***** CLOSED - The campground is closed and will remain closed until the bushfire risk has subsided ******
Located at the southern intermittent entrance to the Manning River, Farquhar Park offers far more than just a top fishing spot. With the beach just a hop skip and jump away and the calmer estuary waters within metres of your tent. Water sports are limited only due to shallow waters within the estuary but take your pick! Canoeing, swimming, surfing, snorkelling or simply floating around on a lilo. There is plenty of onshore exploring to be done. Why not a day picnic or a wander through the littoral rainforest? If all this is too much for you, simply enjoy the picturesque setting of the area, from the estuary to the littoral rainforest to open sandy beaches. The area is teeming with special (and endangered) birdlife, especially over the summer months.
The camping ground consists of 25 campsites set amongst shady trees. Facilities are limited at this primitive campground, there are composting toilets and two day use shelter areas facing out across the water. Bring all your own supplies including water and take all rubbish away with you.
Camping fees are collected by a caretaker so please bring along the appropriate amount of cash: $25 per site (four person inclusive), $10 per additional adult (16+ years), $5 per additional child (5-15 years), Infants camp for free (0-4 years). Prices are GST inclusive. A site is defined as an area of approximately 8m x 8m for 4 persons per night. No domestic pets.
Access to the park is by 4WD along the beach from Manning Point (only at low tide) or by boat (best at high tide). Access from Old Bar by 4WD along the beach is only possible when the river entrance is closed. To drive on beaches within the Mid Coast Council Local Government Area you will need to obtain a Driving on Beaches permit. Please go to Mid Coast Councils website for further information https://www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/Recreation/Beaches/Driving-on-BeachesBring your binoculars!
This is the home for many unique species of plants and animals, in particular waders and shorebirds. The migratory Little Terns visit from Asia over summer to breed. There are 4 other bird species listed as Vulnerable or Endangered that you might spot. They love to nest in sand dunes, on sand spits and in salt marsh. Fences and signs ensure that humans and 4WDs don’t interfere with their nesting. Be wary wherever you go, stay out of the fenced areas and enjoy the birds from afar.
No dogs or domestic pets. To assist us in protecting our endangered shorebirds, please do not bring your dog or other domestic pets. This is a dog exclusion area.
This park is proudly managed by Department of Industry – Crown Lands