Hidden in the Monkerai valley on the Karuah River where the platypus play.
Riverwood Downs is a magnificent, multi-award winning 300 hectare property on the banks of the Karuah River in the scenic foothills of Barrington Tops.
It is located in the beautiful rural area Monkerai valley between the towns of Stroud and Gloucester. Enjoy the the massive property with its 5km of mountain river frontage. Explore the property's shady walking trails, tall mountains and cool fresh mountain pools. Experience this peaceful setting, with fresh air, bright stars, abundant wildlife, crackling log fires, friendly staff and relaxed country hospitality.
Spend quality time together, with the sounds of the many local birds and the beautiful mountain stream. The property offers a unique country experience, catering to everyone's accommodation requirements - spa cabins, a river cottage nestled in the bird corridor of the riverbank, 4 star motel-style rooms with ensuites or spas, self-contained park cabins, a bunkhouse lodge (a great budget style accommodation for groups or individuals), plus plenty of riverside and parkland camping.
The property has a licensed restaurant, the Barrington Bar and Grill, that's open most days for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Activities on the property include horse riding, swimming (pool and river), canoeing, bushwalking, half-court tennis and games room.
Pets are welcome at Riverwood Downs.
What did others have to say?
a month ago
After a 33 year hiatus, I returned to Riverwood Downs. The last time I visited was for a year 10 high school excursion. This time was for a family wedding. There have been quite a few changes over the years. The Lodge is located in a bush land setting complete with a river just a stones throw away. Completing this layout is a ring of flowing hills and mountain ranges. The on site accommodation is simple, however comfortable and there is an option to caravan or "tent-it" if you feel the urge. There is an on-site restaurant and a kiosk to cover lunch and the odd snack attack. There are many activities to keep you and the family entertained, from bush hikes to horseback riding. The secluded setting allows the time to slide by with the abundance of activities and swimming to be had. Remember to bring a set of swim shoes as there are fish in the river and if lucky you may spot the odd platypus.
3 weeks ago
Came here as a child a couple of times, loved it. Fantastic location, beautiful environment, great camp ground, that is always clean and has many facilities. Many great memories, and will come here again someday!
a month ago
Really enjoyed this campground. Friendly staff. Sites are reasonably sized with many next to the river. Large grassy area for kids to use up their energy and also dog friendly. Kiosk and restaurant on site. Horse riding and canoe hire available. We had a great time.
a month ago
This is a great location for a family camp. The campsites are tidy and well organised. There are plenty of toilets and showers, so there aren't long waiting times. It's a pleasant walk along the river. We look forward to returning in the future.
in the last week
Spent a weekend here in early May for a dancing event. It is a property of a large number of acres designed to host anything from kids' camps to conferences. Being about 1 hr and 40 mins from Newcastle it's not for those who want to be close to towns/shopping/nightlife. Not sure of the size of the place but from the front gate to the main building is a 10 min drive. It is a very pretty setting and being autumn meant large trees turning red were on display at the time. It had a creek running through it. I opted for the best standard of accommodation as I had my mum with me and we both like comfort and a decent standard. We had a motel style room with a spa. There were also the bunkhouse rooms which were the cheapest and cabins which were in the middle. There was little time to explore the grounds as the format of the weekend was busy but they had a gift shop, small cafeteria that sold food and drink, an outdoor pool, walking track and a place not far away where you could hire horses. We shared the property with campers and the odd one came to have a look at our dancing. Not sure of the meal options as ours were taken care of by the groups hosting the function but there was a small dining room within the main building and drinks available at the cafeteria. Not sure about the availability of alcohol. We were told to be prepared for it to get very cold at night but being in a motel style room we didn't feel it. Didn't have to have the heater on. During the day it was sunny and warm and did rain a bit on the Friday and just as we were leaving on the Sunday. If your activities are based around the bunkhouse as it is very open to birds who poo everywhere it wouldn't be good for anyone who gets sick easily. It was a nice place for a break but wouldn't go back in a hurry.