Jacky Barkers campground

Nowendoc National Park

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Overview

Combine 4WD camping and Aboriginal heritage with birdwatching, swimming, bushwalking and mountain biking at Jacky Barkers campground in NSW’s Northern Tablelands.

Accommodation Details
Number of campsites 5
Camping type Tent, Camper trailer site, Camping beside my vehicle
Facilities Picnic tables, barbecue facilities, carpark, toilets
What to bring Drinking water, cooking water, firewood
Price 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 basic and remote campground, please make sure you arrive well prepared for your visit.
  • Sites are marked
  • Sites are not powered
  • If you get washed out or require emergency accommodation there is a small country motel in Nowendoc
  • Wrights Hut can be inspected but is not to be used by campers or picnickers.
  • This campground is suitable for groups

Ideal for intrepid, self-reliant campers, this campground is nestled in a pretty hidden valley on a tributary of Jacky Barker Creek. Whether you’re camping alone or in a group, you’ll find each site at Jacky Barkers campground is wonderfully private, and blessed with unique scenic views.

Magnificent river oaks encircle sun-dappled rock pools, while eucalypts and rainforest shelter the creek lines. Those who love birdwatching will thrill at the sight of honeyeaters, bowerbirds and brightly coloured parrots, while everyone will want to spy the various animals that gather at the creek’s edge late in the day.

Once you’ve set up your tent or trailer, you can make use of the barbecues and picnic tables in the adjacent picnic area, or check out nearby Wrights Hut. Those feeling energetic can try mountain biking or bushwalk the 1.8 km loop that passes the ruins of the old Watts Homestead.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

See also

  • Karamea Homestead, Curracabundi National Park. Photo: OEH/Sean Thompson

    Karamea Homestead

    Stay at Karamea Homestead for a secluded rural getaway by the Barnard River, in Curracabundi National Park. Only 1 hour from Gloucester, you’ll find horse riding, mountain biking and water activities at your door.

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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/jacky-barkers-campground/local-alerts

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Jacky Barkers campground.

Getting there and parking

Jacky Barkers campground is in the eastern precinct of Nowendoc National Park. To get there:

  • From Nowendoc, follow Thunderbolts Way south for approximately 6.5km.
  • Turn right into Wrights Road and continue approximately 5km through Nowendoc State Forest and the national park to the campground

Road quality

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • All roads require 4WD vehicle

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Parking is available at Jacky Barkers campground at each of the campsites and adjacent to the picnic area.

Best times to visit

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

Autumn

With its sunny days and cool nights, autumn is a real treat. Go bushwalking along the leafy tracks and follow the meandering Myall Creek, which flows all year round.

Spring

Come to the park in spring to feast your eyes on wildflowers. The banksias turn the brightest yellow, while the flame trees live up to their name, transforming into red blooms.

Summer

Beat the summer heat with a swim in the creek and crystal-clear streams. Nothing beats nature when it comes to refreshment.

Winter

Visit in winter to recharge your batteries with crisp, clean air and even the chance of snow. Many say the valley looks even more beautiful cloaked in early-morning winter fog. See if you agree.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

11°C and 28°C

Highest recorded

36.5°C

Winter temperature

Average

-2°C and 11°C

Lowest recorded

-14.5°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

January

Driest month

April

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

110.4mm

Facilities

  • Drinking water is not available at this campground. If you take water from the creek, you’ll need to treat or boil it before drinking.
  • There's a limited supply of firewood at this campground, however it’s a good idea to bring your own.
  • Rubbish bins are not available – please take rubbish with you when leaving.

Toilets

  • Non-flush toilets

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

  • Wood barbecues (firewood supplied)

Carpark

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 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).

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.

Permitted

Generators

Generators are permitted to be used in particular areas within this campground.

Prohibited

Pets

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

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Learn more

Jacky Barkers campground is in Nowendoc National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

An intriguing history

Jacky Barkers campground, Nowendoc National Park. Photo: John Spencer

Discover the area’s rich Aboriginal heritage and European settlement history. Jacky Barkers Creek has a special connection with one Aboriginal family, the Wrights. You can visit Wrights Hut, built in the early 1960s from materials recycled from older slab huts nearby. In 1837, the Australian Agricultural Company (AAC) established Nowendoc Station, and in 1846 the AAC reached the top of Hungry Hill immediately east of Jacky Barkers Creek.

Beautiful waterways

Myall Creek, Nowendoc National Park. Photo: John Spencer

In Nowendoc National Park, it’s impossible not to be tempted by the cool, clear waters of Myall and Jacky Barkers creeks. Take your pick of streams and rock pools, and swim in the shade of river oaks. The park also protects the headwaters of the Barnard River – a major tributary of the Manning River, first explored by European explorer, Henry Dangar.

Impressive and important

Local vegetation, Nowendoc National Park. Photo: John Spencer

Nowendoc National Park is not only beautiful to look at, it also serves a very important purpose – protecting old growth forest and other plants and animals. The park is home to five threatened plants and 18 threatened animal species. You may be lucky enough to spot an endangered brush-tailed rock wallaby or spotted-tail quoll, while a night walk could give you glimpses of threatened masked, powerful or sooty owls. Surveys have also recorded seven species of frog, 14 species of reptile, 78 native bird species, 19 native mammals and 14 species of bat in this park. Be sure to tread carefully as you walk, and don’t forget those binoculars if you’d like to go bird watching.

Simplicity and solitude

Jacky Barkers campground, Nowendoc National Park. Photo: John Spencer

This rugged, remote park gives you the opportunity to feel at one with both nature and your thoughts. There are so many ways to experience the park’s diverse natural beauty. Breathe the pure air and feel the temperature drop as you travel down to the valley floor.

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