Kings Plains Creek campground
Kings Plains National Park
In a clearing by the creek, Kings Plains Creek campground, on the New England Tablelands, is a great spot for a family weekend getaway. Pitch your tent for days of bushwalking and relaxation.
|Number of campsites||7|
|Camping type||Tent, Don't mind a short walk to tent|
|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.|
With its superb location, Kings Plains Creek campground is a hit with adventurous, independent holidaymakers. The family will love spotting grey kangaroos, who tend to appear near the end of the day. Turquoise parrots and tiny diamond firetail finches are also often seen near the campground. As night falls, you’ll hear frogs singing and can even sit quietly on the banks and watch the microbats hunting above the water.
Once you’ve settled in, strap on hiking boots for a walk along the creek to Kings Plains Falls, which only runs after rain. The trail is unmarked and there are areas where rock-hopping is necessary, but this is bushwalking at its best. It takes about 2.5 hours to get to the waterfall and back.
Getting to the campground is easy from Glen Innes or Inverell, but you do need to carry gear along a walking track from the carpark.
For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/campgrounds/kings-plains-creek-campground/local-alerts
- National Parks Contact Centre
- 7am to 7pm daily
- 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) for the cost of a local call within Australia excluding mobiles
- Glen Innes office
- Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm.
- 02 6739 0700
- 68 Church Street, Glen Innes NSW 2370
- in Kings Plains National Park in the Country NSW region
Kings Plains National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
All the practical information you need to know about Kings Plains Creek campground.
Getting there and parking
- From either Glen Innes or Inverell, follow the signs to Kings Plains Road.
- Take the Jindalee Road turn-off from Kings Plains Road then turn west into the park approximately 2.5km south-west of Jindalee
- Follow the road to the end to reach the campground
Check the weather before you set out as the road to Kings Plains Creek campground can become boggy when it rains.
- Unsealed roads
- 2WD vehicles
- All weather
Parking is available adjacent to the campground and is accessed via a walking track.
Best times to visit
There are lots of great things waiting for you in Kings Plain National Park. Here are some of the highlights.
Pleasant days make for great walking conditions around the park.
Wildflowers come into bloom across the park and attract many bird species, making this a great time for birdwatching.
It can get very hot at this time of year, so the shaded campsites beside the creek are great for escaping the heat.
Now's the perfect time to relax by a cosy campfire in the beautiful natural surroundings the park has to offer.
Weather, temperature and rainfall
18°C and 32°C
2°C and 20°C
The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day
- Water is not available at this campground.
- Rubbish bins are not available – please take rubbish with you when leaving.
- Firewood is not provided and may not be collected from the park.
- Non-flush toilets
- Fire rings (bring your own firewood)
Maps and downloads
Disability access level - medium
- Assistance may be required to access this area
Generators are permitted to be used in some areas within the campground.
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.
Kings Plains Creek campground is in Kings Plains National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:
All creatures, great and small
Wildlife is abundant in the park, and most easily spotted at dawn or dusk. Keep your eyes peeled for eastern grey kangaroos, wallaroos, swamp wallabies, red-neck wallabies and koalas. The shy platypus also lives along the creek. The park is home to more than 80 species of birds, from beautiful king parrots and yellow-tailed black cockatoos to wedge-tailed eagles and the rare peregrine falcon. Near the rivers, look for cormorants, tall white-faced herons and azure kingfishers. Stands of ironbark, cypress pine and yellow box all feature in the open woodland of Kings Plains National Park. There's even a rare patch of McKie's stringybark, a tall tree that flowers white between March and May. You'll also find uncommon and rare plant species - the grey guinea flower and the yellow-flowering Kings Plain homoranthus - in the park's heath areas. Wildflowers are at their best during spring.
Kings Plains National Park is part of the traditional land of the Ngarrabul Aboriginal people, whose tribal totem is the koala, which they call 'boor-bee'. An Aboriginal person's totem is an animal or plant with a powerful spiritual connection and is never killed or eaten by that person, since it could be an ancestor. For thousands of years, this tradition has ensured koalas were conserved in this area.
Fascinating recent history
When he rode through the region in 1827, explorer and botanist Allan Cunningham found the first European settlers working the land. Kings Plains National Park was once part of the vast King Plains Station, established in 1838, and for many years an important cattle-grazing property. Today, you can still find evidence of early grazing and mining activity throughout the park, including the remains of huts, mining pits and mullock heaps.