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Woody Head campground

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Alerts for Bundjalung National Park: closed areas


Updated: 19/12/2014 01:17 PM

“We never get tired of camping at Woody head, there’s always something new to see or do and the kids love exploring the rock pools.”

Woody Head is a campground with the lot – you can pitch your tent, park your caravan or book a cabin to enjoy a pleasure-packed beach escape for the weekend or longer.

It’s a great place for a family holiday, with a protected sandy beach that’s ideal for swimming and fishing, a boat ramp and the spectacular rock platform. There are heaps of other things to do as well and children and adults alike will love exploring the rainforest and shallow reefs around the campground. There’s also a boat ramp for those who’ve brought their boat along, great places for fishing and waterbabies will love being so close to the beach.

There is one designated group camping area and the campground is wheelchair accessible.

Of course, with the amount of attractions on offer, it’s no wonder Woody Head is a popular north coast campground. You’ll need to book with plenty of time to secure your campsite.


Getting there

Getting there:

Woody Head campground is in Bundjalung National Park. To get there:

  • From the north, take Iluka Road turnoff, 72km south of Ballina on Pacific Highway.
  • From the south, take Iluka Road turn off, 56km north of Grafton.
  • Drive along Illuka Road, through Woombah, over the Esk River Bridge for 13km, then follow the signs to Bundjalung National Park and Woody Head campground.

Get driving directions


Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD (no long vehicle access) - All weather


Parking is available at Woody Head campground, including designated disabled spots.

Important info

Number of campsites:


Types of camping:

Caravan site, Camper trailer site, Camping beside my vehicle, Don't mind a short walk to tent


  • Amenities block
  • Wood barbecues (firewood supplied)
  • Boat ramp
  • Cafe/kiosk
  • Carpark
  • Drinking water
  • Picnic tables
  • Public phone
  • Hot showers
  • Flush toilets
  • Venue

You should know:

  • Reservations can be made for any arrival within the next 12 months. Find out more about our terms and conditions, and review frequently asked questions about staying in national parks.
  • There’s a pay phone near the office – mobile service is intermittent
  • Check-in after 2pm, Check-out by 10am.
  • All campsites at Woody Head campground are unpowered
  • There is an exclusive group campsite available for up to 20 people – fees apply.
  • Town water is available
  • The beaches at Bundjalung National Park are not patrolled and may have strong rips or currents – take care in the water and please supervise children at all times.
  • Visitors are encouraged to bring gas or fuel stoves, especially in summer during the fire season.
  • Firewood and ice are available at the Woody Head kiosk  office
  • NSW national parks are now no smoking areas.
  • Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted, as per the OEH policy.
  • Generators are not permitted
  • Until further notice, the kiosk at Woody Head will be closed. Please bring all supplies with you or you can purchase additional items in Iluka.
  • Book your campsite early as this campground is a popular place in summer
  • A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all NSW waters


Wheelchair access:


This area is fully wheelchair accessible

  • Designated disabled parking available
  • Wheelchair accessible toilet
  • Pathways are wide and relatively flat


Vehicle entry fee: $7 per vehicle per day. Please note vehicle entrance fees are not included in your accommodation or camping fees. Purchase at the local office or buy an annual pass annual

Camping fees: Seasons: Peak (minimum 1-week stay Sat to Sat) – NSW & QLD school holidays; Off-peak – outside NSW & QLD school holidays Woody Head campsites $28 per night (2-person inclusive). $14 per night per additional adult (16 years+), $7 per night per additional child (5-15 years), infants free (0-4 years). Woody Head group campsite $160 per night (for 10 people) $14 per night per additional adult (16 years+), $7 per night per additional child (5-15 years), infants free (0-4 years). Woody Head Hall $30 half day, $60 full day contact (02) 6646 6134 Booking Fee: All reservations incur a booking fee of 2.5% in addition to the total amount payable.

Book online now:

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Alternatively, please contact the National Parks Contact Centre on 13000 PARKS (13000 72757).

Click here to view the map of Woody Head campground.


Grafton, Phone: 02 6641 1500

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- Alerts

Bundjalung National Park

closed areas

Attention for campers at Black Rocks regarding periodic aircraft noise over the campground - Black Rocks campground
The Department of Defence has a training area within Bundjalung National Park north of Black Rocks campground. Aircraft may fly over the campground from time to time. Please ring 1300 333 3623 or consult the Department of Defence website for more information. Please note: Black Rocks campground remains open for bookings.
Black Rocks Campground will be closed for maintenance from Monday 13 July 2015 to Friday 24 July 2015 (Ends Friday 24 July 2015)

All of Black Rocks Campground in Bundjalung National Park will be closed for maintenance from Monday 13 July 2015 to Friday 24 July 2015.
Gummigurrah pedestrian bridge closure - Gummigurrah walking track
Gummigurrah pedestrian bridge is closed due to safety issues until further notice. The walking tracks at Gummigurrah will not be accessible until the bridge is repaired. For more information, please contact Alstonville office on (02) 6627 0200 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.
No 4WD beach access from Black Rocks campground - Black Rocks campground
Due to significant storm damage, the 4WD beach access at Black Rocks campground is closed. Vehicles may still drive along Ten Mile Beach north from the Shark Bay 4WD beach access, but cannot exit at Black Rocks. There are no other beach access points on Ten Mile Beach other than Shark Bay 4WD beach access.  No 4WD access north of Black Rocks campground.
The kiosk at Woody Head campground is closed however the camping area office is still open.
The kiosk at Woody Head campground is closed until further notice. Please bring all your supplies with you or buy additional items in Iluka. Ice is available from the Woody Head campground area office. The Woody Head campground area office is still open 7 days a week from 8.30am - 5.00pm.

Locations affected: Woody Head campground, Woody Head Cottages and Cabins

Picnic table overlooking the water. Photo: Rob Cleary