Doon Goonge campground

Chaelundi National Park

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If you enjoy self-sufficient camping, head to remote Doon Goonge campground in Chaelundi National Park. Located near Nymboida, you can swim, walk and picnic at this 4WD-only campground.

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
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.
  • You can only reach this campground with a high-clearance 4WD.
  • Check the weather and road closures before you set out. There are creek crossings to this campground that can become impassable after very heavy rain.

Pitch your tent or park your camper trailer at Doon Goonge campground and get back to nature surrounded by the wild terrain of Chaelundi National Park.

Spread across cleared flats in the northern section of Chandlers Creek, the campground is a good place to cast a line, have a bite to eat or choose your own path and explore the nearby Chaelundi Wilderness Area.

You’ll need to come well-prepared as this is a remote campground and conditions can change rapidly. However, self-sufficient campers will be rewarded by the solitude – you may get lucky and have the place all to yourself.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Also see

  • Macrozamia, Dalmorton Campground, Guy Fawkes River State Conservation Area. Photo: S Leathers/NSW Government

    Dalmorton campground

    Located near the historic town of Dalmorton, this campground is a great base for exploring walks in Guy Fawkes River State Conservation Area or for swimming and fishing in Boyd River.


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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.

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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. You'll need access codes to pass through the locked park gates. You'll get the access codes after you book. If you have not received your code, contact 13000 72757 before setting out.

Access for camper trailers is recommended from the west via Quartz Road off Chaelundi Road.

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.

Please note that the former eastern access to Doon Goonge campground, Shannon Creek Road, is blocked due to 2 major bridges being destroyed by bushfires.

Road quality

  • Doon Goonge access roads are subject to rapidly changing and variable conditions which must be assessed by skilled, experienced drivers.   
  • 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
  • Check the weather before you set out as the road to Doon Goonge campground can become boggy when it rains.

  • 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

Do not feed wildlife. Store your food and rubbish properly in secure containers to prevent access by wildlife.

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.

Wildlife safety

Keep yourself and our wildlife safe by understanding the risks of wildlife encounters and how to avoid them.


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 don't empty its contents 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.


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.

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.

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