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Mann River campground and picnic area

Mann River Nature Reserve

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Visitor Info

All the practical information you need to know about the Mann River campground and picnic area.

Getting there and parking

Mann River campground and picnic area is in Mann River Nature Reserve. To get there:

  • Drive west of Grafton along Gwydir Highway for 125km or east from Glen Innes for 37km
  • Take the unsealed Old Grafton Road and drive for approximately 2km before descending 14km on sealed road to the base of Big Hill
  • Drive for 150m on an unsealed road to the campground turn off
  • For 4WD only, drive the historic (unsealed) Old Grafton road for about 130km from Grafton.

Road quality

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

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • 4WD required in wet weather


Parking is available at Mann River campground and picnic area.

Best times to visit


Bushwalking, birdwatching and photography are great things to do at this time.


A great time for birdwatching and bushwalking.


Enjoy some swimming in the majestic Mann River.


Winter is best for crisp, clear skies and excellent stargazing.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature


12°C to 25°C

Highest recorded


Winter temperature


0.7°C to 14°C

Lowest recorded



Wettest month


Driest month


The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day



Water is not available at this campground


  • Non-flush toilets

Picnic tables

A large picnic shelter is available

Barbecue facilities

  • Wood barbecues (bring your own firewood)
  • Gas/electric barbecues (free)


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.

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.

There are deep water holes along Mann River and currents may be present, please supervise children at all times.


Gathering firewood

Firewood is not supplied and collecting firewood in the park is not permitted.


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.


NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Mann River campground and picnic area

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