Wollemi National Park

Backpack Camping

Wollemi National Park is an extremely rugged environment. If you are planning overnight walks in wilderness areas you need to ensure that at least one of your party is an experienced navigator who knows the chosen route. Always carry maps, compass and first aid kit, and know how to use them. Do not rely on mobile phones in remote areas. Always advise someone of your route, destination and expected return dates, and let them know when you get back. For more information check the park safety and water, safety and supplies pages.

Campgrounds for overnight walkers

Colo Meroo campground

The Colo River at Colo Meroo, Wollemi National Park (Image: Chris Woods/OEH)At Colo Meroo campground, you can pitch your tent on grassy flats just 100m from the beautiful Colo river. Pop your billy on the wood barbie and settle in for a magnificent night sky showing.  

While the Colo is often described as a ‘wild’ river, this is more to do with it being a haven for an abundance of plants and animals. The tranquil waters and tributaries that flow through here are part of the most extensive sandstone canyon system in eastern Australia. This pristine catchment area, an important place for local Aboriginal custodians, is one of Wollemi National Park's highlights.  

The facilities at this campground are basic, but the backdrop of striking sandstone cliffs and ambient river soundtrack make for a priceless experience.

Activities: walking, fishing, picnicking, playing and socialising

Getting there: Colo Meroo campground is in the southeast precinct of Wollemi National Park. The campground can only be accessed by foot. To get there:

  • From Bells Line of Road, turn into Mountain Lagoon Road at Bilpin
  • Turn left at Sams Way and left again when you see the National Parks and Wildlife Service sign
  • Follow Gospers Ridge Trail approximately 4km to the end
  • From here the walk is approximately 8km to the campground

Alternatively, if starting upstream from Upper Colo Road:

  • This 2.5km walking track crosses private property so please leave the gates as you find them
  • Please ensure you stay on the marked walking route into Colo Meroo

Alternatively, if starting from Bob Turners track:

  • Walk downstream along the Colo River (around 11km once you reach the river)

Road access: Unsealed road/trail - 2WD vehicles. Dry weather only.

Facilities: wood barbecues (bring your own firewood), non-flush toilets

Water supply: remember to treat or boil all water taken from creeks in the park.

Contact: Richmond, Phone: 02 4588 2400

Deep Pass camping area

Deep Pass camping area, Wollemi National Park (Image: Neil Stone/DECCW)Deep Pass camping area is an attractive, grassy flat nestled between pagoda rock formations and low cliffs. The camping area is close to a small canyon which you can explore on a short walk upstream along the fern-lined Nayook Creek. If you head downstream you can see Split Rock. The camping area can accommodate up to 40 people.

Aboriginal sites occur in the area, and visitors are asked to avoid disturbing artefacts or rock art. Fires are permitted in existing fire pits only, and not allowed in rock overhangs.

Activities: walking

Getting there: Deep Pass camping area is accessible by both Deep Pass North (15 minutes) and South (30 minutes) walking tracks. The track heads are accessed via rough, unmaintained gravel roads in Newnes State Forest. You will need a map to navigate to the track heads since signs in the state forest are often missing. Deep Pass North track is the best access track to the camping area.

Road access: Unsealed road/trail -

Facilities: non-flush toilets

Water supply: water is available from the adjoining Nayook Creek and is fairly reliable, however remember to treat or boil all water taken from creeks in the park.

Bookings: no bookings are required, although school and commercial groups require permission.

Contact: Blue Mountains (Blackheath), Phone: (02) 4787 8877