Goolawah National Park
All the practical information you need to know about Racecourse campground.
Getting there and parking
Racecourse campground is in the southern precinct of Goolawah National Park. To get there from Kempsey:
- Take Crescent Head Road from South Kempsey
- Just after entering Crescent Head village, take the prominent right turn to Point Plomer Road and into Goolawah National Park.
- You’ll find the turn-off to Racecourse campground a further 6km south along Point Plomer Road
Check the weather before you set out as the road to this campground can become boggy when it rains.
- Sealed roads
- 2WD vehicles
- All weather
Parking is available in gravel carparks at Racecourse campground.
Best times to visit
There are lots of great things waiting for you in Goolawah National Park. Here are some of the highlights.
This is a great time to go beachcombing, feel the sand between your toes on a beach walk, and breathe in the salty sea air. The water is still quite warm in autumn, too, so a swim is certainly not out of the question.
Roam through the park in spring to go birdwatching and see the coastal heathlands bursting with wildflowers. The colourful banksias and bottlebrush will catch your eye instantly.
Bring your towel and bathers and hit the Crescent Head beaches. You'll find Goolawah Beach a great spot for swimming, surfing and snorkeling.
Winter is the time for whale watching. Climb to the headland to spot whales on their annual migration. Plan a winter trip if you prefer a quieter camping experience. Campgrounds are less crowded at this time of year.
- Drinking water is not available at this campground. Non-potable bore water is available.
- Firewood for your brazier can be purchased from the campground manager
- Rubbish bins are provided during peak periods – at other times, please take rubbish with you when you leave.
- Non-flush toilets
Cold water beach showers are available but there is no private shower block.
Racecourse campground is step-free. The campground is tiered, with flat ground in some parts but also some sloping areas between campsites.
There are hard-packed gravel pathways around the toilet block and shelter. To get around the rest of the campground, you'll need to cross flat grass or slightly sloped and hard-packed ground.
The beach access tracks are step-free, but are natural and uneven.
- Step-free outdoor pathways
Maps and downloads
Disability access level - medium
Racecourse campground is step-free. It has the following accessible facilities:
- An accessible toilet
- A hard-packed gravel path that leads to the toilet and also to the campground shelter
There are some parts of the campground where people with reduced mobility may need assistance:
- The campground is tiered. so parts of the campground are sloped
- The beach access tracks are natural and uneven
A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters.
Firewood may not be collected from the park. If you have a brazier you can purchase firewood from the campground manager.
Sites are not powered and generators are not permitted in this campground.
NSW national parks are no smoking areas.