Mann River campground and picnic area

Mann River Nature Reserve

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Overview

Mann River campground and picnic area offers swimming and peaceful riverside camping in beautiful Mann River Nature Reserve, near Glenn Innes.

Accommodation Details
Number of campsites 14
Camping type Tent, Camper trailer site, Caravan site, Camping beside my vehicle Short walk from parking
Facilities Picnic tables, barbecue facilities, carpark, toilets
What to bring Drinking water, cooking water, firewood
Price Free. 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
  • There is limited mobile reception in this park
  • This is a remote campground and the weather in the area can be extreme and unpredictable. Please ensure you’re well-prepared for your visit.
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For a nature getaway that’s bound to impress the whole family, Mann River campground and picnic area features riverside camping in a beautiful bush setting. East of Glen Innes, near the Great Dividing Range, is an idyllic camping spot for a bush holiday or road trip pit stop.

Pitch your tent or park the camper trailer by the majestic Mann River in the shade of the towering she-oaks. The surrounding bush is a haven for wildlife and you’re bound to see eastern greys, wallabies and perhaps even a wallaroo. Reptiles such as lace monitors, eastern water dragons and blue tongue lizards are often seen nearby.

Enjoy a refreshing swim along the banks, and if you’re keen to explore don’t miss Tommys Rock lookout and walking track.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

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/mann-river-campground-and-picnic-area/local-alerts

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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

Parking is available at Mann River campground and picnic area.

Best times to visit

Autumn

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

Spring

A great time for birdwatching and bushwalking.

Summer

Enjoy some swimming in the majestic Mann River.

Winter

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

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

12°C to 25°C

Highest recorded

34.5°C

Winter temperature

Average

0.7°C to 14°C

Lowest recorded

-8.3°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

December

Driest month

April

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

140mm

Facilities

Water is not available at this campground

Toilets

  • Non-flush toilets

Picnic tables

A large picnic shelter is available

Barbecue facilities

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

Carpark

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 + 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.

Prohibited

Gathering firewood

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

Pets

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.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Learn more

Mann River campground and picnic area is in Mann River Nature Reserve. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Aboriginal gatherings

Mann River Nature Reserve. Photo: John Spencer

Due to its location at the bottom of the range leading to the coast, the reserve would have been a popular place for the Ngarabul People of the northern tablelands as well as the Gumbaynggir People to the south-east. It's believed the Ngarabul People travelled the mountains on a historic route that is known today as Old Grafton Road.

  • Tommys Rock lookout and walking track Tommys Rock walking track offers scenic mountain views across the Great Dividing Ranges in Mann River Nature Reserve. You can choose to walk or 4WD along the trail to the summit.

Historic highways and bushranging country

View of Mann River Nature Reserve. Photo: John Spencer

With the discovery of gold and a regular Cobb and Co mail run, the lands of the reserve were once popular hunting grounds of renowned bushrangers such as 'Captain Thunderbolt' and 'Black Tommy' McPherson. Bordering the eastern edge of the reserve, Old Grafton Road was originally a timber getters track used to cart the valuable 'red gold' cedar trees in the 1840s. When the road was widened during the 1860s, Cobb and Co ran a weekly mail service along this road, linking Grafton and Glen Innes.

  • Tommys Rock lookout and walking track Tommys Rock walking track offers scenic mountain views across the Great Dividing Ranges in Mann River Nature Reserve. You can choose to walk or 4WD along the trail to the summit.

Roving reptiles and birdlife

Golden wattle (Acacia pycnantha), Mann River Nature Reserve. Photo: John Spencer

This reserve protects a wide range of lizards from the mighty lace monitor, reaching up to 2m in length to the more diminutive blue-tongue lizard. Eastern water dragons are often seen sunning themselves on the riverbanks. With over 50 species of birdlife protected within the reserve, grab your binoculars for sightings of king parrots, yellow-faced honey-eaters and yellow-rumped thornbills. The magnificent raptor birds such as the peregrine falcon can often be seen surfing on mountain thermals. Native mammals you can see include grey kangaroos, wallaroos, pretty-faced wallabies and swamp wallabies.

  • Tommys Rock lookout and walking track Tommys Rock walking track offers scenic mountain views across the Great Dividing Ranges in Mann River Nature Reserve. You can choose to walk or 4WD along the trail to the summit.

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Mann River campground and picnic area, Mann River Nature Reserve. Photo: John Spencer