If you’re a 4WD enthusiast and enjoy spending time with family and friends in one Australia’s many 4WD parks, then Rover Park offers an experience that you won’t forget! Situated on the eastern side of the Great Dividing Range, Rover Park is located in a beautiful bush setting in one of the most pristine spots in the world, half way between Casino and Tenterfield in northern NSW. This family owned tourist park is only a 2-hour drive from Byron Bay, or 3.5 hours from Brisbane. Rover Park is accessible by both 2WD and 4WD vehicles with is a steep hill at the beginning (don’t worry, the hill climb has been covered in bitumen for easier access).
Where is Rover Park?
Rover Park sits on roughly 4,000 acres at an altitude of 720m, and while it may not be the biggest park, it has some great activities that the whole family will enjoy. Whether you wish to camp or stay in a powered cabin, Rover Park has a variety of accommodation options ranging from river camping, bush camping, caravanning, and luxury options such as the Mountain Lodge cabin. You can stay for a day, or as long as you like, just keep in mind that the park is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays with the exception of school and public holidays.
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Accommodation at Rover Park
If you want to have some amenities all to yourself, that’s possible too! The Loggers Cabin has its own dedicated facilities including two toilets and a shower. Alternatively, the Diggers Cabin has two toilets very close by. However, for the ultimate in comfort, the Mountain Lodge has everything you will ever need in the one place, perfect for those with younger children or those who just want to have their own amenities.
The costs of staying at Rover Park are very competitive when compared with other 4WD parks. 4WD camping costs a family $45 per night with a maximum of 2 adults and 3 children. An additional $10 is charged for extra adults and $5 for extra children. The motorbike camping costs a flat $10 for adults and $5 for children for each night’s stay, with children under 5 staying for free. Group discounts are available along with special offers for long-term stays. If you’d like to book in advance, or have any questions, feel free to contact Meg and Matt on 02 6737 6862 or visit http://roverpark.com.au/.
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What can you do at Rover Park?
Both day and night, there’s plenty of activities that the whole family will love. Rover Park has an entertainment shed with a barbecue, TV, tables and chairs, along with a games room where arcade games are aplenty (you’ll be surprised at how many adults you’ll find in there)! Most notably, there’s a massive 76 metre water slide into the park’s dam which is a favourite both kids and adults alike. Rover Park offers fishing, bushwalking, swimming, push biking, and separate motorbike and 4WD tracks which are clearly separated for safety reasons.
Fires are allowed on the campsite and visitors can access as much firewood as they like from anywhere within the property. Dogs are also permitted in the park, so long as they are well behaved and on a leash at all times. In terms of amenities, there are eight flushing toilets, a urinal and six showers available that are cleaned regularly. You also don’t need to worry about bringing toilet paper as it’s provided to all residents for free. At the main campsite, there’s a kiosk where you can buy basic necessities, and LPG gas and ice can be ordered in advance.
4x4 at Rover Park
Now for the fun stuff! The 4WD tracks at Rover Park are well maintained and signposted by the owners and have a myriad of tracks available depending on your 4WD experience (easy to extreme). Keep in mind though that when it rains, the grading can change dramatically, so a bit of common sense goes a long way.
New tracks are being made on a regular basis and the park caters for almost all kinds of 4WD vehicles. There’s a small playground near the main campgrounds where you can test your vehicle’s flex and tuck before venturing into the wild. While the tracks aren’t very long, there’s plenty of them so you certainly won’t get bored! Next to the 4WD tracks is a dedicated motorbike area with various tracks for dirt bikes and quads.
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A great place for the whole family
Rover Park is a family friendly 4WD and motorbike park that ticks all the boxes and definitely worth a weekend visit if you haven’t been before. Always remember that it’s extremely important to come to 4WD parks prepared for your entire stay. It’s advised to bring extra petrol or diesel with you, as some service stations in quiet country towns are closed on the weekends.
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