is a working cattle property, completely surrounded by the Oxley Wild
Rivers National Park (NSW), and situated on the headwaters of the Macleay
The owners have
sited about 5 camping areas along the length of the river, such that a
family or group each get an area to themselves, out of sight and earshot
of the other sites. Each site has its own 'longdrop' as well as fireplace,
table and bench. Rainwater and firewood supplied. You need to be
completely self - sufficient for drinking water, supplies and fuels
(generators discouraged) and solar showers.
There is a
satellite telephone provided at the cabin for emergency use. The cabin
itself can be rented if you forget your tent.
The property is
accessed from Armidale via the Kempsey Rd. and Rasberry Rd. These are
typical forest trails which would become impassable after rain. The final
few kilometres into the property (thru a locked gate) is pretty steep and
narrow. We used low range going down and coming back up and were relieved
we didn't meet any oncoming traffic. Its advertised as being accessible to
2wd, but I wouldn't like to have to tow without low range capability. It
takes longer to get to than you would think looking at the map (especially
Once in its a
beautiful situation. The river was perfect for swimming, kayaking
exploring and fishing (incl. bass). Lots of wildlife including the
occasional platypus sighting.
Those with more
energy than us would find good bushwalking and 4wd exploring in the
surrounding NP. The kids made good use of their bikes and kayaks but I
wouldn't think its worth taking the adult's.
We spent 4
nights and could have stayed 2 weeks.
average ($7.50 per night per adult) and we all thought it was way above
average value !!
Cindy Mcrae (
02 6778 1264) runs the place and is very helpful in supplying maps, tips
Info by Brad Fawkes