Morton National Park

Backpack Camping

In this park, you can carry your camping equipment into some areas that can't be reached by car - see this page for details. You usually won't be able to rely on facilities like toilets or fireplaces, and you'll need to take drinking water and a fuel stove with you.

Camping in remote bushland is an amazing experience - please don't leave anything behind that would stop others from enjoying it.

Backpack camping is permitted throughout most of the park (provided you camp more than 300m from roads).

Some locations are designated as backpack camping areas:

  • Gales Flat, below Meryla Pass, south east of Fitzroy Falls
  • Griffins Farm, on the Griffins Fire Trail at the western end of Kangaroo Valley
  • Jacks Corner, off Jacks Corner Road Kangaroo Valley
  • Sassafras, at the northern end of the Endrick River Fire Trail near Sassafras.

Other locations popular for backpack, or in some cases canoe camping, include clearings on the Shoalhaven River below Long Point and Badgerys Spur, and clearings along Yalwal Creek, Lake Yarunga and the Shoalhaven River downstream from Tallowa dam.

Camping in remote bushland is an amazing experience - please don't leave anything behind that would stop others from enjoying it and always follow minimal impact walking and camping practices.

If you're planning an overnight or extended walk into remote areas, complete a journey intention form prior to departure.

The Budawangs

The Budawangs area is particularly popular with overnight walkers because of its dramatic scenery. It is a declared wilderness area and, to protect the environment, there are some restrictions on group sizes, camping locations, including camping in rock overhangs, and use of firewood. These are set out in the guidelines for walking in the Budawang Wilderness (PDF - 285KB). Please refer to these guidelines when planning your walk.

A permit is needed to camp at Cooyoyo Creek over the Easter and October long weekends.


The north eastern part of the Budawangs was formerly used for artillery training and contains live unexploded ordnance (UXO). Activities such as walking off-track, erecting tents, campfires and digging may cause a UXO to explode, and result in death or severe injury.

The artillery impact area is shown on the latest 1:25,000 topographic maps (third edition) and the map in the guidelines for walking in the Budawang Wilderness. Please refer to these maps as incorrect boundaries may be shown on other maps.

Within the artillery impact area, walkers must keep to vehicle trails or the Folly Point walking track and no off-track walking is permitted. Digging and campfires are not permitted along tracks. Camping may only occur at the Sassafras or Tianjara Link Road camping areas and campfires are only permitted at the Sassafras camping area.

The area south of the artillery impact area was also used for military training and potentially could have small amounts of UXO. Walkers are advised not to touch any military object and to report it to NSW Police.