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West Kunderang


    West Kunderang is a working cattle property, completely surrounded by the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park (NSW), and situated on the headwaters of the Macleay River.

    The owners have sited about 5 camping areas along the length of the river, such that a family or group each get an area to themselves, out of sight and earshot of the other sites. Each site has its own 'longdrop' as well as fireplace, table and bench. Rainwater and firewood supplied. You need to be completely self - sufficient for drinking water, supplies and fuels (generators discouraged) and solar showers.

    There is a satellite telephone provided at the cabin for emergency use. The cabin itself can be rented if you forget your tent.

    The property is accessed from Armidale via the Kempsey Rd. and Rasberry Rd. These are typical forest trails which would become impassable after rain. The final few kilometres into the property (thru a locked gate) is pretty steep and narrow. We used low range going down and coming back up and were relieved we didn't meet any oncoming traffic. Its advertised as being accessible to 2wd, but I wouldn't like to have to tow without low range capability. It takes longer to get to than you would think looking at the map (especially from Kempsey).

    Once in its a beautiful situation. The river was perfect for swimming, kayaking exploring and fishing (incl. bass). Lots of wildlife including the occasional platypus sighting.

    Those with more energy than us would find good bushwalking and 4wd exploring in the surrounding NP. The kids made good use of their bikes and kayaks but I wouldn't think its worth taking the adult's.

    We spent 4 nights and could have stayed 2 weeks.

    Cost was average ($7.50 per night per adult) and we all thought it was way above average value !!

    Cindy Mcrae ( 02 6778 1264) runs the place and is very helpful in supplying maps, tips etc.

Info by Brad Fawkes