camping northen NSW

Submitted: Monday, Jan 16, 2006 at 18:17
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Hi All,

We're planning to go camping in the northern rivers region of nsw on the Australia day weekend and we're looking for suggestions.

Although we'll have our 11 month old ankle bighter with us, we don't minimal facilites. We're looking for something near water. A beach would be great but some calm water would be even better for the little one. Naturally, staying away from crowds on that weekend may be difficult but preferable.

So far I've looked at Woody Head and Black Rocks campsites near Iluka, or Pebbly Beach and Station Creek a little further south.

What do people think of these?

Thanks in advance

R.
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Reply By: Trevor W(Brisbane) - Monday, Jan 16, 2006 at 20:39

Monday, Jan 16, 2006 at 20:39
We will be at Lake View Caravan Park at Woolgoolga so you are welcome to join us- just asked for Trevor and Carol and Josie.I will have all my maps and lots of info.4 and a half hrs south of Brisbane.
Caretakers are Colin and Julie
You can then go for a drive and have a look at Red Rock,Station Creek,Pebbly Beach and if time permits go up to Nymboda River-Platypus Reserve
I have been to all and they are all great.
Also
Just on the North Bank of the River at Iluka their is a good camp just before you get into town right on the point but it is open to the surf
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Follow Up By: robak (QLD) - Tuesday, Jan 17, 2006 at 11:25

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2006 at 11:25
Thanks for the offer Trevor. SWMBO reckons there's NO WAY we're traveling 4.5 hours. Oh, well maybe next time.

Cheers

R.
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Reply By: Member - Pezza (QLD) - Monday, Jan 16, 2006 at 20:48

Monday, Jan 16, 2006 at 20:48
Hi Robak,

All else fails you can always join a few members and ourselves with our 14 month old dirt magnet at
bigriggen park

Avagoodn
Pezza

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Follow Up By: robak (QLD) - Tuesday, Jan 17, 2006 at 11:43

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2006 at 11:43
Dirt Magnet? LOL. So true.

I know that area well. We often went camping on a private property a few kilimetres up-river from bigriggen park. Nice area.

R.
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Follow Up By: Pedirka - Tuesday, Jan 17, 2006 at 16:59

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2006 at 16:59
Pezza!
The other photo in your profile. Is that Woody Head?
Great place.

Cheers
Pedirka
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Follow Up By: Member - Pezza (QLD) - Tuesday, Jan 17, 2006 at 21:38

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2006 at 21:38
G'day Pedirka,
If you mean the 'sunset' one, no, not woody head. Took it from the beach at the camp ground at Loyalty, north of Bamaga, Cape York.
The place has been mentioned a few times on this site over the last month or so, great spot, not as 'touristy' as punsand bay.

Avagoodn
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Reply By: porl - Monday, Jan 16, 2006 at 21:46

Monday, Jan 16, 2006 at 21:46
Can thoroughly recommend Black Rock.

I have a 15 month old and can't wait to take her there. I haven't actually been there for a few years but can't imagine too much change.

The bit I would look forward to would be her absolute fascination with the sandy ocean shore and the incredible black sand rock structure running north up the beach. When she would want a swim I'd walk/drive back about 5 minutes to a brown but clean calm water area totally safe for a toddler (with parent of course). And at night, when she's asleep I'd hit the surf for some night fishing.

I have heard there are some camping amenities there now but imagine its still take your own water and no electricity which does reduce numbers a tad.
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Reply By: ShnogDog - Monday, Jan 16, 2006 at 22:46

Monday, Jan 16, 2006 at 22:46
Woody Head is a gem... would be my pick. Good facilities, waterfront, and some calm water too... I went there with my first child at a similar age and it was great.

Mark
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Reply By: Member - Bware - Tuesday, Jan 17, 2006 at 00:52

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2006 at 00:52
I have been to all and more in the area like Minnie Water and Sandon River but my personal favourite is Station Creek.
1. It has beautiful big shady trees.
2. It has a beach and creek which is ideal for kids(and big kids) with a sandhill down to the water's edge for sliding down.
3. There are tracks to explore between the camp ground and the highway.
4. 4wd beach access.
5. Loads of wildlife.
It has toilets, firewood, bins, bbq pits, picnic tables. You need to take water.
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Reply By: wheeler - Tuesday, Jan 17, 2006 at 07:28

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2006 at 07:28
Pebbly beach would be my pick, but it might be a bit busy on the Aust day weekend. Glorious when you have the place to yourself.
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Reply By: peterjs - Tuesday, Jan 17, 2006 at 07:58

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2006 at 07:58
What about wonderful Wooli, right between the river and the ocean, there is a caravan park right on the river, never camped there, but do live in Wooli, Pete.
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Reply By: flappa - Tuesday, Jan 17, 2006 at 12:11

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2006 at 12:11
Personal Favourite is Pebbly Beach. The newer composting loo's , BYO water 4wd access only.

Minnie Waters is good , Decent Loos , and Water close by. 2wd access , but 4wd can be driven along the beach to Sandon River.

Woody Head and Black Rocks , also good , as is Sandon River and Brooms Head.

Problem will be , at this time of year , BUSY . . . half the population of the Inland Towns heads to the coast over this period.
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Reply By: Member - Matt M (ACT) - Tuesday, Jan 17, 2006 at 13:05

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2006 at 13:05
We spent some time at Station Creek this Xmas with two small children and it was outstanding! As sometimes happens, we arrived for an overnighter and ended up staying for much longer. About a 500m wlk to the beach or 100m to a little jetty on the creek. Kids had a fantastic time floating up and down the creek with mask and snorkel, great shady sites, composting toilets and heaps of wood supplied. I can't recommend it highly enough.

Matt M.
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