Red Gum campground

Clyde River National Park

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Escape the crowds for picnicking, fishing, and swimming in this peaceful riverside campground. Camp overnight and you’ll find yourself paddling in tranquillity.

Accommodation Details
Number of campsites 2 tent sites and 2 camper trailer sites
Camping type Tent, Camper trailer site, Camping beside my vehicle
Facilities Barbecue facilities, toilets
What to bring Drinking water, cooking water, firewood, fuel stove
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.
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Red Gum campground is a beautiful riverside camping area, just a short drive from Batemans Bay, or a scenic trip on the river by boat, canoe, or kayak. This back-to-basics campground is perfect for a weekend escape or a day trip away from the holiday crowds.

Find a grassy patch near your car, or wander to the secluded campsites away from the carpark to pitch your tent and really immerse yourself in nature.

Throw a fishing line in the river, take a quick swim, or head off to explore the nearby mangroves and surrounding bush by foot. Or you could paddle your kayak or canoe to explore the nearby shoreline.

If you like birdwatching, don’t forget your binoculars - you’ll find an abundance of waterbirds by the river. In the distance, you might spot a glossy black-cockatoo or a sea eagle.

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/red-gum-campground/local-alerts

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All the practical information you need to know about Red Gum campground.

Getting there and parking

On entering Clyde River National Park:

  • Follow Rotary Drive for about 1.5km until you pass Holmes lookout
  • Take the second right and drive for approximately 2km until you arrive at Red Gum campground

Road quality

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • All roads require 4WD vehicle

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Parking is available a short walk from Red Gum campground, near the toilets

Best times to visit

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

Spring

Take in magnificent sunset views from Holmes lookout after a day of exploring.

Summer

Get away from the holiday crowds and enjoy peaceful camping, swimming and kayaking on mighty Clyde River.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

14°C and 24°C

Highest recorded

43.3°C

Winter temperature

Average

6°C and 17°C

Lowest recorded

0°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

March

Driest month

August

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

867.5mm

Facilities

  • Water is not available at this campground.
  • Firewood is not provided and is sparse in the park.
  • You’re encouraged to bring gas or fuel stoves, especially in summer during the fire season.
  • Rubbish bins are not available, so please take your rubbish with you when leaving.
  • Boat hire, camping supplies, grocery stores and medical supplies and services are available at Batemans Bay.

Toilets

  • Non-flush toilets

Barbecue facilities

  • Fire rings (bring your own firewood)

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.

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 + 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.

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.

Accessibility

Disability access level - medium

Assistance may be required to access this area.

Prohibited

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.

Nearby towns

Batemans Bay (2 km)

Batemans Bay is a bustling coastal town with majestic seascapes. It's located on the estuary of the Clyde River.

www.visitnsw.com

Mogo (24 km)

In 1857, the discovery of a single nugget sparked a goldrush in the Batemans Bay area that saw the town grow to a population of 10,000 virtually overnight. When the boom was over, Mogo stalled but has been rescued by tourism in recent times thanks to its collection of historic buildings and new attractions.

www.visitnsw.com

Moruya (43 km)

Moruya is a historic dairy town on the Moruya River surrounded by dairy pastures and rugged national parks.

www.visitnsw.com

Learn more

Red Gum campground is in Clyde River National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Forests along the foreshore

Beach campground in Clyde River National Park. Photo: Lucas Boyd

Clyde River National Park has patches of rare forest red gum and three endangered ecological communities; swamp oak floodplain forest; river-flat eucalypt forest on coastal floodplains; and coastal saltmarsh. Mangroves along the river also provide important fish nurseries.

  • Holmes lookout Get a wonderful bird’s-eye view of Clyde River and scenic views of the district at Holmes lookout, a popular picnic spot that’s perfect for a birdwatching day trip.

Protecting the unique

Glossy black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus lathami), Clyde River National Park. Photo: Michael Murphy

As you enjoy the natural beauty of the Clyde River National Park, you’ll see the unique plants and animals protected here. The threatened glossy black cockatoo finds much needed feed trees such as black she-oak in the park. The yellow-bellied glider and masked owl, also a threatened species, make homes here where trees with suitable nest hollows for living and breeding occur.

  • Holmes lookout Get a wonderful bird’s-eye view of Clyde River and scenic views of the district at Holmes lookout, a popular picnic spot that’s perfect for a birdwatching day trip.

Sites and storylines

Views looking towards the Clyde River, Clyde River National Park. Photo: Lucas Boyd

Welcome to the land of the Walbunja people. Clyde River, or Bhundoo as the locals call it, has provided an abundant food source for Aboriginal people for thousands of years. Several middens have been found along the shores where there are freshwater soaks and flat areas suitable for camping. The river, islands, and surrounding bushlands also have important cultural significance for the Walbunja people. Holmes lookout is part of a local dreaming story and was an important meeting and communication point due to its high vantage point.

Waterway wonders

Camping in Red Gum campground, Clyde River National Park. Photo: Lucas Boyd

The waterways of Clyde River offer plenty of options to explore and enjoy. Launch your boat, kayak or canoe to see the natural beauty here from the water. Explore the shorelines paddling along the river and see the abundant birdlife. There are also plenty of spots to enjoy a peaceful swim in the calm waters of the river, or throw in a fishing line and relax as you watch the world go by.

  • Holmes lookout Get a wonderful bird’s-eye view of Clyde River and scenic views of the district at Holmes lookout, a popular picnic spot that’s perfect for a birdwatching day trip.

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Red Gum campground hero, Clyde River National Park. Photo: Lucas Boyd.