Doon Goonge campground

Chaelundi National Park

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Overview

The wild terrain rewards you from every angle at Doon Goonge campground near Nymboida. Take a scenic drive, or swim and picnic.

Accommodation Details
Camping type Tent, Camper trailer site, Don't mind a short walk to tent
Facilities Picnic tables, barbecue facilities, carpark, toilets
What to bring Drinking water, cooking water, firewood
Price
  • Rates and availability are displayed when making an online booking.
  • A minimum nightly rate applies, which includes the first 2 occupants.
Bookings Bookings are required. Book online or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757.
Please note
  • Check in 12pm, check out 11am.
  • This is a remote campground so you’ll need to be self sufficient and bring everything you need
  • This campground has 4WD access only.
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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.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

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

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  • 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.

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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

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
  • Water is not available at this campground.
  • 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

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).

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.

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 pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Nearby towns

Bellingen (67 km)

Bellingen is a laid-back, tree-lined town with a New Age vibe. It's set in a luxuriant valley beside the Bellinger River.

www.visitnsw.com

Dorrigo (48 km)

Dorrigo is a serene country town and the gateway to Dorrigo National Park. Its close to the edge of the escarpment above the Bellingen Valley.

www.visitnsw.com

Grafton (48 km)

Grafton is a gracious, historic city in the Clarence Valley farming district. It's situated on the broad Clarence River and surrounded by river flats.

www.visitnsw.com

Learn more

Doon Goonge campground is in Chaelundi National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Ancient pathways

Chandlers Creek, Chaelundi National Park. Photo: A Harber

Chaelundi National Park lies within the territory of the Gumbaynggirr Aboriginal people. Many of the ridgelines within the park are considered to be of high cultural significance to local Aboriginal people as traditional travelling routes. Survey work of the Aboriginal cultural sites within the park has recorded scarred trees, a stone tool quarry and numerous open campsites and artefact scatters.

Living and thriving

Johnson's cycad (Macrozamia johnsonii), Chaelundi National Park. Photo: A Harber

The diverse forest environments and substantial old-growth sections make the Chaelundi National Park areas ecologically unique. The park harbours around 18 threatened animal species, including the rock wallaby, stuttering frog and regent honeyeater.

Mountain of gold

Views across the valley, Chaelundi National Park. Photo: A Harber

By 1872, there were over 500 people living in Dalmorton, working numerous gold reefs in the area. Evidence of this gold-mining history includes vertical and horizontal mine shafts of several abandoned gold mines. Mining finally ceased in the 1930s. There is also a long history of timber harvesting within the Chandlers Creek basin extending back to the late 1800s, with cedar-getting followed by logging of hoop pine up until 1930. Small shelters can still be found dotted along the landscape as remnants of the industry.

Waiting just for you

People having a picnic in Doone Gorge camping area, Chaelundi National Park. Photo: A Harber

Fire trails twist and turn through scenery for mountain bikers to zip through, offering spectacular views to the river below. Crisp, fresh scents moisten the air on approaching a waterfall or creek. You can relax here with a cooling dip before heading to sizzle your sausages by the riverbank campsite. Car touring on forest roads outside the wilderness zone are ready for exploration by 4WD.

Education resources (1)

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