There’s very little that compares to a pristine paddock next to a beautiful river, where you can camp with friends and family. Add in some amazing owners, a whole heap of animals, free kayaks and plenty of room for the kids to run and you’re onto a winner every day of the week.
Bundilla River Camp is exactly this, and its no wonder that its quickly become a popular place for locals and those travelling through. We fall into the latter category, after looking for somewhere nice to spend a night on our way down towards Sydney.
Where is Bundilla River Camp?
You’ll find this property about 25 minutes North West of Port Macquarie, right on the Wilson River. It’s a pretty scenic and windy way in, with fantastic views of country that is really magnificent.
What’s the camping like?
The camping here is pretty good. There’s a handful of camp sites that are located in a fenced paddock, within about 50 metres of the little river. The lower number sites have the river closer, with a short walk down to the bottom of a little section of rapids.
There’s a little undercover area with a pizza oven, fire pit and picnic table that is free for everyone to use.
The paddock is nice and green, and has cows wandering around everywhere outside of it.
In terms of the Camping in New South Wales, this is a pretty decent one.
Do you need a 4WD?
No. The road in is decent enough, although it would be slippery in the wet (and the paddock would be the same!). Some clearance is helpful, but not a must have.
How much does it cost?
We paid $38 a night to camp here, with our 4 and 7 year old boy. It’s more than what we like to pay, but given the region its not bad, and when you factor everything you actually get, its really decent. I’ll admit to feeling a bit deflated when we first arrived due to a lot of people being there, and the price, but I soon changed my tune.
Book online, prior to arriving
This is a Hipcamp property, and you need to book online before arriving. There is reasonable Telstra reception at the camping area, but it needs booking prior to arriving. If you have questions, you can send them through Hipcamp or ring the owner, who is fantastic.
Animal feeding at Bundilla River
At 5:30PM, we wandered up towards the house with a number of other families. The two owners grabbed a whole heap of bread to feed to the sheep, and then the pigs, horse and chickens. The kids were able to bottle feed a goat, lamb and little calf, and check out the turkeys, baby chickens and even a couple of farm dogs.
This alone was really special for the kids, and made it absolutely worth a stay, with the kids leaving with a huge smile on their face.
This is a great place
When we arrived on a Saturday morning, it was pretty busy, and our site was taken due to a large group booking. The owner basically said you could camp anywhere we wanted, and we settled in for the night.
It’s a beautiful property, with lovely owners, and perfect for the kids to enjoy for a few days. We spent a couple of hours kayaking in the different pools, using the small swing set right next to camp and just appreciating the great views.
If you’re looking for a nice place to camp, you won’t go wrong with Bundilla River!