Pack your cosies and your paddle board; it’s time to head for the cool waters of the best riverside campsites in the country!
Yep, if the idea of peacefully floating around with nothing but the sound of birds chirping and water flowing sounds good to you, then grab yourself a coffee, whack your feet up on the coach and read on as we bring you some of the best riverside wonders you’ve ever seen!
1. Turon Gates
Immerse yourself in the crystal clear waters and sweet serenity of Turon Rivers region.
The choice is yours; pull up stumps at one of the many bush camps right on the water in Turon National Park, or head on over to Turon Gates Farm Stay and enjoy a range of premium campsites, clean facilities (including hot showers) and a whole swag of activities for the kids. That’s right; the horse riding, fishing and canoeing around here will surely put a smile on your dial.
Looking for a full bush camp with a backdrop that’ll dead-set leave you speechless? Then look no further as this one really is the cream of the crop!
This tranquil little paradise is hidden around 90km west of Kempsey on the banks of the Macleay River. Bring the canoe and take a leisurely paddle downstream before relaxing the hours away on the river bank with a rocky mountain backdrop setting the scene.
If relaxing is not your style, then lock in the hubs and explore the off-road track which winds it’s was along the river with several water crossings to wet your adventurous appetite!
3. Farquhar Inlet
Can’t decide between camping on the beach or by the river? Visit Farquhar Inlet and do both!
Situated on the mouth of the Manning River you’ll find this little gem is what dreams are made of, especially if you’re a keen fisho. Take the tinnie for a blast up the river and wet a line, and try your luck with a bit of beach fishing while you’re at it. This campsite is only accessible by driving up the beach, so bring your 4WD and a real sense of adventure.
4. Wollondilly River Station
Swap the rat race for some well earned solitude on the banks of the pristine Wollindilly River.
This is a true fresh water fishing hotspot, and the best part is the family dog is always welcome too. Yep, this is the sort of place you can let your hair down and really unwind.
There’s plenty of exiting 4WD tracks in the area to tantalize your adventurous side, and while you’re in the area make sure you drop in and check out a real crowd favourite - Wombeyan Caves!
5. Myall Lakes National Park
If you’re looking for a place that will seriously suck the stress right out of you, than it’s time to pack your bags and head for the magical waters of Myall Lakes National Park.
There are dozens of campsites to choose from, most of which are either right on the water or a stone’s throw away from several of the pristine beaches. Some of these campsites are only accessible by boat, which only adds to the adventure, and if you think you’re running low on supplies you can run the tinnie down the river and dock right there at Bulahdelah Pub; how good is that?
Mungo Brush Campground is one of the most popular campgrounds of the lot, and while you’re there, make sure you tackle the Mungo Brush Rainforest Loop.