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By wicklow - 18 August 2011 25

I was looking for any tips regarding camping in and around the ACT. I’m a novice camper and really was just interested in 2 nights relaxing by a campfire. However, things don’t appear this simple. I understand a lot of sites don’t allow open fires (even in winter) and some require a 4WD (which I don’t have).

I thought I’d try it over the next few weekends, but not too sure about the cold and also about creepy crawlies this time of year. Equally unsure about the safest, nicest places.

Seems a tall order doesn’t it? I really just wanted to do some info gathering, so any and all thoughts are welcomed.


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Canberra Camping Advice?
wildturkeycanoe 7:35 pm 18 Aug 11

Cotter camp ground if it’s open. Only half hour away, open fires, nice river, walking tracks. I stayed there often when I worked in A.C.T but lived further away and it wasn’t too expensive [$6/night??] and firewood was provided. Toilets and showers for comfort too.

KB1971 6:51 pm 18 Aug 11

Do you have all the gear Wicklow? If not then yep, expect 5-10 degrees cooler overnight. I think Camping World hire camping gear.

Also, do you mind a bit of a walk? Pryors Hut is a nice place & is about 6pm return from the gate at the bottom of MT Gininni. You can camp inside so if it rains you will be sweet.

Of all the campsites mentioned, take your water. There are tanks at most of them but they can have bugs in them. That or water tabs.

Kowen is another, one of my workmates camped there & he said it wasn’t bad even though it was close to Queanbeyan.

Further astray out that way is Lowden park in Tallaganda SF, dirt to get there but passable by car (no fire trails). Fire places & plenty of wood as it’s state forest.

There are also Wyanbene Caves & the Big Hole camp grounds. All easily acessable by car.

Even further again is Snowball out towards Bendethera but the river has to be low to cross but there is plenty of room to camp either side

alaninoz 5:46 pm 18 Aug 11

Great time to camp. Not many insects around, and the snakes are all home by the fire.

Gungahlin Al 5:20 pm 18 Aug 11

p1 said :

My vote would be for Honeysuckle Campground. Absolutely beautiful spot, and the bonus of the former Honeysuckle Creek Deep Space Tracking Station.

Big Up for Honeysuckle. And take a telescope with you for outstanding stargazing. Best to take a bit of firewood too, rather than stripping it out of the surrounding bush (homes for bush critters).

The walk up to Booroumba (sp?) rocks is a big climb for kids but absolutely worth it – stunning massive granite buttress outlook that will blow you away. Scary look over the edge too…

Only problem is it is that bit too close to Tuggers and you get some wonderful examples of humanity up there on weekends. Be prepared to have to tell someone to STFU.

Orroal Tracking Station ruins is a picnic area only – the campground is a fair bit before Orroal itself. Not I think anyone would be around there to ping you…

dtc 4:58 pm 18 Aug 11

Don’t forget the cold – most of the places suggested will be at least as cold, and probably colder, than Canberra itself. It can be unpleasant this time of year unless you have some reasonable gear (in particular a good sleeping bag plus sleeping mat). Long underwear is also useful… Buying cheap stuff will just lead to a bad experience.

That said, you dont need the $800 4-season tent designed for the Alps; and as an irregular car camper you dont need a super lightweight compact down sleeping bag either.

Classified 4:55 pm 18 Aug 11

If you’re happy to do a couple of hours drive, there are some very nice spots down near Moruya. Well worth a look, I reckon.

qbngeek 4:30 pm 18 Aug 11

It a little further than the others mentioned, but I would recommend Wee Jasper.

braddonboy 3:57 pm 18 Aug 11

If you want to go a little further afield, try the Micalong Creek reserve just south of Wee Jasper for open fire places beside a free flowing creek. You can take your own wood or buy it from the ranger. Toilets available. Ditto statements re Orroral campground.

PBO 3:51 pm 18 Aug 11

Wee Jasper has always been a favorite of mine. Cagves, hiking, climbing, fossicking, swimming and heaps of other things to do.

dvaey 3:50 pm 18 Aug 11

+1 for Ray-Ray’s comments about Woods Reserve.

Its just out near Corin, wide open camping area with many open fireplaces, and a couple of amenities blocks and sheltered areas for when the weather turns bad unexpectedly. You can camp next to your vehicle or some distance away at your choice. There are often others around but you can normally find your own quiet little spot, even if youve got a few kids.

KB1971 3:46 pm 18 Aug 11

Also Mt Clear and Woods reserve, you can find them on the above links. All have wood fires that ere only banned at hight fire danger periods.

hotwasabee 3:46 pm 18 Aug 11

Namadgi National park is certainly one of the greatest assets Canberran’s have for getting into the bush. Both Honeysuckle Campground and Orroral campground are well decked out with facilities with fires welcomed most times of the year. Bringing your own firewood is a must and it is sad (and evident) to see what some people will do to nearby vegetation in the name of fire. The next step up (or down for latte drinkers) is Mt Clear, a bit further away and not much in the name of facilities. All these sites require a token payment to go towards maintenance costs.
All two wheel drive accessible with the normal amount of bugs expected of Australian bushland.
See here for booking and more info.

There are plenty more options off into the Brindabella’s or down towards to coast but this Namadgi is a great place to start.

p1 3:43 pm 18 Aug 11

My vote would be for Honeysuckle Campground. Absolutely beautiful spot, and the bonus of the former Honeysuckle Creek Deep Space Tracking Station.

Ray-Ray 3:40 pm 18 Aug 11

My partner and I went to Woods Reserve about 4 months ago. It is lovely and there are showers and toilets there. They have fire pits at each campsite, but you need to take your own wood. It also has some great walks and a stream.

We accessed it with a hatchback and trailer to see if we liked camping or not..

MsCheeky 3:26 pm 18 Aug 11

Blue Range Hut has a fantastic firepit outside and a large fireplace inside the hut. There is a good picnic shelter, toilets and firepits at Woods Reserve. Both of these are accessible by car. Look here for more info, including bookings.

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