Murrumbidgee River FREE Camping
6 October 2009 by 0 Comments
Worldon’s Reserve – Mundarlo
- Located along the Murrumbidgee River between Gundagai and Wagga are Crown Reserves that the local fisho’s have had access to for decades. It has always been known that these
Crown Reserves are there for us all, but some of their locations have been a very well kept
a secret except to a chosen few.
This peaceful spot on a bend in the river, off River Rd at Mundarlo, lies at the very end of Worldon’s Lane.
Whilst looking like ‘Private Property’ entry is via a gate, please leave the gate as you
find it, as it is often closed. Crown Reserves are used for grazing stock by local land owners, which keeps grass heights manageable and reduces fire risk.
- The Lagoon – Great Swimming – No Current
We were lucky that during our stay the levels only rose a 1/2 metre or so. However, by our last day the level was still rising and already encrouching on our camp fire, so it was time to move on.This area is reasonably large, with plenty of grassy camping spots. Some with more generous shade provided by the casurinas. However we chose a spot close to the ‘boat ramp’ which was really nothing more than a billabong that gives you access to the main river.
Our boys played all day everyday in this billabong, as it had sufficient depth and they could swim without being effected by the fast flowing mainstream of the Murrumbidgee.
The river underfoot was mostly large pebbles with patches of sand but the boys weren’t phased as they are used to wearing old joggers or beach feet in the water to prevent cuts.
They would spend hours skimming rocks across the river in a frenzied competition with Dad. We were visited by the horses and cows that were grazing on the long grass, wandering down for a drink. Kangaroos appeared in the early morning mist from across the paddocks surrounding the reserve, and the many wombat holes along the banks testify to the number of wombats that roam at night.
NSW Crown Lands – Canoe & Kayak Trails
There are lots of these reserves along the Murrumbidgee River.
If you have a canoe or kayak this is a great canoe adventure trip
that the kids will love. Starting at anyone of these reserves from
Gundagai all the way to Hay, you can make your trip as long or as
short as you like. Support vehicles can meet you at one of the many
access points along the way, with plentiful overnight camping and
some real Aussie fun.
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- Worldon’s reserve is a wonderful quiet spot to use as a base camp whilst exploring the region, ideal for 3-5 days as it is only 1hr to Wagga Wagga for essential shopping trips, or 45min back to Gundagai for a look around town or a visit to the legendry ‘Dog on the Tucker Box’.
- We had no trouble with our campsite being targeted by unsavories, however we did lock everything up when away. One of the locals & his kids did come down to check us out, but they weren’t a problem to us, and we weren’t a problem to them.
We always take our rubbish with us on day trips we make no mess and that way no one will have an excuse to close these wonderful areas off.
Worldon’s is an isolated camp ideal for a large get together, provided you are all fully self sufficient and have self contained effluent management. Remember that this river is a VITAL WATER RESOURCE for all the communities downstream.