Basket Swamp Falls
21 July 14
Looking for a fantastic place to play on a natural watercourse on a hot day? A visit to Basket Swamp Falls can include free-camping in the adjacent Boonoo State Forest as well as fresh-water fun in northern NSW.
Basket Swamp National Park is about 20km north of Tenterfield and part of the granite belt’s wondrous region of untouched beauty. The isolation of this national park — coupled with the lack of “proper” facilities — means that it remains underused and almost pristine.
Although it’s dirt, the track to Basket Swamp Falls is graded and suitable for all vehicles in dry weather. Although we planned to spend all day at the falls, the changing weather made me feel nervous. I didn’t want to get bogged on a muddy dirt road in the middle of nowhere — however beautiful it may be!
Instead of clambering down the rocks which were pretty slippery, we elected to take the short trek via a fire trail from the top of the falls to the bottom. The track is maintained for use by 4WD park-ranger vehicles and so is the equivalent of a very steep dirt road.
Driving along Lindrook Rd to and from the cascades, we spotted wallabies, kangaroos and colourful parrots. A longer stay in this isolated park would surely reveal more native wildlife although a large sign gave notice that regulated hunting is permitted in this location. I’d like to come back again when the weather is conducive for swimming, and I know the girls will agree!