Mann River Nature Reserve Camping Area

Free Camping - New South Wales


For a nature getaway that’s bound to impress the whole family, Mann River campground and picnic area features riverside camping in a beautiful bush setting. East of Glen Innes, near the Great Dividing Range, is an idyllic camping spot for a bush holiday or road trip pit stop.

Pitch your tent or park the camper trailer by the majestic Mann River in the shade of the towering she-oaks. The surrounding bush is a haven for wildlife and you’re bound to see eastern greys, wallabies and perhaps even a wallaroo. Reptiles such as lace monitors, eastern water dragons and blue tongue lizards are often seen nearby.

Enjoy a refreshing swim along the banks, and if you’re keen to explore don’t miss Tommys Rock lookout and walking track.

The unsealed road is ok for 2WD vehicles in dry weather. 4WD is required in wet weather.


  • Picnic tables
  • BBQs 
  • Toilets 
  • Carpark

What to Bring

  • Drinking water
  • Cooking water
  • Firewood

  Bookings are required. Book online or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757.

Please Note

  •      There is limited mobile reception in this park
  •     This is a remote campground and the weather in the area can be extreme and unpredictable. Please ensure you’re well-prepared for your visit.
Excellent camp site. Beautiful facilities for a free camp. Marked sites quite level with small berms between. Shelter area, toilets, camp fires and wood, BBQs, wildlife, tank water, quiet. The road is steep and windy from Glen Innes end but it is sealed. If you have UHF keep it on. Saw a long truck and pilot vehicle below us so waited until they got past the hairpins. School bus was in the middle of the road going up so take care. Not much shade for summer but perfect for winter.

Lovely camping area. Wide open spaces, camp anywhere. Beautiful creek. Access road is steep and very winding - met a caravanner who was grateful to be safely down. Take it slow and be prepared to meet vehicles coming opposite direction. Did the Tommys Rock Lookout walk. Did not enjoy it - very steep up a fire access road with hundreds of 2 metre high conservation mounds.

Previous post (22102) describes the site well. Being summer (and drought) the lack of shade trees in the revamped van area very noticeable - with minimal breezes, the site can get hot. We drove down from Glen Innes, and out to Grafton via 'old' road. The dirt 'old' road very scenic and generally of good quality. Certainly less steep/hilly. For 2WD, the entry from Grafton would appear better. Suggestion - stop off at Buccarumbi 'enroute'.

Aug 2017 currently closed - major upgrade. No dirt from gwydir hwy now sealed. Regards earlier post, saw school bus - it was a hiace.

Beautiful spot with fresh water swimming holes and sandy beach. Easy to get to with our 8m motor home. 2km of dirt road from the main road followed by 12km winding steep tar road. I was initially concerned after turning off the main road until I spotted the school bus sign indicating that the bus was continually stopping for the next 22km. If a school bus can make it our RV can make it.

Has been rebuilt since the fires. New toilets. Covered BBQ area and fire pit at each site. Hard gravel base.

Dec 2018 Firstly, Tar road all the way from turn off. The campgrounds have been revamped, and there are several basic level sites. There are no rubbish bins (take it away with you) There is now a gas bbq under shelter and 2 long drop toilets.
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