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Violet Hill campground and picnic area

Myall Lakes National Park

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Visitor info

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

Getting there and parking

Violet Hill campground is in the Boolambayte precinct of Myall Lakes National Park. From Bulahdelah, take The Lakes Way from the Pacific Highway for about 7km. Turn right on to Violet Hill Road, the campground is about 10km along the road.

Road quality

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather


There are 2 gravel carparks at the campground and picnic area.

Best times to visit

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


A good time to visit when the weather is a little cooler and the park is less busy.


Magnificent wildflower displays as they bloom across the heathlands.


Look for dolphins swimming among the waves.


Head to Sugarloaf Point to watch for whales on their annual migration.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature


19°C and 27°C

Highest recorded


Winter temperature


10°C and 19°C

Lowest recorded



Wettest month


Driest month


The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day



Water is not available at this campground and picnic area.


There is an accessible non-flush toilet at the campground that you can reach via a ramp.

  • Non-flush toilets

Picnic tables

There are accessible picnic tables set on concrete slabs. There are no direct pathways to the picnic tables; you'll need to cross over grass to reach them.

Barbecue facilities

  • Wood barbecues (bring your own firewood)

Boat ramp

Step-free access

The campground is mostly flat and there's step-free access to the campsites and the facilities, but there are no pathways. You'll need to cross over grass to get around the campground.

There's step-free access to the wharf.

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Boating safety

If you're out on your boat fishing, waterskiing or just cruising the waterways, read these paddling and boating safety tips.

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.

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 - medium

  • The campground is mostly flat with step-free access, but there are no pathways.
  • You'll need to cross over grass to reach the campsites and facilities.
  • There's an accessible toilet that you can reach via a ramp and accessible picnic tables.
  • There's step-free access to the wharf.



Fishing is permitted in Myall Lake, however, you’ll need a current NSW recreational fishing licence.



Although fishing is permitted in Myall Lake, it is not permitted in Boolambayte Lake, which is a sanctuary zone of Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park.


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.

Violet Hill campground and picnic area

Park info

  • in Myall Lakes National Park in the North Coast region
  • Myall Lakes 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 coin/card operated pay machines at Mungo Brush campground. Day passes are also available from the Manning Great Lakes Area Office, Bulahdelah Visitor Information Centre and the Hawks Nest Newsagency. You can also pay for your visit via the Park’nPay app.

    Bombah Point ferry fees may also apply (cash payment only).

    Buy annual pass