Ladies Well, Chichester State Forest – The Hidden Gem

Everyone needs an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, and Ladies Well in the Chichester State Forest could be the perfect solution for you.

Situated in the Lower Barrington Tops, it is only a short 2 hours drive (approx.) from Newcastle or 3.5 hours from Sydney. This may seem like a lot if you aren’t used to day trips, however you will be pleasantly surprised by how picturesque the scenery is that the travel time won’t bother you.

Ladies Well, Chichester State Forest | Barrington Tops | waterfalls

Camping at Ladies Well – Allyn River Camp Ground

On your way there, you will pass the notorious ‘Boot Hill’, where you will find hundreds (possibly thousands) of sneakers, thongs, boots, skis, bras, singlets and anything else you can imagine tied to the fence and hung in the tree. Make sure you stop and soak it in, it’s not something you get to see everything day!

Ladies Well, Chichester State Forest | Barrington Tops | boot hill

Ladies Well, Chichester State Forest | Barrington Tops | boot hill
As you continue along the dirt road you will pass cows, some horses and other wildlife, but mostly more cows. After seeing the picture perfect countryside you will probably be expecting Ladies Well camping area (Allyn River Camp Ground) to be spectacular and I’ll be honest, it isn’t bad but it is nothing flash.

Ladies Well, Chichester State Forest | Barrington Tops | country roads

The Allyn River Camp Ground is a FREE camping ground with a few bins, long drops and campfire sites. But when you are camping what more could you possibly need?

Check out these other Chichester State Forest camping spots.

Chichester State Forest – Ladies Well in all its glory

Ladies Well, Chichester State Forest | Barrington Tops | Entrance to waterfalls

This serene hideaway is a gorgeous spot for families, couples and campers to enjoy the fresh water and soak in the sun. As soon as you park, you can hear the water cascading over the falls and you immediately feel like you are a million miles from civilisation. It is the best feeling in the world.

Ladies Well, Chichester State Forest | Barrington Tops | waterfalls

Swimming at Ladies Well is not for the faint hearted, while it is clean fresh water, it is freezing all year round. I don’t mean mildly chilly, I mean cold. But if you are fearless, a little bit nuts or a thrill seeker, you will have the time of your life jumping, flipping and diving into the deep pools.

Ladies Well, Chichester State Forest | Barrington Tops | waterfalls
If relaxing and soaking up the sun is more your style, you have plenty of warm rocks to choose from where you can enjoy watching everyone have the time of their lives!

Ladies Well Chichester State Forest | Barrington Tops | man sitting and watching waterfalls

Other things you should know

Chichester State Forest in the Barrington Tops offers something for everyone. If you love bushwalking, swimming, fishing or camping – you will love the Chichester State Forest. 4WD enthusiasts will find the best times to come 4wding are from October to May as June to September most tracks tend to be closed.

There are a number of other great spots for visitors to explore while they are in the Chichester State Forest. These include: Allyn River Forest Rest Area, Peach Tree, Old Camp, White Rock, Mount Allyn, Dobbie Rim and Pademelon.

Ladies Well Chichester State Forest | Barrington Tops | waterfalls

For more information on these and the facilities that they have to offer, visit the Forestry Corporation website.

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If an escape is what you are after, Ladies Well in the Chichester State Forest is the answer!


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16 Comments

  1. 02/01/2017 / 9:17 am

    It’s a great spot – we’re going this weekend!

    • 02/01/2017 / 11:47 pm

      Awesome!! Are you camping or just heading for a day trip?

  2. 02/01/2017 / 9:39 am

    You’ve hit on something in this post for me – what stops me about day trips is the travel time vs the time spent at a place! I gotta get over that…

    • 02/01/2017 / 9:40 am

      I should add – that’s because I’m the sole driver and while I find driving useful, I don’t really enjoy it as such so it feels like more ‘bad’ time than ‘good’ on day trip.

    • 02/01/2017 / 11:42 pm

      We have always been big on road trips / day trips and just general exploring so time doesn’t worry us too much but this particular drive has so much beauty to be seen.

  3. Kate
    02/01/2017 / 10:17 am

    looks beautiful!

    • 02/01/2017 / 11:36 pm

      It is fantastic Melissa! Beautiful to even just sit and soak in.

  4. Kerrie Doherty
    25/03/2017 / 12:15 pm

    Is it caravan friendly or just tent looks like my kind of camping

  5. Jaca
    03/04/2017 / 6:29 pm

    What a beautiful place to visit in NSW! It looks so lovely, relaxing, and peaceful, even as I just look at the photos. xx

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