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Riverside campground and picnic area

Oxley Wild Rivers National Park

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about the Riverside campground and picnic area.

Getting there and parking

Riverside campground and picnic area is in the Macleay Gorges area of Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. To get there follow Moona Plains Road from Walcha for 50km.

There's a gate at the park entrance which can be unlocked by an access code. Access codes will be provided in your booking confirmation email. Call 1300 072 757 if you have not received your code. The gate must be locked at all times. Re-lock the gate after you have passed through. No trailers are allowed past the gate.

Road quality

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

Access is for high clearance, low range 4WD vehicles (no SUVs).

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • All roads require 4WD vehicle

Weather restrictions

  • Dry weather only


1 vehicle is permitted per booking. Parking is available at the campground and picnic area.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. Here are some of the highlights.


A great item to tackle one of the longer walking tracks in the park when the days are not too hot.


The gorges can be a riot of colour as the trees and shrubs burst into spring.


The wild rivers and waterfalls that give the park its name can be at their most impressive after summer rains.


Crisp, cool and clear days are good for a brisk half day bushwalk.


  • Campsites are unmarked, unpowered and suitable for tents only.
  • There are no showers
  • Water is not available at this campground. Remember to treat or boil any water taken from the river.
  • Rubbish bins are not available, please take all rubbish with you.


  • Non-flush toilets

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

Some firewood may be provided but we recommend that you bring your own supply.

  • Gas/electric barbecues (free)
  • Wood barbecues

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.

If you’re bushwalking in this park it’s a good idea to bring a topographic map and compass, or a GPS.

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.

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 Plus 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.


Disability access level - no wheelchair access



A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters.

We encourage ‘catch and release’ fishing.


  • Motorbikes or trailers of any type
  • Amplified music. Please be considerate of others and keep noise low.
  • Chemical toilets. For example, porta potties.
  • The possession or use of any type of firearm


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.


NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Riverside campground and picnic area

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 where you'll need day use vehicle permits: Halls Peak campground and picnic area, Riverside campground and picnic area, and Youdales Hut campground and picnic area. Day use vehicle permits can be bought online or by calling the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757. If camping, permit fees are included in the campground fee.

    Contact us for permits