Last Updated May 2013
This is a large campground, suitable for tents through to caravans on the banks of Chaffey Dam (near Tamworth) NSW
The main amenities block has hot water showers that are fed by $1 coins.
The campsites here are well grassed and spacious with direct access to the waters edge. If you have a boat, you can usually pull it on shore right in front of your campsite.
Cattle are allowed to graze in the edges of the dam every now and then, but if your are boviphobic, there is a fenced off "stock free" area.
There are tracks leading both directions when you first enter the campground, and if you follow them you will find many different campsites further away from the amenities block. There are additional windy loos dotted around so you won't have to go to far when nature calls.
There is also a good quality boat ramp for launching medium sized boats. When the dam is full, it is bitumen, however when the water drops it will be gravel. There is no jetty/pontoon, so you will have to load your passengers another way. (I make them wade in the water, but if you are nice you could throw them in the boat before you launch it).
This is the main water storage for Tamworths drinking and irrigation water. During the last drought, it got fairly low and the town was put on water restrictions. They are planning on raising the dam wall in the next couple of years. At the moment (March 2013) the dam is at capacity and well worth a visit.
Some good sized trout have been caught in this dam, although they seem to have their moments. Try slow trolling or a fly from the banks near structure. Yellow Belly are also regularly caught in this dam along with the less popular catfish.
$5 per car per day, payed at the honesty box when you first enter the campground.
Hot showers are $1
Self serve booth at campsite.
There are no bookings required, and given how big the camping area is, you should always be able to find a spot. Campsites on the waters edge are at a premium in the school holidays in summer, but most of the time you should be able to get one.
Pets are allowed with conditions
There is usually drinking water available at this campsite. Please take care, it may still be advisable to boil water 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.
About 43km from Tamworth on the Nundle Road. If you are heading east, the entrance is on your right about 500m past the dam lookout.
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