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Riverside campground and picnic area

Oxley Wild Rivers National Park


Riverside campground and picnic area is the perfect spot for remote wilderness camping, or a day-trip, with swimming, fishing and canoeing on the Apsley River in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park.

Accommodation Details
Number of campsites 12
Camping type Tent, Don't mind a short walk to tent
Facilities Picnic tables, barbecue facilities, carpark, toilets
Please note
  • Book your spot early as this campground is a popular place in summer.
  • There are no marked sites.
  • Water is available from Apsley River, but you'll need to boil it for at least 10 minutes before drinking.
  • This is a remote area, please make sure you arrive well prepared.

$30 per vehicle per night. $20 per vehicle per night for concession or NPWS annual pass holders.

Entry fees

Vehicle entry fees apply for day use. $20 per vehicle, $12 per vehicle if concession or NPWS annual pass holder. If camping, vehicle entry fees are included in the campground fee.


You'll need a permit and a key to access Riverside campground and picnic area. Please contact the Walcha office.

There’s nothing like rustic camping to remind you what’s really important in life. Remote and unspoilt, Riverside campground and picnic area, in the spectacular Macleay gorges area, puts the wild back into wilderness.

Relax by the crystal clear mountain waters of Apsley River, where the only stress will be choosing between swimming, canoeing or walking the Budds Mare Riverside track. You can also try your hand at catching bass or laze about listening to the sounds of the bush.

If you’re staying the night, set up camp under the fuzzy box trees, inhale some crisp clean air and feel the city melt away. You’ll be pitching your tent surrounded by rugged mountains and dramatic rocky outcrops. 

With barbecues and campfires at this campsite and picnic area, there’s plenty of opportunity to enjoy an outdoor dining experience, all the while getting to know the park’s inhabitants - goannas, wallabies and rosellas. Snuggle up in your sleeping bag and be soothed to sleep by the gentle sounds of the river.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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Conservation program:

Saving our Species conservation program

Saving our Species is an innovative conservation program in NSW. This program aims to secure as many threatened species that can be secured in the wild as possible, for the next 100 years.

Mountain pygmy possum (Burramys parvus). Photo: Cate Aitken

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Park info

  • in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park in the North Coast and Country NSW regions
  • Oxley Wild Rivers National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • There are 3 areas in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park that charge vehicle entry fees: Halls Peak campground, Riverside campground and picnic area, and Youdales campground. 

    Vehicle entry fee is $20, or $12 for concession or NPWS annual pass holders. Fees not applicable if you're paying campground fees.

    Buy an annual pass.
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View from Budds Mare lookout, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary