There’s nothing like the memories made on a family camping trip. Here are the best places to pitch a tent at the Great Western Plains.
1. Wellington Caves Holiday Park, Wellington
Located 8km from Wellington at the Wellington Caves Complex, this caravan park offers campers plenty of space, shady sites, great facilities and a brand new swimming pool.
There’s a camp kitchen to cook and wash up, or if you can’t be bothered with that just pop across to the onsite café. You’ll be conveniently located at the awe-inspiring Wellington Caves where guided tours are available.
2. Discovery Holiday Park, Dubbo
An example of how seriously cool caravan parks can be these days, Discovery Holiday Park Dubbo has a heated resort-style swimming pool and a fabulous heated waterpark complete with slides, fountains and a giant tipping bucket that will have kids large and small squealing with delight.
Add to the mix a giant jumping pillow, a BMX track and a well-equipped camp kitchen and you’ve got an excellent place to pitch a tent.
3. Quambone Primitive Campsite, Coonamble
Located just 18km from the beautiful Macquarie Marshes, Quambone Primitive Campsite is a free camp in the tiny town of the same name. It’s positioned close to the town swimming pool, tennis courts and sports oval, and has toilets, fire pits and water facilities.
4. Dandry Gorge, Pilliga Forest
For an outback bush camping experience, head to the Scultpures in the Scrub camping area at Dandry Gorge in the Pilliga Forest. Accessible via sandy red dirt tracks, you’ll need to be self-sufficient out here as facilities are limited to toilets and BBQs so bring plenty of supplies.
There’s plenty of space for caravans, and the 3km Sculptures in the Scrub walk tells of the indigenous history of the area via beautiful sculpture art.
5. Gulargambone Caravan Park, Coonamble
Camp among the jacaranda trees at Gulargambone, which means ‘place of many galahs’.
This shady caravan park set on the banks of the Castlereagh River has established gardens, tidy amenities and an excellent camp kitchen complete with pizza oven that can also turn over a roast. It’s pet-friendly, and the welcoming staff even host a nightly happy hour.
6. Barkala Farm, Pilliga Forest
Home of Pilliga Pottery, Barkala Farm is a bohemian micro village established in the early ‘80s by German immigrants and is still run by the same family today. Handcrafted pottery is made and sold onsite, and camping is available with hot showers and flushing toilets.
There’s also an excellent café that serves deliciously authentic German sausages and cold beer – that’s if you don’t fancy a camp cookout!
7. Gilgandra Caravan Park, Gilgandra
What better place to pitch a tent (or park your van or camper) than at the southern gateway to the spectacular Warrumbungle National Park; Gilgandra. And the best spot in town is the Gilgandra Caravan Park. It's a lovely, leafy park that's happy to have your four-legged friend, too.
8. Camp Blackman, Warrumbungles
The largest campsite in the Warrumbungle National Park also has the best facilities; Camp Blackman. It’s a sprawling grassy site with large trees, powered and unpowered sites, free hot showers and flushing toilets.
It’s also the location of the Visitor Centre, where you can get the full low down on exploring this breathtaking wilderness area.
9. Terramungamine Reserve, Dubbo
10km north of Dubbo on the banks of the Macquarie River you’ll find Terramungamine Reserve, a public recreation area and free overnight camp with a long Aboriginal history.
Terramungamine Reserve was an important gathering area for Aboriginal tribes throughout the region, and a short walk along the river reveals approximately 150 grinding grooves on an outcrop of rock, where Aboriginal people sharpened their tools and weapons.