Blue Mountains National Park

Camping

General information on camping in national parks

Camping. (Image: J.Winter/DECC)It's a good idea to pack a gas or liquid fuel stove for camping trips in national parks. Wood and solid fuel fires are not permitted in some parks, and although you'll find open fireplaces in many campgrounds, firewood may not be supplied. In many parks it's forbidden to collect firewood from the bush

In parks where campfires are allowed, make sure you completely extinguish all fires before leaving an area or going to bed. A small amount of glowing embers can start a huge bushfire. Heavy fines may apply if campfires or other unshielded flames are left unattended

Please don't feed native animals - it can damage their health and make them dependent on campers for food. To avoid attracting scavengers, store food and garbage in a secure container. Find out more about the dangers of feeding native animals: how it can affect them, their behaviour and you. See other ways to tread softly when you camp.

Campgrounds

Acacia Flat campground (30 sites)

If you’re pitching your tent at Acacia Flat campground, you can give yourself a big hug. You’ve joined a rare breed of intrepid campers who have walked into the Grose Valley in one of the most secluded wilderness areas in the Blue Mountains.

Accessed by walking tracks from either Perrys lookdown or Pierces Pass, you’ll camp amongst the rough barked apple and stringybarks. While you’re boiling up the billy, try adding a gum leaf before you sit back and soak up the vibes of the biggest eucalypt factory on the planet.  When all that fresh air and walking has you ready for bed, crawl into your tent and fall asleep to the whispers of the bush.

If you’re a birdwatcher, the nearby Blue Gum Forest is a haven for birds and wildlife. There’s a lot to see, so be sure to pack binoculars and keep an eye above as kestrels and wedge-tailed eagles often surf the thermals near the cliffs.

Activities: walking, birdwatching, picnicking, playing and socialising

Getting there: Acacia Flat campground is in the northern precinct of Blue Mountains National park. Located in Govett Gorge, the campground can only be accessed by foot. To get there:

From Perrys lookdown:

  • Take the Great Western Highway to Blackheath
  • Turn east into Hat Hill Road and follow the signs to Perrys lookdown
  • Leave the car here and follow the challenging Perrys lookdown to Blue Gum Forest walking track 
  • From Blue Gum Forest follow the signs to Acacia Flat campground.

Alternatively, if starting from Pierces Pass:

  • From Bells Line Road, turn west into Pierces Pass Road between Mount Wilson Road and Mount Banks Road
  • Follow to the end and leave the car here
  • Follow Pierces Pass to Blue Gum Forest walking track 
  • From Blue Gum Forest follow the signs to Acacia Flat campground.

Facilities: non-flush toilets, trackhead/access point

Water supply: Boil all water from the Grose River or Govetts Creek for at least 3 minutes before drinking

Bookings: Bookings are not available at Acacia Flat campground. For more information please contact Blue Mountains (Blackheath) visitor centre.

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

Burralow Creek camping ground (35 sites)

Burralow is a beautiful picnic and camping area - so close to Sydney yet so far away. Set in a grassed open area among the scribbly gums this campground is ideally suited to families or small groups. Look out for the rare giant dragonfly on the Bulcamatta Falls convict walking track (one hour return; easy grade).

You'll need to bring drinking water and firewood with you - gathering native vegetation is strictly prohibited as it is valuable habitat for wildlife. You can buy firewood from local service stations at Richmond, North Richmond or Kurmond. Please take all garbage when you leave.

Getting there: From Kurrajong Heights, take the fire trail off Burralow Road (4WD only). From Bilpin, take the Patterson Range Fire Trail (also strictly 4WD only). Please drive carefully on the winding fire trails leading to the camping area. Burralow is roughly 90 minutes from Sydney.

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

Contact: Richmond, Phone: 02 4588 2400

Euroka campground (40 sites)

Wheelchair access: medium

Assistance may be required to access this area

Bennetts Ridge campsite, in Euroka, Blue Mountains National Park (Image: A Hutchings)If you’re after a truly authentic Australian experience, pack up your camping gear and head to the Euroka campground, near Glenbrook on the eastern side of the park, right near the beautiful Nepean River.

Whether you’re into camping or glamping, unwind in the company of the majestic eucalyptus trees and a range of birds, like cockatoos and parrots. It's the perfect accompaniment to a great weekend getaway.

There are so many things to explore, so it’s a great place for a family camping trip. You can take in the breathtaking landscapes at the Tunnel View lookout, give your legs a good workout on the Red Hands Cave track, and try mountain biking along Oaks firetrail.

There’s plenty to see and do whilst staying at the Euroka campground, but the first thing to do is choose your campsite for the weekend.

See a map of Euroka's camping areas (PDF - 75KB).

Activities: walking, mountain biking, birdwatching

Location:  shown on Glenbrook map

Getting there: Euroka campground is in the Glenbrook precinct of Blue Mountains National Park. To get there:

  • Take the Great Western Highway to Glenbrook
  • Turn off at Ross Street, opposite Glenbrook Oval and follow it to the end
  • Turn left into Burfitt Parade, which becomes Bruce Road
  • The campground is 4.2km past the park entry gates

Facilities: picnic tables, wood barbecues (bring your own firewood), non-flush toilets, carpark, trackhead/access point

Toilets: The campground has pit toilets, but flush toilets are also available at the ranger station - at the park entrance.

Water supply: You can bring your own drinking water, or fill up from a tap near the ranger station (at the park entrance).

Online bookings: use a secure payment facility to book online

Alternatively, please contact the Customer Experience Team on 13000 PARKS (13000 72757) to make a booking.

NB: All reservations incur a booking fee of 2.5% in addition to the total amount payable.

Contact: Richmond, Phone: 02 4588 2400

Bennetts Ridge campsite, in Euroka, Blue Mountains National Park (Image: A Hutchings)Bennetts Ridge campsite, in Euroka, Blue Mountains National Park (Image: A Hutchings)Bennetts Ridge campsite, in Euroka, Blue Mountains National Park (Image: A Hutchings)

Ingar campground (9 sites)

Ingar campground in Blue Mountains National Park (Image: Arthur Henry/DECCW)Soothe those frazzled city nerves with a quick getaway to Ingar campground on Kings Tableland, near Wentworth Falls. The Ingar trail leads to this picturesque campsite nestled amongst the scribbly gums.

Kickstart your kids’ love of the Australian bush with a heap of family friendly options, including mountain biking and walking. The nearby dam on Ingar Creek is perfect for swimming, paddling and liloing. If you’re lucky, there might be an eastern water dragon sunning itself on the creek bank.

After a barbecue dinner, get out the torch and look for the local nightlife. You might see sugar gliders, possums and bandicoots. Then it’s time to toast marshmallows over your campfire before settling, exhausted but happy, into your tent.

Activities: walking, mountain biking, paddling, sailing, motor boating, liloing, swimming, birdwatching, picnicking, playing and socialising

Location:  shown on Woodford map

Getting there: Ingar campground is in the southern precinct of Blue Mountains National Park. To get there:

  • Turn off the Great Western Highway at Wentworth Falls at Tableland Road
  • Drive for 1.6km, then turn left onto Elizabeth Drive.
  • The Ingar fire trail starts at the end of Queen Elizabeth Drive
  • Follow the unsealed road for approximately 9.5km, taking the left fork near the end of the trail.

Facilities: picnic tables, non-flush toilets, carpark, wood barbecues (bring your own firewood), trackhead/access point

Water supply: Bring you own water otherwise there is a dam on a creek. Treat or boil this water before drinking.

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

Mount Werong campground

The Colong region is one of the most diverse in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage area. Discover a rugged landscape rich in tall forests, wildlife, rock types and both Aboriginal and European heritage. Mount Werong campground is a great base to explore by 4WD, on foot or mountain bike, and a popular destination for history buffs and families alike.

The nearby stone hut harks back to early pioneering life, and you can explore old mine remnants along Ruby Creek walking track. Discover the mining history of nearby Yerranderie Private Town along 4WD Oberon Colong historic stock route.

The Colong area is the traditional lands of the Gundungurra people and is rich with evidence of occupation including Aboriginal rock art sites, historic campsites and grinding grooves.At night, settle in around the campfire and enjoy an evening beneath a blanket of stars. You might hear the cry of the powerful owl echoing through the darkness.

Activities: astronomy and star gazing, birdwatching, picnicking, playing and socialising, camping

Getting there: Mount Werong campground is in the southern precinct of Blue Mountains National Park. To get there:

  • Start at Oberon on Edith Road, then turn right after 8km onto Butter Factory Lane, which leads onto Shooters Hill Road.
  • Turn left onto Mount Werong Road (also known as Colong Oberon historic stock route) and follow this unsealed road for approx 10km from the entrance to the park.

NB: No immediate access to/from Sydney, only via Goulburn/Oberon areas:

  • Please note no access is available from Sydney's west through Burragorang Valley from East Picton/Oakdale, and there is no access through the valley from the west, in an easterly direction from Yerranderie. Schedule 1 protected water catchment access restrictions ensure Sydney’s water quality and prevent any access through this area.
  • Please be aware that many commercially available online mapping and GPS navigation devices do not have this information listed within, and following these without first programming Goulburn or Oberon as an initial destination will cause navigational issues.

Facilities: picnic tables, fire rings (bring your own firewood), carpark, lookout, trackhead/access point, wood barbecues (bring your own firewood), non-flush toilets, drinking water

Bookings: Contact the Blue Mountains NPWS office on (02) 4787 8877

No bookings are taken for this campground.

Contact: Oberon, Phone: 02 6336 1972

Murphys Glen campground (5 sites)

Fire/closure alerts currently apply to this location. See details below.

Murphys Glen campground in Blue Mountains National Park (Image: Arthur Henry/DECCW)When it's time to swap the noise of the city for the sounds of the bush, pack up the car and head for the hills – Blue Mountains National Park to be precise. Rustic Murphys Glen campground, only a short drive from Sydney, is the perfect getaway for independent campers who like to escape the city for a weekend.

Pitch the tent among the tall forest of blue gums and towering turpentines that surround this campsite. There's space for family and friends at this spacious campground. When you're ready to explore, a short walking track will take you to several small pools, and another leads to Murphys lookout.

As the shadows lengthen, cook up a feast around the campfire and watch the night sky fill with stars. Enjoy the sounds of the local nightlife with possums, sugar gliders and bats making a delightful racket.

Activities: camping

Location:  shown on Woodford map

Getting there: Murphys Glen campground is in the central precinct of Blue Mountains National Park. To get there:

  • From Great Western Highway at Woodford, turn onto Appian Way, cross the railway bridge, and turn right at Railway Parade.
  • Follow Appian Way until you reach Bedford Road
  • A short drive down Bedford Road, you'll pass a gate. Drive for 7km to reach Murphys Glen campground.

Facilities: non-flush toilets, wood barbecues (bring your own firewood), fire rings (bring your own firewood), trackhead/access point

Water supply: Bring you own water. Otherwise there is a small seasonal creek that may be flowing and a small dam downstream. Treat or boil this water before drinking.

Contact: Richmond, Phone: 02 4588 2400

Contact: Blue Mountains (Glenbrook), Phone: 02 4739 2950 (Infoline only)


Events, activities and alerts at this location
Closure

Murphys Glen campground

Murphys Glen campground is closed until further notice. This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. Penalties apply for non-complianceFor more information, please contact Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page.

Perrys lookdown campground (5 sites)

You’ll be pitching your tent on a prime spot at Perrys lookdown campground on the western edge of Blue Mountains National Park. Take in the inspiring views of the famous Blue Gum Forest from Perrys lookdown as you whisper a thank you to the bushwalkers of the 1930s. They bought and reclaimed this magnificent stand of towering eucalypts for future generations.

Gaze across the heath-covered plateaus to the huge sandstone walls of Mount Banks rising majestically from the dense forests below. Be sure to bring your binoculars for a closer view of the cliffs as well as birdlife including the colourful king parrots and crimson rosellas.

If you’re keen to get down to Blue Gum Forest in the Grose Valley, there’s the nearby challenging Perrys lookdown to Blue Gum Forest walking track.

Activities: walking, birdwatching, picnicking, playing and socialising

Location:  shown on Blackheath map

Getting there: Perrys lookdown campground is in the northern precinct of Blue Mountains National park. To get there:

  • Take the Great Western Highway to Blackheath
  • Turn east into Hat Hill Road and follow the signs to Perrys lookdown.

Facilities: non-flush toilets, carpark, lookout, trackhead/access point

Bookings: No booking is required

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

Camping: events and activities

Commercial activity

Australian School of Mountaineering

ASM is Australia's longest established and most experienced adventure school and guiding company. ASM is based in the Blue Mountains, one of the world's most outstanding wilderness areas, containing thousands of square kilometres of rainforest, canyons, plateaus and sandstone cliff-line.

We offer a huge range of the finest guided adventures, tours and outdoor technical courses in abseiling, rockclimbing, canyoning, and wilderness navigation, all conducted in the spectacular Blue Mountains, as well as mountaineering and snow camping in the Snowy Mountains in winter.

More info: Australian School of Mountaineering, Phone: 02 4782 2014 (international +612 4782 2014)

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Commercial activity

Blue Mountains Adventure Company

Canyoning in the Blue Mountains (Wollemi National Park)One hundred kilometres west of Sydney lies one of nature's most magnificent creations, the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains.

Endless stretches of sandstone cliffs, dramatic waterfalls and hidden canyons make up a landscape of stunning natural beauty. It provides a fantastic environment for the thrilling adventure activities of abseiling, canyoning, rock climbing, mountain biking and bushwalking - a lifetime's worth of adventuring is to be had in Sydney's beautiful backyard.

Blue Mountains Adventure Company (BMAC) was established in the Blue Mountains in 1984 as a specialist abseiling and rock climbing school. A few years later later BMAC became Australia's first licensed canyoning tour operator.

Our guides are highly qualified, experienced and safety conscious and mighty friendly. Our adventures still run for small groups, so you get the attention and experience you deserve. We'll run most of our expeditions for two or more people on any day. Tours are available all year round (except Christmas and Boxing Day.)

Visit our website or call us anytime to find out more.

More info: Blue Mountains Adventure Company, Phone: 02 4782 1271 (international +612 4782 1271)

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River Deep Mountain High

Remote canyonSee Aboriginal sites, wildlife, cliffs and chasms, remote locations, enjoy country-style meals and learn from specialist local guides.

We provide an amazing array of adventure programs and activities, including bushwalking (hiking), abseiling (rappelling), canyoning, rock climbing, mountain biking, 4WD tours and photo safaris. These can be offered as stand-alone products or in combination e.g. abseiling and canyoning.

Programs range from half a day to full days and beyond. Overnight and multi-day guided hikes are available, some with vehicle support. Private tours and safaris depart from Sydney, with quality camping in our exclusive Blue Mountains Safari Camp.

More info: River Deep Mountain High, Phone: 02 4782 6109 (international +612 4782 6109)

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Commercial activity

Simmo's Offroad Tours

Simmo's Offroad Tours is based in the central west of New South Wales, offering 4WD-based eco tours catering for small groups.

Simmo's 4WD Tours are perfect for couples, families, or small groups of friends; they provide private charter scenic 4WD tours, winery tours, 4WD tag-a-long tours and fully-catered overnight camping adventures.

More info: Simmo's Offroad Tours, Phone: 0415 641 343 (international +61415 641 343)

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Spirit Safaris

Outback & Wilderness ToursAustralian Outback & Wilderness Tours

One-day and extended small group tours in 4WD vehicles.

Private eco tours visit remote wilderness, Aboriginal rock art sites and wild nature.

More info: Spirit Safaris, Phone: 1300 763 188 (International +61417244600)

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Commercial activity

Sydney Coast Walks

Walking in Royal National Park with Sydney Coast WalksSydney Coast Walks are the Sydney walking people. With some of the city's best natural beauty only accessible on foot, Sydney Coast Walks provides expertly guided half day, full day and overnight hiking adventures through Sydney Harbour and Royal National Parks, enabling guests to reconnect with nature in Australia's largest city. Small groups, maximum 12 guests, for a better walking experience.

Sydney Harbour National Park Walking Tours

Royal National Park Walking Tours

  • Jibbon Aboriginal Tour Learn the traditions of the Dharawal Aboriginal people, view thousand-year-old rock carvings and listen to Dreaming stories.
  • Marley Explore Royal's majestic sandstone coastline on a full day walk.
  • Wattamolla (Coast Track) Discover awe-inspiring views and fascinating history as you hike the iconic Coast Track. Enjoy a fully catered and supported camping experience.

When: year-round. Bookings essential.

More info: Sydney Coast Walks, Phone: 02 8521 7423 (international +612 8521 7423)

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The Collaroy Centre

The Collaroy Centre is owned and operated by The Salvation Army. We self fund our programs by providing quality facilities and programs for our guests. Every cent of profit from these programs is used to run activities and camps for the needy and marginalised of society.

The Collaroy Centre specialises in hiking expeditions for the Adventurous Journey component of the Duke of Edinburgh Award. We offer practice and qualifying hikes across Bronze, Silver and Gold levels in each of the school holidays, and can also customise trips specifically for your school or corporate group.

The Collaroy Centre is always focused on its clients, and all programs are tailored to specific needs and desired outcomes.

More info: The Collaroy Centre, Phone: 02 9982 9800 (international +612 9982 9800)

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The Outdoor Education Group

Bushwalking ProgramsThe Outdoor Education Group (OEG) is a unique, independent, not-for-profit organisation that provides experiential adventure-based learning programs to schools throughout NSW and Victoria. OEG runs programs in a diverse range of natural environments throughout NSW.

Our programs run from one day up to 30 days and offer activities such as bush walking, canoeing, rafting, cycling, snow shoeing and many more.

OEG envisages a world where more people respect and take responsibility for themselves, others and the natural world, and act to support positive relationships, healthy communities and the sustainability of life.

Our mission is to deliver excellence in outdoor education through partnerships with schools in order to prepare young people for the personal, social and environmental challenges in their lives.

More info: The Outdoor Education Group, Phone: 02 4869 6700 (international +612 4869 6700)

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