Ideas for camping around Sydney- Queens B'day weekend

Submitted: Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 20:39
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Just trying to work out where to go for the Queens Birthday weekend, a few hundred k's out of Sydney. Hill End attracts all the young drunks and the loud music till early morning on long weekends. The Warrambungles is usually full and 500ks away. I spent a week at Newnes and Hill End the last school holidays so not ready to go back there yet. I havent been to the Brindabellas for a few years but remember it was hard to find a good camp site if you arrived on the Sat arvo of a long weekend. I haven't been to Bendethra for ten years and I guess thats crowded nowadays. So where to go? Some input would be welcome please.!!
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Reply By: DJW - Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 21:09

Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 21:09
Hi Michael,
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 22:06

Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 22:06
Errr!! Hi there!!
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Reply By: Member - stefan P (NSW) - Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 21:22

Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 21:22
Turon gates at Capertee....very nice, but can get busy on a long weekend
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 21:48

Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 21:48
Thanks Stefan,I have heard of it but I havent been there, best to see something new on an ordinary weekend if busy on a long weekend. I just had a thought about the Wedden Mts NP. near Grenfell, I was there a few years ago, we had the place to ourselves but was a normal weekend. A few locals dropped in for a few hours and left again. Might be worth a thought. Michael
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Follow Up By: Member - stefan P (NSW) - Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 22:10

Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 22:10
just nearby turon gates is the turon river NP.....drove through there on the april long weekend.......TWO campers!!!! had the place to themselves. BUT no facilitys what so ever....need to take everything.

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Reply By: Member - Uncle (NSW) - Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 21:42

Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 21:42
Hi Michael, we did a couple of nights at Wollondilly River station once , very relaxing by the river. Another good spot we camped was about a kilometre behind the Bredbo pub, down by the Murrumbidgee river. It was a free camp , not sure about it these days, that was 7 yrs ago,saw a platypus while flyfishing there one morning. Being a long weekend though you may get a few people wherever you go, thems the brakes.
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 21:57

Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 21:57
Hi there, yes i have been there about he same time if its the same spot. It has all the deep water holes i think. The problem now is there are many more people out there using these places then ever before. Thanks for that. Michael
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Reply By: Member - Duncs - Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 21:50

Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 21:50
We camped at Bungleboori in the Wollomi NP for the June long weekend many years ago.

There is a bit to see, some of which you would probably have covered from Newnes. It was quiet when we were there. Firewood was in short supply but and there were next to no facilities but that woulf help keep it quiet.

It's a long time since I have looked for weekend trips out of Sydney so things may have changed. I will be watching replys to this thread closely myself.

Duncs
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 22:02

Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 22:02
Hi Duncs, I just spent 4 days at Newnes, saw most that was there(again). Its a great spot for a group up there and great for kids to ride their bikes, big open spaces at the Newnes main camp. But the bloody road, it never changes,its always badly corrugated. Michael
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Reply By: bob&loz - Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 22:27

Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 22:27
hi duncs
if you dont want to go to far, have you been to tuena. good spot on the creek (even might find some gold) about 4k out on the peelwood rd. you can go via wombyane caves from mv
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Follow Up By: bob&loz - Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 22:30

Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 22:30
whoops should have said Micheal
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 23:00

Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 23:00
Thanks Bob, i'll look it up and check it out.. regards Michael
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Follow Up By: Member - Duncs - Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at 09:52

Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at 09:52
It's OK Bob,

I'll check it out too.

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Reply By: Smudger - Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 23:51

Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 23:51
There are no original places to go out of sydney on a long weekend ..all the bloody tourists are out there (that's everyone except me, and you, of course).
However, there are lots of good camping areas along the river heading up to Hill End from Sofala. You'll find them all on a decent map of the Bridle track. National Parks should have a map.
Or you could try Turon River, or Gardens of Stone NP, both In the Blue Mountains.
You might need to book ahead in the later, check with National Parks. (We gave up going camping on long weekends years ago.)
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Reply By: Richard W (NSW) - Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at 06:48

Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at 06:48
Bendethera as you mentioned or you could try Jenolan SF, Abercrombie NP, Caves to Caves overnighting at Yeranderie or Yalwal but everywhere will be crowded.
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Reply By: Member - 120scruiser (NSW) - Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at 17:26

Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at 17:26
I went out to Bents Basin near Wallacia, Eastern side on the weekend and its a top spot for camping. I haven't been there for about 20years and boy has it changed. I will take my baby out there camping for a weekend when I get the camper trailer and I only live 20 minutes from there.
Another good spot is Wee Jasper. There is a camp ground there, fees payable, good facilities and a ranger on site to keep an eye on things. We were there October long week end last year and it is a great spot. A fair bit to do around that area as well.
I won't be around camping this long week end as I am going to the V8 Supercars at Eastern Creek and Crusty Demons all in the same weekend. What a boys week end that will be. Plenty of petrol fumes around.
Just a couple of options for you.
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Reply By: DMH122 - Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at 17:33

Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at 17:33
Michael, There is a nice little spot just East of Orange used to be an old Gold mining area called Ophir its on a creek not a bad spot for couple of days away from the normal grind, has a lot of old tunnels to explore.
Cheers Grant.
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Reply By: Member - Howard (ACT) - Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at 20:14

Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at 20:14
michael,
you have a lovley camp spot just a few kilometres away from home
its called ivan milat park.
camp out the back away from the pines and its usually pretty quite- Brethren point?
i think its called.
nothing hard but eneough interesting tracks for a weekend.
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Reply By: Member - Richard K (NSW) - Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at 22:28

Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at 22:28
Hi Michael and gerday Duncs..

Coolendel on the Shoalhaven River (close to Yalwal,
Great for kids, heaps of bike tracks
Exellent facilities
Might be quite a few people there, but it is BIG!
www.coolendel.com.au (I think)

Cheers and beers
Rich (member now...)

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