Mountainous glamping in Northern Rivers

Camping spots abound from the coast to the hinterland in the lush, northeast corner of NSW.

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8 top mountainous glamping sites in Northern Rivers

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Emu Creek Retreat

101 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents2800 acres · Tabulam, NSW
Welcome to Emu creek Retreat One of the best destinations for hiking, camping, bushwalking, swimming, Kayaking, fishing, mountain bike riding (bicycles only), bird watching, 4wdriving and even fossicking, since the old gold mining town "Lunatics" was not far away from us. If travelling in a 2wd please contact us before booking, some of the campgrounds have to be reached by crossing the creeks, Girard camp is one of them where the office and the showers are, at times this crossing is under water and is only accessible by 4wd. Other campgrounds are available near the entry gate that don't require a creek crossing for access and toilets are available on some of them. One side of the property is bound by Emu Creek and the other by Gerard Creek, both creeks have enough water with some permanent deep water holes for all year activities. Sightseeing inside the property we have Girard Falls, a 50m deep waterfall, nature at it's best. The only entry into the property is by Emu Creek Rd a gravel road. Emu Creek Retreat is located in the far north-east of New South Wales. We are approximately 200 km from Brisbane, Toowoomba and Gold Coast, 150km from Byron Bay. Tabulam is the nearest town 12km away. Fuel and groceries are available at Tabulam along with a post office, pub and police station. Casino is 68km away and Tenterfield 78km. Once a working cattle property, in the 90's was converted into a camping and 4WD park. Since 2017 has been a family own and operated property, pet friendly, we are using the existing large camping grounds to convert it into a camping paradise. Two properties combined with close to 2800 acres, fronting Paddy’s Flat Rd for 2km and extends 7km to the back fence bordering a 22000 acre cattle property. The front section is undulating with plantation forest (spotted gum) and bushland, towards the back it has mountains, steep terrain and millions of trees with spectacular views and great hiking tracks.
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"Mindoo"

10 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents1100 acres · Tenterfield, NSW
Located 19 km due east of the famous historical village of Tenterfield the working, cattle breeding, property "Mindoo" has recently opened its gates to campers. Framed by the rugged border range National Parks "Mindoo" is 1100 acres of rolling green hills dissected by the pure, cascading, waters of the Cataract River which provide a number of private riverside campsites. Campers are encouraged to meander along the continually changing River and explore its many secluded swimming holes and enjoy the abundant wildlife that cohabitates with the Angus/Wagyu cow herd. Direct access to the neighbouring National Parks and State Forests offers an array of day trips to hikers, mountain bikers, or horse riders where they can discover the natural treasures of Basket Swamp and Boonoo Boonoo Falls, Woolool Woolooni, among others. For those who require a little more comfort, and lets face it we all do at times, the Mindoo Cabin is available. Featuring three bedrooms, open plan living/dining/kitchen,and a shady deck overlooking the River the cabin sleeps eight and still allows visitors to partake in all the adventures that "Mindoo" offers with the benefit of a comfortable rest when the day is done. For those interested in exploring the park trails via horseback we can also provide secure lodgings for your horses, with quality hay available for purchase. Be as adventurous or as restfull as you please as both options are freely available. Mountain Biking, Hilking, Horse riding, or just riding your hammock and relaxing we are sure you will enjoy your time at "Mindoo" There is approximately 4km gravel road to get to the property. Mobile reception is patchy (telstra) you may need to get to the top of a hill for reception. Very little or no reception for other networks. Our aim is for your visit to be private so are spacing our sites . From Easter will no longer have undesignated river sites, all river sites will be designated and spaced a part. If you have a large group - Koala & Rockpool can be booked together, the Park One & Two booked together, or The Bend. Send us a message if you have any questions.
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Bullock Mountain Homestead

28 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents1200 acres · Yarrowford, NSW
1200 acres of mainly rugged bushland with 2 kms of Reddestone Creek and 6 kms of the Beardy River at the boundary. We offer fossicking for sapphires, fishing, bird watching, and bushwalking Options include either camping on the river or creek, or guesthouse accommodation. Firewood is free plenty to pick up. Dog friendly. Horse friendly (if you bring your own yard). We have one powered site and the rest are unpowered. A power point is available near the shed. There is a daily charge for sapphire fossicking. Daily sieve hire is available. Book all of this before you come. Usually there are small sapphires to find but of course nothing is guaranteed!
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Nymboida Tiny Yoga Retreat

12 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents206 acres · South Grafton, NSW
The Nymboida Tiny Yoga Retreat sits on 200 acres of pristine forest in a private subtropical valley, at the foothill hinterland of the Great Divide near Coffs Harbour NSW. We offer camping and indoor accommodation. Our property is totally secluded, we have a fruit orchard and vegetable garden, with camping available away from the house in your own secluded area. There is a dam to swim in. Relax around the crackling campfire in the evenings as you gaze at the night skies. Please note campfires are subject to firebans. There are bush walking trails, forest views, plenty of National Parks nearby in millions of acres of forest. Kayaking is available on the Nymboida River. The Retreat is vegan, vegetarian and there is a no meat, no alcohol, no drug policy. Yoga and meditation classes, massage, Ascension healing also available. Catering vegan meals also possible. Tank water is available for drinking. Campers must bring their own camping toilet and take the waste away. See www.dumppoints.com to find a dump point near you. We also offer indoor accommodation at our stunning Yoga Retreat pole house. Guests here will have access to fully contained accommodation including full bathroom amenities, lounge, kitchen and dining room. The views here are stunning.
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Nymboida - Black Mountain

5 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents170 acres · Nymboida, NSW
You will come here to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of `Black Mountain'. `Black Mountain’ is on Gumbainggir country. It is a registered conservation property bordering Nymboida River and Nymboi-Binderay National Park. Alastair and I have shared the property for more than 25 years and consider ourselves custodians of this precious place. Visitors enjoy: the pristine river; walking tracks through diverse terrain; starry night skies and campfires. Previous guests recommend staying at least two nights to soak up the atmosphere and explore the area. Choose from the 'Ant Shack' or four adjacent campsites with easy access and views to the Nymboida River. Shared facilities include a hot shower and composting toilets. You can walk, swim and kayak, explore the area or just relax for days. We can’t accommodate domestic animals or allow fishing, not even catch and release because we protect our wildlife and the endangered Eastern Cod. Black Mountain is remote but just 60 kilometres from Grafton or Coffs (via back way). 2WD access to our house is from Nymboida only. 4WD/AWD from Lowanna or Glenreagh and 4WD/AWD down to the river/campsite area - Not suitable for caravans. All proceeds from Airbnb and Hipcamp are invested in the continuing conservation of Black Mountain.
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Nymboida River Cabin - "Makatinga"

2 sites · Lodging2300 acres · Nymboida, NSW
Makatinga is a 2300 acre property situated on the Nymboida river 53km south west of Grafton. "The Studio" is an offgrid cabin on the bank overlooking the river. Access is by 4WD or high clearance vehicles only. Accommodation is open plan with 2 x queen bedrooms and 2 single beds down stairs. Theres a TV, kitchen, bathroom, seperate compost toilet and big under cover verander with bbq overlooking the river. All linen is provided . Activities include fishing, swimming, kayaking, hiking or just laying back on the daybed. All fishing is catch and release , please abide by fishing in NSW inland waterway rules.
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Bald Rock Station trains

1 site · Lodging369 acres · Tenterfield, NSW
Bald Rock Station is approximately 10 minutes drive from the historic town of Tenterfield. We are nestled nearby Boonoo Boonoo & Bald Rock national parks & a short drive to Giraween. There are a plethora of bushwalks & waterfalls to discover or just sit back & be entertained by the wildlife on our property.. We have to 1970’s Melbourne metro trains that have been converted to a cosy 3 bedroom home. A huge fireplace that you can cook your dinner in and also boil your kettle on. We are 100 % off grid and love that people can truly unwind and enjoy nature while on their holiday.
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Killarney Nymboida River

1 site · Lodging420 acres · Nana Glen, NSW
'Killarney Nymboida River' is a family run working cattle farm on the banks of the pristine Nymboida River, located 47km Southwest of Grafton. Our accommodation would perfectly suit a few couples, 2 families or a group of up to 10 people. Your booking will include both The Cottage and The Shed. 'The Cottage' is open plan with loft style accommodation with 2 x queen beds, 2 x KS and 2 x floor mattresses. It has a lounge room area with TV, small kitchenette and bathroom. All linen is provided. 'The Shed' is also open style accommodation with 3 x double beds and 1 x KS. It also has a bathroom with laundry, Kitchenette, the kids pool table and a ping pong table. All bed linen for this area is stored in a tub in the shed and beds can be made up by guests as needed. Just bring towels! Making memories is what we are about whether that be fishing, swimming, kayaking, watching the races in the bar over a game of pool or just sitting by the fire with your favorite tunes to relax and unwind. Some guests may be lucky enough spot a platypus or even witness the mustering team in action from a distance. For those adventure lovers out there, who enjoy canoeing or kayaking, you may want to take advantage of being on section one of 'The Longest Whitewater Trail in Australia'. If you enjoy 4WD adventures a day trip to The Junction at the Nymboi-Binderay National Park is well worth the drive. The closest town to get supplies is Coutts crossing, approx 22km drive. There is a BP service station with a general store and post office inside. Here you can also grab a coffee and takeaway food. Coutts Crossing also has a Tavern which does lunch and dinner most days and locally run raffles most Friday nights. All fishing is catch and release - Please refer to the 'Rules' regarding fishing.
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Mountainous glamping in Northern Rivers guide

Overview

Encompassing the catchments and fertile valleys of the Clarence, Richmond, and Tweed rivers in northeastern NSW, the Northern Rivers region is a subtropical oasis where beaches are backed by rolling farmlands and national parks. It’s warm enough to camp comfortably year-round across the area, though conditions tend to be drier in winter. Regional highlights include surfing—particularly in Byron Bay—hiking in World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests, and exploring the region’s small hinterland towns. But there’s plenty more to do, from horse-riding to hot-air ballooning and boutique shopping to river cruising. 

Where to go

The Tweed

Stretching for about 40 kilometres from Tweed Heads in the north down to Wooyung in the south, and west to the Border Ranges, The Tweed is a verdant coastal farming area dotted with seaside and hinterland campsites. Bask on empty beaches, admire the heritage architecture in tiny towns, tour the region’s farm gates, or take a cruise along the scenic Tweed River.

Brunswick Heads

This once-sleepy fishing town has become nearly as popular as its neighbour to the south, Byron Bay, in recent years. Brunswick Heads hugs the idyllic Brunswick River, popular for swimming, fishing, boating, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding. Sheltered by the southern break wall, Torakina Beach is particularly popular among families. Choose between a number of campgrounds and holiday parks by the riverside, many with cabins and sites for caravans and tents.

Byron Bay to Lennox Head

The legendary surf and wellness hub at Australia’s most easterly point is well equipped for campers, with holiday parks within walking distance of the town centre, campgrounds toward Suffolk Park, 10 minutes south of town, and more at Broken Head. Twenty minutes south of Byron Bay, the quieter coastal town of Lennox Head has holiday parks just steps from the beach and the popular Lake Ainsworth recreation area.

Byron Bay Hinterland

The lush hinterland region west of Byron Bay is dotted with historic villages and pockets of lush subtropical rainforest ripe for hiking and waterfall chasing. The main place to camp is the Rummery Park Campground in Nightcap National Park, with easy access to hiking trails and the spectacular Minyon Falls Lookout. Private campgrounds also dot the area between Byron and Mullumbimby, 30 minutes to the northwest.

Yamba and Iluka

Heading south from Lennox Head, you can camp at Ballina and Evans Head, but the most popular camping spot south of Byron is the Yamba region, on the southern fringe of the Northern Rivers. More than a dozen holiday parks sit between the coastal fishing town of Yamba, on the southern bank of the Clarence River, and Woody Head, in Bundjalung National Park to the north. Between the two lies Iluka, which sits on the northern side of the river mouth. Typical of the NSW North Coast, good surf spots can be found here.

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