If you’re looking for Free Camping around Port Macquarie you’ll be sorely disappointed, but the nearby Wauchope Showgrounds offer a great camping area.
We knew that we wanted to check out the Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie, plus Timbertown, which is in Wauchope, so it provided the perfect base for us.
There are live-in Caretakers that run the Wauchope Showgrounds camping area. We found them to be very accomodating and easy to deal with – they’re doing a great job!
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Wauchope Showground Camping
Wauchope Showground Camping FEATURES
💲 $10 – $20+ (see below)
📅 Booking required
⛺️ Tents, Camper Trailers, Caravans, RVs, Big Rigs
🐶 Dogs allowed (not to be walked inside the grounds)
🚻 Flushing toilets
🚿 Hot showers
♿️ Wheelchair accessible
💧 Drinking water ($5 to fill up unless staying at the showgrounds)
⚡️ 240 volt power available
⬇️ Dump point
🗑 Rubbish bins
📶 Telstra reception
📺 TV reception
Wauchope Showground Camping FEES
|Vans & RVs||$20 per night (up to 2 people)|
|Tent or Car||$10 per night|
|Extra people||$5 per night|
|Horse Stable||$10 per night|
|Water Top Up|
(if not staying at the Showgrounds)
Things to Note
- There are only 16 powered sites available for use, so it pays to ring ahead and check for vacancies before you arrive. You can source out the current phone number with the campground information on the WikiCamps App.
- It’s a ‘Dogs Permitted’ campground, rather than ‘Dog Friendly.’ This means that dogs are welcome, but must remain at your site. They can’t be walked around the Showgrounds, but you’re encouraged to walk them out along the street.
- The Wauchope Showgrounds aren’t available for general camping during major events throughout the year, such as their annual show in April.
Wauchope Showground Camping LOCATION
|Address||93A High Street, Wauchope NSW 2446|
Things to Do Around Wauchope
The Old Bottlebutt Tree
About 12km out of Wauchope (and 30km from Port Macquarie) is the beautiful Old Bottlebutt Tree. She’s a 200+ year old Red Bloodwood who sits in the Burrawan State Forest. The large flared ‘butt’ has a girth of 16m!
The walking track in from the car park is a 600m loop through the forest. The driving track in from the main road was an unsealed road, but 2WDs can easily access it during the dry.
Port Macquarie Koala Hospital
The Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie is a fantastic ‘Must See’ while visiting Wauchope. It was such an eye-opening educational experience for the kids and adults alike.
As you’d expect , there were plenty of bush fire casualties. Not just burns victims, but Koalas that have been left stranded with only a small patch of food to survive off and surrounded by burnt forest.
Other major threats to our iconic Aussie Koalas are dog attacks, road accidents and of course chlamydia.
What’s at the Koala Hospital:
- Guided tours at 3.00 pm (FREE)
- Self-guided tours anytime from 8.00 am – 4.30 pm daily
- Watch Koalas being fed
- Interactive Koala Museum
- Reusable Activity Sheet (great for kids)
- Koala Shop
- Window view into Vet Surgery
- Observe lots of Koalas in their enclosures
- Board with all patient information (including why they were admitted)
- Look up and see how many you can spot in the trees above
Visiting the Koala Hospital is FREE, but they love it when people donate. There are plenty of boxes around to drop money into – which the kids always love to do!
One of the main reasons we stayed in Wauchope was to visit Timbertown. But aside from the weather bucketing down the whole four days we were there, Timbertown was closed for the week (they were on holidays). Ah well, next time!
Timbertown is a whole complete olde world village complete with old buildings, Blacksmith, Winery, Stables, Farmyard, Steam Sawmill, Woodworkers Guild, Goldfields, General Store and more. It’s even got a Steamtrain you can ride on.
It’s located right at the edge of town, so if you’re staying in the area, be sure to check it out. There is an onsite campground as well if you’d prefer to stay there.
|Admission||• Adult – $23|
• Child (3 – 15 yrs) – $16
• Senior – $21
• Family (2A + 2K) – $74
|Camping||• Tent (2 people) – $10|
• Van/ Trailer (2 people) – $15
• Powered Site (2 people) – $20
• Extra people/ night – $5
More NSW Coast Camps
- North Star Holiday Resort – HASTINGS POINT
- Mount Warning Rainforest Park – MOUNT WARNING
- Gumma Reserve – MACKSVILLE
- Big 4 Holiday Park – SOUTH WEST ROCKS