Harder-to-reach campsites in Walcha, Armidale areas cheaper after National Parks and Wildlife Service changes fees

The view from the Budds Mare lookout.
The view from the Budds Mare lookout.

THEY may be harder to reach, but some campgrounds in the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park are offering more rewards for those intrepid and equipped enough to get there.

Families with four-wheel drives will have reduced fees at three campgrounds – Riverside and Youdales near Walcha, and Halls Peak near Armidale – after the National Parks and Wildlife Service changed fee structures.

Ranger Sam Doak said some of the best spots to camp took a little more effort but were worth it.

“All three campgrounds have limited campsites, 4WD access and require a booking to obtain a key to the gate,” he said.

“Riverside is 50km east of Walcha along the Moona Plains Rd on the Apsley River, where you can swim, fish and laze about on the river’s edge or enjoy the picnic shelter with gas barbecues ...

“A free campground at Budds Mare – 700m above Riverside – has a picnic shelter, three free campsites, fireplaces and pit toilet.

“Budds Mare is 2WD accessible, although the last 5km is gravel and people should proceed with caution.

“The lookout at Budds Mare has spectacular views of the Macleay Gorges and is one of the best in the Northern Tablelands.”