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Karuah National Park

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Karuah National Park is an ideal place for 4WDing, mountain biking bushwalking, fishing, camping, paddling and picnicking – all just a short drive from Newcastle.

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Get back to basics and spend a relaxing weekend by the river at Karuah National Park. Pack your mountain bike and explore the park on the network of 4WD trails. It’s also a great place for picnicking by the water. Launch your boat, kayak or canoe and enjoy paddling on the beautiful waters of Karuah River.

Take advantage of this popular fishing destination and try your luck fishing with the kids. Then wander back to your campsite to watch the colours in the sky transform at dusk and get up close with some of the locals – bandicoots, goannas and brush-tailed possums, to name a few.

Sleep under the stars and wake up to the sound of birdcalls welcoming a new day. Enjoy a hot brekkie around the campfire looking out across the river from your campsite, as you get ready for another day surrounded by nature.

Highlights in this park

  • Double Wharf picnic area, Karuah National Park. Photo: John Spencer/NSW Government

    Double Wharf picnic area

    Take a day trip from Newcastle and spend the day picnicking, bushwalking, fishing, paddling and boating on the river at Double Wharf picnic area in Ka...

  • Little Mountain Campground, Karuah National Park. Photo: John Spencer/NSW Government

    Little Mountain campground

    Little Mountain campground is a quiet riverside camping area in Karuah National Park. Enjoy 4WD touring, mountain biking, fishing, paddling and birdwa...

  • Tattersalls campground, Karuah National Park. Photo: John Spencer/NSW Government

    Tattersalls campground

    Tattersalls campground is a delightful riverside camping spot in Karuah National Park. It offers opportunities for bushwalking, birdwatching, fishing,...


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Australia is home to more than 500,000 animal and plant species, many of which are found nowhere else in the world. Saving our Species is a statewide conservation program that addresses the growing number of Australian animals and Australian native plants facing extinction.

Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) in a tree. Photo: Courtesy of Taronga Zoo/OEH

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