Camping near Armidale

This country town has waterfalls, rainforests, and gorges at its doorstep.

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Blue Hole Riverside R&R

6 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents50 acres · Castle Doyle, NSW
Blue Hole Riverside R&R (via Castle Doyle Rd) is located 10 minutes out of Armidale and provides sunny, cleared acres to camp by the riverside with peaceful surrounds and total relaxation. Easy access to the river to swim, fish, kayak or canoe. A short two minute drive to the beautiful Blue Hole Picnic Area and Gara Gorge offers swimming, picnic seating, BBQ and bush walking in a scenic bush setting. Armidale is home too many gorges and national parks like no other region. Dangars falls is a stunning waterfall with a picnic area. This rural property suits self sufficient campers only with own drinking water and shower/toilet amenities. All campers must take their rubbish with them leaving no trace - no bins provided. Take your time to relax by a fire and enjoy the serenity! The "Reynella" Hut is now available to stay in. This well appointed, fully renovated hut is a studio with a queen bed, lounge area, tv, kitchen, bathroom/laundry, front deck with a bbq and views to die for!! This provides all the luxuries with a rustic charm embracing a peaceful getaway with a magnificent outlook.
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Kate's Cottage

2 sites · Lodging, Tents6 acres · Armidale, NSW
Located just 6 kms from the Armidale town boundary, this 6 acre property features a two room tiny house that will sleep 2-3 people. Kate's Cottage has a small kitchen, separate bedroom, separate septic toilet and hot shower (40m away in main building) and a deck with views of Mt Duval. There is a fire pit, wood fired pizza oven and BBQ in an attached covered BBQ area. A recreation room has pool table dart board and TV for your exclusive use, There is also a small gym and child's playground.
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Cracknback Riverside Campground

30 sites · RVs, Tents5 acres · Lower Creek, NSW
**IMPORTANT INFORMATION** Cracknback Campground is situated almost half way between Kempsey and Armidale shires. They are each responsible for this road. The boundary between the two shires is at Blackbird Flat - which is 12 km from us towards Kempsey. The Armidale Shire section of road is officially closed (though not policed). We are obliged to pass on this information as it must be your decision whether to drive on Armidale Shire Road. There are also old signs still up saying road closed/landslip/turn around etc. Our working farm is located between Kempsey and Armidale at Lower Creek in mid-north NSW. We have grassy campsites right on the beautiful Macleay River, which is famous for Bass fishing, kayaking and swimming. *When you come here, our home is your home. Please respect the pristine wilderness and leave no trace. Clean up your camp and take your rubbish home. * Heaps of flat ground for kids to ride bikes * Watch tortoises and fish in the river * Beautiful mountain ranges and and such an open sky you can see the Milky Way * 30 roomy sites, flushing toilets, hot showers * We are dog friendly...if your dog is friendly. Please pick up after them. * Fire pits provided but bring your own wood Additional guests welcome at $20 per head per night over 15 years old. Kids under 15 years $5 per night.
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Back to Nature Bush Camping

4 sites · RVs, Tents520 acres · Tilbuster, NSW
Elderslie lies at the foot of Mount Duval Nature Reserve. We encompass a variety of landscapes from stringy bark Forrest and creek lands to open timber and mountains. We travel through 1.5km of rough terrain that follows the powerlines, steep in parts. 4WD vehicle required. The campsite is a flat, grassy area, the perfect spot to get back to nature and enjoy the tranquillity. Campers are welcome to enjoy a campfire - do not light fires during fire ban. Pets are allowed. There are no facilities here, campers need to BYO camp toilet and leave no trace. Just 15 minutes down the road you'll find yourself in the regional hub of Armidale for all your shopping and supply needs.
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The Swamp

1 site · RV, Tent8 acres · Armidale, NSW
Eight acres of mostly white gums, not far from town, crowded with kangaroos and birds in wide variety. Listen to the magpies' neighbourhood meetings. There are no amenities here, campers will need to be self contained and leave no trace. There's a dam and there's usually peace and quiet. Occasionally this is broken by the Motorkhana throwing donuts in classic cars on the skid pan next door. Special rates are available for these times, which occur only every few weeks, and last oonly a few hours. On clear nights, the Milky Way is splashed across the sky in majestic panorama.
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River Lodge

6 sites · RVs, Tents104 acres · Armidale, NSW
Our property is on 104 acres at the end of a dirt road, 1.5 kms from the main road. We are only five minutes outside Armidale city off the Coffs Harbour Road or Waterfall Way.The campsite is not powered, in a shady area under willow trees and beside the Gara River (water levels low at the moment). It is suitable for 4WD only.Dog friendly (on leash) and there are no amenities so you'll need to have your own camping toilet and leave no trace. Campfires permitted when restrictions aren't in place and includes firewood. BYO water and you can top up at the house.
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Kai Iwi Estate

2 sites · RVs, Tents1000 acres · Glencoe, NSW
A piece of paradise in the New England region of northern NSW. This region is renowned for being prime cattle grazing country and you’d be staying on our filling operating cattle property with stunning views to the north overlooking Grahams Valley. It is situated in a peaceful rural setting with, clean, crisp mountain air. The elevation is approximately 1293 metres and in winter there are frosts and the occasional snowfall. The camping area is grassed, level, and spacious, and has access to power, rainwater, and toilet. Campfires are permitted when conditions allow, and we're also pet-friendly! We look forward to sharing our piece of paradise with you.
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Peppermint Flat Glamping

2 sites · Lodging3000 acres · Wollomombi, NSW
Located within half an hour drive of several World Heritage listed National Parks, Peppermint Flat Glamping provides 3 canvas bell tents for groups of up to 9 people. 20m from the Platypus-filled Oaky River and with all the luxuries of home: hot water showers, real mattresses, luxury bedding, device charging facilities and lights and all the cooking equipment and utensils you could ever need. Just bring ice, food and drinks for the esky and you’re set!
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Briarfield

1 site · RV, Tent500 acres · Aberfoyle, NSW
Our piece of heaven is Briarfield, a beef & wool farm on the Northern Tablelands 30km east of Guyra. 1300m above sea level.The southern end of our farm is one large paddock of 500 acres for you to explore, relax & enjoy the peaceful seclusion. We only take one booking/group, it's all yours.There are gullies to explore full of natural rock outcrops, ferns & enormous gum trees. Lots of little tracks to follow under the canopy of our great stringy bark trees. An abundance of wildlife to share your space with, kangaroos, wallabies, echidna & if you are lucky koalas! We back onto the start of the Wollomombi River, where we would suggest that you camp, but there are many beautiful spots.Please bring your own camp toilet. Well behaved dogs on leads welcome. Campfires - see rules.
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Muluerindie

4 sites · RVs, Tents21 acres · Bendemeer, NSW
Located just outside Bendemeer, our property features 21 peaceful acres with frontage to the beautiful McDonald River and a nice flat shaded area for camping. This is the perfect getaway spot to relax, complete with platypus, wombats and amazing bird life, fishing for trout and yellow belly. Lots of kayaking and swimming in summer, and plenty in winter too if you're brave!). We're around 30 mins from Tamworth where you can find all the supermarkets and supply stores to meet your camping gear needs, and there's lots of great cafes and restaurants too. Power is available if required but not next to the river. Camp next to the river (4WD access only) with your tent or rooftop set up or park uphill overlooking the river with your caravan or motor home, it's only a little further away (100 metres) with power available. Campfires allowed at both locations ( fire season permitting) you will need to bring your own wood. We welcome self-contained campers who bring their own camping toilet/ shower. Rain water is available for campers and caravans as required, and there is access to rubbish facilities. ​Your well behaved pet is welcome to camp with you.
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Tarinore Farm

2 sites · RVs, TentsWollomombi, NSW
Small farm located near the village of Wollomombi 40km east of Armidale. We have access to the Chandler River on the farm and have various National Parks within a short drive. We are on the edge of the Wollomombi Village with a local shop.We have a site with 2WD access for Caravans and RVs and a 4WD access site.SORRY, BUT PETS ARE NOT PERMITTED (we are a farm with livestock)Flushing toilet, hot shower, camp kitchen and indoor combustion fire for winter. Campfires permitted on consultation with host depending on conditions.This is a great camp site under some old Elm trees with easy access to the river. This spot is suitable for 4WD/High clearance access only and can accommodate a number of caravans, camper trailers and tents. Camp fires permitted on consultation with host depending on conditions. Wood is available to purchase on arrival.
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New Valley Dreaming

6 sites · RVs, Tents2859 acres · New Valley, NSW
This cattle and sheep property in New Valley, half an hour south of Inverell, is raw and beautiful, with New Valley Creek running through it, swimming holes, and waterfalls. Newly laid trails make exploring the property easy, from valleys to hilltops. If you are looking for a natural wonderland, where you can enjoy Australian bush camping at its absolute best, this is it. The property is so spectacular, that parts of it have even been featured on TV's Farmer Wants a Wife. The terrain is rugged and hilly, but the host has created easy access to several excellent, grassy camping sites some exclusive to one group at a time, others around the large dam but still with plenty of space. They all have good road access for even 2WD, provided they have good clearance. The creek and rocks are stunning and will provide hours of fun. Fishing tours are run on the property at an extra cost, it is strictly catch and release and must discuss it beforehand with the host. We do not permit hunting as we want our guests to have and enjoy the tranquility and space. Please note, that our Farmer Wants a Wife site has a long-drop toilet and designated fire ring, however, our other sites are for completely self-contained campers only. If you are visiting during the shearing season, you are welcome to come and check it out for an insight into farm life! Pet friendly, but only small breeds, and must be kept on a lead at all times. Please discuss bringing your dog with the host before booking. Campfires are ok provided you BYO firepit, and they are kept small and manageable. There is plenty of fallen timber you are welcome to collect for firewood. Strictly no cutting down of trees. No campfires during fire bans, or when conditions are not favourable. Whilst fishing tours are possible on the property, you must discuss your interest with the host prior as there are important rules around this and is , it's strictly catch-and-release only. We do not allow hunting of any description so that our visitors can have a quiet and relaxing stay without interruptions. Just five minutes up the road is Green Valley Fun Park with a huge playground, jumping pillow, animal walkabout, museum and 18 hole mini putt. So plenty to keep kids entertained both on and off the property!
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Camping near Armidale guide

Overview

Encircled by state forests and national parks, Armidale is the gateway to New England’s High Country, where the lush landscapes provide a backdrop for outdoor activities. Once you’ve seen the heritage buildings and visited the art galleries in town, head out to hike through canyons, see waterfalls, and go wine tasting at cool-climate vineyards. There are plenty of ways to get on the water, whether fishing from the shore, cooling off with a swim, or exploring by canoe. Stay at the tourist park in Armidale or discover secluded bush camping grounds in the surrounding national parks.

Where to go

Western Tablelands 

West of Armidale, the forested slopes and farmlands of the New England tablelands provide plenty of options for campers and bushwalkers. Visit the gold rush town of Bingara and try gold panning along the Gwydir River, enjoy tranquil bush camping in the Warrabah National Park, or camp by Copeton Lake, where you can swim and enjoy water sports in the summer months. Further east, hike or mountain bike through the ancient volcanic landscapes of Mount Kaputar National Park.

Waterfall Way

The scenic 210-kilometre Waterfall Way driving route runs east of Armidale all the way to Coffs Harbour on the NSW coast. Taking around three hours to drive (not accounting for stops), this is a day trip to be savored. Hop out to admire five waterfalls, including Chandler Falls and Crystal Shower Falls, enjoy hikes in the Dorrigo and Cathedral Rock national parks, and spot platypus along the Wollomombi River.

Eastern Tablelands 

East of Armidale, wild rivers and rainforest-clad gorges hug the slopes of the eastern tablelands. Hike or horseback ride through World Heritage-listed rainforest in Washpool National Park, go white water rafting in the Nymboida National Park, or enjoy fishing, swimming, and canoeing in the Guy Fawkes River National Park. Campsites are dotted along the riversides, some of which are reachable only by canoe or 4WD.

When to go

Temperatures rarely hit extremes in the New England Tablelands, so outdoor activities are enjoyable year-round. Summer (December through January) is the best time for camping by the riverside, when it's warm enough to swim and enjoy water sports. Visiting in late spring means you’ll avoid the biggest crowds and see the hillsides blooming with wildflowers, while autumn transforms the bushlands with colorful fall foliage. Winter evenings can drop below 10°C, so wrap up warm if camping.

Know before you go

  • Armidale has bus links to the surrounding towns, but you’ll need a vehicle to explore the tablelands and national parks.
  • Armidale has a selection of shops where you can pick up camping gear and stock up on supplies.
  • Fire bans are common in New South Wales during summer and dry periods, so check local recommendations before lighting a campfire and always use designated fire pits. 
  • A permit is required to camp within NSW’s national parks, and campsites must be booked in advance.

Nearby attractions

  • An historic venue and an interesting tale in revival, the Tamworth Showgrounds have evolved over the last century to be the impressive event space that it is today.
  • An unexplained natural wonder on the border of the beautiful Pilliga State Conservation Area, Yarrie Lake was most likely formed by an asteroid. To this day, the lake resembles an almost lunar landscape.

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