Hunter Valley Free Camping

The Hunter Valley in NSW is renowned as one of Australia's premier wine regions, having its first plantings commenced in the early 19th century. But there is much more than just wine to this diverse region.
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Merriwa Overnight Parking

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Merriwa Overnight Parking offers 24hr parking for fully self-contained RVs. The location is behind the Merriwa Visitor Information Centre.
Free Overnight CampMaximum 24 hrsDay Rest AreaMobile Phone CoverageCaravansPets WelcomePublic Parking
  • Day Use Area
  • Overnight Rest Area

Taylor Park Rest Area

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Taylor Park Rest Area is a small bitumen drive-through rest area in Aberdeen with room to park a large rig. The 24hr overnight parking area is adjacent in Abercairney Terrace. It provides a level gravel surface and a dump point.
Free Overnight CampMaximum 24 hrsDay Rest AreaToiletsDrinking WaterMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesBinCaravansLong RigDump PointPets Welcome
  • Day Use Area
  • Overnight Rest Area

Scone Sporties Golf Club Overnight Rest Area

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Scone Sporties Golf Club Overnight Rest Area provides level grassy parking for self-contained caravans and motorhomes.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaMobile Phone CoverageCaravansLong RigPets WelcomeDump PointBinMaximum 72 hrs
  • Day Use Area
  • Overnight Rest Area

Wollombi Tavern

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Wollombi Tavern provides good old fashioned hospitality in the historic colonial village of Wollombi. This is the gateway to Australia's famous Hunter Valley Wine Country and, more importantly, the home of the infamous Dr. Jurd's Jungle Juice.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaToiletsMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesBBQFire PlaceCaravansPets WelcomeMealsCoffee & TeaCold DrinksTakeaway FoodATMIceRiver FishingBird WatchingWalkingPhoto OpportunityCanoeing KayakingTent Site
  • Camping Area
  • Alcohol Licence
  • Fishing Spot
  • Restaurant
  • Takeaway Food

Rixs Creek Rest Area

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Rixs Creek Rest Area has recently been moved to a new location on the New England Highway. It provides free overnight stay. Room for caravans and trucks. There is a toilet and sheltered picnic tables. No shady trees.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaToiletsAccessibleMobile Phone CoveragePicnic TablesBinCaravansLong RigPets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area

Jim Johnstone Park

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Jim Johnstone Park is a large grassy park with an oval and good shade provided by tall pine and eucalyptus trees. There are accessible toilets and sheltered picnic tables.
Free Overnight CampToiletsAccessibleMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesBinCaravansLong RigPets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Camping Area
  • Children's Play Facility

Jerrys Plains Recreation Ground

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Jerrys Plains Recreation Ground is a pleasant day and overnight rest area off the highway in Jerrys Plains. There are picnic tables shaded by large gum trees and a toilet block with flushing toilets.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaToiletsDrinking WaterMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesBinCaravansLong RigPets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area
  • Children's Play Facility

Bulga Recreation Ground Rest Area

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Bulga Recreation Ground Rest Area is a large grassed area suitable for for groups and large vehicles.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaToiletsLocked Hose Attachment TapMobile Phone CoverageShadeBBQCaravansLong RigPets Welcome
  • Day Use Area
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Children's Play Facility

McNamara Park

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McNamara Park is an extensive area of bush on Payne's Crossing Road and adjacent to Wollombi Brook. There are plenty of level sites where you can camp with a choice of sunny or shaded areas.
Free Overnight CampMaximum 72 hrsDay Rest AreaToiletsAccessibleMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesBinCaravansLong RigTent SitePets WelcomeWalking
  • Camping Area
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area

Medowie Road Rest Area

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Medowie Road Rest Area is a circular area, suitable for large or small rigs, but with limited spaces. It is a short distance from the Pacific Highway and experiences some traffic noise.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaToiletsAccessibleMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesBinCaravansLong RigPets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area

Pothana Lane Rest Area

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Small quiet rest area largely sheltered from traffic noise by the wall of trees between here and the highway.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesFire PlaceBinCaravansLong RigPets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area

Singleton East Rest Area

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Reasonably level and strategically placed rest area where you can plan tomorrows trip. Close to New England Highway traffic noise.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaToiletsAccessibleMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesFire PlaceBinCaravansLong RigPets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area

Spring Gully Campground

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Spring Gully Campground on the bank of the Goulburn River is a relaxing peaceful spot where you can connect with nature.
Dry Access OnlyFree Overnight CampToiletsShadeFire PlaceBBQNo CaravansNo Long RigsTent SiteNo PetsSwimmingRiver FishingWalkingPhoto Opportunity
  • Campground
  • National Park
  • Fishing Spot

12 Mile Hill Rest Area

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12 Mile Hill Rest Area is a large one way bitumen drive through rest area accessible to north bound traffic on the Pacific Highway. Exiting traffice may proceed in either direction.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaToiletsAccessibleMobile Phone CoveragePicnic TablesBinCaravansLong RigPets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area
The Hunter River, named after John Hunter, the second colonial Governor of NSW, has its beginnings in the peat moss of Barrington Tops National Park. As it winds its way down from its mountainous source it passes through rich agricultural and grazing land. This is where many first-class racing legends are born, as the area is home to several horse studs.

Coal mining and power generation are important industries in the Hunter and they don't always sit easily with their viticultural neighbours. Underground mining has caused a great deal of subsidence in the area and many locals are not happy about the way that mining is impacting on their lifestyle and livelihoods.

Liddell and Bayswater power stations produce about 40% of the power consumption of NSW. This is sold on the national wholesale market and supplies homes and industries throughout the eastern states of Australia.

The Hunter River, having started as a trickle of water high up in the mountains, transforms into a major waterway after winding its way for hundreds of kilometres through farm and grazing land and finds its way to the ocean at Newcastle.

Newcastle is a major port and was once a steel town. Now it is home to one of the most respected regional universities on the east coast of Australia. Newcastle is a city that is passionate about football and is represented in the National Rugby League by the Newcastle Knights.
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