Waterfront views, epic sunsets and only a short stroll to the beach? We're talking about Farquhar Park, your new favourite camping ground.
Read on to discover the best things to see and do in Farquhar Park.
4WD aficionados pack the car quick smart – this camping spot is for you! The campsite is located at the very end of Farquhar Beach, and you’ll easily find the trail leading there if you keep your eyes peeled for wheel tracks (just make sure it’s low tide!). What awaits you is a veritable camping paradise, a place that feels like your own secret hideout, without completely removing you from any trace of civilisation. Considering how close Manning Point town is, it’s a nice surprise to feel like this tranquil, riverbank area is a million miles away from anything. It’s also first-in, best-dressed at Farquhar Park, with beach permits required and a fee of $11 per vehicle/night, but as this is prime camping real estate where you can literally launch your tinnie from your campsite, it’s well worth getting there early to secure a spot!
With Farquhar Park, it’s more of a case of what you can’t do at this camping ground, rather than can do. Endless beaches provide endless water-based options, including swimming, surfing, wakeboarding, kayaking and snorkelling, to name just a few! If you fancy yourself quite handy with a fishing rod, Farquhar Park and the surrounding Manning River area are also top-notch fishing locations. From the comfort of your very camping spot you fish into the calm estuary waters that lap at your tent, or head further out towards the mouth of the river and with any luck a flatty will jump straight into your boat!
It’s doesn’t hurt to explore the small fishing village of Manning Point (especially if you need to stock up on a few camping essentials), which has a nice chilled-out beach vibe, particularly during the summer months when it gets a bit busier. It’s also a great starting point to hit the pavement and explore some of the bike tracks, or you can venture further and check out some of the scenic bushwalking opportunities at one of the neighbouring national parks.
Drag yourself away from the peace and serenity of your campsite, because you do not want to miss out on Ellenborough Falls. Located on the Bulga Plateau at Elands, this 200m high waterfall is one of the longest single drop waterfalls in the Southern Hemisphere – and definitely one of the most spectacular sites in the region. You can take in the beauty of the falls from a viewing platform at the top, or take the 641 steps down to the base of the waterfall and experience the spray of the water and hear the roar of the falls for yourself.
In the summer months, Farquhar Park and its surrounds are home to five species of highly endangered and protected birds. The peaceful, quiet environment is perfect for catching a glimpse of some of them, including the Little Tern, so don’t forget to pack your binoculars!
Farquhar Park is located on the mid-north coast of NSW, three and a half hours north of Sydney. The closest regional centre is Taree.
Travel north from Sydney along the Pacific Highway for approximately 320km, before taking the Old Bar exit and following through onto Manning Point Road. From here 4WD access is essential, as the park is only accessible via a beach entrance.
Considering that much of the lure of Farquhar Park lies in its boundless water-based activities, the best time to visit is definitely during the summer months. Warm days and mild nights create ideal weather conditions to really enjoy and make the most of the beaches and waterways around Farquhar Park. That’s not to say it isn’t worth visiting Farquhar Park during the rest of the year – don’t forget the fish bite all year round!
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