National Park gem: Sandon River, New South Wales

Sandon River - Image credit Cathie and Allan Bromwich
Sandon River - Image credit Cathie and Allan Bromwich

Budget priced camping with million dollar views. And there are toilets! Not flushing, but when you are in a National Park campground, with wildlife, as well as countless beaches and waterways surrounding you, who cares?This peninsula is a favourite for my NSW nephews. Right on the Sandon River mouth, you have river on one side and protected ocean on the other.

Brooms Head village is 12.5km away and there is 9 km of gravel road to the campground, which varies in condition. At times it may not be suitable for some caravans or vehicles. Check road conditions before you leave.

There are 29 sites, not suitable for very large caravans or motorhomes over 7.5m. As well as toilets,  you’ll find mobile coverage, picnic tables, shelters with lights and electric barbecues.

Please BYO drinking and cooking water, as the tank water is non-potable, for general washing and for BYO camp showers. 

Fires are permitted in the designated wood barbecues or in your own fire brazier only. Firewood can be purchased from roadside vendors along Brooms Head Road.

Sandon River NSW Shannon Steuerwald
Image Shannon Steuerwald

Wildlife

Some of Australia’s most vulnerable native wildlife, including 25 amphibians are in Yuraygir National Park. Look for:

  • Squirrel gliders
  • Eastern grass owls
  • Rufous bettongs (rarely-seen rabbit-sized marsupial also know as the rufous rat-kangaroo)
  • Queensland blossom-bats (Australia’s smallest fruit bat)
  • Green and golden bell frog (check swamps, lagoons and flood plains)
  • Coastal emus (sadly an endangered species with fewer than 100 left in the park)

See and Do

  • Surfing, swimming, fishing, snorkeling…
  • Generations of Yaegl and Gumbaynggirr People camped, fished and held ceremonies here. Take the Freshwater Walk and view pandanus palms, this important Gumbaynggirr ceremonial plant was used to weave neckbands, dillybags and baskets.
  • Check out the information panels around the campground to read about the area’s heritage.
  • Whale watching in winter – viewing points at Red Cliffs lookout and Brooms Head.
  • Walking tracks – with spring wildflower displays along Wilsons Headland walk and the Yuraygir coastal walk.
Sandon River - Image credit Cathie and Allan Bromwich
Sandon River - Image credit Cathie and Allan Bromwich

Also note:

  • Sandon village is on the southern side of the Sandon River and can only be reached by travelling along the beach from Minnie Water or by boat.
  • You’ll need a NSW recreational fishing license to fish, spear fishing is permitted in designated areas only.
  • No chemical toilets/porta potties
  • Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted.
  • Amplified music and generators are not permitted, plus noise restrictions apply from 10pm.
  • No smoking.

Book online or by phone – and note a two night minimum stay applies during NSW and QLD school holidays and NSW long weekends. Find this site in the CAMPS Pendium, CAMPS 11 and CAMPS AUSTRALIA WIDE App

Image credits: Cathie & Allan Bromwich and Shannon Steuerwald

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Sandon River NSW Shannon Steuerwald
Image Shannon Steuerwald

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