Special Offer

Rummery Park campground

Whian Whian State Conservation Area

Special Offer

Stay 3, pay 2

Stay 3 nights, pay only 2 nights. Valid for stays between 29 April and 29 November 2019. Excludes NSW school holidays and public holiday weekends. Subject to availability. Book online.


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Overview

Base yourself at Rummery Park campground to enjoy the many walking, biking and horse riding trails in Whian Whian State Conservation area and Nightcap National Park.

Accommodation Details
Number of campsites 18
Camping type Tent, Camper trailer site, Caravan site, Camping beside my vehicle
Facilities Picnic tables, barbecue facilities, carpark, toilets
What to bring Drinking water, cooking water, firewood
Price
  • Rates and availability are displayed when making an online booking
  • A minimum daily rate applies, which includes the first 2 occupants
  • At Goanna Group campsite, the minimum daily rate includes the first 6 adults (16+ years) and 18 children (5 to 15 years).
Bookings Book online or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757.
Please note
  • Check in after 2pm. Check out before 10am
  • Mobile phone coverage is only available at the signposted sites on Minyon Drive (3.5km east) and Nightcap Range Road (2km south). You'll need to return to these sites to make a booking if you haven't already done so.
  • This is a remote campground. Basic supplies are available at Bexhill and Clunes villages, 30 mins away.
  • Goanna group campsite is a designated campground for groups of up to 24 people. It's a tent-only walk in area.
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Rummery Park campground is a small but well-equipped spot for camping near Byron Bay and Lismore.

This campground, ideal for families, is the perfect place to base yourself if you want to enjoy the many fantastic trails within Whian Whian State Conservation Area and Nightcap National Park. From here, you can take a short walk along Boggy Creek track to the beautiful Minyon Falls lookout. You can also go car touring or birdwatching, or just sit back and enjoy a peaceful, relaxing camping experience.

Make friends with the kookaburras resting in the surrounding gum, pine and kauri trees – you might even spot a koala while you’re looking. Other animals that visit the campground include goannas, lorikeets, and possums. When you’re hungry, strike up one of the gas barbecues at Rummery Park campground.

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/rummery-park-campground/local-alerts

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All the practical information you need to know about Rummery Park campground.

Getting there and parking

Rummery Park campground is in the eastern precinct of Whian Whian State Conservation Area. To get there:

From the eastern park entrance (via Rosebank):

  • Take Minyon Drive, past Minyon Falls picnic area, over the causeway.
  • Continue along Minyon Drive until you reach the Peates Mountain Road intersection
  • Turn right into Peates Mountain Road and the campground is approximately 100m to the north.

From the southern park entrance on Nightcap Range Road (via Dunoon):

  • Continue north up Nightcap Range Road to the top of the range
  • Turn left into Peates Mountain Road and the campground is approximately 100m north.
  • Please note that the Peates Mountain Road link to Gibbergunyah Range Road is now closed and is gated at Rummery Park.

Both entrances have directional signposting to the campground.

Road quality

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

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Parking

  • Parking for 1 verhicle per booking is available in the Rummery Park campground carpark
  • Goanna group campsite has parking for 4 vehicles in its carpark

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Whian Whian State Conservation Area. Here are some of the highlights.

Autumn

The cooler months are great for enjoying some of the longer bushwalks available in both Whian Whian and the adjoining Nightcap National Park - Autumn/winter .

Spring

Bushwalking when many plant species are in bloom, such as bottlebrush, wattle and tea tree species along the creeks. Swimming in the Boggy Creek along the Boggy Creek walk The Freedom Marathon is an annual event held in spring .

Summer

When the weather heats up, swimming in Boggy Creek is a popular way to cool off.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

28°C and 28°C

Highest recorded

40°C

Winter temperature

Average

8°C and 18°C

Lowest recorded

-0.6°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

February

Driest month

September

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

430.5mm

Facilities

  • Sites are marked and suitable for motorhomes, caravans, camper trailers and campervans.
  • Sites are not powered
  • Rubbish bins are not available, please take your rubbish with you when leaving
  • There are no shower facilities
  • Water is not available at this campground.

Toilets

  • Non-flush toilets

Picnic tables

Each campsite has a picnic table. There’s also a shared covered cooking galley with tables, benches and wood fire barbecues.

Barbecue facilities

Each campsite has a fire ring. There are also shared gas barbecues and fire pits throughout the campground.

  • Wood barbecues (bring your own firewood)
  • Fire rings (bring your own firewood)
  • Gas/electric barbecues (free)

Carpark

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).

Water activities

Beaches, rivers and lakes in NSW national parks offer lots of opportunities for water activities. Please take care in the water and find out how to help your family and friends stay safe around water.

Accessibility

Disability access level - medium

Assistance may be required to access this area. There is bridge access across Boggy Creek in the central area of the campground. Wheelchair accessible toilets and disabled car spaces are available.

Permitted

You can bring chemical toilets (porta potties) but please don't empty them into the NPWS toilets. 

Generators

You can use a 4 stroke generator in this campground to recharge batteries, but not as a power source to run equipment. Be a considerate camper and chat to your neighbouring campers about your generator use

Prohibited

Please don't play amplified music.

Gathering firewood

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

Lismore (92 km)

Lismore is a major North Coast commercial, cultural and administrative centre. It's set in undulating country on the north arm of the Richmond River.

www.visitnsw.com

Mullumbimby (32 km)

Mullumbimby sits on the Brunswick River and is overshadowed by subtropical hills.

www.visitnsw.com

Nimbin (45 km)

Nimbin is the counter-culture capital of Australia. It's set in a beautiful green valley pierced with limestone spires.

www.visitnsw.com

Learn more

Rummery Park campground is in Whian Whian State Conservation Area. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

4,000 years of Aboriginal culture

 A still creek, Whian Whian State Conservation Area. Photo: OEH

The conservation area is located within the traditional lands of the Widjabal clan of the Bundjalung Nation. Evidence from recorded sites suggests Aboriginal use of the Nightcap Range for at least the last 4,000 years. The area has intrinsic cultural values to the Widjabal People and the land has significant connections with other recorded sites in the adjacent Nightcap National Park.

Historic heritage of timber-getters

Rummery Creek, Whian Whian State Conservation Area. Photo: John Spencer

Lured by the opportunity of employment in difficult times, timber-getters began logging in the Whian Whian area in the 1830s for red cedar, a particularly sought after timber. In 1871, surveyors identified a track over Nightcap Range to link Lismore with Murwillumbah. This allowed cedar-getters access to previously isolated expanses of forest. The Rummery Park campground was originally a forestry camp, and its use dates back to the 1930s. The inter-war period was the most active period for forestry use of the campground. Peates Mountain Road (now part of the Nightcap track) was built during the depression of the 1920s and 1930s. Sleeper-cutters who claimed timber unsuitable for milling, camped nearby on the other side of Boggy Creek at Rummery Park.

  • Historic Nightcap walking track Historic Nightcap walking track leads through World Heritage-listed rainforest, offering scenic views across Nightcap National Park and Whian Whian State Conservation Area, near Byron Bay.

Plant life galore

Waterfall, Whian Whian National Park. Photo: John Spencer

An astounding 520 plant species have been recorded here – making it an incredibly diverse place when it comes to vegetation. There are 10 broad ecosystems, including subtropical and warm temperate rainforests and various types of wet sclerophyll forest.

  • Boggy Creek walk Boggy Creek walk in Whian Whian State Conservation Area takes you through blackbutt forest and along the beautiful Boggy Creek to Minyon Falls. You can swim in the inviting pools along the creek.
  • Historic Nightcap walking track Historic Nightcap walking track leads through World Heritage-listed rainforest, offering scenic views across Nightcap National Park and Whian Whian State Conservation Area, near Byron Bay.

Walk with the animals

 Stag horn (Platycerium bifurcatum), Whian Whian State Conservation Area. Photo: John Spencer

There’s also an incredible variety of native animal species thriving in these rainforests – over 270 native species, around 50 of which are listed as threatened, including the spotted tailed quoll. Koalas and Albert’s lyrebird, with its distinctive calls and mimicking echoes, can often be heard through the forest in the cooler months.

World heritage worthy

Prospector Falls walking track, Whian Whian State Conservation Area. Photo: John Spencer

The conservation area has similar vegetation and natural heritage values as those found in the adjoining Nightcap National Park, one of the 50 reserves in northeast NSW and southeast Queensland that make up World Heritage Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves Australia.

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Rummery Park Camping Area, Whian Whian State Conservation Area. Photo: John Spencer/NSW Government