Newell Highway Showgrounds

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.

Narrabri Showground Camping Area
Narrabri Showground boasts plenty of space for large rigs and has power, water and clean hot showers and toilets.

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Parkes Showground
Parkes Showground provides powered and unpowered camping sites in an expansive showground with a large choice of camping locations. There are shady or sunny positions to choose from. Drinking water, dump point, amenities and pet friendly. Caretaker onsite
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Finley Showground
Finley Showground offers powered and unpowered camping for all size vehicles. Always plenty of room and far enough away from highway to provide a peaceful stay.
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Forbes Showground
Forbes Showground is large with level sites and clean amenities. It is pet friendly.
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Goondiwindi Showground
Goondiwindi Showground is a great example of a well run showground. Everything works! It is clean and less expensive than the caravan parks in area.
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West Wyalong Showground
West Wyalong Showground is a quiet hidden gem of a place.. Shhhh, don't tell everyone.
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Narrandera Showground
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.
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Moree Showground Camping Area
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.
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Peak Hill Showground
Peak Hill Showground provides low cost clean and tidy overnight stays with powered and unpowered sites.
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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.