Newell Highway Camping

The Newell Highway connects many major centres throughout New South Wales, traversing some of the most productive agricultural areas in Australia. From Goondiwindi in Queensland to Tocumwal on the Victorian border, the highway is a lifeblood of the outback.

It also comprises the main section of one of the two commonly used routes for road transport between Brisbane and Melbourne.
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Pilliga Pottery

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Barkala Farm (Pilliga Pottery) is a 13,000 acre property situated amidst the Pilliga Forest between Coonabarabran and Narrabri in Central West NSW.
Bush camping for caravans and tents as well as self-contained cabin accommodation.
Camp fires allowed.
Camping FeeToiletsHot ShowersCaravansShadeTent SiteDrinking WaterPicnic TablesFire PlaceLong RigPets WelcomeMealsPizzaCoffee & TeaCold DrinksWalkingPhoto OpportunityBird WatchingWiFi Internet
  • Campground
  • Gift & Souvenir Shop
  • Cafe
  • Restaurant
  • Alcohol Licence

Town Beach Camping Area Tocumwal

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Town Beach Camping Area Tocumwal is a great spot by the river with potable water, toilets and cold showers for a budget price. The caretaker is on site to collect fees. Reasonably flat for motorhomes, caravans and tents.
Camping FeeToiletsDrinking WaterMobile Phone CoverageShadeBinCaravansLong RigDump PointTent SiteSwimmingPublic Boat RampRiver FishingPhoto OpportunityPets WelcomeWalking
  • Campground
  • Boat Ramp
  • Fishing Spot

Sandy Beach Camp MIA-1

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Sandy Beach Camp MIA-1 is a bush camp with no facilities, but a very pleasant bush camp at that.
Dry Access OnlyRough Road ConditionsFree Overnight CampToiletsMobile Phone CoverageShadeCaravansTent SiteNo PetsSwimmingRiver Fishing
  • Camping Area
  • Fishing Spot
  • National Park

Old Baan Baa School

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Old Baan Baa School Camp site provides low cost camping at $5.00 per head per night. All car van and campers welcome. There is a large grass areas with some shaded areas.
Free Overnight CampCamping FeeToiletsCold ShowersHot ShowersMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesCaravansLong RigCamp TrailersTent SitePets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Camping Area

Narrandera Boat Ramp Brewery Flats Recreation Reserve

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Narrandera Boat Ramp Brewery Flats Recreation Reserve provides free camping for up to 3 days. The shelter was constructed by the local fishing club for day trippers and locals to picnic and BBQ, but rules have been relaxed and camping is now permitted..
Free Overnight CampMaximum 72 hrsDay Rest AreaToiletsDrinking WaterMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesBBQBinCaravansLong RigTent SitePets WelcomePublic Boat RampRiver Fishing
  • Camping Area
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area
  • Boat Ramp
  • Fishing Spot

Berembed Weir Camping Area

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Berembed Weir Camping Area provides free camping on the bank of the Murrumbidgee River, with few amenities. Enjoy fishing and bushwalking.
Dry Access OnlyFree Overnight CampToiletsShadePicnic TablesBinCaravansLong RigTent SitePets WelcomeFishing SpotWalking
  • Camping Area
  • Fishing Spot

BP Roadhouse Beckom Camping Area

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BP Roadhouse Beckom Camping Area provides free unpowered camping with no shower or, for a fee there is power and showers available.
Free Overnight CampCamping FeeDay Rest AreaToiletsShowersMobile Phone CoverageBinCaravansLong RigTent SitePets WelcomeMealsTakeaway FoodCoffee & TeaCold DrinksIceLPG RefillsUnleaded Petrol BowserPremium Petrol BowserDiesel Bowser
  • Camping Area
  • Day Use Area
  • Service Station
  • Roadhouse
  • Fuel Available
  • Kiosk
  • Cafe
  • Takeaway Food

Rocky Creek Narrabri Glacial Camping Area

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Rocky Creek Narrabri Glacial Camping Area is a small, rough camping area beside a beautiful flowing creek. The area is well shaded by trees and there are plenty of swimming holes in the creek which flows down over rapids and is always clean.
Free Overnight CampToiletsMobile Phone CoverageShadeFire PlaceCaravansTent SitePets WelcomeSwimmingWalkingPhoto Opportunity
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Camping Area

Finley Beach Camping Area

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Finley Beach is a popular camping area, with level sandy campsites on a stretch of the Murray River that is easy to access for boating, swimming and fishing.
Dry Access OnlyFree Overnight CampMobile Phone CoverageShadeCaravansTent SitePets WelcomeSwimmingRiver FishingPhoto OpportunityWalkingCanoeing Kayaking
  • Camping Area
  • Fishing Spot

Narrandera Showground

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Narrandera Showground is a low cost campground with toilets, showers and a dump point. There are powered sites with water taps. Unpowered camping also available.
Camping FeeToiletsShowersDrinking WaterHose Attachment TapMobile Phone CoveragePicnic TablesBinCaravansLong RigDump PointTent SitePowerPets Welcome
  • Campground
  • Showground

Five Mile Reserve Camping Area

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Five Mile Reserve Camping Area is in a very pleasant location beside a lagoon connected to the Murrumbidgee River, with a small sandy beach.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaToiletsShadeCaravansLong RigTent SitePets WelcomeBinSwimmingPublic Boat RampRiver FishingBird WatchingWalkingPhoto OpportunityCanoeing Kayaking
  • Camping Area
  • Fishing Spot
  • Boat Ramp

Moree Showground Camping Area

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The Moree Showground Camping Area is adjacent to a large park where you can enjoy a walk and take your pet with you if you wish. A supermarket is just 5 minutes away and you can reach town via a 10 minute walk. Very convenient.
Camping FeeToiletsShowersDrinking WaterMobile Phone CoverageBinCaravansLong RigTent SitePowerPets Welcome
  • Campground
  • Showground

Eumungerie Recreation Reserve

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Eumungerie Recreation Reserve is a large open area with plenty of shaded spots. There is one power pole with 14 outlets so bring a long power cord.
Camping FeeToiletsAccessibleShowersDrinking WaterMobile Phone CoveragePublic PhoneShadeBinCaravansLong RigTent SitePets Welcome
  • Campground
  • Overnight Rest Area

Apex Beach Camping Area

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Apex Beach Camping Area is on the inside of a bend in the Murray River with a large sand area with a gradual sloping water edge. The river flows quickly and is OK for medium to strong swimmers.
Dry Access OnlyFree Overnight CampMobile Phone CoverageShadeCaravansTent SitePets WelcomeSwimmingRiver FishingPhoto Opportunity
  • Camping Area
  • Fishing Spot

Mirrool Royal Hotel Camping Area

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Free camping is available at the Mirrool Royal Hotel and caravans are welcome. Simply call in to the Hotel and let us know of your arrival. Drop in for a chat, a drink or a meal and experience true country hotel style hospitality.
Free Overnight CampCamping FeeToiletsAccessibleDrinking WaterMobile Phone CoveragePublic PhonePicnic TablesBBQBinCaravansLong RigTent SitePowerPets WelcomeMealsCoffee & TeaCold Drinks
  • Camping Area
  • Sit Down Meals
  • Alcohol Licence

Peak Hill Showground

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Peak Hill Showground provides low cost clean and tidy overnight stays with powered and unpowered sites.
Camping FeeToiletsShowersDrinking WaterMobile Phone CoverageBinCaravansLong RigCamp TrailersTent SitePets Welcome
  • Showground
  • Campground

Dawson Spring Camping Area

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Camping FeeToiletsAccessibleShowersDrinking WaterMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesFire PlaceBBQNo CaravansNo Long RigsCamp TrailersTent SiteNo PetsWalking
  • Campground
  • National Park

Bark Hut Camping Area

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Camping FeeToiletsAccessibleShowersDrinking WaterMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesFire PlaceBBQBinNo CaravansNo Long RigsTent SiteNo PetsWalking
  • Campground

Grong Grong Royal Hotel Camping Area

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Grong Grong Royal Hotel is on Ganmain Road, just a short distance from the junction with the Newell Highway and across the railway line from the town.
Free Overnight CampToiletsShowersDrinking WaterMobile Phone CoverageBinCaravansLong RigPets WelcomeCoffee & TeaCold DrinksMeals
  • Camping Area
  • Sit Down Meals
  • Alcohol Licence
Starting at Goondiwindi, in Queensland on the border with New South Wales, the Newell Highway travels south across the fertile agricultural land of North Western NSW, through the regional centres of Moree, Narrabri and Coonabarabran.

This area is where much of Australia's cotton is grown, with plentiful warm sunshine and rich soil. Moree is renowned for its thermal springs, which come from the underground artesian basin.

Between Narrabri and Coonabarabran, the highway passes through the Pilliga Forest. A unique habitat of open, semi arid bushland and sandy soils. There are at least 900 plant species here, supporting 40 native mammals, 50 reptiles and a dozen or more frog species.

There are also rumours of the Pilliga Yowie living in this area.

Gilgandra and Dubbo occupy the Western Plains, where wool production and tourism are the main industries.

Dubbo is renowned for being the home of the Western Plains Zoo, which is part of the Taronga Zoo in Sydney. Here, the wild animals of Africa roam in an open environment, providing visitors a unique opportunity to observe them in a close to natural habitat.

Further south along the Newell Highway is the city of Parkes, named after Sir Henry Parkes, known as the Father of Federation. He was one of the early advocates of the creation of a Federal Government system in Australia.

The Transcontinental Railway passes through Parkes. The town is also famous for its role in transmitting TV pictures back to earth from the first moon landing in 1969, when Neil Armstrong set foot on that far away place. Subsequently the movie The Dish, was set in this town.

Forbes is a town with an interesting history, having attracted an early influx of people when gold was found here in 1861. Among those buried in Forbes cemetery are Kat Kelly, sister of bushranger Ned Kelly and the bushranger Ben Hall, who was shot not far from this town. Kate Kelly drowned while attempting to save a child in the lake.

Further south-west, the town of West Wyalong is at the crossroads of the Newell Highway, being a major route from Brisbane to Melbourne and the Mid Western Highway which is a major route from Sydney to Adelaide.

Narrandera is an important centre located on the Murrumbidgee River. From here to the Murray we are in the MIA, or Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area, a region rich in production of stone fruit, grapes, cotton, sheep and cattle. The MIA is irrigated from the Murrumbidgee and the Murray Rivers through a system of irrigation channels, which criss cross their way across the country like miniature rivers, bring water and wealth to this sundrenched land.

The highway continues down through the MIA to Jerilderie, Finley and finally to Tocumwal on the Murray River.

From Goondiwindi to Tocumwal, the highway has covered 1,062km from north to south. The route to Melbourne continues from Tocumwal on the Goulburn Valley Highway. The total journey from Brisbane to Melbourne, taking the route that includes the Newell Highway, is 1,680km.
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