East Kunderang Homestead

Oxley Wild Rivers National Park

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Overview

East Kunderang Homestead offers beautifully restored heritage accommodation for up to 14 people.

Accommodation Details
Accommodation type Homestead
Where 1539 East Kunderang Road, Jeogla, NSW, 2350 - in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park
Bedrooms 5
Maximum guests 14
Facilities Picnic tables, barbecue facilities, public phone, showers, toilets
What to bring Bed sheets, pillow cases, towels
Price
  • Rates and availability are displayed when making an online booking.
  • Friday to Monday, minimum 3 nights.
  • Monday to Friday, minimum 4 nights.
  • Monday to Monday or Friday to Friday, minimum 7 nights.
Bookings Book online or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757.
Please note
  • Check in time after 2pm. Check out time before 10am.
  • PIN codes will be provided to access the property. Contact 13000 72757 if you do not receive your code.
  • The homestead is in a remote location, so please ensure you’re thoroughly prepared, bring appropriate clothing and equipment, and advise a family member or friend of your travel plans.
 
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East Kunderang Homestead is a historic cedar slab homestead, built in the 1890s, set spectacularly among the mountains and valleys of Oxley Wild Rivers National Park.

Once part of an extensive grazing property, its existence tells a fascinating story of European occupation of the north coast and pioneer life on an isolated pastoral station. It's also an important part of the Aboriginal history of the area.

The historic homestead has been carefully restored to provide comfortable heritage accommodation for up to 14 people. There are five bedrooms, a lounge and dining room, a modern kitchen and two bathrooms, so there is plenty of room for a family or group of friends.

There are also lots of activities to keep you occupied, including swimming and paddling or a spot of fishing in the nearby river, as well as easy walking tracks and opportunities for birdwatching.

The homestead’s wide verandah is the perfect place for relaxing in the afternoon sun, enjoying the view and splendid isolation of the property.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Local alerts

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Park info

  • in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park in the North Coast and Country NSW regions
  • Oxley Wild Rivers National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • There are 3 areas in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park where you'll need day use vehicle permits: Halls Peak campground and picnic area, Riverside campground and picnic area, and Youdales Hut campground and picnic area. Day use vehicle permits can be bought online or by calling the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757. If camping, permit fees are included in the campground fee.

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about East Kunderang Homestead.

Getting there and parking

East Kunderang Homestead is by the Macleay River in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. To get there:

  • Drive 112km east of Armidale via Wollomombi and the Kempsey Road
  • Access to the homestead is along steep gravel roads so a 4WD is required
  • The homestead is a 2.5hr drive from Armidale.
  • Detailed drive notes are available after booking

Road quality

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • All roads require 4WD vehicle

Parking

Parking is available at the homestead.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. Here are some of the highlights.

Autumn

A great time to tackle the Green Gully track when the days are not too hot and the nights not too cold.

Spring

The heathlands are a riot of colour when the flowers are out.

Summer

The waterfalls are likely to be at their most impressive after the summer rains.

Winter

Crisp, cool and clear days are good for a brisk half day bushwalk.

Facilities

  • There are 5 bedrooms, 2 dining areas, a lounge room and verandah wrapping around half of the homestead.
  • The kitchen is modern and fully equipped, including a microwave oven, gas stove and electric oven, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, deep freezer and crockery and cutlery for 14 people.
  • Bedding configuration: 1x queen and 1x fold-up single bed; 1x queen and 1x fold-up single bed; 2x single; 2x single; 1x king/split singles and 1x single bunk.
  • There are 2 bathrooms, each with their own shower and toilet, and a bath.
  • All beds have doonas and pillows.
  • Please leave the homestead clean, with all items washed and put away or additional cleaning fees may apply.
  • Rubbish bins are available.

Toilets

  • Flush toilets

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

  • A large gas barbecue is located outside next to a picnic table, and there is an open fireplace inside, with firewood provided.

  • Gas/electric barbecues (free)

Public phone

A phone is available in case of emergency.

Showers

  • Hot showers

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Fishing safety

Fishing from a boat, the beach or by the river is a popular activity for many national park visitors. If you’re planning a day out fishing, check out these fishing safety tips.

Mobile safety

Please note there is no mobile reception at the homestead.

Paddling safety

To make your paddling or kayaking adventure safer and more enjoyable, check out these paddling safety tips.

River and lake safety

The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.

Accessibility

Disability access level - easy

The homestead is accessible for visitors with limited mobility with a ramp on the southern entry and an accessible bathroom with shower and toilet. Most rooms are wheelchair accessible via breezeways and the verandah.

Permitted

Fishing

A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters.

Prohibited

Vehicles are not permitted to cross the river. Vehicles must stay on formed roads.

Gathering firewood

Firewood may not be collected from the park.


Generators

Generators are not permitted.

Pets

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Nearby towns

Armidale (57 km)

During autumn the parks and gardens around Armidale show their beautiful colours. Enjoy a drive along the Waterfall Way, stopping at waterfalls and craggy gorges in the rugged countryside.

www.visitnsw.com

Kempsey (74 km)

Kempsey is a historic river town close to national parks and majestic beaches. Kempsey is a convenient place for an overnight stop for anyone driving between Sydney and the North Coast.

www.visitnsw.com

Walcha (58 km)

Walcha is the gateway to some of the best adventure experiences in Australia. Expect gorges, rainforests, waterfalls and wilderness. Enjoy helicopter flights, 4WD tours and fishing, as well as guided bushwalks in some of Australia's most rugged terrain.

www.visitnsw.com

Learn more

East Kunderang Homestead is in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

A national first

Gara Gorge, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

John Oxley was the first European to visit the New England region, passing through the area that is now Oxley Wild Rivers National Park in September 1818. Following Oxley, cedar-getters penetrated the remote and inaccessible gorges followed by pioneer cattle grazers who braved the remote wilderness for a hundred years. Between 1893 and 1894 the first commercial hydro-electric scheme was constructed to power the town and gold mines of nearby Hillgrove. Today you can visit the remains of this historical site when you take a walk along the Threlfall Historic walk.

  • Threlfall walking track Threlfall walking track in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park takes in the spectacular Gara Gorge wilderness area, with scenic views and a chance to see the historic hydro-electric scheme.

Abundant wildlife

two brush tailed rock wallabies sitting on a rock. Photo: Piers Thomas/OEH

The varied plant communities of Oxley Wild Rivers National Park provide a home for over 350 animal species, including the largest confirmed population of brush-tailed rock wallabies. Even though there are roughly 10,000 of this endangered species in the park, you'll have to keep your eyes open to catch a glimpse of their bushy tail. The park also boasts over 173 bird species, including the majestic wedge-tailed eagle, peregrine falcon, square-tailed kite and sea eagle.

  • The Green Gully track Make a booking to experience fern-lined gullies, high elevation forests and wildlife along the Green Gully track. Stay in heritage huts for a break from this challenging multi-day hike.
  • Threlfall walking track Threlfall walking track in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park takes in the spectacular Gara Gorge wilderness area, with scenic views and a chance to see the historic hydro-electric scheme.

Ancient lands

Chandler view circuit walk, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

Oxley Wild Rivers National Park is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. The park contains some of the best examples of dry rainforest communities in Australia. When you are out exploring the wet and dry eucalypt forests, grassy woodlands and heathlands of the park, look for native olives, lacebarks, shiny-leaved and giant stinging trees, shatterwoods, scentless rosewoods and red kamalas.

Jaw-dropping scenery

Wollomombi walk, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

With dramatic ridges and gorges, towering rock outcrops and beautiful rivers and waterfalls, there is something new around every corner and you'll be constantly amazed by the views. The sight of a majestic wedge-tailed eagle soaring high above the gorges looking for food is a truly spectacular sight to behold. Don't forget your camera, give yourself plenty of time and keep your eyes open.

  • Budds Mare lookout Enjoy a picnic lunch at Budds Mare lookout surrounded by World Heritage listed rainforest and looking out to spectacular views across the Apsley River.
  • The Green Gully track Make a booking to experience fern-lined gullies, high elevation forests and wildlife along the Green Gully track. Stay in heritage huts for a break from this challenging multi-day hike.
  • Tia Falls walk The short and easy Falls walk in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park is great for children. It leads to spectacular views of Tia Falls and Gorge and the lookout picnic area.

Plants and animals you may see

Animals

  • Swamp wallaby in Murramarang National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

    Swamp wallaby (Wallabia bicolor)

    The swamp wallaby, also known as the black wallaby or black pademelon, lives in the dense understorey of rainforests, woodlands and dry sclerophyll forest along eastern Australia. This unique Australian macropod has a dark black-grey coat with a distinctive light-coloured cheek stripe.

  • Eastern water dragon. Photo: Rosie Nicolai

    Eastern water dragon (Intellagama lesueurii lesueurii)

    The eastern water dragon is a subaquatic lizard found in healthy waterways along eastern NSW, from Nowra to halfway up the Cape York Pensinsula. It’s believed to be one of the oldest of Australian reptiles, remaining virtually unchanged for over 20 million years.

  • Southern boobook. Photo: David Cook

    Southern boobook (Ninox novaeseelandiae)

    The southern boobook, also known as the mopoke, is the smallest and most common native owl in Australia. With a musical 'boo-book' call that echoes through forests and woodlands, the southern boobook is a great one to look out for while bird watching.

  • Tawny frogmouth. Photo: Rosie Nicolai

    Tawny frogmouth (Podargus strigoides)

    Found throughout Australia, the tawny frogmouth is often mistaken for an owl due to its wide, powerful beak, large head and nocturnal hunting habits. The ‘oom oom oom’ call of this native bird can be heard echoing throughout a range of habitats including heath, woodlands and urban areas.

  • Peron's tree frog. Photo: Rosie Nicolai

    Peron's tree frog (Litoria peroni)

    Peron’s tree frog is found right across NSW. These tree-climbing and ground-dwelling Australian animals can quickly change colour, ranging from pale green-grey by day, to a reddish brown with emerald green flecks at night. The male frog has a drill-like call, which has been described as a 'maniacal cackle’.

Environments in this park

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East Kunderang Homestead, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. Photo: Michael Van Ewijk