The CampKings Crew were looking for a little gem of a campground close to Sydney and around the North West, and we discovered Cattai Campground. It didn’t take much convincing for the CampKings Crew to decide to embark on another #GTFO adventure and try it out. Located in North West Sydney, Cattai campground is located in the Cattai Farm section of Cattai National Park. This campground is a great place for a weekend getaway with family and friends, and it is a good place to stop with your camper-van or camper trailer if you are on a camp | drive tour.
The #GTFO Experience
The way into Cattai is suitable for all vehicles, including motorcycles, and it is accessible in all weather. Within 60 minutes the crew had set up with the MEGA KIT EasyTarp and it was time to enjoy a couple of glasses of red wine and a game of twilight Bocce. The campgrounds are a fair way up the Hawkesbury river and as a result, there is really no great fishing to be had here, but the river does make for a great, muddy playground for the kids and also, if you have a kayak or paddle board the river is perfect for these! As the sun set, the CampKings Crew got the campfire going, went for a hot shower and then we kicked back alongside the swamp wallabies and Eastern Grey Kangaroos that frequent the area daily to enjoy the nightly sky show beneath billions of stars. Dinner on this overnight #GTFO was a good old Aussie BBQ with steak, sausages and mashed potato.
The mornings are quite amazing with the first chime of whip-birds and bellbirds, the sun climbs over the shaded camping ground to welcome in another day.
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HOW DO I GET THERE?
Cattai National Park is a great place to visit all year round. To get there, take Cattai Road or Wisemans Ferry Road to the park. Look for the park turnoff sign and follow this unsealed dirt road to the end. This road is suited to 2WD | AWD and 4WD vehicles and camper-vans and trailers are fine.
WHAT CAN I SEE & DO THERE?
Canoeing and kayaking
Visit Cattai Homestead
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
You should bring your Tent and Tarp set up (sites are not marked) - camper-trailer and camper-vans are also welcome. Bring fire-wood, drinking water, marshmallows, bocce and cricket set and paddle boards
WHAT DID WE RATE?
Massive open spaces and great, flat camp sites. Also the amenities are well maintained and being right next to the Hawkesbury River is awesome
WHAT WAS NOT SO GREAT?
Little "grass bugs" that come out at night so stay in the light and you'll be fine!
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
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- NPWS Rangers conduct regular visits to this camping area
- Free electric barbecues
- Sites are NOT powered
- You can camp next to vehicle
- Flush Toilets / Hot showers are available
- Road access is by sealed and gravel road with a gate at the entry
- Park entry fees apply and are NOT included in camping fees
- Suitable for tents, camper trailers or camper-vans
- There is mobile reception
- Pets are not permitted
- Water is available at this campground
- Remember to treat or boil all water taken from creeks in the park
- You can swim in the River
- Firewood is not supplied
- Collecting firewood in the park is not permitted
- Picnic shelter is available for hire
- Cattai is open 7.30am to 6:30pm (EDST) & 7:30am – 5:00pm at other times
- Check in after 9:00am. Check out before 12:00pm
- Please drop your rubbish in the bins provided with you when you leave
Cattai National Park, including the campground is locked overnight. An emergency after-hours gate code will be issued with your reservation confirmation. Please see visitor info for more information
CAMPKINGS CAMPGROUND TRIVIA
Cattai National Park is the traditional Country of the Darug people. The park's landscape, including the river provided a rich source of food, medicine, shelter and tools for the Aboriginal people who travelled through the area. The park protects a number of ancient Aboriginal sites that are evidence of the Darug people's ancient connection to the land, you may find axe grinding grooves on rocks as well as rock engravings and art.
Cattai National Park lies within the Cumberland Plain, an important land system near Sydney that has been impacted by agricultural processes and urban development. Mitchell Park is significant because it contains much of its original vegetation, including paper bark, red gum, stringy bark, grey gum and cabbage gums. The area is also quite significant as it includes a parcel of land granted to First Fleet assistant surgeon Thomas Arndell and is still intact. Cattai Farm and the surrounding area was home to seven generations of Arndell's, with the land remaining with descendants of Thomas Arndell for about 180 years.
Today, several historic sites invite observation and journeying into the past; Arndell's 1821 homestead, convict-built walls and roads, grain silos and ruins of a windmill believed to be Australia's oldest industrial building.
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