Coolah Tops

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Which is the best campground at Coolah tops? We will have 3 families, mainly tents, but 1 trailer.
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Reply By: Member - Alison & Glen C (INT) - Saturday, Aug 07, 2010 at 20:38

Saturday, Aug 07, 2010 at 20:38
We visited Coolah Tops N.P. in the last week of December 2009 - it was wet and cold. We were the only campers in the park, although there were a few day visitors in the 3 days we spent there. Any of the camp areas are suitable for 3 families - there are no marked camp sites or barriers. The drive in is quite slow and seems to go on forever. The dirt road into the park was fine but some of the roads within the park were closed. We drove to the Cox's Creek and Barracks camping areas which are in relative close proximity and chose Cox's creek. We travelled in a Nissan Navara and towed a Kimberley Kamper.
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Reply By: OzTroopy - Saturday, Aug 07, 2010 at 21:58

Saturday, Aug 07, 2010 at 21:58
Coxs Creek is probably the better for trailer / tenting .... wellll ... Its the area I prefer anyway.

The Barracks gets over run with vans normally ... and the covered table amenity is popular and draws a crowd.

The Pines is pretty ordinary ... Toilets were shabby on the last run over there.

There is a restored shanty for rent too with tent space but no car/trailer access to the building .... Its called bracken cottage or some bling name ....

A run over pandoras pass is worthwhile ... bit bumpy in a 2wd at times.

If your going at this time of year ... pack for snow or equivalent temps.

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Follow Up By: OzTroopy - Saturday, Aug 07, 2010 at 22:00

Saturday, Aug 07, 2010 at 22:00
... and the run in is slow because of the stupid "grand canyon" drainage ditches NPWS carve across the roads .... low clearance drawbars need to go steady in most cases.
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Reply By: Member - Mark (Tamworth NSW) - Saturday, Aug 07, 2010 at 23:33

Saturday, Aug 07, 2010 at 23:33
Cox's Ck is more diverese with both open and shaded areas, where as from memory The Barracks is more shaded
Copx's Ck has more buswallks leaving from that area.
2WD vehicles have no problem, even towing a trailer, however wouldn't recommend approaching from Pandora's Pass end after heavy rain in a 2WD. Coolah end will be fine though.
Remember it is elevated 800-1000m, hence cooler and has a high rainfall.

We have been 3 times in the past decade, never found it crowded.
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Reply By: cycadcenter - Sunday, Aug 08, 2010 at 00:16

Sunday, Aug 08, 2010 at 00:16
We used to have a property at the base of the Omaleah cliffs, access from the Blackville side. Great place to explore on foot with caves in the cliffside where Thunderbolt was supposed to have hidden out.

Be carefull around the cliff faces as they can be unstable.

If you ever get the chance try to attend "Jazz in the Tops"

Here is a link to the webside

Jazz in the Tops

It is truely a remarkable experience

Bruce
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Follow Up By: cycadcenter - Sunday, Aug 08, 2010 at 00:21

Sunday, Aug 08, 2010 at 00:21
Here's a better link

Jazz in the Tops

Bruce
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