N- Lederville Rocky River Retreat

Lederville Rocky River Retreat – OR, D, W, $ – Carton of Corona 26km from Drake NSW. Drake is situation on the Bruxner HWY between Tenterfield and Casino in NSW. Tenterfield is 44km East of Drake. Turnoff is just outside of Drake along Long Gully Road. It’s 26km to Lederville Rocky River Retreat from the turnoff, the first 8km is sealed the rest is a dirt/gravel road which is pretty windy, has some wash outs and creek crossings, it’s slow going but a nice drive. In dry weather a standard car can access the property. Phone reception at Drake.

Ed and Zoe are the owners of Lederville Rocky River Retreat and they generously allow people to camp on their property next to the river. The fee is a carton of Corona Extra Beer regardless of how long you are staying. For groups I think they charged $5 per person per night. No need to stop at the farmhouse, Ed and Zoe will come down and see you sometime. Ed also provides free firewood; there are no facilities so you have to have your own toilet. Lederville Rocky River Retreat can also be found in Wiki Camps. Camped here Easter 2016. Rating – 6

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Campsite keys and options

In the past we have listed what interest us, what needs we have, etc. As stated before we started this for our benefit but now we are finding many other travelers are also finding this information useful, which is great 🙂 We have had a number of people ask us to list whether a place allows dogs, is suitable for big rigs etc. So we have added a few more keys to our campsites to cover a few more options that are available. Over time we will update past campsites listed on this site with the new keys and we might add a few more keys as time goes on.


A lot of the campsites where we have stayed can be found in the book known as the Travellers Bible, “Camps Australia Wide” which covers most of the free or low cost camps around Australia, but as we have found not all of them. There are now camping apps like Wikicamps, which is a user generated camping app for iPhone, iPad and Android. To help find that perfect place to pull up for the night. Sites found on this web site can be used in conjunction with this book or App, which lists lot more key’s than we use.


We would also like to point out we have rated and written our thoughts of camp sites based on our personal preference and they are our views based on our needs, likes and dislikes, keep in mind you might like something different to us. We have also found different times of the year or season can make a big difference to the place.


Key Used: T – Toilet, S – Shower, B – Bin, N – Noisy, F – Free, W – Wildlife, M – Mobile is for “Next G, DW – Drinking Water, $ – Fees apply, OR – Off Road, D – Dogs, BR – Suitable for Big Rigs, ND – Non Drinking Water, DP – Dump Point.

Campsites and Rest Areas

Sometimes it can be difficult to post on the road, so often we leave updating the website with our campsites until we get home. Every time we post onto our site it does send out an email to everyone following our site. This does mean you could get a whole heap of posts about campsites all in a row, sorry about that. Please bear with us, the campsite postings might not be of interest to you at present but hopefully when you are travelling around you will remember a post we did on an area, go to our website and get the benefit of our campsite collection for free. Also sometimes the email posts can look a bit weird. We can’t do anything about that, keep in mind you can also click on the web link to see the post on our web site and see how it should look.


We also try and take photos of each campsite to help jog the memory and show what the place is like, as they say a picture paints a thousand words. Most campsite listings now have 4 photos, so along with over 100 campsites or rest areas in over 5 states, with the list forever growing, there area loads of photos. Sometimes for whatever reason we don’t have any photos of the campsite, we might have arrived after dark and left early, might not have been appropriate or we were slack, 🙂 it happens. This is a work in progress that is forever evolving.


We would also like to remind you we have rated and written our thoughts of campsites for our own personal reference, and they are our views based on our needs and likes, if you benefit from them as well, great, just keep in mind you might like something different to us. We have also found different times of the year or season can make a big difference to the place.


We have developed our own little rating system and state on each campsite what facilities, if any, there are as shown in the key below. Each post now has a link back to the ratings and key used as a reminder of what they mean. We will mostly likely add to the keys used as we find different aspects become important to us.

Key Used: T – Toilet, S – Shower, B – Bin, N – Noisy, F – Free, W – Wildlife, M – Mobile is for “Next G, DW – Drinking Water, $ – Fees apply, OR – Off Road, D – Dogs, BR – Suitable for Big Rigs, ND – Non Drinking Water, DP – Dump Point.

N – Mann River Nature Reserve

Mann River Nature Reserve – T, F, OR, W. 131 km W of South Grafton or 47 km E of Glen Innes. 12 km down Old Grafton Road, down a steep hill, slippery when wet. Large grassy area on the banks of the Mann River. Some sites close to the river have been washed out due to the 2011 floods. Great swimming, lots of granite boulders, birds, kangaroos & wallabies, popular spot. Camped there 5/01/09 and 13th & 14th Nov 2011. Rating – 5

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N – Forbes Rest Area

Forbes Rest Area – B, OR, F, M, W, BR, D, DW. Large grassy area next to a creek. A walking tracking follows the creek down to a lake. We have stayed here several times and always found this area to be quite, however we were warned by some locals last time we were, there who were visiting ever camper to let them know they had been having trouble with some of the local youth. We were given a number for the local police and told to call them if we had any trouble. Apart from that it’s a lovely country town, and a popular spot for campers, we would not hesitate to stay here again. It’s great they have such diligent locals, who want campers to stop and enjoy their town. There are toilets in a near by park. Rating – 4

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N – Main Campground Mungo National Park

Main Campground Mungo National Park – T, B, OR, $. 110 km NE of Mildura, dirt road. There are showers 2km away at the National Park visitor centre. Camping and day fees apply. The camping area is a big area, with well laid out big sites, some trees and shade, with fire places at each site. Firewood is available at the info centre for a small fee. Be warned the roads into Mungo can be closed after only a few mm of rain. Rating – 3.5

N – Main Weir Campground

Main Weir Campground – T, B, OR, F, W, D. 19 km NE of Menindee. Turn onto Main Weir Road 8 km N of Menindee. 9 km of dirt road with lots of corrugations. This area is on the edge of the Darling River and Lake Wetherill. It’s split into 2 areas one on the Darling River the other next to Lake Wetherill, this was the most crowded area when we were there as it’s popular spot for boaties. Lake Wetherill is a great and fascinating spot to canoe around with all the dead trees sticking out of the water. The river is also a great place to canoe down with lots of birdlife in both areas. Might not be accessible in wet weather. Rating – 4

Camp Spot

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