Abercrombie River National Park

Camping

Campgrounds

Bummaroo Ford campground (15 sites)

Wheelchair access: medium

  • Assistance may be required to access this area
  • A wheelchair-accessible toilet is planned for 2013

Get away from city life at the riverside Bummaroo Ford campground. This family-friendly camping spot is the only place in Abercrombie River National Park where you can bring your caravan or trailer.

Take a hike along the Abercrombie River, but take your swimmers with you – when the weather’s warm and the water levels are high, you’ll definitely want to take a dip. It’s also a great place for paddling if you’ve got a canoe or kayak.

During the spring, the beautiful golden wattles and red and yellow callistemons (bottlebrushes) along the river come into flower, bringing feeding birds with them. It’s certainly a time of new life around here – it’s also the season you’ll hear frogs singing by the water. All year round, you’re likely to see kangaroos and wallabies near the campsite. Sit quietly by the waterholes at dusk and you might also see a platypus.

Activities: walking, mountain biking, motor vehicle use, paddling, swimming, fishing, birdwatching, picnicking, playing and socialising

Getting there: Bummaroo Ford campground is in the eastern precinct of Abercrombie River National Park. To get there:

  • Follow Abercrombie Road
  • The campground is situated where the road crosses Abercrombie River, 74km south of Oberon.

Facilities: non-flush toilets

Bookings: Bookings are not available for this campground.

Contact: Oberon, Phone: 02 6336 1972

Silent Creek campground (8 sites)

With its large, grassy river flats shaded by casuarinas and protected by a rocky cliff, Silent Creek campground is popular with groups, especially 4WD clubs. Accessible only with a 4WD vehicle, it’s a great spot from where to explore the park’s fire trails that traverse eucalypt forests. Head north and you can give it some along the ridges.

During drought, Silent Creek can become dry, but you can walk along its banks to get to Abercrombie River, where there are plenty of deep waterholes for swimming and canoeing. Bring your fishing line and try your luck at catching some of the trout that live in the river.

The warmer months are beautiful at Silent Creek. During spring, all the wildflowers start to bloom, including the yellow acacias. At dusk, the frogs start to call out. And you can nearly always spot some kangaroos and wallabies around the campground, as well as emus if you’re lucky.

Activities: walking, mountain biking, motor vehicle use, paddling, swimming, fishing, birdwatching, picnicking, playing and socialising

Getting there: Silent Creek campground is in the southern precinct of Abercrombie River National Park. To get there:

  • Head south along Abercrombie Road (also called Tablelands Way) from Oberon for 32km
  • 9km past Black Springs, turn right onto Isabella Road.
  • Travel 25km through Vulcan State Forest on Blue Road to Arkstone Park
  • Head down Abercrombie fire trail to Silent Creek campground

Facilities: non-flush toilets, fire rings (bring your own firewood)

Venue hire: See details

Bookings: Bookings are not available for this campground.

The Beach (5 sites)

Looking for somewhere well away from everyone else to take the family for a few days break? The Beach – not surprisingly, given the name – is a campground on a stretch of sand by the water. Shaded by casuarinas, it’s sheltered by a wall of rock deep in the valley.

It’s a short stroll upstream from the campground to a deep waterhole that’s great for swimming or fishing for trout. Take the opportunity while you’re here to explore Abercrombie River National Park in your 4WD or bring your mountain bike if you’re feeling energetic – the fire trails are rarely used, so are perfect for keen cyclists.

Wallabies and kangaroos are often seen hanging around The Beach and, although sightings are never guaranteed, platypuses live in waterholes along the river. They’re best spotted either as the sun rises or sets. If you’re here during spring – a beautiful time to visit Abercrombie River – look for the pretty yellow and red pea flowers (also called bacon and egg flowers) and the beautifully scented white blooms of the tea tree.

Activities: walking, mountain biking, motor vehicle use, paddling, swimming, fishing, birdwatching, fossicking, picnicking, playing and socialising

Getting there: The Beach is in the southern precinct of Abercrombie River National Park. To get there:

  • Take Abercrombie Road south from Oberon for 32km
  • 9km past Black Springs, turn right onto Isabella Road.
  • Travel 25km through Vulcan State Forest on Blue Road to Arkstone Road
  • Follow Arkstone Road to Abercrombie River fire trail
  • Take the steep trail down to the campground (low 4WD recommended)

Facilities: non-flush toilets, fire rings (bring your own firewood)

Venue hire: See details

Bookings: Bookings are not available for this campground.

The Sink campground (5 sites)

Load up the 4WD and set off on an adventure to The Sink campground. Pitch your tent or trailer beside Retreat River and spend a glorious few days bushwalking, trout fishing, and swimming.

If you’re a wildlife fan, all you have to do is sit quietly and wait. Wallabies, kangaroos, and emus will rustle in the bushes and could spring out at any time. Make sure you look up too – 60 species of birds, including wedge-tailed eagles, can be spotted in these skies. Quiet, lucky visitors may also be rewarded with the sight of a platypus in the waterholes at dawn or dusk, a rare and special treat indeed.

This very tranquil spot among Argyle apple and tea trees is also a great place to recharge the batteries before heading out for some adrenaline-filled 4WDing, paddling on the river, or swimming in the Retreat River’s cool waters.

Activities: camping, fishing, swimming

Getting there: The Sink campground is in the southern precinct of Abercrombie River National Park. To get there:

  • Take Tablelands Way/Abercrombie Road south from Oberon for 32km
  • Turn right onto Isabella Road, 9km past Black Springs.
  • Travel 25km through Vulcan State Forest on Blue Road to Arkstone Road
  • Travel down Abercrombie fire trail to The Retreat trail turn-off
  • Drive carefully down the steep track to the campground

Facilities: non-flush toilets, fire rings (bring your own firewood)

Bookings: Please contact the Oberon park office on (02) 6336 1972.

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