If you are looking for a free camping area rich with Australian History, you will find it at Wooldridge Recreation & Fossicking Reserve, Rocky River, just west of Uralla. A major gold rush ensued in this area in the 1850s after gold was found in 1851. Although the site is historic, there isn’t much to see any more other than a few holes and beams – the traces of eager hands and machinery digging for gold. By 1856 the fields in this area were the largest in northern NSW with approximately 4000-5000 miners working the site.
There is a visitor centre nearby where you can hire equipment to try your luck fossicking. The best way, though, is to explore the fields with Uralla Goldfield Tours (Tel: 02 6772 6828). There is also a picnic area located closeby next to the river where you can frolic and explore.
Where: 6 km West of Uralla
Camp Fires: Yes (BYO firewood)
Pet friendly: Yes
Mobile Reception: Yes
Big Rig Access: No
Getting There: Turn off New England Highway 800m South of the Tourist Information Centre. Take Kingstown and Devoncourt Roads.
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