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Doon Goonge campground

Chaelundi National Park

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Doon Goonge campground.

Getting there and parking

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

PIN codes are required to access the locked gates for Doon Goonge campground. PIN codes will be provided in your booking confirmation email. If you have not received your code, contact 13000 72757 before setting out.

We recommend camper trailers travel from Armidale to the campground.

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, past Stop-a-Bit, past Goldfields Road, until you reach the turn-off onto Quartz Road on your right.
  • Soon after crossing over Marara Creek, you will reach Doon Goonge campground.

To get there from Grafton:

  • Take Old Glen Innes Road to Dalmorton
  • Turn left onto Chaelundi Road
  • Turn left after 8km onto Quartz Road
  • After 9km you will arrive at the campground

Road quality

  • Check the weather before you set out as the road to Doon Goonge campground can become boggy when it rains.
  • The road is unsealed and includes creek crossings. 
  • All-wheel drive low clearance vehicles are not recommended
  • Vehicles must not drive off the formed access trail

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • All roads require 4WD vehicle

Weather restrictions

  • All weather


Parking is available.

Best times to visit

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


Photography of forest and cycads fruiting.


Wilderness bushwalking along Chandlers Creek gorge.


Remote camping, fishing and swimming in Chandlers Creek.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature


28°C and 30°C

Highest recorded


Winter temperature


21°C and 24°C

Lowest recorded



Wettest month


Driest month


The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day



  • The campground is unmarked with room for about 7 camper trailers, campervans or tents. There is also a tent only area bounded by bollards, suitable for about 3 tents.
  • There are no shower facilities and no power in the campground
  • Water is not available at this campground.
  • Rubbish bins are not available, so please take all rubbish with you.


  • Non-flush toilets

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

Fires are permitted in the designated fire rings only.

  • Fire rings (bring your own firewood)


Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Bushwalking safety

If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

The walking opportunities in this park are suitable for experienced bushwalkers who are comfortable undertaking self-reliant hiking

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.

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.

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.

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

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus 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).

There is no reception at the campground. There is some patchy mobile phone reception along the higher sections of Quartz Road to the west near the first cattle grid and along Joebills Road to the east.

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.


Disability access level - hard

Wheelchairs can access this area with some difficulty. There is a ramp to access the toilet but no handrails inside.


Chemical toilets are permitted but its contents can't be emptied into the compost toilets or surrounding areas.

Amplified music is permitted but please be considerate of your fellow campers


Fishing is permitted between 1 November and 31 July only. Fines may apply outside this period. A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters. In order to protect the diminishing numbers of endangered eastern freshwater cod, you're required to release them if caught.


Please be considerate of your fellow campers. 


Gathering firewood


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.


NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

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Park info

  • in Chaelundi National Park in the North Coast region
  • Non-wilderness parts of Chaelundi National Park are always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.