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Black Swamp campground

Barrington Tops National Park

Overview

Remote Black Swamp campground offers walking and wildlife-spotting in the sub-alpine wilderness of Barrington Tops National Park, between Scone and Gloucester.

Accommodation Details
Number of campsites 5
Camping type Tent, Remote/backpack camping
Opening times

Barrington trail is open to vehicles from October 1 – May 31.

Please note
  • Check the weather or contact Gloucester NPWS office on (02) 6538 5300 before you set out, as access via Barrington trail, to Black Swamp campground, may be closed at other times of year due to snow, ice, and rain.
  • A water-based mould (Phytophthora cinnamomi) is prevalent in this area. The mould attacks the roots of plants causing them to rot, causing a dieback of trees and plants. Efforts are in place to contain the area of contamination north of Black Swamp. You can assist the long-term containment of the mould by cleaning your shoes and mountain bike tyres before and after entering this region.
  • Help protect the fragile ecosystems of the region by avoiding using soap, shampoo, and detergents in waterways and taking all rubbish home with you.
Price Free.

This small and secluded camping spot is perfect for adventurous campers who love the opportunity to experience the remote and wild regions. Black Swamp campground, accessed via Aeroplane Hill walking track orCareys Peak walking track, is perched on the edge of a unique sub-alpine wetland, providing habitat for many unique plants and wildlife.

The swamps of the high plateau of Barrington Tops National Park have been declared an endangered ecological community and protect many threatened species including the broad-toothed rat and the glandular frog.

After a day of walking the trails of the high country, cook up a hearty meal, and enjoy a night in the pristine wilderness with the light of the stars and moon above. As you drift off to sleep, you might hear the call of the powerful owl ringing through the snowgums into your dreams.

Take a virtual tour of Black Swamp campground captured with Google Street View Trekker.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Edward River canoe and kayak trail, Murray Valley National Park. Photo: David Finnegan.

Conservation program:

Saving our Species conservation program

Saving our Species is a innovative conservation program in NSW. It aims to halt and reverse the growing numbers of Australian animals and plants facing extinction. This program aims to secure as many threatened species that can be secured in the wild as possible, for the next 100 years. 

Mountain pygmy possum (Burramys parvus). Photo: Cate Aitken

Operated by

  • Gloucester
  • 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
  • (02) 6538 5300
  • (02) 6558 2476
  • 59 Church Street, Gloucester NSW

Park info

  • in Barrington Tops National Park in the North Coast and Country NSW regions
  • Barrington Tops National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

    • Gloucester
      (02) 6538 5300
      Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
    • 59 Church Street, Gloucester NSW
    • Fax: (02) 6558 2476
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    • Nelson Bay
      (02) 4984 8200
      Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
    • Level 1, 12B Teramby Road, Nelson Bay NSW
    • Fax: (02) 4981 5918
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    • Scone
      (02) 6545 1128
      Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
    • 20 Hayes Street, Scone NSW 2337
    • Fax: (02) 6545 1912
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Black Swamp campground, Barrington Tops National Park. Photo: John Spencer/NSW Government