Located at the southern intermittent entrance to the Manning River, Farquhar Park offers far more than just a top fishing spot.
This small camping ground situated on Crown lands, sits at the southern entrance of the Manning River into the Pacific Ocean.
With the beach just a hop skip and jump away and the calmer estuary waters within metres of your tent. Water sports are limited only due to shallow waters within the estuary but take your pick! Canoeing, swimming, surfing, windsurfing, snorkelling or simply floating around on a lilo.
There is plenty of onshore exploring to be done. Why not a day picnic or a wander through the littoral rainforest? If all this is too much for you, simply enjoy the picturesque setting of the area, from the estuary to the littoral rainforest to open sandy beaches. The area is teeming with special (and endangered) birdlife, especially over the summer months.
The camping ground consists of 25 campsites set amongst shady trees. Facilities are limited at this primitive campground, there are composting toilets and two day use shelter areas facing out across the water. Bring all your own supplies including water and take all rubbish away with you.
This place is home for many unique species of plants and animals, in particular waders and shorebirds. The migratory Little Terns visit from Asia over summer to breed. There are 4 other bird species listed as Vulnerable or Endangered that you might spot. They love to nest in sand dunes, on sand spits and in salt marsh. Fences and signs ensure that humans and 4WDs don’t interfere with their nesting. Be wary wherever you go, stay out of the fenced areas and enjoy the birds from afar.
So please.... no dogs or domestic pets. To assist us in protecting our endangered shorebirds, please do not bring your dog or other domestic pets. This is a dog exclusion area.
Camping fees are collected by a caretaker so please bring along the appropriate amount of money as change and EFTPOS facilities are not available. One site is defined of an area 8m x 8m allowing for 4 people.
- One site (for 4 people) $25
- Additional adult (16+ years) $10
- Additional child (5-15 years) $ 5
- Infants (0-4 years) Free
Access to the park is by 4WD along the beach from Manning Point (only at low tide) or by boat (best at high tide).
Access from Old Bar by 4WD along the beach is only possible when the river entrance is closed.
To drive on beaches within the Barrington Coast you'll need a Driving on Beaches permit from MidCoast Council.
Access via Mud Bishops at Old Bar is only possible when the second entrance is closed. This access can be dangerous due to shifting sands
Boat access at high tide can be possible and there are car and trailer parking at the Bohnock boat ramp.
Facilities & rules
Farquhar has limited facilities as it’s classified as a primitive camping ground.
- Pit toilet facilities available
- No barbecue facilities
- No fires allowed at any time (ie. there is a permanent ban on open fires including campfires)
- No drinking water is available
- No rubbish bins (please take all rubbish with you when you leave)
- No showers
- No Pets Allowed
Current Covid-19 rules
Due to current Government regulations regarding Covid-19 this campground may be operating with restricted sites, so all 25 may not be available.
For campers to register, go here and then click to Tracks and Trails and follow the Camp Registration Form link – Farquhar Park is last on the list with the exception of ‘other”.
Please note that people can register for Covid-19 with the caretaker if they can’t find the website so there is no need for people to stress about this.
What did others have to say?
2 months ago
What a place, isolated and the best of river and beach Australia has to offer..
3 weeks ago
Fantastic spot,inlet blocked so easy access. Dolphins at sunset last night getting the fish. Great base,with old bar nice and close
3 weeks ago
Great little location for camping and socialising for day time meets such as family picnics and bar-b-q's...The only let down for this location is the lack of rubbish disposal bins as unfortunately many disrespectful campers fail to manage their rubbish and just leave it laying around for others to clean up after them...
9 months ago
check out the moth nest in the toilets!
a year ago
Fantastic place. Can be a bit windy if blowing from the sth west. Ideal if you’ve got a tinny. Don’t take on the tide like I did, as the sand up high on the beach is seriously soft. I came in from Old Bar and with the mouth currently closed it shortens the time considerably. Really good pit toilets that provides sawdust, so no smell.