Sandon River campground

Yuraygir National Park

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Overview

Sandon River campground offers caravan sites and great options for fishing and canoeing. This river camping spot also fronts the beach on the beautiful Clarence Coast.

Accommodation Details
Number of campsites 29
Camping type Tent, Camper trailer site, Caravan site, Camping beside my vehicle
Facilities Picnic tables, barbecue facilities, boat ramp, public phone, toilets
What to bring Drinking water, cooking water, firewood
Price
  • Rates and availability are displayed when making an online booking
  • $24 per night (includes 2 people). Additional adult $12, child (5-15yrs) $6, infant (0-4yrs) free.
  • A 2 night minimum stay applies during NSW and QLD school holidays and NSW long weekends.
Entry fees

Park entry fees apply and are not included in your camping fees.

Bookings Book online or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757.
Please note
  • Check in 12pm, check out 10am. Fees may apply for late check outs.
  • A maximum of 2 sites can be booked in one customer name.
  • This is a remote campground, so please arrive well-prepared. You can buy basic supplies in Brooms Head village 12.5km away.
  • Sandon village is on the southern side of the Sandon River and is only reachable by travelling along the beach from Minnie Water or by boat.
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Perched on a sandy peninsular by the Sandon River mouth, Sandon River campground presents you with river on one side and protected ocean on the other. Not only does this mean million-dollar views, but easy access for fishing, swimming and boating.

After you’ve chosen your caravan, trailer or tent site, why not share a barbecue with your neighbours? Use the boat ramp and head out fishing or for a spot of canoeing, or find out about the site’s rich Aboriginal and European cultural heritage from the informative panels around the campground. If you feel like getting your toes wet, head to the beach for a quick dip.

This campground is also a great place to stop over when hiking the multi-day Yuraygir coastal walk.

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/sandon-river-campground/local-alerts

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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.

Nearby towns

Grafton (87 km)

Grafton is a gracious, historic city in the Clarence Valley farming district. It's situated on the broad Clarence River and surrounded by river flats.

www.visitnsw.com

Wooli (30 km)

Yuraygir National Park protects the longest stretch of undeveloped coastline (60km) in NSW. Coastal hideaways worth exploring include Wooli, Minnie Waters and Brooms Head.

www.visitnsw.com

Yamba (78 km)

Yamba is a bustling holiday resort with a large fishing fleet. It's built around a headland at the mouth of the Clarence River.

www.visitnsw.com

Learn more

Sandon River campground is in Yuraygir National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

A watery wonderland

Wilsons Headland walk, Yuraygir National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

The park not only boasts a superb coastline but also features rivers, lakes and estuaries, so swimmers and snorkelers are spoilt for choice. Remember your fishing rod - the waters off the park are excellent for jewfish and groper, and Sandon River is among the state's most popular fishing spots. If surfing is your thing, you can't beat the legendary Angourie Surfing Reserve - it hosts what's arguably Australia's best right-hand point break. Yuraygir is also a paddler's paradise, its sheltered waterways provide the ideal setting for canoeing, kayaking and boating.

  • Angourie Bay picnic area After surfing or swimming at the Clarence Coast’s famous Angourie Headland, stop off at the scenic Angourie Bay picnic area for a tasty picnic lunch with the family.
  • Wooli to Red Rock Wooli to Red Rock is part of Yuraygir coastal walk and a moderate hiking route with river crossings, scenic coastal views and great opportunities for birdwatching.

Important landscapes

Remote coastline, Yuraygir National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

When you visit Yuraygir, you're entering one of the most diverse bioregions in Australia. Wander past age-old coastal landforms, littoral rainforest, eucalypt forest, woodland and wetlands - much of which simply wouldn't be there without the park's protection. Pay a visit to Shelley Headland to see the state's most significant remaining example of grassy clay heath.

  • Angourie to Brooms Head Angourie to Brooms Head, part of Yuraygir coastal walk, is a hiking route offering scenic lookouts and opportunities for beach walking, birdwatching, and seasonal whale watching.
  • Yuraygir coastal walk Hike the multi-day Yuraygir coastal walk on the Clarence Coast. You’ll find loads of places for whale watching, snorkelling and swimming, with overnight stops at beach campgrounds.

Precious and protected

Kangaroo in the grass, Yuraygir National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

At Yuraygir, you can see some of the country’s most vulnerable native wildlife up close, such as squirrel gliders and eastern grass owls. See if you can spot a rufous bettong, a rarely-seen rabbit-sized marsupial also know as the rufous rat-kangaroo. Or even the shy Queensland blossom-bat, Australia’s smallest fruit bat. The threatened green and golden bell frog is one of the 25 amphibians within Yuraygir – likely to be found around swamps, lagoons and flood plains. Keep an eye out for coastal emus, once so prevalent and now, sadly an endangered species with fewer than 100 left in the park.

  • Wilsons Headland walking track The easy Wilsons Headland walking track is ideal for whale watching along the Clarence Coast. Starting at Boorkoom campground, the hiking track offers scenic coastal views.
  • Yuraygir coastal walk Hike the multi-day Yuraygir coastal walk on the Clarence Coast. You’ll find loads of places for whale watching, snorkelling and swimming, with overnight stops at beach campgrounds.

Treasured culture

Coastal forests, Yuraygir National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

The landscape of Yuraygir National Park has been, and remains, the Country of Aboriginal groups. Generations of Yaegl and Gumbaynggirr People camped, fished and held ceremonies here and numerous areas remain of strong spiritual significance to the Aboriginal community. Take the Freshwater Walk and view the most impressive pandanus palms - this important Gumbaynggirr ceremonial plant was used to weave neckbands, dillybags and baskets.

  • Brooms Head to Illaroo Brooms Head to Illaroo, part of Yuraygir coastal walk, is a hiking route with river crossings, beach walking, scenic coastal views and birdwatching opportunities.

Plants and animals you may see

Animals

  • White-bellied sea eagle. Photo: John Turbill

    White-bellied sea eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

    White-bellied sea eagles can be easily identified by their white tail and dark grey wings. These raptors are often spotted cruising the coastal breezes throughout Australia, and make for some scenic bird watching. Powerful Australian birds of prey, they are known to mate for life, and return each year to the same nest to breed.

  • Yellow-tailed black cockatoo. Photo: Peter Sherratt

    Yellow-tailed black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus)

    The yellow-tailed black cockatoo is one of the largest species of parrot. With dusty-black plumage, they have a yellow tail and cheek patch. They’re easily spotted while bird watching, as they feed on seeds in native forests and pine plantations.

  • Emu, Paroo Darling National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae)

    The largest of Australian birds, the emu stands up to 2m high and is the second largest bird in the world, after the ostrich. Emus live in pairs or family groups. The male emu incubates and rears the young, which will stay with the adult emus for up to 2 years.

  • Brown-striped frog. Photo: Rosie Nicolai/OEH

    Brown-striped frog (Lymnastes peronii)

    One of the most common frogs found in Australia, the ground-dwelling brown-striped frog lives in ponds, dams and swamps along the east coast. Also known as the striped marsh frog, this amphibian grows to 6.5cm across and has a distinctive ‘tok’ call that can be heard all year round.

Plants

  • Grass trees, Sugarloaf State Conservation Area. Photo: Michael Van Ewijk

    Grass tree (Xanthorrea spp.)

    An iconic part of the Australian landscape, the grass tree is widespread across eastern NSW. These Australian native plants have a thick fire-blackened trunk and long spiked leaves. They are found in heath and open forests across eastern NSW. The grass tree grows 1-5m in height and produces striking white-flowered spikes which grow up to 1m long.

Environments in this park

Education resources (1)

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