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Doon Goonge campground

“Camping here is so remote and wild. The boys went exploring, but I preferred to hang out by the campfire with a quiet book, just listening to nature.”

Doon Goonge campground offers a peaceful and remote riverside camping experience. Relax and enjoy the tranquillity of the riverbank or set off bushwalking into the Chaelundi Wilderness Area. There are ample sites available for your camper trailer or tents.

The campground is also spread across cleared flats in the northern section of Chandlers Creek, providing the perfect space for low-key vehicle-based camping. From here, you can cast a fishing line off from the riverbank, head out for an energetic bushwalk, or get your cossie on for a refreshing splash about.

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Getting there

Getting there:

On entering Chaelundi National Park:

Doon Goonge campground is in the northern part of Chaelundi National Park.

To get there from Armidale:

  • Take Armidale-Grafton Road to Dundurrabin
  • Turn left onto Sheep Station Creek Road
  • Turn left onto Chaelundi Road, past the Misty Creek Road turn-off into Guy Fawkes River National Park.
  • Continue along Chaelundi Road, past Stop-a-Bit and Goldfields roads, until you reach the turn-off onto Quartz Road on your right.
  • Soon after crossing over Marara Creek, you reach Doon Goonge campground.

To get there from Nymboida:

  • Take Glens Creek Road across to Old Grafton-Glen Innes Road
  • Turn left and travel west along Old Grafton-Glen Innes Road to the abandoned gold-mining village of Dalmorton
  • Turn left onto Chaelundi Road and travel south for around 6km, then turn left onto Quartz Road.
  • Drive 7km down Quartz Road until you reach the locked gate at the park boundary

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Vehicle access:

Unsealed road/trail - 2WD vehicles - All weather

Parking:

Parking is available.

Important info

Number of campsites:

10

Types of camping:

Don't mind a short walk to tent

Facilities:

  • Amenities block
  • Wood barbecues (bring your own firewood)
  • Carpark
  • Picnic tables
  • Non-flush toilets
  • Fire rings (bring your own firewood)

You should know:

  • Please book in advance to secure your permit and access key to the campground
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch
  • Firewood is not supplied and may not be collected from the park
  • If you’re bushwalking in this park, it’s a good idea to bring a topographic map and compass, or a GPS.
  • Check the weather before you set out as the road to Doon Goonge campground can become boggy when it rains
  • This park is in a remote location, so please ensure you’re well-prepared, bring appropriate clothing and equipment and advise a family member or friend of your travel plans.
  • You are encouraged to bring gas or fuel stoves, especially in summer during the fire season.
  • A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters
  • Drinking water is not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.
  • The walking opportunities in this park are suitable for experienced bushwalkers who are comfortable undertaking self-reliant hiking
  • There is limited mobile reception in this park

Wheelchair access:

Medium

Assistance may be required to access this area.

Fees:

Vehicle entry fee: $15 per vehicle. Covers entire length of stay.

Camping fees: $5 per adult per night. $3 per child per night.

Other fees: key deposit for locked gates: $50 per key - reimbursed on key return.

Contacts:

Dorrigo Rainforest Centre, Phone: (02) 6657 2309

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Chandlers Creek, Doone Gorge campground, Chaelundi National Park. Photo: A Harber/NSW Government