Danjera Dam is about about an hour drive west from Nowra and lies tucked away in an isolated and scenic canyon. The drive to the camping ground is spectacular and offers a full immersion into pristine dry sclerophyll woodland, and wet sclerophyll forest as you descend into the gorge. The road can be fairly rough in some spots but are still manageable for cars without 4WD capabilities. Be sure to keep your eyes pealed for Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Euros and Brown Quails as they make their quick darts across the road! Once you cross the bridge over Yalwal Creek you have arrived at the destination.
The campgrounds which are scattered around the dam are all completely free. The campgrounds offer basic facilities such as drop toilets and campsite fires so ensure you come prepared with full camping gear! The dam itself is great for a swim or a kayak. Even paddle boarders have taken to the expansive beauty of this location. Towards the drainage end of the dam there is a wonderfully scenic waterfall which flows into Yalwal Creek. There are various fire trails and bush walking tracks which are also worth exploring.
Being surrounded by wilderness, Danjera dam has an abundance of wildlife. In the morning an afternoon, the camping sites are greeted with flocks of countless different bird species. From Bowerbirds to Fairy Wrens and Whistlers. Grey Shrike Thrush seem to be quite common around the woodland areas as well. Yalwal Creek has sandy banks which makes this a prime breeding area for Eastern Water Dragons. Also be sure to spotlight at night as the dam is home to beautiful frog species such as the Southern Stoney Creek Frog. The male Stony Creek Frogs turn a brilliant yellow colour during the warmer months and can be found on the more rocky sections of the creek and dam. The creek is home to Southern Stream Frogs (hint: they love to hang out on the Lomandra!). The water itself is teeming with aquatic life. There are multiple species of native fish present such as Common Jollytails, Gudgeons and Australian Smelt.
Comment below if you have experience this wonderful campground, especially if you have witnessed any wildlife which I have not mentioned!
1. Yalwal Camping Area
2. Toorooroo Campgrounds
3. Danjera Dam waterfall
4. Yalwal Creek bridge