The Junction campground

Nymboi-Binderay National Park

Overview

The Junction campground offers riverside camping with fishing, paddling and swimming, with scenic views of Nymboi-Binderay National Park, near Grafton.

Accommodation Details
Number of campsites 10
Camping type Tent, Don't mind a short walk to tent
Facilities Picnic tables, barbecue facilities, carpark, toilets
What to bring Drinking water, cooking water
Price

$6 per adult per night. $3.50 per child per night.

Bookings Bookings are not required at this campground. Campsites are available on a first-in first-served basis.
Please note
  • This is a remote campground, so please make sure you arrive well-prepared.
  • Only experienced canoeists should attempt the white-water sections of Nymboida River
  • In order to protect the diminishing numbers of endangered eastern freshwater cod, you are obliged to release them if caught.

The Junction campground is a great spot for river-based camping along one of Australia’s best known rivers, near Grafton. Paddling the magnificent Nymboida River is a great way to explore the rainforest-lined riverbanks and rugged granite cliffs of Nymboi-Binderay National Park.

Pop up your tent near the scenic river beside the towering forests of wet eucalypt and lush rainforest. Some of the crystal clear waters of this mountain river are ideal for swimming and fishing.

The surrounding dense forests and riverbanks hum with wildlife and provide habitat for a wide range of rare and threatened frogs. As the light fades, listen for the distinct call of the stuttering frog and the cry of the catbird. Kick back around the campfire and tune in to the symphony of the bush.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Current alerts in this area

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Local alerts

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All the practical information you need to know about The Junction campground.

Getting there and parking

The Junction campground is in the northern precinct of Nymboi-Binderay National Park.

To get there from Nymboida Public School:

  • Travel south from Nymboida Public School
  • Turn left onto Laytons Range Road (Nymboida-Kangaroo River Road)
  • Turn right/veer right onto Black Mountain Road
  • Turn right onto The Junction Road.The Junction campground is at the end of the road.

To get there from Coffs Harbour:

  • Drive along Coramba Road, continue through Coramba
  • Turn left onto Eastern Dorrigo Way
  • Turn right onto Lowanna Road
  • Continue onto Grafton Street, continue to Moleton Road, continue onto Cradle Creek Road
  • Turn left onto Black Mountain Road
  • Turn right to stay on Black Mountain Road
  • Turn left onto The Junction Road. The Junction campground is at the end of the road.

Road quality

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

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • All roads require 4WD vehicle

Weather restrictions

  • 4WD required in wet weather

Parking

Parking is available at The Junction campground.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Nymboi-Binderay National Park. One of the highlights of a visit to the park is a whitewater rafting trip down the Nymboida River. Spring is a great time to head out on a guided tour.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

18°C and 29°C

Winter temperature

Average

5°C and 20°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

March

Driest month

August

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

388mm

Facilities

Water is not available at this campground.

Toilets

  • Non-flush toilets

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

  • Wood barbecues (firewood supplied)

Carpark

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

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.

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).

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.

Permitted

Fishing

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

Prohibited

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

Bellingen (29 km)

Bellingen is a laid-back, tree-lined town with a New Age vibe. It's set in a luxuriant valley beside the Bellinger River.

www.visitnsw.com

Dorrigo (7 km)

Dorrigo is a serene country town and the gateway to Dorrigo National Park. Its close to the edge of the escarpment above the Bellingen Valley.

www.visitnsw.com

Grafton (34 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

Learn more

The Junction campground is in Nymboi-Binderay National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Ancient connections

Moonpar Forest drive, Nymboi-Binderay National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

Nymboi-Binderay National Park is the traditional Country of the Gumbaynggirr People and their ancient connection to this land is evident throughout the park. The park's landscape provided a rich source of food, medicine and shelter for Aboriginal people and features strongly in cultural knowledge and Dreaming stories. As you travel through this park, take some time to think about the people who lived here and their strong attachment to this ancient landscape and all it contains.

Animal kingdom

A river through the trees in Nymboi-Binderay National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

Nymboi-Binderlay has a diverse range of animals, including 68 types of mammal, 25 kinds of amphibian, 33 sorts of reptile and over 120 bird species; of these, at least 15 species are threatened. When you’re picnicking, camping or walking through the tallowwood and coachwood rainforests, be sure to keep your eyes open for the many native animals which call this place home.

  • Moonpar Forest drive - Cascade National Park While car touring, stop off and go walking among the trees or swimming in the river and have a picnic on Moonpar Forest drive, a 75km circuit through Cascade and Nymboi–Binderay national parks.
  • Moonpar Forest drive – Nymboi-Binderay National Park If you're in Nymboi-Binderay National Park, go walking and sightseeing on the half-day circuit of Moonpar Forest drive and enjoy a picnic surrounded by majestic trees which are around eight centuries old.
  • Norman Jolly picnic area Enjoy a picnic among tall old-growth trees and historic logging relics at Norman Jolly picnic area in Nymboi-Binderay National Park, not far from Dorrigo.
  • Shannon Creek forest drive The views are fantastic along this 70km scenic drive. Stop for a swim, picnic or camp overnight at one of the remote, picturesque spots provided by the river.

Waterworld

Forest reflecting in the river, Nymboi-Binderay National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

The Nymbodia River is a true highlight of Nymboi-Binderay National Park. The name of the park comes from Aboriginal language of the local Gumbaynggirr People; 'Nymboi' being their name for the river, and 'Binderay' meaning river. Rafting down the Nymboi River with an expert guide is an exhilarating experience and a fantastic way to take in the park's landscape.

  • Coachwood loop track The Coachwood loop track is a short and easy walk that starts and finishes at the Norman Jolly picnic area in Nymboi-Binderay National Park.
  • Moonpar Forest drive - Cascade National Park While car touring, stop off and go walking among the trees or swimming in the river and have a picnic on Moonpar Forest drive, a 75km circuit through Cascade and Nymboi–Binderay national parks.
  • Moonpar Forest drive – Nymboi-Binderay National Park If you're in Nymboi-Binderay National Park, go walking and sightseeing on the half-day circuit of Moonpar Forest drive and enjoy a picnic surrounded by majestic trees which are around eight centuries old.
  • Shannon Creek forest drive The views are fantastic along this 70km scenic drive. Stop for a swim, picnic or camp overnight at one of the remote, picturesque spots provided by the river.

Plants and animals you may see

Animals

  • Koala. Photo: Lucy Morrell

    Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus)

    One of the most renowned Australian animals, the tree-dwelling marsupial koala can be found in gum tree forests and woodlands across eastern NSW, Victoria and Queensland, as well as in isolated regions in South Australia. With a vice-like grip, this perhaps most iconic but endangered Australian animal lives in tall eucalypts within a home range of several hectares.

  •  Superb lyrebird, Minnamurra Rainforest, Budderoo National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

    Superb lyrebird (Menura novaehollandiae)

    With a complex mimicking call and an elaborate courtship dance to match, the superb lyrebird is one of the most spectacular Australian animals. A bird watching must-see, the superb lyrebird can be found in rainforests and wet woodlands across eastern NSW and Victoria.

  • Southern boobook. Photo: David Cook

    Southern boobook (Ninox novaeseelandiae)

    The southern boobook, also known as the mopoke, is the smallest and most common native owl in Australia. With a musical 'boo-book' call that echoes through forests and woodlands, the southern boobook is a great one to look out for while bird watching.

Plants

  • Wonga Wonga vine. Photo: Barry Collier

    Wonga wonga vine (Pandorea pandorana)

    The wonga wonga vine is a widespread vigorous climber usually found along eastern Australia. A variation of the plant occurs in the central desert, where it resembles a sprawling shrub. One of the more common Australian native plants, the wonga wonga vine produces bell-shaped white or yellow flowers in the spring, followed by a large oblong-shaped seed pod.

  • Blueberry ash. Photo: Jaime Plaza

    Blueberry ash (Elaeocarpus reticulatus)

    The blueberry ash is a rainforest shrub which produces blue olive-shaped berries and spectacular bell-shaped flowers, which often appear on the plant together. It is a tall slender shrub or small tree found in rainforest, tall eucalypt forest and coastal bushland in eastern NSW, south-east Queensland and Victoria.

Environments in this park

Education resources (1)

Nymboida River, Nymboi-Binderay National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary