5 best camping spots in and around Canberra

There’s an abundance of beautiful camping spots in and around Canberra that are both hidden gems and classic local spots for the avid camper and traveler to choose from.

To save you the hassle of researching which spot would suit you best, Canberra Weekly has put together our top five campsites with a range of breathtaking nature parks, caves, and rivers for you to enjoy.

As there’s many types of places you can pitch your tent or park your campervan, we’ve included both well-known campgrounds in reserves and national parks, along with off-the-beaten-track campsites in some of the most picturesque locations around the ACT region.


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Nestled right on the banks of the beautiful Murrumbidgee River, Cotter Campground is a classic spot in the ACT with its fantastic facilities, wide range of camping styles available, ideal location, and accessibility for people with disabilities. The campground is a great place to base yourself if you’re exploring the Brindabella Ranges, northern Namadgi Park, or the nearby Stromlo Forest Park. Frequent visitors to the campground include emus and kangaroos.

things to see

  • Moores Hill Lookout
  • Grasstree Lookout
  • Cotter Bend
  • Cotter Avenue
  • Casuarina Sands
  • Emus, kangaroos, wombats and, if you’re lucky, you may even see a platypus

things to do

  • Picnics and barbecues
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Walking tracks
  • Water sports
  • Wood fires
  • Nature watching

things to love

  • Electric and gas barbecues
  • Canoe and kayak entry point
  • Drinking water
  • Communal fireplace
  • Sheltered picnic tables
  • Showers
  • Toilets
  • Walking tracks
  • Wheelchair access
  • Wash-up facilities

Prices per night:

Concession $ 10

Senior $ 12

Adult $ 15

Children under 15 free

Location: 1691 Cotter Road, Stromlo ACT 2611

Maps: google.com/maps


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Image: Wee Jaspers Reserve

A perfect piece of paradise right along the Goodradigbee River, Wee Jasper Reserves offers four primitive camping reserves where you can stop, unwind and enjoy the serenity. Sitting alongside the famous Hume and Hovell Walking Track, immerse yourself in the stunning natural beauty of the area at either the Billy Grace Reserve, Fitzpatrick Trackhead Reserve, Swinging Bridge Reserve, or the Micalong Creek Reserve. If you’re wanting to have a more adventurous holiday, why not explore the spectacular Wee Jasper Caves with a guided outdoor adventure wild cave tour and learn about the rich cultural history of the land.

things to see

  • 56 species of native birds and readily spotted mammals and reptiles
  • Goodradigbee River
  • Hume and Hovel Walking Track starting at the Fitzpatrick Trackhead
  • Wee Jasper Caves

things to do

  • Stand-up paddle boarding
  • Bird watching
  • Bushwalking
  • Wild caving
  • Swimming
  • Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Cricket
  • Caving
  • Cheese making class

things to love

  • Suitable access for all vehicle types including coaches and large RVs
  • Small kiosk with groceries, ice, and gas refills at the Billy Grace Reserve Office
  • Rubbish compound

Prices:

Adult (over age of 16) – $ 17 per person, per night.

Child (4-15 years) – $ 4 per person, per night.

Infant (under 4 years) – Free, but must be registered on the booking.

Dog (any size or age) – Free, but must be register on the booking.

Day visitor & cave user (all types) – $ 2 per person, must be registered at Billy Grace Office.

Location: 5 Nottingham Road, Wee Jasper NSW 2582

Maps: google.com/maps


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Image: HipCamp.com.au

North-east of Tarago NSW, the Rural Views property comes highly rated on HipCamp with 96 per cent of people recommending this rural camping spot. Featuring native vegetation and spacious campsites, it is located in an ideal place for you to explore the surrounding national parks. With ultimate privacy, so many activities and places to explore, this expansive and beautiful piece of land is well worth a visit.

things to see

  • Sheep and horses on the property
  • An abundance of wildlife including kangaroos, wombats, possums, lizards, turtles, birds (including Wedgetail Eagles) and snakes
  • Bungonia National Park
  • Dam
  • Historic Loaded Dog Hotel
  • Goulburn’s Big Merino
  • Swimming spots within a 45-minute drive
  • Morton National Park
  • Oallen Ford
  • Shoalhaven River
  • Bomaderry Creek
  • Meroo National Park
  • Jervis Bay National Park

things to do

  • Swim in the dam or at one of the nearby swimming spots
  • Explore the surrounding national parks
  • Go gold prospecting at Oallen Ford
  • Visit the nearby historic buildings
  • Wildlife watching

things to love

  • 8 sites to choose from
  • Up to 12 people on allowed on each site
  • Provided firepits and firewood
  • Pets allowed

Price: $ 15 per person per night, children under 16 free

Location: given after booking

Maps: hipcamp.com/en-AU/discover/new-south-wales/


Image: ACT Parks and Conservation Service.

Located on the banks of Gibraltar Creek just south-west of Canberra, Woods Reserve is an iconic piece of the ACT. With the pristine Gibraltar Falls just walking distance away, Woods Reserve is a picturesque getaway for the whole family. One thing to remember is to bring your own drinking water, and abide by the campfire usage guidelines. The reserve is only available for overnight camping and day use and is popular for camping, picnics, and functions.

things to see

  • Gibraltar Creek
  • Walking track to nearby Gibraltar Falls

things to do

  • Birdwatching
  • Fishing
  • Nature exploring
  • Picnics
  • Swimming
  • Bush walking
  • Wood fires permitted

things to love

  • Dogs permitted
  • Communal fireplace
  • Sheltered picnic tables
  • Showers and toilets
  • Wash up facilities
  • Wheelchair access

Price: $ 15 per night for an unpowered site with four guests

Location: Corin Rd, Paddys River ACT 2620

Maps: google.com/maps


Image: Hipcamp.com

There’s an array of beautiful and secluded camping spots available at the Brooklyn Springs Farm Escape, just outside of Tumut and Gundagai. A working property with many different animals that will come and say hello, this pocket of perfection is a great sanctuary to relax, reset, and enjoy pristine views of the surrounding valleys and bright night sky.

things to see

  • Brooklyn Springs
  • Nestled between Tumut and Gundagai
  • Sheep
  • Cattle
  • Horses
  • Alpaca
  • Goats
  • Various dams
  • Surrounding valleys
  • Brindabella National Park
  • Burrinjuck Waters State Park

things to do

  • Hang out with the abundance of animals located on the property
  • Take a dip in one of the various dams on the farm
  • Head into one of the surrounding local towns
  • Talk a walk across the farm and on the hills with stunning views
  • Take a trip to the nearby Brindabella National Park
  • Take a trip to the nearby Burrinjuck Waters State Park

things to love

  • Campfires permitted within the designated areas (with firewood available)
  • Drinking and cooking water available
  • Dogs permitted (but must be controlled due to the livestock)
  • Toilets available

Price: From $ 30 per night, per person

Location: Near Hillview Trail, Brungle Creek NSW

Maps: google.com/maps

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