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Timbarra Valley

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· Rocky River, New South Wales
25000 acres
8 sites
8 RV/Tent
The Timbarra or Rocky River is an area of great beauty southeast of Tenterfield with soaring mountains cradling the river flats and undulating hills below and is a renowned cattle breeding region.  The Petrie family have been in Tenterfield since 1860 and have owned properties in the valley for over 100 years.  Tim’s great-grandfather was known as Rocky Jack because of his extensive holdings.  Cattle are still walked up to the Timbarra Plateau property from the river properties ‘Man From Snowy River’ style.  The Plateau can be seen rising above the valley to the north from the confluence of Demon Creek and the Timbarra/Rocky River.  These flow along the Demon Fault which is clearly visible on a satellite map.  The 3 valley properties ‘Corner Camp’, ‘Boundary’ and ‘’Pavels’ combined with ‘Timbarra Plateau’ total over 25000 acres.  The whole valley was part of 2 earlier large selections averaging 100000 acres which gradually became broken up in the late 1800s/early 1990s. There is a proud timber history in the valley and the surrounding forested mountains with large sections of State Forest now transferred to Washpool National Park which abuts both the eastern and western boundaries of ‘Boundary’ (which takes its name from Boundary Creek). The National Park and Forestland State Forest can be accessed to the west via the Billirimba Fire Trail.  The eastern section of Washpool  stretches across to the Clarence River, the largest eastern river in NSW. Washpool is where the Cedar King went missing and was never located.   The Timbarra/Rocky River flows into the Clarence at Tabulam and then on to Grafton and out to sea at Yamba. The headwaters of the Rocky are all the way south to the Glen Innes Grafton road so the river can rise quickly if there is a downpour upstream.  Interestingly when the Chinese gold miners left the Timbarra Plateau they came down with rickshaws into the Timbarra Valley then scaled the mountains to the west, near Boundary Creek, looking for their next gold diggings towards Glen Innes. The Boundary campsites at Boundary Riverside, The Cockatoo, The China Wall, and the Caves are all suitable for caravans, RVs, Camping trailers, tents and swags as is Timbarra Plateau.  Corner Camp and Pavels are suitable for camping trailers, tents and swags.  Boundary campsites access are all unaffected if the river rises however we will not take bookings at Corner Camp or Pavels in the likelihood of the river rising as we are committed to safety and avoiding inconvenience for guests.  The Rocky is a very special place and we have campers who first came as children and are now bringing their grandchildren.  We expect our guests to treat the area respectfully, and only leave footprints and tyre tracks.  The valley provides wonderful scenery and settings for bushwalking, birdwatching, photography, painting, bicycle riding, swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding and canoeing, or just kicking back relaxing by the river, listening to the soothing sounds of the water, birds, and the turtles and platypus splashing, or being amazed at the mirror like images on the waters surface on a still day or the flickering light of a campfire at night and the stars above.
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Rocky River, New South Wales, AustraliaTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Bill, Bronwyn & Tim P.Joined in March 2021
Response rate: 100%Response time: Within an hour
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82 ratings · 63 reviews
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Lance A.recommends
February 6, 2023
The China Wall
Great communication and directions. Bill was there to meet us and clear camp site signage. We stayed at "China Wall" camp site, lovely seculed grassed area and beautiful scenery. Private, refreshing swim in the river along with a spot of fishing (catch and release for us). The grazing cattle and horses added to the peaceful country ambiance. Bill was prompt to deliver firewood and it was nice to have a chat about the property. Satelite spotting in the night sky was second to none.
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Jenny T.recommends
January 30, 2023
Boundary Riverside Central
We loved everything about our stay at Boundary Riverside Central. Bill and Bronwyn were wonderful hosts, from the initial contact at booking and right throughout our stay. We appreciated the way the campsite was presented and we’re already planning to visit again.
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Jordan P.recommends
January 29, 2023
The Caves
This is my new favourite spot
If you want privacy, space, beautiful night sky, no reception so a good disconnect from the world, an amazing swimming hole and the cleanest smell free drop toilets, then this place is without a doubt the best place I have camped. You feel privileged to be able to have access to this great spot in the world. The owners were super lovely also. 2wd accessible in my opinion- however if it's rather wet conditions it could be slippery getting your vehicles off the bottom half of the campsite as it's grassy and there's a small hill to drive up. Also if your car is low clearance, the road was rain damaged so there's about 40 mins of windy rutts and pot holes. Not an issue in a vehicles that's not super low however. All in all for my experience- I give this place an 11 out of 10- amazing
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Brendan T.recommends
January 16, 2023
The Cockatoo
We had a fantastic time, beautiful scenery and great hosts. We will definitely be back again.
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Hadley P.recommends
January 16, 2023
The Cockatoo
Amazing quiet spot with a beautiful river. Lovely hosts and fellow campers. We had plenty of space to ourselves in what felt like a hidden sanctuary. Thank you
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Chris A.recommends
January 15, 2023
The Caves North - Seal Rock
Beautiful water, peaceful location Best bush toilets, very clean
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Marie L.
January 10, 2023
Murphy’s Hut Campsite
Lucky for second option
The description of the campsite is exactly what you get. You’re camping at the back of an old house. You have a view of the creek about 100m below but with no access. It’s okay for an overnight stay. We were lucky as we required extra nights prior and was given another option across the creek which was just perfect. All of the other campsites were perfect also. Bill & Bronwyn were great hosts.
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Aubree S.recommends
January 8, 2023
Boundary Riverside North
Camping with friends
My friends and I had a great stay at the camp. It was a natural beautiful location with lots to do in its surroundings.
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Bruce M.recommends
January 8, 2023
The Caves
Incredible and beautiful. Book it, you won't be disappointed.
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Juanita M.recommends
January 7, 2023
Boundary Riverside Central
Top spot
👌 wow, What a wonderful spot, private, shady, perfect fishing spot. We had the best time chilling out at Riverside would return in a heartbeat. Just what we needed to disconnect, great toilet with a view. The hosts set us up to relax with ample firewood for 4 days and checked on us during our stay which was very nice, awesome hosts with a slice of Mother nature's heaven 😀
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Darren S.recommends
January 3, 2023
Murphy’s Hut Campsite
Lovely owners. Very helpfull. Tidy mowed campsite, owners supplied firewood for me. Lovely views, river and wildlife. Long road in but worth the trip
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Josh H.recommends
January 1, 2023
Boundary Riverside Central
Beautiful place, couldn’t expect more from the host or the campsite. Would go back in a heartbeat
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Kym W.recommends
January 1, 2023
The Caves
Beautiful property, large private camp grounds and plenty of firewood. Loved watching the platypus and turtles in the river. Awesome hosts, thank you Bill & Bronwyn!
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Chris B.recommends
January 1, 2023
Boundary Riverside Central
Great spot and terrific hosts. Ni and shady area and fish were biting
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Bec F.recommends
January 1, 2023
Murphy’s Hut Campsite
Loved our stay!!
Such an amazing spot! Camped here with friends over new years, was so peaceful and private. Heaps of room and a short stroll down to the lovely river. Hosts were amazing and accomodating. Highly recommend this beautiful place.
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Annette H.recommends
December 22, 2022
The Cockatoo
Cockatoo campsite
Lovely private spot, great hosts and fabulous weather. Spotless pit toilet and great campsites away from the maddening crowds. Exactly what we were hoping for. Cattle were no bother at all. Many thanks to Bron Bill and Tim for sharing your lovely property with us. We hope to return again soon.
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Karen H.recommends
December 13, 2022
The China Wall
We love the Rocky River and Timbarra Valley 😍 this campsite is such a hidden gem… I kind of want to keep it that way! Thanks again Bronwyn and Bill for having us.
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Rod J.recommends
December 7, 2022
The Cockatoo
Great spot river is nice to swim or just sit in Awesome Price Thanks heaps
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Dane J.recommends
November 20, 2022
Boundary Riverside Central
Book it!
One of the best camp spots I’ve been too! The road in coming from the town of Drake is beautiful, it follows the river the whole way and is just a spectacular drive. The road in from Tenterfield is faster and not as rough. The camp spot itself is secluded, grassy and quite, cattle and horses hang around too! Plenty of fire wood and the river is epic. Definitely worth the drive 👌🏻
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Scott O.recommends
November 14, 2022
The Caves
The Caves
What an awesome spot, we camped at The Caves. Immaculate drop toilets, the valley is something else, the weather changes through the day and stars at night made for a great few days. Towed a hybrid off road van in from Tenterfield, took about 70 minutes. Thank you for responding so quickly when our situation changed
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David A.recommends
November 3, 2022
Boundary Riverside Central
Just perfect. Peace and quite with plenty to see and do. We will be back for sure. LOVED IT.
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Jamie L.recommends
October 23, 2022
The Caves
Great secluded spot Tough fishing Great firewood Great kayaking Beautiful walks
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Dave J.recommends
October 9, 2022
Boundary Riverside Central
Awesome place to camp will definitely be back. Easy to find with the directions given
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Taneal B.recommends
October 6, 2022
Boundary Riverside Central
Secluded camping by the river
Beautiful land.... Quite remote, but worth the drive
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Gabe W.recommends
October 2, 2022
The Cockatoo
Great Spot
Beautiful spot down by the river, easy river access & good swimming hole. The toilet was a nice touch, clean & well equipped with toilet paper, hand sanitiser & other supplies. A huge stack of firewood was provided free of charge on arrival. Bill was a great host & couldn't have been more helpful, came down and checked everything was ok & we still had enough firewood etc. Highly recommend it, we are already planning our next visit. Hopefully word doesn't get out too much :)
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Jason M.recommends
September 26, 2022
The Cockatoo
We love camping down in the valley. Very quite and peaceful. Beautiful location
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David J.recommends
September 25, 2022
Boundary Riverside Central
Excellent camp spot. Private and secure. Excellent owners who are willing to do anything to make your trip enjoyable.
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Kurt E.recommends
September 19, 2022
The China Wall
Beautiful part of the world, Bronwyn went out of her way to meet us on the road near Tenterfield just to say g'day and make sure we had firewood. Great toilet facilities too. Make sure to allow extra time for the long dirt road in, some parts were eroded and shouldn't be taken at speed.
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Robert S.recommends
September 19, 2022
The Caves
Beautiful location and awesome campsites. Bill and Bronwyn couldn’t have been more helpful and have provided excellent camping facilities.
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Alan B.recommends
August 14, 2022
The China Wall
Perfect solitude
This was one of the most secluded, beautiful spots I’ve ever found through Hipcamp. Plenty to explore and a peaceful place to relax. I’ve started looking at properties in the area since I’ve returned. Couldn’t recommend it more, but almost don’t want to do that it stays uncrossed.
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