Woko campground

Woko National Park

Overview

Woko campground, right alongside Manning River, offers convenient facilities like barbecues and toilets and all the benefits of a varied natural environment.

Accommodation Details
Camping type Tent, Camper trailer site, Caravan site, Camping beside my vehicle
Facilities Picnic tables, barbecue facilities, toilets
Price

$12 per adult per night. $6 per child per night.

Bookings

Bookings are not available at this campground. Please contact the NPWS Gloucester office on (02) 6538 5300 for more information.

Please note
  • Sites are not marked.
  • Sites are not powered.

Before Woko became a national park, the area of Woko campground was part of an extensive cattle property, cleared for livestock.

The legacy of this is plenty of space – caravan sites and tents are easily accommodated here. But the rugged terrain across most of the park has ensured that most of its plant life is relatively undisturbed: you may be in a man-made clearing, but all around you are tranquil pockets of wet sclerophyll forest and dry rainforest on rocky scree slopes. Wake up to the comforting sounds of nature, with the endless gurgle of Manning River right alongside your site.   

Families love this campground and it’s easy to understand why. As well as tables and free barbecues offering terrific picnicking opportunities, river camping means a chance to swim freely, or float along the current on a lilo. You can then stretch out on the grass to dry off in the warming sun. It’s hard to think of anything better on a summer’s afternoon, but if you’re interested in walking, bring the hiking boots – the short but enjoyable Brush Turkey track leaves right from the 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/woko-campground/local-alerts

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Park info

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

See more visitor info

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Woko campground.

Getting there and parking

On entering Woko National Park from the direction of Gloucester, turn left into 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

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Parking is available at the campground.

Best times to visit

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

Spring

Walk along Brush Turkey track, keeping an eye out for brush turkeys and lyrebirds scratching in the undergrowth.

Summer

Escape from the summer heat by taking advantage of Manning River for a refreshing dip, or float along the current on an air mattress.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

16.8°C and 25.9°C

Highest recorded

26.6°C

Winter temperature

Average

20.1°C and 14.4°C

Lowest recorded

6.2°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

February

Driest month

July

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

666.2mm

Facilities

  • Rubbish bins are not available, so please take your rubbish with you when leaving.
  • Water is not available at this campground, so you'll need to bring your own supply for drinking and cooking.

Toilets

  • Non-flush toilets

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

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

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.

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).

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.

Strong currents may be present in Manning River, so take care in the water and please supervise children at all times.

Prohibited

Noise restrictions apply at this campground.

Gathering firewood

Firewood is not provided and may not be collected from the park, so you’ll need to bring your own supply.

Generators

No generators are allowed.

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

Gloucester (5 km)

Famous for gold deposits and the bushranger Captain Thunderbolt, Gloucester is located in the north Hunter region, east of Barrington Tops. The nearby state forests and national parks are ideal for walking, camping and outdoor adventure sports.

www.visitnsw.com

Taree (64 km)

Taree is a major mid North Coast city, ringed by superb beaches. It's situated on the Manning River and set against rolling hills.

www.visitnsw.com

Wingham (55 km)

A short stroll from the centre of Wingham is Wingham Brush Nature Reserve. Here you'll see a major colony of grey-headed flying foxes hanging head-down in the canopies of 1000-year-old Moreton Bay and strangler figs.

www.visitnsw.com

Learn more

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

Rare animals

Myrtle scrub, Woko National Park. Photo: John Spencer

Woko National Park contains a number of threatened or endangered species, including the brush-tailed rock wallaby, masked owl, and wompoo pigeon. This is, in fact, prime territory for birdwatching, with lyrebirds, brush turkeys, and wedge-tailed eagles regularly spotted in the park. Largely, this is due to the variety of environments encompassed by Woko: the grey fantail, for example, favours the mid-layer of the forest, while the willy wagtail enjoys the openness of the forest edge and spaces created by cattle clearing.

  • Brush Turkey track A short but sweet bushwalk, Brush Turkey track begins and ends at Woko campground and gives the hiker an insight into the progressive growth of a dry rainforest.
  • Cliff Face track Cliff Face track provides a challenging walk through the best of Woko National Park, with dramatic scenic views towards the escarpment above.

Rich Aboriginal culture

Maxwells Flat, Woko National Park. Photo: John Spencer

The Biripi people of the Manning Valley were the first to inhabit this area, with several open campsites having been recorded along the ridgelines and peaks of the park. Indeed, 'Woko' is thought to be a local Aboriginal name for the boobook owl. Aboriginal culture engages with the land, waterways, plants and animals of a specific place; the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service works with local Aboriginal communities to protect this heritage for future generations.

Significant forest

Myrtle scrub, Woko National Park. Photo: John Spencer

Woko conserves 8598 hectares of regionally significant forest communities, including part of one of the most extensive areas of dry rainforest in NSW. The steep hills in the park are occupied by a variety of plants and forest types, from dry sclerophyll forest to subtropical rainforest and eucalypt zones. This makes a walk here particularly fascinating, as you traverse different regions and watch the landscape transform before your very eyes.

  • Brush Turkey track A short but sweet bushwalk, Brush Turkey track begins and ends at Woko campground and gives the hiker an insight into the progressive growth of a dry rainforest.
  • Cliff Face track Cliff Face track provides a challenging walk through the best of Woko National Park, with dramatic scenic views towards the escarpment above.

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The cliffs of Woko. Photo:John Spencer