Lemon Tree Flat campground

Kwiambal National Park

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Overview

Lemon Tree Flat campground offers Kwiambal’s best camping, with barbecues and picnic spots for day trippers, hiking tracks for adventurers, and swimming for everyone.

Accommodation Details
Camping type Tent, Camper trailer site, Caravan site, Camping beside my vehicle
Facilities Picnic tables, barbecue facilities, carpark, drinking water, toilets
Price

Rates and availability are displayed when making an online booking. A minimum daily 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
  • Sites are not powered
  • This campground is the preferred location for caravan camping in Kwiambal National Park
  • This is a remote campground, please arrive well prepared.

Positioned on a large grassed area alongside Severn River, Lemon Tree Flat campground is a great place to base yourself while you uncover the remote attractions of Kwiambal National Park. There are plenty of tables and wood barbecues – pack a picnic for a leisurely lunch or bring a tent for a weekend getaway to truly appreciate the cypress pine woodlands and abundant wildlife.

Within easy walking distance of the campground are fishing, swimming and hiking opportunities, along with plenty of chances to entertain a little birdwatching – you might even spot a wedge-tailed eagle circling above your camping spot. If privacy is what you’re after, bring some hiking boots and follow Junction walk, a four-kilometre trail from the campground which takes you to the junction of Severn and Macintyre rivers. Several small, secluded beaches are tucked between the rocks, with calm water ideal for a refreshing dip.

Lemon Tree Flat offers tank water suitable for drinking after treatment, though it’s also a good idea to bring your own as well.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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All the practical information you need to know about Lemon Tree Flat campground.

Getting there and parking

Lemon Tree Flat campground is in the northern precinct of Kwiambal National Park. To get there:

  • From Ashford, take Wallangra Road north west
  • Turn right onto Sandy Creek Road
  • Then left onto Limestone Road and continue into Kwiambal National Park.
  • Turn left into Macintyre Falls Road
  • Turn right into Lemon Tree Flat Road and follow the signs to the campground.

Alternatively:

  • Travel along Inverell Street in Ashford and turn onto Limestone Road.
  • At the intersection of Limestone Road and Sandy Creek Road turn right, and continue into Kwiambal National Park.

Road quality

Check the weather before you set out as the road to this campground can become boggy when it rains.

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Parking is available at Lemon Tree Flat campground.

Best times to visit

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

Spring

Between the warmer months of September and March, spectacular wildflower displays decorate the bush beneath white cypress pines.

Summer

The many swimming opportunities, including rivers, secluded beaches, and even a plunge pool, makes Kwiambal a terrific destination in the height of summer.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

16.9°C and 30.6°C

Highest recorded

41.2°C

Winter temperature

Average

2.7°C and 18°C

Lowest recorded

-6.3°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

January

Driest month

June

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

160mm

Facilities

  • Shop, telephone and internet facilities are available at Ashford.
  • There are no shower facilities at this campground.
  • Limited tank water is available at this campground, though you’ll need to treat or boil it before drinking.
  • Rubbish bins are not available, so please take your rubbish with you when leaving.
  • There may be a supply of firewood at this campground, but it’s a good idea to bring your own supply.

Toilets

  • Non-flush toilets

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

  • Gas/electric barbecues (free)
  • Wood barbecues (firewood supplied)

Carpark

Drinking water

Only if boiled/treated

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Adventure sports

Adventure sports like climbing, caving, canyoning and abseiling offer a thrilling opportunity to explore our unique environments. Before you head out, be aware of the risks and stay safe during adventure sports.

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.

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).

Paddling safety

To make your paddling or kayaking adventure safer and more enjoyable, check out these paddling safety tips.

Prohibited

Generators

Contact the park office with regards to generators required for auxiliary aids to assist a person in managing their disability.

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

Lemon Tree Flat campground is in Kwiambal National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Aboriginal cultural heritage

Macintyre Falls, Kwiambal National Park. Photo: Michael van Ewijk

Kwiambal takes its name from the aboriginal people of the Ashford district. Rich in food, water and materials, the area provided a year-round living environment for their ancestors, with sacred sites and hunting grounds spread throughout the park.

Animals

Eastern grey kangaroo (Macropus giganteus), Kwiambal National Park. Photo: Michael van Ewijk

There are five rare or threatened plant species in the park: severn wattle, Rodd’s star hair, caustic vine, daisy bush and toadflax. Feel free to look, but please be careful not to damage the plants. In the warmer months of September to March, the wildflowers bloom throughout the bush. Like its flowers, Kwiambal is home to dozens of notable animal species, including 32 types of reptile, 11 frogs, and 30 species of mammal. Some 18 species are threatened or endangered, including koalas, squirrel gliders, and five-clawed worm skinks. There are also an astonishing 101 types of bird, making the park a hot spot for avid birders. Keep an eye out for painted honeyeaters, barking owls, hooded robins, and diamond firetails.

  • Dungeon lookout Where Severn River enters a steep gorge, you’ll find The Dungeon, with this lookout offering superb views down into the swell, particularly after rain.
  • Limestone Caves walking track Limestone Caves walking track is a short, easy walk in Kwiambal National Park, near Ashford. It’s popular with families keen to explore the caves, spot the local bats and enjoy a picnic.
  • Macintyre Falls lookout Adjacent to a well-equipped picnic area, Macintyre Falls lookout offers scenic views over the river, with nearby swimming, hiking and fishing opportunities.
  • Slippery Rock walking track Slippery Rock walking track in Kwiambal National Park, near Inverell, offers spectacular gorge views as well as fishing, birdwatching and vibrant wildflowers in spring.

Historic heritage

Macintyre River, Kwiambal National Park. Photo: OEH

The flat areas of the park have been subjected to farming of tobacco, giving way to cereal crops and the mining of various minerals and sapphires. Unsurprisingly then, there are a number of historical landmarks within the park, including tobacco-drying sheds, woolsheds, fruit trees, storage sheds, and the remains of a house. History enthusiasts will want to seek these out on a visit.

Native rainforest

Slippery Rock walking track, Kwiambal National Park. Photo: Michael Van Ewijk

Kwiambal contains 15 per cent of the native dry rainforest left in NSW. The vegetation is dominated by white cypress pines, silver-leaved ironbarks, and tumbledown gums. Unfortunately, much of the planning area has been subjected to logging in the past, though considerable regeneration makes it a worthy destination for nature-lovers. 

  • Dungeon lookout Where Severn River enters a steep gorge, you’ll find The Dungeon, with this lookout offering superb views down into the swell, particularly after rain.
  • Junction walk Junction walk offers a stroll through ironbarks and pine trees to the meeting of Severn and Macintyre rivers, with swimming, picnicking, and birdwatching opportunities.
  • Limestone Caves walking track Limestone Caves walking track is a short, easy walk in Kwiambal National Park, near Ashford. It’s popular with families keen to explore the caves, spot the local bats and enjoy a picnic.
  • Macintyre Falls lookout Adjacent to a well-equipped picnic area, Macintyre Falls lookout offers scenic views over the river, with nearby swimming, hiking and fishing opportunities.
  • Slippery Rock walking track Slippery Rock walking track in Kwiambal National Park, near Inverell, offers spectacular gorge views as well as fishing, birdwatching and vibrant wildflowers in spring.

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