Campgrounds in Chichester State Forest NSW

Chichester State Forest is located in New South Wales around 2 hours north west of Newcastle and is a top spot to go camping for the weekend!

There are four FREE campgrounds in this part of Chichester State Forest that all have access to the Telegherry River. The campgrounds have a lush rain forest feel and they are mostly flat, grassy open areas.

The State Forest is well signposted from Dungog. If you get to Chichester Dam, you have gone too far!  From Dungog it is around 25kms to Currawong and Telegherry Camping Areas with 9kms of dirt road. Frying Pan and Coachwood Camping Areas are another 4kms further.

Top Left – CURRAWONG / Bottom Left – TELEGHERRY
Top Right – COACHWOOD / Bottom Right – FRYING PAN
Left for Frying Pan & Coachwood Camping Areas
Right for Telegherry & Currawong Camping Areas


All campgrounds are FREE!!


✅ Pit Toilets
✅ Shade
✅ Campfires allowed 
✅ Pet friendly – leash at all times
✅ Rubbish Bins 
🚫 No water or power
🚫 No phone service



Telegherry Camping Area

Currawong Camping Area

Currawong is signposted 4WD only as there is a river crossing. It is a hard rocky base and wasn’t very deep when we were there – weather dependent though so be cautious!

Access to Currawong is through Telegherry Camping Area.

Frying Pan Camping Area

Coachwood Camping Area


There is an old Logging Museum as you turn onto Middle Ridge Road towards the camping areas with a few bits of old machinery to wander around.

This area is so picturesque and extremely tidy and well maintained by State Forest. Definitely one to put on your list of places to visit!


  1. Ryan

    Thanks for the great info on the campgrounds. Im very interested in checking out the logging museum. Do you have any more info on how to find the logging museum. Any info would be much appreciated. Thanks

    Ryan. M

    • lifeoutsidework

      Hi Ryan! Glad you found the post helpful 🙂

      Here is a google maps link to the museum – you should be able to get directions from where you are to this location. Let me know if it doesn’t work and I’ll see what else I can do. We came in from the Newcastle direction so followed Chichester Dam Road then turned right into Wangat Road and then onto Middle Ridge Road and it’s not far from the turn. Cheers Selina

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