New Country Swamp campground

Mummel Gulf National Park

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Overview

New Country Swamp campground is a basic site within walking distance of rugged Mummel Gulf, offering picnic facilities, wood barbecues, scenic views, and birdwatching.

Accommodation Details
Number of campsites 4
Camping type Tent, Camper trailer site, Camping beside my vehicle
Facilities Picnic tables, barbecue facilities, toilets
What to bring Drinking water, cooking water
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
  • High season is school holidays, low season is winter. For more information, contact the Walcha office on (02) 6777 4700.
  • Sites are unmarked and unpowered
  • This campground is suitable for groups
  • This is a remote campground, please make sure you arrive well prepared.
  • Noise restrictions apply at this campground

Set up camp in New Country Swamp campground, and it’s likely you’ll have much of the place to yourself. Surrounded by towering eucalyptus trees, native scrub, and the seasonal swamp, this basic site offers seclusion and privacy. There are just enough amenities to make relaxation as easy as rolling out the tent.

Perfect for self-reliant campers, it’s just a 5 minute walk to a scenic lookout on the edge of Mummel Gulf. Willing hikers will want to find their own path around the swamp, which takes about 90 minutes and is suitable for experienced walkers (no signage provided). The journey here is part of the attraction, too: if you’re 4WD touring, approach via Panhandle fire trail for breathtaking views across Tia Valley.

An afternoon by New Country Swamp is perfect for birdwatching, with fan-tailed cuckoos, pardolotes, and yellow robins hanging around in spring and summer. The kids will love the wallabies and wombats. At night, as you sit around the campfire, boobooks and sooty owls provide a nocturnal chorus for your campfire songs.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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All the practical information you need to know about New Country Swamp campground.

Getting there and parking

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    New Country Swamp campground is on the eastern side of Mummel Gulf National Park. To get there:

    • From Oxley Highway, take Enfield Road and drive for 12km, turning right into Mummel Forest Road.
    • From Nowendoc, take Brackendale Road and then turn right into Mummel Forest Road. New Country Swamp is approximately 25km from Brackendale Road.

    Road quality

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

    • Unsealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • 2WD vehicles

    Weather restrictions

    • Dry weather only

    Parking

    Parking is available at New Country Swamp campground.

    Best times to visit

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

    Spring

    The forest is in bloom in spring; keep an eye out for greenhood orchids on the forest floor.

    Summer

    Take advantage of the forest shade while the coast and western slopes are hot. At night, boobook owls can be heard milling about the campground.

    Winter

    Light snow sometimes falls in winter, combining with misty mornings to create an evocative atmosphere.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    17°C and 28.5°C

    Highest recorded

    42.2°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    6.1°C and 19.2°C

    Lowest recorded

    -5.1°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    January

    Driest month

    July

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    234.6mm

    Facilities

    • Water is not available at this campground
    • Rubbish bins are not available – please take rubbish with you when leaving

    Toilets

    • Non-flush toilets

    Picnic tables

    Barbecue facilities

    • Wood barbecues (firewood supplied)

    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 + 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).

    Accessibility

    Disability access level - hard

    Wheelchairs can access this area with some difficulty.

    Prohibited

    Generators

    Generators are not permitted in this campground.

    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

    New Country Swamp campground is in Mummel Gulf National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    Forests worth protecting

    New Country Swamp campground, Mummel Gulf National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    What were the anti-logging protesters trying to protect? Mummel Gulf National Park is notable for its wide variety of plant life, not to mention the animals which rely on the biodiversity. Your visit will expose you to everything from sclerophyll forests to warm temperate rainforests, and, if you're lucky, ant orchids and greenhoods - both threatened species.

    • Mummel Forest Road Mummel Forest Road is a scenic car touring route between Wauchope and Walcha that offers forest views and opportunities for cycling, picnics and bushwalking.

    The journey of John Oxley, the legacy of logging

    Mummel Gulf track, Mummel Gulf National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    The famous explorer John Oxley would have travelled in the vicinity of Mummel Gulf National Park on his crossing from Apsley Falls to the coast in 1818. Later, though little evidence remains, small-scale mining and grazing took place in the area. More notable are the logging trails - logging here ultimately caused a series of protests in the 1990s, which resulted in the creation of many national parks in the north-east of NSW.

    The lost Aboriginal connection

    Panhandle fire trail, Mummel Gulf National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    The difficult terrain in Mummel Gulf National Park poses a challenge to more than just adventurous hikers. There are very few recorded Aboriginal sites in the area because of the complexities of surveying. This doesn't mean they don't exist, though: Aboriginal people may have moved through the area as they crossed between the tablelands and the coast. They may also have lived in the area permanently, drawing on the land and water biodiversity to inform their spiritual beliefs and cultural identity.

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