Easter in Australia is probably one of the most popular times of the year to get away for a short break. As it falls at the start of our Autumn it is often the last chance to soak up some sun before the weather starts to cool off. Prior to getting our camper trailer we were never able to have an Easter getaway. Accommodation is usually extremely expensive at this time of year. So the prospect of being able to head off for a few days was very exciting.
Our plan was to head into north-western NSW, do some sight-seeing and then find somewhere to camp for the night. From the Gold Coast we headed west to Rathdowney before crossing over the border into NSW.
We then headed across to Urbenville to the Tooloom Falls. The falls are located in the Tooloom National Park which is just six kilometres south of Urbenville. What we found there was a fantastic camping area in a beautiful setting. The camp area itself was mostly flat and the road to it was good. It would be suitable for camper trailers (of course), tents or caravans. The campground has toilets but no showers. But it is definitely a place that we would love to spend more time at.
Our next destination was Old Bonalbo and then Bonalbo. These are two very small villages on the edge of the Richmond National Park. Along the way we spotted a sign to Bean Creek Falls Reserve so a quick u-turn was made and again we discovered an amazing waterfall tucked down in the bush. There was a little flat area there where we could have easily set up camp for the night if we had wanted to. It was one of those little hidden spots that you really need to keep an eye out for when travelling.
PEACOCK CREEK RESERVE
We had been going to camp at a roadside camp area in Old Bonalbo but found the toilets there ‘Out of Service’. As it was only early afternoon we decided to venture into the Richmond National Park and camp at Peacock Creek Reserve. Listed in the Camps Australia Wide book it was an awesome spot to camp. We found a lovely flat camp area beside the creek. Fires are allowed in the constructed BBQ/fireplaces. There were long-drop toilets there as well.
The park charges $5.00 per night (in 2012), per adult and $3.00 for children. This works on an honesty system. You fill in the envelope provided, keep one section to display on your tent and drop your money into the box provided. I would assume that should a Parks Ranger come around and find that you had not paid up, that there would be a fine involved. As it is a National Park you are not supposed to collect any firewood. There were also no bins provided so we did have to take all our rubbish with us.
A word of caution – the road in is an unsealed gravel road but it was in good condition. A car would be able to negotiate it easily in the dry but in the wet it may well be a different story. Check with the National Parks and Wildlife Service first if in doubt. If you do not have a 4WD I would advise that you go back out the same way you come in as the other roads out are steep, windy and narrow.