The best camping near Watsons Creek National Park

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Hillside Farmstay

99 sites · RVs, Tents200 acres · Nemingha, NSW
A 200 acre horse breeding property on the outskirts of Tamworth. 6 minutes to the Country Music Capital CBD. Lots of shady trees to camp or park your van/RV. Hills that you can see forever from the top of.... Some outdoor seating. There's two flush toilets, two hot showers. Dogs are welcome but must be strictly on a lead at all times. There is a dog run available if you want to leave your dog and go to town or the Country Music Festival. Generally most people stay and camp near the horse barn. Indoor shower and toilet available and there is a outdoor hot shower and a sink and a tub to rub a dub dub. Laundry is available. Ask for the key ($5) The outdoor shower is private but has no roof so you can shower under the stars. Picnic table provided and a fire pit to barbecue in winter (fire bans in summer) Transported horses are also welcome...yards available. Price is per person. Children under 12 are free.
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Riverside Escape Off Grid Camping

25 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents18 acres · Manilla, NSW
A beautiful, off grid, riverside campground with amazing swimming hole on private property. This private campground is located in North West NSW. 50 minutes from Tamworth. Conveniently located 20 minutes outside the pretty town of Manilla and right on the river banks of the Namoi River. Also 20 minutes from beautiful Warrabah National Park. The campground is tucked away in a little valley overlooking an idyllic stretch of windy river with an amazing swimming hole, sandy beach, tranquil rapids and a beautiful, mesmerising, majestic rock. We have four primative campsites suited to all types of large and small, self sufficient campers in RV's, caravans, camp trailers, vans and tents. All sites are unique and positioned to enhance space and privacy as well as proximity and views of the river. They all showcase the varying, natural beauty and characteristics of the landscape. You can also book our amazing, award winning glamping tent. We are not a party campsite. Our little slice of paradise is for peace and relaxation. We also need to respect and encourage the presence and abundance of birds and animals and continue to ensure it is a peaceful and quiet home for them. You can enjoy your music just as long as other campsites and the local wildlife can't hear it. Manilla, only 20 minutes away has two dump points and water refill stations as well as a good number of shops to cater to all your needs during your stay. We are not in a high traffic area so you may get to enjoy having the place all to yourself. Our campsites have good access for all types of camp set ups and are not impacted by flooding. Nor do they become boggy in wet weather due to the high sand content in our soil. You could be sitting on the warm sandy bank overlooking the river and being captivated by the surrounding beauty and the magnificence of the swimming hole. This secret little piece of paradise has been untouched for 40 years and is home to an abundance of birdlife. Birds include the colourful Rainbow bee eaters, Kingfishers, Superb Fairy Wrens, Eastern Yellow Robins, Red Browed Finch and many more. A magical place that will delight your senses and make you feel relaxed and at peace. BYO camp toilet and leave no trace. Fish in the river; cod, cat, golden perch and carp. Well behaved dogs on leash and supervised at all times are welcome. If you would like to enquire about having the place to yourselves send me a message. ACCESS CONDITIONS: To help you decide if your set up is suitable you can google Riverside Escape Camping Manilla and find 2 videos on 23 and 25 May 2022 taken of me driving up and down the track to the campsites in my old Ford Courier that is NOT 4x4. There are lots of other useful videos to get a good sense of our campsite. You will also get a sense of the distance between each site. We recognise the Kamilaroi / Gomeroi people as the traditional custodians of this land.
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Kentucky Family Campsite

10 sites · RVs, Tents4 acres · Kentucky South, NSW
The Kentucky Family Campsite is 4 acres of flat countryside for you to enjoy the peace and quiet of nature whilst being only a short drive from the essentials (3km from a general store). A world renowned gin distillery offers tastings (and food on weekends) or 15 mins to the township of Uralla for a great pub meal, supermarket, bakery, butchery or cafes, and we're 40 minutes to the regional centres of Armidale or Tamworth. There are sites under shady trees or in an open field. The camp area has views of fields and a small dam. It is a quiet setting but with conveniences close by. Friendly hosts who are happy to help with whatever is needed or offer guidance on places to visit. You need to be a self-contained camper with your own camping toilet/shower, and drinking water. Whilst amenities are basic the property is being improved all the time so it is more suited to self contained at present.​ The nearby village offers a licensed general store and cafe for supplies and a distillery where you will be amazed by the selection of tastings (both liquor and food). Further up the road Uralla has all the extras you might want, with cafes and hotels, bakery, butcher, IGA supermarket and much more. Picturesque foggy mornings will greet you and stunning sunsets will delight you over a glass of wine or beer at the end of each day, as you listen to the crackling of your campfire. Tents, swags, caravans, motorhomes, camper vans or natural star gazing sleepers sleepers all welcome. This campsite is 2WD accessible. Well behaved pets are welcome.
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Bai-Yai River Eco-Camp & Artist Retreat

4 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents480 acres · Retreat, NSW
Bai-Yai is a 480 acre partly Conservation Covenanted property, 70 minutes south-west of Armidale & 70 minutes north-west of Tamworth. On the tablelands 700 metres above sea level, next door to Warrabah National Park. Our northern boundary is the Macdonald river, just before it drops westward through the gorges & changes its name to the Namoi.We're for the nature-lover who enjoys peace & quiet away from crowds, who values birdsong above the hum of cars & generators! Our facilities are simple but comfortable, all off-grid. There's a covered platform kitchen area overlooking some of the great river swimming spots for campers to enjoy, a pit toilet, simple shower, & fresh drinking water supplied daily. The owners house is out of sight but within coo-ee if needed.The river & general wildness of terrain make Bai-Yai camping not really suitable for young children who requite 24/7 supervision for their safety.CRITICAL: Please ensure your personal profile is completed including a photo before submitting a booking request.
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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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Namoi Valley Escape

1 site · RV, Tent2000 acres · Manilla, NSW
We are located near Manilla, which lies 45km northwest of Tamworth. You can purchase all you need at the shopping centres there, or in Manilla where you can can pick up groceries and fuel. We are suitable for caravans or motorhomes with self contained toilets and showers as we have no facilities. There is a waste dump station in Manilla. Our property offers flat access from the road, with plenty of room to manoeuvre. We recommend 4WDs - please message us if you are unsure about your vehicle. You are welcome to camp near the river or in a hidden valley. Swim in the river and have a camp fire. Walk in the area, see the abundance of birds and wildlife. This is a hilly and mountainous area to explore, you are welcome to go fishing along the river bank, or bring a camera as it's a photographer's delight. Very private camping areas. Enjoy listening to the crackle of the campfire in the evenings. There is access to drinking water, but no amenities so you need to be a self-sufficient camper and bring your own camping toilet/shower. Well behaved pets welcome.
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Dales Do Drop Inn

3 sites · RVs, Tents1 acre · Westdale, NSW
Westdale 10mins drive west of Tamworth's main street. A larger than normal suburban backyard with no neighbours. Access for large vehicles. Can accommodate tents, caravans, buses, RV's of all sizes. Flat level all weather block. Dale enjoys Happy Hour most evenings and loves a chat. Or she can leave you to your own devices. There is one site with power and water and plenty of room for those who are self sufficient.
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Figtrees @ Moonbi

14 sites · RVs, Tents400 acres · Tamworth, NSW
400 acres of fields and bushland set in the Moonbi Ranges, 20km north of Tamworth. The property boasts amazing views of the surrounding area, plus an array of wildlife to enjoy, including Kangaroos, Echidnas and Wedge-Tailed eagles. Secluded location away from the crowds in close proximity to many highlights of the New England region including Bendemeer, Uralla and Armidale. Figtrees is ideally suited to the self- contained traveller who wants to stop and rest en route to the many highlights of the New England region and beyond.
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Balaka Farm

7 sites · Lodging, RVs122 acres · Tamworth, NSW
Situated just 20 mins from the regional city of Tamworth, home of Australia's largest Country Music Festival, Balaka Farm offers a family friendly stay. Sit and relax on the verandah of our converted shearing shed and enjoy the views of the hills. There are so many activities to enjoy in the local area with dams and creeks for fishing or swimming or head into Tamworth and visit the myriad of galleries and museums, playgrounds and parks on offer.
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Oakey Farm

7 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents180 acres · Piallamore, NSW
Oakey Farm is situated 15km from Tamworth's CBD, on a 180-acre farm. Take in the beautiful lights of Tamworth and views of the Peel Valley. The camping space is shaded and grassed, with a powered modern bathroom facility with a flushing toilet and shower. Children under 12 are free. Please still add them to the booking so we are aware of the numbers, you will not be charged. We currently only accept three bookings at one time, so you'll have plenty of space and tranquility.
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Mountain View

2 sites · RVs, Tents5 acres · Hallsville, NSW
A great 5 acre block with mountain views. we are just 10 minutes out of Tamworth not far from Manilla Road. The property is quiet and safe, situated in a dead end street. Just leave the van and explore the region then come back at the end of the day to watch the sun set behind the distant mountains.
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2182 Dinton

1 site · RV, Tent1500 acres · Manilla, NSW
Approx 30 kms out of Tamworth, Country Music Capital, on 1500 acres working cattle/horse property. Numerous dams, abundant wildlife. Beautiful King Parrot breeding area close by. Informal hiking, bird watching, uninterrupted views over valley. 70kms to Gunnedah, Koala Capital of Australia. Guest must be fully self contained with their own toilet/shower facilities and must take waste with them on departure.
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The best camping near Watsons Creek National Park guide

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About

Immerse yourself in the untamed beauty of Watsons Creek National Park, a haven for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike. Established in 2011, this 335ha park invites you to explore its diverse landscapes, from serene creek beds to rugged bushland. Whether you're keen on birdwatching, seeking scenic walking trails, or simply yearning for a peaceful picnic spot, Watsons Creek offers a multitude of activities to satisfy your wanderlust.

When to go

The best time to visit Watsons Creek National Park is during the milder months of spring and autumn, offering pleasant temperatures for outdoor activities. Summer brings warmth, perfect for early morning or late afternoon explorations, while winter can be crisp, ideal for those who prefer cooler hiking conditions. Always check local alerts for current conditions before planning your trip.

Know before you go

  • Ensure you have the latest information on park conditions by visiting the official website or contacting the Armidale office from 8:30am to 5pm.
  • Stay safe by adhering to all park safety guidelines, including fire bans and wildlife encounters.
  • Accessibility varies across the park, so check ahead if you require specific facilities.
  • Local alerts may affect your visit; stay informed on closures or restrictions.
  • Remember to pack essentials, including water, as amenities may be limited in certain areas of the park.

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