We have travelled to many places around Australia but this time decided to visit a peaceful Mary River camping spot that excited our expectations.
We had a chance to stay at a beautiful campsite nestled in level pastures with magnificent trees providing ample shade by the riverbank.
We appreciated how the natural ecosystem was preserved, leaving the heavily wooded riverbank largely untouched.
How to Get to Mary River Camping
Mary River Camping is located 10 minutes drive from Kenilworth, through some windy roads. You have to enter Moy Pocket Rd and then turn right to get to the last property where the camping spot is located.
Mary River Camping is available through HipCamp booking so the best way how to get their location is to visit the booking site. You will get $10 off your booking when you use the button below.
Please note that the campsite is accessible by 4WD or AWD vehicles. In case of severe weather, the Mary River might flood, so be also prepared to leave if conditions worsen.
Should You Be Self-Sufficient
As a responsible camper, you have to be self-sufficient, bringing your own portable camping toilet and ensuring you leave no trace behind by taking all waste and rubbish with you when departing.
What to Expect at Mary River Camping
Expect privacy and a peaceful atmosphere of rural life with cattle around (sometimes). And lots of birds. We spotted kookaburras (you can’t miss them, especially at dusk and down), different types of parrots, ibises, and even white belly eagle!
Anticipate a serene and private environment that captures the essence of country living, complete with the occasional presence of grazing cattle.
There are only four camping areas that span approximately 500 meters along the bank of Mary River.
Because there are only four sites you are ensured privacy, but not only that.
Mary River is the real charm in this spot. It is shallow and slowly flowing unless there was a recent storm. It is possible to find a deeper spot to have a short swim.
For those who brought their kids or pets, it is a real heaven. Kids can play with dogs in the shallow waters and enjoy themselves.
There are two main entrances to Mary River. One, right at the beginning of the camping area, and the second, after site two.
On top of all of that firewood is supplied by the owner, so you don’t need to even move for a few days if you don’t want to.
Both entrances are quite steep, so take it easy when descending.
How long to stay at Mary River Camping
In April, we spent four days swimming and kayaking in the refreshing waters and even tried our hand at fishing. Remember though, it is catch and release only to preserve the ecosystem.
How long you can stay should be determined based on your food supplies, and your portable toilet capacity.
The nearest dump point is located in Kenilworth Showgrounds.
Mary River Camping – Nearby Attractions
I highly recommend taking the time to explore some of Kenilworth’s top attractions during your visit. This charming town has something for everyone.
Maybe there is nothing interesting in seeing a quarry, but the views around it are pretty spectacular.
The lookout is located on Kenilworth-Brooroo Rd, 6 km north of Kenilworth. Just stop and have a break to enjoy the view. There is a picnic table.
Delight your taste buds with a visit to the Kenilworth Cheese Factory.
This local gem offers a range of mouth-watering, handcrafted cheeses, as well as dairy products such as yogurt and ice cream. Enjoy free cheese tastings and learn about the art of cheese-making while you’re there.
Kenilworth River Park
Immerse yourself in nature at the picturesque Kenilworth River Park.
It is a perfect spot for picnics, family outings, or a leisurely stroll, this park features lush green spaces, a serene river, and a playground for the kids.
Keep an eye out for local wildlife while you explore the area.
Kenilworth Artspace Gallery
Appreciate the talents of local artists at the Kenilworth Artspace Gallery.
Showcasing a diverse collection of paintings, sculptures, ceramics, and more, this gallery provides a unique insight into the region’s thriving arts scene. You might even find a one-of-a-kind souvenir to take home.
Just a short drive from Kenilworth, Conondale National Park is a haven for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.
With its stunning waterfalls, creeks, and scenic trails, the park is ideal for hiking, birdwatching, and wildlife spotting. Be sure to visit the Strangler Cairn, a remarkable environmental artwork by artist Andy Goldsworthy.
Step back in time at the Kenilworth Historical Museum.
This fascinating attraction offers a glimpse into the town’s rich history and heritage, featuring exhibits on local industries, military memorabilia, and everyday life from a bygone era.
The museum’s passionate volunteers are always happy to share their knowledge with visitors.
Camping near Kenilworth Final Word
There are many campgrounds around Kenilworth, but what makes Mary River Camping different is that it is located in a very peaceful spot far away from civilisation.
We recommend it to everyone who doesn’t like crowds and noise. As well as located close by (near Dayboro) Pluck a Duck Creek
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Enjoy outdoors with Tentworld equipment
4WD Equipment Checklist
Tire Repair Kit – to fix the tire by yourself when you don’t have access to the tire shop (we use Oztrail)
UHF Radio – for communication with your mates and in emergency
Full Recovery Kit (with Dampener Blanket) – must-have if you are going on real off-road
High Lift Jack – useful if you do serious 4WD tracks
Shovel – useful if you get bogged, also good for campfire cooking
Fuel funnel with water filter – additional protection when fueling up in dodgy places