New England Region Road Trip – NSW

8 DAYS & NO REAL PLAN!

Sometimes heading ahead with no real plan of where you are going is the best way to do it and that was exactly how this trip was! We had a great time exploring new areas, we found some awesome campsites and did a fair amount of relaxing around the van!

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DAY 1

We set off towards the Bucketts Way and Nowendoc Mountain with a quick stop at the top to have a look at the view!

One of the pull over bays going up the mountain has a little help if you need it…

Walcha was our next stop and we found a free camp to the north of the town to pull up and make some lunch. This is a great little stop and would be good for an overnighter. Check out more info here.

The Autumn colours were really starting to show their beauty in every direction you looked throughout the region!

After lunch we continued on and were keen to check out Apsley Falls, which, as well as the falls, has a campground and was only 20 minutes to the east of Walcha so not far out of our way.

Being the time of year we were visiting, Easter/School Holidays, the campground was full and there was no chance of getting a spot! We parked the car and van and jumped out for a walk to view the falls before we went in search of another campground.

Click here for further information on Apsley Falls.

We didn’t take any pictures of the Apsley Falls Campground with it being so full, however, if you are interested in more info check it out on WikiCamps or follow this link to the National Park website.

We set off towards Armidale with another National Park campground in mind but weren’t overly hopeful that there would be any free spots either. It was still early enough in the afternoon to drive the 20 minutes from Armidale to Dangars Falls Campground to see if we could snag a site and if not Plan C was to come back into Armidale and stay the night at the Showground – we ended up back at the Showground!!

The Showground was a great overnight stop. Plenty of space, cheap and you can choose your own site which is always a nice touch! Follow this link for more details.

DAY 2 – 3

With the camping areas we’d been to being quite busy because of the Easter break, we decided to head further north towards Glen Innes to see if we could escape the crowds for a few days.

With a quick WikiCamps search we ended up at a great free camp on the river, 20 minutes north of Glen Innes, in the small township of Deepwater.

The camping area spreads for around a kilometre and there was only a few others camped there at the same time we were.

There are no facilities at this camping area so you need to be fully self sufficient.

If you enjoy bush camping, you’ll like this spot as much as we did! Check it out here!

We had some delicious cook ups in the camp oven too – grab the recipes for our Beef Stroganoff and Choc Chip Damper!

DAY 4 – 5

We decided to head east towards Mann River as we had seen many a post on Facebook and were keen to check out the free camps on the river.

The scenery and surrounding countryside is beautiful, the river crystal clear, there is no phone service and you can have a roaring campfire – what more could you want!!

From Deepwater it is around 100kms to Mann River straight over the Gibraltar Range heading towards the coast.

There are a few different camping areas to choose from. Have a read of this post for all the details.

It was busy with the school holidays but there was plenty of space and we managed to find ourselves a secluded spot on the other side of the river.

Once again there are no facilities at these camping areas so you need to be fully self sufficient.

DAY 6 – 7

The Waterfall Way was one of the only places we had in mind when we left home so from Mann River we followed the Armidale Road to Ebor.

On the way through we had a quick stop at Clouds Creek Camp Site. A great free camp, plenty of space and easy access well off the road.

Once on the Waterfall Way, we set up camp at Ebor Sport & Rec Area for a couple of days. A great low cost camp and good place to base yourself to explore the waterfalls.

The Waterfall Way is a spectacular place to explore. We spent the next two days chasing waterfalls through lush rain forests!

Ebor Falls is in short walking distance from where we camped and the rest of the falls we went to were closer to Dorrigo which was only 40 minutes east so an easy day trip.

Here’s a guide to the waterfalls we explored. We highly recommend a visit!

Crystal Shower Falls
Ebor Falls
Tristania Falls
Dangar Falls

DAY 8

Day 8 had us heading home. We drove back towards the coast through Bellingen and had a quick travel break on the river at Urunga!

Urunga isn’t far off the freeway and has a huge grassy area along the river with easy parking access for caravans making it a great stop for morning tea or lunch!

Yellow highlighted section shows the riverside stopping area.

THIS TRIP

✅ 7 nights
✅ 1500kms
✅ $30 in camp fees 
✅ 4 campsites 
➡️ Armidale Showground (1 night) – $20
➡️ Deepwater Common (2) – FREE
➡️ Mann River (2) – FREE
➡️ Ebor Sport & Rec Area (2) – $10

Now, where to next…

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