Cockburn River Campground

Last Updated Mar 2013

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This free campground gives access to the Cockburn River near Kootingal (about 30km northeast from Tamworth) and is an OK place for an overnight on your way through to somewhere more attractive.

It is set in native bush and is wide and grassy so is fine for a tent. The main camping area has a sheltered picnic table and long drop toilet. There is a small water tank off the shelter, but it is in pretty average condition, so I wouldn't rely on it for drinking water.

Access to the river from the main camping area is a little difficult as over the years, floods have moved the main water area further away from camp. You need to bush bash through weeds if you head straight to the river from here.

If you follow the track that heads south along the river, there is a steep and rutted track that leads down to the river where you can camp on the river pebbles next to a slightly deeper section of the creek. This would be the best way to access the river from the main campground too and is only a short walk up the track.


Red Fin and perch are target species along this stretch but, in the warmer months, this area is plagued by weeds, and the thistles and Biden (Farmers Friend) can make access to the river a pain. There are a couple of spots towards Kootingal where you can drive down to the river as well. The water in the creek tends to have a fair bit of algae (thanks to all the nutrients from cattle grazing in the area) so is probably not a great swimming spot.

Facilities and activities at Cockburn River

Number of sites:


Camping Fees:

This is a free campground maintained by the community. Last time I was here, someone had tried to burn the sign down and there was a fair bit of rubbish around. It is unfortunate that people don't appreciate fee campgrounds and leave them clean and tidy.


This is a free camping area.

How to book:

No bookings are required, it is a decent sized campground and not usually too busy so you shouldn't have a problem finding a spot.


Longdrop or composting


Pets are allowed with conditions

Water Availability:

Non-potable water may be available. Boil all water for at least 10 minutes before drinking.

Camp fires:

There are no built fireplaces in this camp ground, however it may be permisable to have a camp fire under certain conditions. Please check local fire restrictions and rules before lighting fires.


No bbqs are provided.


This campsite is near a river or creek that has swimming holes.


There are fishing spots at or near this campsite.

Picnic Tables:


Horse Riding:


Canoeing / Kayaking:

There is no canoeing or kayaking at or near this campsite

Location information for Cockburn River


This site is accessable by caravans in good weather.

Getting there

You can get a van in here, however the road from Kootingal is fairly narrow, so you might be off on the shoulder a bit letting people pass. Probably more suitable for car based camping and camper trailers.

Access is off the Kootingal-Limbri Road, about 12km from Kootingal. From the main Road in Kootingal, turn east at the St Andrews Church (Road Signed Limbri) and follow the road around to the left when you get to the railway lines. Just after you cross the railway lines and before you cross the Cockburn River, take a left (again signed to Limbri).

Follow this road for about 6.5km and the campground entrance is on your left. It is not signed but you should see the picnic shelter from the road.

View directions from Kootingal in google maps

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