Campsite report: Mann River Nature Reserve, Mann River National Park, NSW

Interested in exploring scenic Old Glen Innes Rd and a historic tunnel built by convicts?

Then the free camp at Mann River National Park is just what you are looking for! Mann River Nature Reserve is a family friendly free bush campground at a short distance from Glen Innes. You get there by a scenic drive down the valley on a road constructed in the 1800s. The campground is combined with large picnic area and both are maintained by NSW National Parks. It is situated right at a shallow river. The river has several rock formations, resulting in small beaches, rock slides, rapids and waterholes. Therefore, it is no surprise that this is a great place for kids to play. When the kids are not running around, you will see plenty of wallabies hopping around. It is a quiet and lovely free camp, in a great area to explore. A must see is a close by historic tunnel built by convicts in the 1880s.

Therefore, it is no surprise that this is a great place for kids to play.

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Campground details:

There are campgrounds on both sides of the picnic area, with the east side being 4WD access only. The other side is a large uneven grassy field with a toilet and some old fire pits. There is a drop toilet here as well. At the picnic area, you will find heaps of BBQ fire rings and picnic tables.

Highlights of Mann River Nature Reserve:

  • Small beaches, rock slides, rapids and waterholes at the river
  • An unmarked bushwalk to Tommy’s lookout (very steep and navigation skills are required)
  • Close to London Bridge Firetrail lookout (4WD only)
  • Close to the historic tunnel built by convicts

More info:

NSW National Parks – Mann River Nature Reserve


Caution! – The location in the map above is approximate.

As the road is very narrow, steep and whirly it is not recommended for large vans. In addition, if you decide to head to the historic tunnel, be aware that it is only approximately 3 meters high.

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