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Sandon River campground

Yuraygir National Park

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Sandon River campground.

Getting there and parking

Sandon River campground is in Yuraygir National Park. To get there:

  • From Gulmarrad, near Maclean, follow Brooms Head Road south east for about 17km
  • Turn right onto Sandon River Road, about 100m north of Brooms Head village
  • Continue on Sandon River Road for about 12.5km until reaching the campground.

Road quality

  • 4WD vehicle access is permitted on North Sandon Beach. No vehicles are permitted south of the 4WD beach access.
  • Check the weather before you set out as the road to Sandon River campground can become boggy when it rains.

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

1 vehicle is permitted per campsite. Parking is available in front of your campsite. Limited parking is available for additional vehicles and/or boats.

Best times to visit

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

Autumn

Autumn is the perfect time of year to go beach fishing along the park's coastline.

Spring

The park's heathlands provide a spectacular display of wildflowers. Check them out on your choice of walking track, including the Wilsons Headland walk and, of course, the Yuraygir coastal walk.

Summer

Visit in summer to make the most of the park's countless beaches and waterways. Swim, surf or snorkel – cooling sea breezes provide welcome relief in hot weather.

Winter

Plan a winter trip to go whale watching. The sight of migrating whales swimming north to warmer waters is second-to-none, and there are magnificent viewing points at Red Cliffs lookout and Brooms Head.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

20°C and 26°C

Highest recorded

42.5°C

Winter temperature

Average

9°C and 20°C

Lowest recorded

2.7°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

March

Driest month

September

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

300mm

Facilities

  • Campsites are marked and suitable for caravans, camper trailers, campervans and tents. Campsites are not suitable for very large caravans or motorhomes over 7.5m.
  • There is 1 tent-only site allocated for walkers who are completing the Yuraygir coastal walk
  • All campsites are unpowered and there is no power available in the campground
  • There are no shower facilities
  • Drinking water is not available at the campground. There is tank water for general washing and for bring-your-own camp showers, but it's not suitable for drinking.
  • Firewood is not provided and can't be collected from the park. Firewood can be purchased from roadside vendors along Brooms Head Road.
  • Rubbish and recycling bins are available at the waste point near the entry to the campground.

Toilets

  • Non-flush toilets

Picnic tables

Picnic shelter with lights and electric barbecues.

Barbecue facilities

Fires are permitted in the designated wood barbecues or in your own fire brazier only. No other fires are permitted within the camping or beach area.

  • Wood barbecues
  • Gas/electric barbecues (free)

Boat ramp

Public phone

Located at the access ramp of the main toilet building (coin-operated).

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Beach safety

Beaches in this park are not patrolled, and can sometimes have strong rips and currents. These beach safety tips will help you and your family stay safe in the water.

Boating safety

If you're out on your boat fishing, waterskiing or just cruising the waterways, the safety of you and your passengers is paramount.

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 + 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).

Permitted

Fishing

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

Spear fishing is permitted in designated areas only. Parts of the Sandon River and beach areas are within the Solitary Islands Marine Park and restrictions may apply to fishing, crabbing, spearfishing and collection of some marine species. Please get information from NSW Fisheries or NSW Marine Parks before undertaking these types of activities.

Prohibited

  • All beach areas next to the campground are pedestrian access only. No vehicles are permitted south of the 4WD beach access.
  • Chemical toilets like porta potties are not permitted
  • Amplified music is not permitted. Please be considerate of others and keep noise to a minimum. Noise restrictions apply from 10pm.

Gathering firewood

Generators

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.

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Park info

  • in Yuraygir National Park in the North Coast region
  • Yuraygir National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day.  The park has self registration stands with envelopes - please bring correct change.

    Buy annual pass
Fisherman and kayak at Sandon River Camping Area. Photo: Rob Cleary