NORTHERN NSW NATIONAL PARKS
Around upper eastern New South Wales, you will be spoiled for choice with an abundance of campgrounds, National Parks, waterfalls and exploring routes – enough to get a 4×4 enthusiast off road and back amongst nature. Tenterfield is a picturesque town, gazetted in 1851, with plenty to do within the town limits – visit Sir Henry Parkes School of the Arts Museum; the Tenterfield Saddler; or the Railway Museum.
The New England Highway, which runs through Tenterfield, connects many small, interesting towns like Ballendean to the north and Deepwater to the south. Inland camping is available throughout Boonoo Boonoo National Park and Bald Rock; Glen Innes and Elbow Valley. Supporting the small towns and communities as you pass through helps the locals make a living, and they just love tourists and visitors!
Basket Swamp is a less-developed park, with few facilities, but a great area for bushwalking in the wetlands and the Basket Falls are worth a visit. Boonoo Boonoo (pronounced bunna banoo) boasts secluded swimming holes, camping areas, hiking tracks and picnic areas. Sundown is just back into Queensland territory, and has some 2wd areas, plus a rough 4wd tracks to Red Rock Gorge, Burrows Waterhole and Reedy Waterhole camping areas – permits are required.
A favourite camping location situated not far from Tenterfield in the Girraween National Park, is the amazing Castle Rock Campground with views to the Pyramid and the granite outlooks of Castle Rock. Bring your own drinking water, and remove your rubbish as you leave. Bushwalking and camping including caravans and camper trailers possible, book online and for all up to date information regarding fire regulations. There are many privately owned parcels of land that cater to campers and off roaders. This inland area, full of National Parks, creeks and rivers is sure to keep you busy for days, while you explore, hike and relax amidst nature.