Last Updated Jun 2013
A beautiful free campground on the banks of Sheba Dam, surrounded by natural bush in the hills above Nundle.
Just east from Hanging Rock, Sheba Dams (No 1 and 2) were built by hand in 1888 to store water for sluicing gold. Now they are just a pretty spot to picnic, camp, and fish for trout.
The campground at Sheba Dams is widely dispersed through natural bush, and the sites are mainly grassy, with plenty of shade from the large gum trees. Be careful when setting up camp, especially if it is windy, as large branches can easily squish you if they land on your tent.
Well maintained long drop toilets are located near the entrance to picnic/camping area, and a large sheltered area with picnic tables is also provided.
If you like a bit more privacy, there are some campsites located up a small track (follow the dam around to the right and then head up the hill). These campsites have their own fireplaces and are perched on top of the hill overlooking the dam. Take care if it is wet though, the tracks can get very slippery.
Recently a new pier was installed and this offers easy access to the water for swimming or a nice spot for the kids to fish from. There is a ladder from one end to access the water.
There are a few spots around the dam to fish from the bank, but I think the best way here is with a kayak. As the dam is only small, power boats are not permitted, so you can spend a lazy few hours floating around targeting the rainbow trout that are stocked here. Locals tell me that live, natural baits are best (mudeyes or yabbies) but success has been had with lures too.
If you fail to catch a rainbow trout here, it is not far to go to the local trout farm (Arc-n-ciel) where you can fish their dam (pay for what you catch). If you still don't have any luck, try some of their smoked trout. Actually, do that even if you do catch a fish yourself, it is the best smoked trout I have ever eaten. http://www.rainbowtrout.com.au
This is a great free campground, please say thanks by leaving the place in good condition and shopping locally.
This is a free camping area.
No bookings are required. It is reasonably popular in the warmer months, but due to the high altitude (read freezing) is mostly deserted in Winter.
Longdrop or composting
Non-potable water may be available. Boil all water for at least 10 minutes before drinking.
Fires may be allowed in built fire places. Please check local fire bans and rules.
Wood barbeques are available. Bring firewood and check firebans.
You are able to swim in the lake nearby.
There are fishing spots at or near this campsite.
There are canoeing and kayaking spots at or near this campsite
This site is accessable by caravans in good weather.
Sheba Dam camping area is on Barrys Road just south east from Hanging Rock. It is about 11km East from Nundle.
The road from Nundle is fairly windy and steep, but is bitumen and fine for caravans if you take care. In the winter the road can ice over so be careful.
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