Big River campground

Goulburn River National Park

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Overview

Big River campground is found among the trees above the Goulburn River. This bush getaway is ideal for family camping, swimming, exploring Aboriginal heritage, and wildlife.

Accommodation Details
Camping type Tent, Camper trailer site, Camping beside my vehicle
Facilities Picnic tables, barbecue facilities, toilets
What to bring Drinking water, cooking water, firewood
Price Free. There are no camping fees at this campground but a $6 booking fee applies.
Bookings Bookings are required. Book online or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757.
Please note This is a remote campground, so please make sure you arrive well-prepared.
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Retreat to nature by pitching your tent at Big River campground. Located at the end of Big River drive, the campground is the perfect getaway set amongst the trees above the Goulburn River.

The whole family will enjoy plunging into the waterholes along the river for a swim. Explore the sandstone caves and overhangs that follow the river. As the sun goes down, fire up the barbecue and cook up a hearty meal, watch the kangaroos grazing and prepare for another exciting day.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/campgrounds/big-river-campground/local-alerts

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All the practical information you need to know about Big River campground.

Getting there and parking

Big River campground is in the central precinct of Goulburn River National Park. To get there:

  • From Wollar, follow Barigan Street north.
  • Turn right into Mogo Road and continue to the start of Spring Gully Road
  • Follow Spring Gully Road which becomes Big River Road to the campground

Road quality

Check the weather before you set out as the road to Big River campground can become boggy when it rains.

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles (no long vehicle access)

Weather restrictions

  • Dry weather only

Parking

Parking is available at Big River campground.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Goulburn River National Park. Here are some of the highlights.

Autumn

Is there anything more relaxing than sitting around the campfire with family and friends? Autumn is a great time of year to visit Spring Gully campground.

Spring

With the many natives blooming – callistemons, acacias and eucalypts among them – this is the best time to observe the plant and wildlife the park attracts.

Summer

With the temperatures at their warmest, head to the river for swimming and liloing.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

15°C and 30°C

Highest recorded

40.3°C

Winter temperature

Average

3°C and 17°C

Lowest recorded

–6.7°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

January

Driest month

May

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

186.7mm

Facilities

  • Rubbish bins are not provided, so please take rubbish with you when you leave.
  • Water is not available at this campground.

Toilets

  • Non-flush toilets

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

  • Wood barbecues (bring your own firewood)
  • Fire rings (bring your own firewood)

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Camping safety

Whether you're pitching your tent on the coast or up on the mountains, there are many things to consider when camping in NSW national parks. Find out how to stay safe when camping.

Fire safety

During periods of fire weather, the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service may declare a total fire ban for particular NSW fire areas, or statewide. Learn more about total fire bans and fire safety.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

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.

Prohibited

Gathering firewood

Firewood is not provided, so please bring your own supply.

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

Coolah (53 km)

Coolah is the gateway to Coolah Tops National Park, a subalpine park with tall eucalypt forests, waterfalls, giant grass trees and scenic forest drives. See animals in the wild, including the greater glider - the largest of Australia's gliding possums.

www.visitnsw.com

Merriwa (32 km)

Merriwa is a unique and friendly rural town nestled in the Upper Hunter Valley. Situated on the Golden Highway, Merriwa is the ideal place for a stopover, as it is centrally located. In just two hours you can reach Mudgee, Dubbo, Newcastle and Tamworth.

www.visitnsw.com

Learn more

Big River campground is in Goulburn River National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Aboriginal echoes

Views over the valley, Goulburn River National. Photo: Shane Ruming

For many thousands of years before European settlement, the river valley that runs through Goulburn River National Park was an important trading route between the Aboriginal people who resided on the coast, and those who lived on the western plains. The area was traditionally occupied by the people of the Wiradjuri, Gamileroi and Wonnarua Clans, and today more than 300 known Aboriginal sites remain within the park, mainly along the river.

  • The Drip walking track The Drip walking track, in Goulburn River State Conservation Area, meanders beside Goulburn River to The Drip, or 'the Great Dripping Wall’. Rain water trickling through the porous rock wall makes it a cool oasis.

Action aplenty

Camping in Goulburn River National Park. Photo: OEH

Along the Goulburn River, there are plenty of outdoor pursuits to keep you busy. The river is usually shallow but offers natural pools that are suitable for swimming. After rain, its gentle flow makes canoeing and liloing possible. There are lots of walking opportunities in Goulburn River National Park, like Lees Pinch lookout track or the marked fire trails, which can be explored on foot or on a mountain bike.

  • Spring Gully drive The picturesque Spring Gully drive takes you through lush forest. At Spring Gully campground, you can enjoy a swim, fishing and birdwatching.

Forest landscape

Lees Pinch lookout, Goulburn River National Park. Photo: Nick Cubbin

The park, covering over 70,000ha, was established in 1983 following the decision that the land was precious, both environmentally and culturally, especially for the traditional Aboriginal owners. Visiting the park today, you'll admire the sheer magnificence of Goulburn River National Park, due to its preservation as a forest landscape, much of which is surrounded by pastoral land.

  • Big River drive Big River drive leads to Big River campground in Goulburn River National Park. Get in your car for fishing, swimming and camping.
  • Spring Gully drive The picturesque Spring Gully drive takes you through lush forest. At Spring Gully campground, you can enjoy a swim, fishing and birdwatching.
  • The Drip walking track The Drip walking track, in Goulburn River State Conservation Area, meanders beside Goulburn River to The Drip, or 'the Great Dripping Wall’. Rain water trickling through the porous rock wall makes it a cool oasis.

Wild about the park

Views from Lees Pinch lookout, Goulburn River National Park. Photo: OEH

With its location along the river, surrounded by rural holdings, Goulburn River is rich in plant and wildlife. Kangaroos, wallabies and wallaroos are often seen grazing on the riverbanks. A rich variety of plant life - eucalypts, river oak, grevilleas and callistemon (more commonly called bottlebrush) - provides habitats for many birds, including glossy black cockatoos and lyrebirds.

  • Big River drive Big River drive leads to Big River campground in Goulburn River National Park. Get in your car for fishing, swimming and camping.
  • Spring Gully drive The picturesque Spring Gully drive takes you through lush forest. At Spring Gully campground, you can enjoy a swim, fishing and birdwatching.

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