Yalwal Or Turon National Park

Submitted: Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 16:28
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Dear All,

I’m planning to go camping for the weekend, I have heard about two places (Yalwal & Turon National Park) and I’m a bit confused which one to go to.
Would you please advice me, which is best.

Thank you so much in advance,

John,
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Reply By: Member - Frank P (NSW) - Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 18:02

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 18:02
John,

Depends what you like.

If you're into kids ripping around a messy campground all day on noisy dirt bikes then Yalwal is the go. You might have a more peaceful time on weekdays or outside school holidays. Have been there a couple of times and left without setting up.

I have not camped in Turon NP
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Follow Up By: John G19 - Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 12:41

Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 12:41
Dear Frank,

Thank you for the advice,

I'm going with a friend in a 4wd car.
we just looking for some 4wd tracks & river cruising (for some fun).

Best Wishes,
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Follow Up By: Member - Frank P (NSW) - Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 14:11

Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 14:11
Yalwal area is good for a bit of 4WD trackwork. It's just the campground that is not my cup of tea - you may find it ok.

Other camping options in the area, not too far from Yalwal are Coolendel (link) and O'Grady's (no website) which is back some distance toward Nowra from Coolendel, on the same road.

Both are on the Shoalhaven River. Coolendel is more a nature reserve offering camping, canoeing etc. The river there is not much good for powered craft - too many rapids and only short stretches of open water. Around $16 PPPN. O'Grady's is more for power boating but you can paddle for miles if that's your interest. Sorry, don't know the fees.

Yalwal can be accessed from Coolendel via the Old Burrier Fire Trail (easy 4WD). From O'Grady's it would be via Yalwal Rd.

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Follow Up By: Member - Frank P (NSW) - Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 14:39

Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 14:39
A couple more things, John,

Coolendel have increased their fees - check the rates page in the link.

I don't know what sort of cruising you want to do on the water, but if it's powered be advised that powered boats are not permitted on Danjeera Dam at Yalwal.

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Follow Up By: RichieK - Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013 at 09:42

Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013 at 09:42
another vote for Coolendel..When I was there, the grounds were pristine, almost like camping on a golf course and there were heaps of wombats, wallabies and peacocks which the kids should enjoy..good for pushbikes too, heaps of tracks running around the place..hot showers and flushing toilets made it a winner from the ladies' perspective..definitely a bit pricier than the average campground but they have really put some effort into the place
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Reply By: fisherPete - Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 19:23

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 19:23
Turon has lots of space, but expect temps down to minus 5 this time of year.
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Follow Up By: John G19 - Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 12:43

Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 12:43
Thanks Pete.
minus 5 doesn't sounds good to me (Unless we replace the beers with a strong scotch ?).
Cheers
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Reply By: pepper2 - Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 14:37

Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 14:37
www.gradysriversideretreat.com.au is the website safe and quite camping close to all 4wd trails .
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Follow Up By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 14:48

Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 14:48
Try here:

O'Gradys Riverside Retreat
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Follow Up By: Member - Frank P (NSW) - Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 15:34

Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 15:34
Thanks guys. Don't know how I missed it in Google, but miss it I did :-(
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Reply By: Member - Vince M (NSW) - Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 20:45

Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 20:45
Yalwal is not the place unless you drive a 4x4 with sub woofers &smash your beer Bottles around the camp site, however if its just the 4wd tracks there are plenty of nice single bush camp sites on the main tracks as a local if you member msg me I will tell you of few good bush camps next to the creeks & if you are going to walk around the mines at yalwal I can send you a map that shows most of the mines & tunnels
Planing to do monkey gum track Sunday morning with a few friends
Have a great weekend
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