Budds Mare campground is located in the Budds Mare precinct of Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. To get there, take Moona Plains Road from Walcha.

Facilities: picnic tables, wood barbecues (firewood supplied), non-flush toilets, lookout

Contact: Walcha, Phone: 02 6777 4700

Dangars Gorge campground (10 sites)

Wheelchair access: hard

Wheelchairs can access this area with some difficulty.

Dangars Gorge campground is a fabulous bush base for experiencing the rugged beauty of this World Heritage-listed falls country. You’ll be camping beside one of the most impressive waterfalls in NSW, on the edge of the Great Escarpment on the western edge of Oxley Wild Rivers National Park.

Once you’ve set up camp, check out the scenic waterfall lookout, spectacular sight after heavy rain as water cascades over a 120m drop shrouding everything in mist and creating beautiful rainbows. There’s a range of walks like the McDirtys walking track, so after a picnic lunch, pull on your walking boots and get ready to explore.

When the sun starts to go down, its time to barbecue up a feast before settling in round the campfire with a glass of your favourite drop and a night of stargazing.

Activities: walking, birdwatching, picnics and barbecues

Location:  shown on Dangars Gorge map

Getting there: Dangars Gorge campground is in the Dangars Falls precinct of Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. To get there from Armidale:

  • Follow Dangar Street towards Sydney
  • Turn left into Kentucky Steet, signposted to Dangar Falls, and drive approximately 1km.
  • Turn right into Dangarsleigh Road and continue for approximately 5km
  • Turn left at sign to Dangars Gorge and follow unsealed road for 15km

Facilities: picnic tables, wood barbecues (bring your own firewood), non-flush toilets, drinking water, carpark, lookout, trackhead/access point

Bookings: There are no bookings needed for this campsite.

Contact: Armidale (local office), Phone: (02) 6738 9100

Halls Peak campground (13 sites)

If you really love getting as far away as possible from civilisation, then Halls Peak campground is about as rugged and remote as you can get. Accessed on a dirt track that will test your driving skills, you’ll arrive deep in the heart of the wild gorge country of New England.

If you’re lucky you might have the place to yourself, with your only neighbours the wallabies and bandicoots. Cook your catch over a woodfire barbecue and then settle in for an evening round the campfire.

When you’re not relaxing, there’s plenty to keep you active; swimming, fishing and canoeing will get you into the wilderness frame of mind, and you’ll soon forget what stress feels like.

Activities: swimming, fishing, paddling, walking, motor vehicle use, astronomy and star gazing, birdwatching, picnics and barbecues

Getting there: Halls Peak campground is in the western precinct of Oxley Wild R ivers National Park. To get there:

  • Turn right off the Grafton Road onto Kempsey Road 40km east of Armidale
  • Turn right onto Raspberry Road 20km along the Kempsey Road
  • Follow Raspberry Road 25km to the Halls Peak Road turnoff on the right. The campground is a further 5km along this road.
  • There is a keyed access gate at the park entrance. Keys are available upon booking at the armidale office.

Facilities: non-flush toilets, picnic tables, wood barbecues (firewood supplied), carpark, drinking water

Water supply: River water must be boiled before drinking.

Contact: Armidale (local office), Phone: (02) 6738 9100

Long Point campground and picnic area

Pull up at this tranquil bush setting and you’ll immediately know you’ve arrived somewhere special. A little off the beaten track, Long Point campground and picnic area is a great base for exploring the high country of New England without the crowds.

As you enter the idyllic forest clearing, you may see eastern grey kangaroos relaxing in the shade of the apple box and blackbutt. While waiting for the billy to boil, you’re likely to catch the aroma of the lemon scented tea tree or native mint that grows nearby. An ideal spot for birdwatching, look for the crimson rosellas and vibrant king parrots in surrounding trees. Lyrebirds are known to forage for snacks in these parts.

After a relaxing picnic lunch, if you’re ready for some walking, there’s a choice of tracks ranging from a relaxing stroll to a challenging adventure.

Activities: camping, picnics and barbecues, birdwatching

Location:  shown on Long Point map

Getting there: Long Point campground and picnic area is in the northern precinct of Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. To get there:

  • Drive 32km east of Armidale on Waterfall Way
  • Take the turn off to Hillgrove
  • Head south from Hillgrove for 17km

Facilities: picnic tables, wood barbecues (firewood supplied), non-flush toilets, drinking water, gas/electric barbecues (free), carpark, trackhead/access point

Contact: Armidale (local office), Phone: (02) 6738 9100

Riverside campground (12 sites)

There’s nothing like rustic camping to remind you what’s really important in life. Remote and unspoilt, the Riverside campground, on the Apsley River in the spectacular Macleay gorges area, puts the wild back into wilderness.

Once you’ve set up camp under the fuzzy box trees, inhale some crisp clean air and feel the city melt away. You’ll be pitching your tent beside one of the cleanest rivers in NSW, surrounded by rugged mountains and dramatic rocky outcrops. The only stress will be choosing between fishing, swimming, canoeing or walking the Budds Mare Riverside track.

With barbecues and campfires at this campsite, there’s plenty of opportunity to enjoy an outdoor dining experience, all the while getting to know the park’s inhabitants - bandicoots, wallabies and sugar gliders. Snuggle up in your sleeping bag and be soothed to sleep by the gentle sounds of the river.

Activities: walking, motor vehicle use, paddling, liloing, swimming, fishing, astronomy and star gazing, birdwatching, picnics and barbecues

Location:  shown on Budds Mare map

Getting there: Riverside campground is in the Macleay Gorges precinct of Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. To get there follow Moona Plains Road from Walcha for 50kms.

Facilities: picnic tables, wood barbecues (firewood supplied), gas/electric barbecues (free), non-flush toilets, carpark, trackhead/access point

Water supply: Drinking water not supplied.

Bookings: Contact Apsley Motors on 02 6777 2755 or the NPWS Walcha office on (02) 6777 4700.

Contact: Walcha, Phone: 02 6777 4700

Tia Falls campground (5 sites)

A small and picturesque campground, Tia Falls campground is set amongst quiet woodland. It’s not far off the Oxley Highway, and a choice of free campsites for cars, caravans and trailers make it a great place for a family camping weekend.

There's plenty to keep park explorers busy of a daytime, including the easy Falls walk that offers scenic views from Tia Falls lookout, and the longer Tiara walking track. Evenings offer a chance to relax under the stars, cook up a barbecue feast for dinner, reflect on your day in the park and plan your next adventure.

Activities: walking, camping, picnics and barbecues, astronomy and star gazing

Location:  shown on Tia Falls map

Getting there: Tia Falls campground is in the Tia Falls precinct of Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. To get there:

  • Take Oxley Highway from Walcha and look for the turn off to Tia Falls, 19km past the Apsley Gorge turn-off.
  • Follow this unsealed road/trail for 7km to Tia Falls campground

Facilities: picnic tables, trackhead/access point, wood barbecues (firewood supplied), non-flush toilets, lookout

Wollomombi campground (10 sites)

Wheelchair access: hard

Wheelchairs can access this area with some difficulty.

Wollomombi campground is perfect for an overnight bush stop while exploring the falls country of New England by campervan. You might be tempted to stay a couple of days to admire the spectacular gorges and waterfalls of the World Heritage-listed Oxley Rivers National Park.

Pull up in this peaceful campsite and you’ll suddenly be in the bush. There’s the accessible Edgars lookout as well as short walks with majestic views over the Wollomombi Falls. Brilliant after heavy rain, the moist air creates dazzling rainbows.

Bring some binoculars for a spot of birdwatching. In the skies above, you might glimpse a wedge tailed eagle or the rare peregrine falcon. A little closer to ground the lyrebird will impress you with a flamboyant display.

Activities: walking, birdwatching, picnics and barbecues

Location:  shown on Wollomombi map

Getting there: Wollomombi campground is in the Wollomombi Falls precinct of Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. To get there follow Waterfall Way from Armidale or Dorrigo and follow the signs for Wollomombi Falls.

Facilities: picnic tables, wood barbecues (firewood supplied), non-flush toilets, drinking water, carpark, trackhead/access point

Bookings: Bookings are not required. Site availability is subject to demand upon arrival.

Contact: Armidale (local office), Phone: (02) 6738 9100

Youdales campground (6 sites)

Hardy adventure seekers will love the remote rugged beauty of the riverside Youdales campground. This pretty campground on Kunderang Brook is nestled between two unspoilt world class wilderness areas.

Pitch your tent beside the creek, and take stock of the spectacular gorge country surrounding you. Be sure to have your binoculars handy for a spot of birdwatching, too.

This back-to-basics campground will also give you a taste of history - it’s on the site of an old grazing property which was run by the Youdale family and grazed for 150 years. So be sure not to miss out on a visit to the historic Youdales Hut and Stockyards historic site.

At night, after toasting your marshmallows on the fire, grab a torch and see who else is out there. You might spot glossy black cockatoos, or even hear the call of a dingo.

You can also visit the historic Youdales Hut.

Activities: walking, motor vehicle use, paddling, swimming, fishing, astronomy and star gazing, birdwatching, picnics and barbecues

Location:  shown on park map

Getting there: Youdales campground is in the Kunderang Brook precinct of Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. To get there:

  • From the Oxley Highway, turn into Kangaroo Flat Road just east of Yarrowitch
  • Follow Kangaroo Flat road for approximately 20km
  • Continue onto Mooraback Road into Werrikimbe National Park
  • Continue into Oxley Wild Rivers National Park on Racecourse Trail and follow the signs to the campground.

Please note: You’ll need a booking, key and permit for road access - contact the Walcha office for more details.

Facilities: picnic tables, wood barbecues (firewood supplied), non-flush toilets, trackhead/access point

Water supply: Drinking water not supplied.

Bookings: Contact Apsley Motors on (02) 6777 2755 or the NPWS Walcha office on (02) 6777 4700 to make a booking.

Contact: Walcha, Phone: 02 6777 4700