Best place to go camping for natural pools, waterfalls and caves?

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I have been doing some research on some areas to go camping.. but there is so many it's confusing me.

I am wanting to go camping somewhere private where there is a nice walking track, waterfalls, natural pools/swimming spots and caves etc in either the whole of NSW or Southern QLD.

I would just like some opinions as I want to make it a really nice trip. Thanks!
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Reply By: Echucan Bob - Thursday, Jan 23, 2014 at 23:34

Thursday, Jan 23, 2014 at 23:34
The Kimberley. Pool : Emma Gorge. Waterfall: Lennard Gorge. Caves: not my scene.

Great swimming holes all over Kimberley - prefer sharing with freshies to salties though.

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Follow Up By: Echucan Bob - Thursday, Jan 23, 2014 at 23:35

Thursday, Jan 23, 2014 at 23:35
OK a few kms further but worth the drive.
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Reply By: Member - Duncan W (WA) - Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 01:31

Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 01:31
Tassie but pack a wet suit if you want to swim.

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Follow Up By: Member - Duncan W (WA) - Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 09:57

Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 09:57
Oops Tassie ain't NSW or Southern QLD.
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Reply By: Member - Tony (ACT) - Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 06:40

Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 06:40
Bendethra on the Deua River NSW. Not always private but ticks all other boxes.
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Follow Up By: Penchy - Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 08:19

Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 08:19
I didn't know there are caves at Bendethra.
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony (ACT) - Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 11:42

Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 11:42
Quite a few actually, but only one has normal public entry. Worth the walk and ok for kids with care. Head torch is better than a hand held.
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Follow Up By: Penchy - Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 12:28

Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 12:28
Good to know, thanks for the heads up
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Reply By: Member - Chris_K - Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 07:40

Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 07:40
Somewhere around Mt Barney which is in Qld near the NSW border would tick all the boxes.

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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 07:55

Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 07:55
Hi Tori,

You might not find everything in one spot, but here are a few suggestions. Giraween Nat Park in SE Qld, Carnarvon Gorge in Qld, Waterfall Way east of Armidale, Apsley Falls near Walcha, Mann River Reserve and Clarence Gorge near Grafton. Some of these you will find under the Places button, others will come up if you google. We have mentioned most of these in our blogs.

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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 10:44

Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 10:44
Also Wombeyan, Yarrongabilly and Wee Jasper, for caves.

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Reply By: Erad - Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 10:25

Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 10:25
Blue water holes at the Northern end of the Kosziusko National Park. You have everything except waterfalls, although there are cascades there. Watch out for the red belly black snakes, but otherwise, a fantastic spot. Fairly secluded area as well. It is closed in winter time. Good (although small) trout there as well.
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Reply By: bakers - Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 16:09

Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 16:09
Hi

Abercormbie NP access to caves some nice camping spots on the river but can get busy and very dry atm.

Bungonia gorge - advanced caves (grill cave is good as a challenge for beginners) and the gorge has some good walks and swimming. Also can access camping area with van but give it a miss in the school holidays as can get busy.

+ 1 for Bendethera easier access from western side (access between Bodalla and Moruya) managed to get the kluger and cub drifta in there but had kept a close eye on the weather to make sure it was dry. Access via Araluen rd much more fun but would recommend 4wd with low range.

Will keep an eye on this thread as always looking for new places to keep the tin lids occupied.

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Reply By: Nutta - Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 16:34

Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 16:34
Angourie near Yamba has a blue and green pool, really nice!

Its been a while but the road from evans head to woodburn has a blue and brown or black pool also, ask the locals, the brown pool? was really weird, the water that dark I couldn't tell where the water was and found it strange waiting to hit it.

From Broadwater heading west to rileys hill rd there is an old quarry that filled up, been there for years and an awesome waterhole!

Theres more but after 30 years my memory is fading, I'll pop back if they come to mind.
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Reply By: Tori F - Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 18:08

Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 18:08
Thanks so much guys! :)
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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014 at 15:54

Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014 at 15:54
There is a list of NSW caves here that might be useful.

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