‘Primitive camping’ option now on offer Murwillumbah

Published: October 5, 2015
Grey nomads welcomed in northern NSW

Grey nomads will have new camping options while travelling in northern New South Wales following a Tweed Shire Council decision to allow RV-friendly campsites at the Murwillumbah showground.

Council approved the Murwillumbah Showground Trust development application for a ‘primitive camping ground’ which could accommodate approximately 26 recreational vehicles.

Council General Manager Troy Green said the council would also continue to work closely with Destination Tweed, the community and relevant industry groups to establish another RV-suitable camping location in the short term.

“Tweed Shire Council is very supportive of finding suitable alternative sites to seek to tap into the freedom camping market,” Mr Green said.

The council said it is still looking into suitable alternative sites, with an emphasis on finding sites in Tweed hinterland villages such as Burringbar, Uki and Tyalgum.

Campers had previously been staying at Bruce Chick Park, on Tweed Valley Way at Stotts Island, even though the site was not a dedicated camping site.  However, the council recently adopted a new management plan for Bruce Chick Park, which did not allow overnight camping because it threatened the environmental and heritage objectives of the park.

Mr Green said the provision of an RV-suitable campsite at the showground had the added benefit of supporting a local community group, without incurring a cost to ratepayers to provide maintenance and management.

“The showground’s close proximity to town means local businesses are also likely to benefit,” he said.

Tweed River Agricultural Society Secretary Cynthia Hanger said the primitive campsite would be a valuable asset for the district and immensely beneficial to the local business community.

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Bill Aarninkhof
6 years ago

I would like the Council to define what a ‘primitive Camping ground” is as they already have a primitive camping ground where we stayed for one unforgettable night a few years ago. It was the frequent visits from the local constabulary which cut our stay to that one night only. It was a real shame as the locals were very helpful and the area beautiful.

Ian Fraser
6 years ago

Whether or not they they stay at the “primitive” camping ground, potential visitors to the Tweed area will get a clear message. That message is that they are welcome and that Tweed is a place that tries to meet their needs. Good on you Tweed, I for one like your style!

Sharyn Read
6 years ago

I contact the showgrounds to get some more info. Here’s the reply:

“Murwillumbah Showground Trust has recently obtained development consent from Tweed Shire Council for a Primitive Campsite on the Showground. This facility will be operational in the near future.

Murwillumbah Showground has toilet facilities that also have gas fired hot water for showers. Power is available and charges will be $20.00 per site per night (2 people).

The Primitive Campsite will be operational for short stays (up to 1 week duration).”

Doesn’t sound too primitive to me!

6 years ago

$20 a night- sounds nearly caravan park prices!
One supposes the area will be soon ‘stunk out’ like a lot of Showgrounds by filthy caravaners who allow their grey water to run straight onto the grass. This without holding tanks should pay $30 per night.

ray dowsett
6 years ago

We have been free camping at Burringbar every year for about 6 years on our way north for the winter we have never seen the grounds left in a bad way we will miss not staying there regards ray dowsett

Maggi Carstairs
2 years ago

Is it still $20? I called Leagues club and they want $2 or $30..I really Miss Stotts…used to cam[p there everytie I went south… Sigh!! Its now closed.


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