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Doon Goonge campground

Chaelundi National Park

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 Armidale-Grafton Road to Nymbodia
  • Turn right onto Boundary Creek Road
  • Turn right after 12km onto Shannon Creek Road
  • Turn right after 8km into Joebills Road
  • Turn left after 3km onto Chandlers Creek Fire Trail
  • Soon after crossing over Chandlers Creek, you will reach Doon Goonge 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

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.

Autumn

Photography of forest and cycads fruiting.

Spring

Wilderness bushwalking along Chandlers Creek gorge.

Summer

Remote camping, fishing and swimming in Chandlers Creek.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

28°C and 30°C

Highest recorded

43.8°C

Winter temperature

Average

21°C and 24°C

Lowest recorded

-2.2°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

February

Driest month

September

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

274.3mm

Facilities

  • 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
  • Drinking water is not available so you’ll need to bring your own supply.
  • Rubbish bins are not available, so please take all rubbish with you.

Toilets

  • Non-flush toilets

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

Fires are permitted in the designated fire rings only.

  • Fire rings (bring your own firewood)

Carpark

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

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. 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.

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 - hard

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

Permitted

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

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.

Generators

Please be considerate of your fellow campers. 

Prohibited

Gathering firewood

Pets

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

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

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Park info

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