Dreaming of rolling out of the swag and dipping into the fresh water of one of our beautiful rivers? These are our top picks for riverside camping.

1. Discovery Parks Wallamba River, Forster

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Families return year after year to the magnificent river and facilities of Discovery Parks Forster. A hidden treasure of the region, the park is on the tranquil shores of the Wallamba River. Relax and recharge or jump straight into an extraordinary selection of water activities – the choice is yours. The river offers fishing, kayaking and water skiing by day, and amazing sunsets by night. Four-legged friends are also warmly welcomed to the park with a number of dog-friendly facilities and activities to enjoy.

  • Bookings essential
  • Camping type: all powered sites; Tent, camper trailer, caravan, camping beside vehicle
  • Amenities: activity room, barbecue facilities, boat ramp, bouncing pillow and playground, camp kitchen, laundry facilities, pool
  • Dogs are allowed at this campsite.

For more information and to book: Discovery Parks Wallamba River

2. The Steps Barrington Campground, Bindera

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Camping like it used to be... The Steps Barrington is a boutique campground with a limit on campers so there's plenty of space. On the river you'll find stretches of slow moving water that make perfect swimming holes for family fun; try paddling the rapids in a kayak, canoe or surf mat; or take to the trails of our cross-country mountain bike park. The surrounding mountain ranges offer many different walks, hikes or mountain bike adventures depending on your age and skill level. Or you can just sit back and listen to the sounds of the Barrington River cascading its way over the famous Steps Rapids while you watch the wallabies graze. It's a little piece of camping paradise at Gloucester, in the scenic foothills of the World Heritage Listed Barrington Tops.

  • Bookings essential
  • Camping type: Only non-powered sites; Tent, camper trailer, caravan, camping beside my vehicle
  • Amenities: hot showers, flushing toilets, drinking water, shelter huts for hire, mountain bike park
  • Dogs are not allowed at this campsite.

For more information and to book: The Steps Barrington

3. Poley's Place,Barrington

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Image by @theconniediaries

A great spot to get away from the hustle and bustle, and listen to nothing but the sounds of the birds and gentle flow of the river. Great for family time with many secluded and quiet camping spots at affordable rates. Make camp nestled amongst beautiful shady river oaks, willows and bottlebrush trees along the banks of the Barrington River.

  • Bookings essential
  • Camping type: only non-powered sites; Tent, camper trailer, caravan, camping beside my vehicle
  • Amenities: hot showers, toilets, barbecue facilities
  • Dogs are allowed at this campsite.

For more information and to book: Poley's Place

4. Camp Cobark

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Image by @travellingourbigbackyard

Located 40 km west of Gloucester at Cobark, this nature lover's haven offers horse trail riding and camping with rustic style amenities. Camp Cobark offers you a peaceful, stress free environment to do things you have never done before. Enjoy a swim in the pristine Cobark River, you can camp in one of five riverside campgrounds along the river or sleep under the stars in a swag. The world heritage parklands of Barrington Tops are close by and make the perfect day trip for your camping holiday.

  • Bookings essential.
  • Camping type: Only non-powered sites; Tent, camper trailer, caravan, camping beside my vehicle.
  • Amenities: showers, toilets, camp kitchen, horse riding
  • Dogs are not allowed at this campsite.

For more information and to book: Camp Cobark

5. Gloucester River Campground, Gloucester Tops

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Image by Pippa Ireland @adventuresof89pip

This is a picturesque riverside camping and picnic area on the eastern edge of Barrington Tops National Park operated by NPWS. With caravan parking and ramped facility access, Gloucester River campground and picnic area is a great spot for families and groups of all ages who love wide open, natural spaces. Pick your spot beside the flowing river and set up your campsite among the trees. With shady spots and spacious grassy areas, there’s plenty of room for the kids to run around while you relax. Spend a couple of peaceful days swimming in the river and exploring the nearby walking tracks.

  • Bookings essential
  • Camping type: only non-powered sites; Tent, camper trailer, caravan, camping beside my vehicle
  • Amenities: picnic tables, barbecue facilities, toilets
  • Dogs are not allowed at this campsite.

For more information and to book: NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service

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