SE QLD and Northern NSW - Camping Itinerary Help

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SE QLD and Northern NSW - Camping Itinerary Help

Postby kalouise » Fri Jul 25, 2008 10:06 am

Hello everyone,

Just wondering if I could get some suggestions for a camping trip we are taking in a few months (as the weather warms)... any suggestions for the following itinerary? especially good camping spots in these areas?

1. Girraween or Bald Rock or Sundown etc. with small children? which would be our best spot? (we are tenting)

then down to

2. Glen Innes - fossicking? any good spots in the area?

3. Armidale and the Waterfall Way / Dorrigo - where is the best spot for camping along this route?

4. Across to Coffs Harbour area - looking for suggestions?

and finally up to

5. Iluka ??

Thanks! :grin:
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Re: SE QLD and Northern NSW - Camping Itinerary Help

Postby Troyk » Fri Jul 25, 2008 10:33 am

Welcome to the forum :grin:

I did a report on Girraween a while back and you will find it here.viewtopic.php?f=62&t=2127.

Some of the walks at Giraawen require a moderate level of fitness so you might be inhibited at what you can do with small kids.

There is another park at Sommerville Valley but its about 30km (at a guest) from Girraween. Bald Rock Boonoo Boonoo, and Sundown are probalby less developed with regards to campgrounds, and you may need a 4wd to get full value.

Dorrigo, I have camped at Cloud's Creek (about 15 years ago) which was nice but that was when i was doing postgrad studies at UNE, and I had a feeling the uni owned the ground. All I can really remember was the lecturer making mulled wine! I don't think you can camp in Dorrigo NP itself though.

On fossicking at Glenn Innes, a friend of a friend of mine was devloping a campground on a fossicking park near Copeton Dam. I'll chase some details and psot them up.
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Re: SE QLD and Northern NSW - Camping Itinerary Help

Postby amanda » Fri Jul 25, 2008 10:55 am

For the Iluka leg your best bet would be Woody Head Camping Ground (6k's north of the town). This is from their website:

Location: 6 km north of Iluka, on the seaward side of Iluka Peninsula.
Getting there: Turn off the Pacific Highway onto Iluka Road, 35 km south of Woodburn. The route includes unpaved roads, suitable for standard 2WD cars.
Campsites are suitable for: caravans; camper trailers; camping beside your vehicle.
Facilities: Drinking water, flush toilets, amenities block, hot showers, picnic tables, wood barbecues, firewood supplied
More details: Woody Head offers a superb unspoiled seaside panorama, stretching for 28 km to Evans Head. There is a kiosk, plenty of picnic sites and beach access points nearby, and there's a boat ramp at the camping ground. You can go fishing, snorkelling or look for interesting sea life on the rocky platforms and shallow reefs. Discovery activities are also regularly held. All sites are unpowered. A group camping area is available, with an under cover area and fireplace. Amenities are wheelchair accessible, and there are free outdoor wheelchairs available.
Fees: $14.00 per adult per night, $7.00 per child per night. Annual pass or daily vehicle entry fee of $7 also required.
Bookings: Bookings are essential. We start taking bookings for the NSW/Queensland summer school holidays on 1 March. For other times of the year you can book up to 12 months in advance. Ring the campground office for more details.

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Re: SE QLD and Northern NSW - Camping Itinerary Help

Postby Redback » Fri Jul 25, 2008 5:56 pm

If in Armidale, Styx River is a great place too camp, it's off the Waterfall way.

Are you driving a 2WD or AWD/4WD, this will depend on which way in cause there's access for either.

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