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One of our favorite but lesser known spots for the family. Wrights Hut is situated off Thunderbolts Way south of Nowendoc heading to Gloucester. A comfortable 2 hour drive from Tamworth will get you to Wrights road, the access to this camp site. Although access is through the state forest, the hut and campsite is National Park. The road in is well maintained and an easy grade for any 4×4 with low range. Jack Barker Creek at the bottom is easily accessible for old and little legs, and is a kids delight with flowing water falls and water holes set amongst diverse tree canopy its almost tropical in its appeal. There are limited level camp sites at the bottom so space could be at a premium on busy long weekends and Easter, we have not travelled here then to be certain. A short walk from the hut will take you down stream past some old cattle yards and even more secluded swimming holes. The whole area appears to be well maintained.


  • Heading south on Thunderbolts Way from Walcha, as you pass the turnoff to the little township of Nowendoc, zero the tripmeter and continue south on the highway.
  • 5.8kms past the turnoff above, Wrights road goes off to the right at the bottom of a long dip in the highway, watch for high speed traffic both ways when turning in.
  • Its approx. 5km to the bottom where Wrights Hut and Jack Barker Creek are.


  • Toilet
  • BBQ pits (limited sites)
  • Picnic Tables (again limited sites)
  • An old hut with water tank attached


  • Food and water
  • warm clothes in the cooler months
  • UHF
  • Swimming gear in the warmer months


  • Dry weather only, even with a well set up 4×4 heavy rain will mean your stay might be longer than planned. The track is steep but smooth and in the dry will present no problems to any low range 4×4

  •  1 small creek crossing at the bottom was shallow with small rocks, but I wouldn’t want to take my RAV4 through it.
  • As expected no phone service at the bottom.
  • Nowendoc is your closest option for fuel, alcohol  and supplies.
  • An experienced driver with a large low range 4×4 should have no problem getting a medium sized off road van or camping trailer down to the bottom but turning facilities are limited and tight. Could be a bit tricky meeting someone coming the other way on the way down so perhaps put the UHF on channel 40 and give a call out first or even unhitch and take a quick drive down first to take a look.
  • One of the best places to take the kids for a swim in the forest around especially ideal for a day trip.

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