Dunns swamp - Ganguddy campground
Wollemi National Park
Unwind in stunning World Heritage surrounds at Dunns swamp - Ganguddy campground. Perfect for a family camping trip, you can go fishing, walking, canoeing and swiming.
|Number of campsites||80|
|Camping type||Tent, Camper trailer site, Caravan site, Camping beside my vehicle|
|Facilities||Picnic tables, barbecue facilities, carpark, toilets|
$6 per adult per night. $3.50 per child per night (5 to 16 years old). Camping fee are paid on site by self-registration - please bring correct change.
Bookings are not available at this campground. Camping is very popular during school and public holidays, and sites may be scarce. Sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that campervan and caravan sites are limited to about 15 sites.
Other tent, campervan and caravan camping is available locally at Rylstone Caravan Park (phone 0428 794 284) and Cudgegong Waters Park (phone 6358 8462).
Professional kayak tours and hire is available at Dunns Swamp - Ganguddy throughout the Christmas and summer school holidays. For kayak enquiries and bookings please phone 0439 936 480 or just turn up on the day.
Dunns swamp, or Ganguddy as it is known to local Aboriginal people, is a beautiful, serene waterway on the Cudgegong river, created when Kandos weir was built in the late 1920s.
Set up camp amid picturesque woodlands of scribbly gum and striking pagoda rock formations and settle in for a truly tranquil getaway. Keen eyes may turn up wallabies, purple swamphens and, at night, greater gliders while if you’re really lucky, you might glimpse shy long-necked turtles and platypus in the weir.
Ganguddy is perfect for a range of low-key recreational activities, from birdwatching and fishing to canoeing and swimming. You’ll also find a network of easy walks offering expansive views over the Cudgegong river and Wollemi National Park.
This idyllic setting is great for a family camping trip, car-based and small-caravan camping and, with wood barbecues on-site; you can hook dinner and cook up a camping feast.
For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/campgrounds/dunns-swamp-ganguddy-campground/local-alerts
- 9am-4:30pm Monday to Friday
- (02) 6370 9000
- (02) 6370 9010
- 27 Inglis Street, Mudgee NSW
- in Wollemi National Park in the Sydney and surrounds, North Coast and Country NSW regions
Wollemi National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
(02) 6370 9000
Contact hours: 9am-4:30pm Monday to Friday
- 27 Inglis Street, Mudgee NSW
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- 2156 Putty Road, Bulga NSW
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- Blue Mountains Heritage Centre
(02) 4787 8877
Contact hours: 9am-4.30pm daily (closed Christmas Day)
- End of Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath NSW
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Fax: (02) 4787 8514
- Blue Mountains Heritage Centre
(02) 4588 2400
Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
- Bowmans Cottage, 370 Windsor Street, Richmond NSW
- Fax: (02) 4588 5335
All the practical information you need to know about Dunns swamp - Ganguddy campground.
Getting there and parking
Dunns Swamp - Ganguddy campground is on the west side of Wollemi National Park. To get there from Rylstone:
- Turn off Ilford Road on to Fitzgerald Street
- Continue on to Narrango Road for 2.4km
- Slight left on to Narango Road continue for 15.4km
- Continue straight on to Coricudgy Road and then Mount Coricudgy Road for 7.1km
Please note front-wheel-drive vehicles towing caravans and heavy trailers are not recommended.
- Unsealed roads
- 2WD vehicles
- All weather
Parking is available at Dunns swamp - Gunguddy campground
Best times to visit
There are lots of great things waiting for you in Wollemi National Park. Here are some of the highlights.
With its softer light, autumn is the perfect time of year to head out to photograph or paint Wollemi's extraordinary landscapes.
With the temperature warming up, dig out the canoe and head to picturesque Ganguddy (Dunns swamp) for a cruise along the waterways.
Escape the heat and join an illuminating tour of the Glow Worm tunnel.
- Water is not available at this campground so you'll need to bring your own supply for drinking and cooking. Remember to treat or boil all water taken from creeks in the park
- Rubbish bins are not provided so please take your rubbish with you
- Non-flush toilets
- Wood barbecues
Maps and downloads
Disability access level - hard
Wheelchairs can access this area with some difficulty
There is a 4 knot maximum speed limit for all motorboats.
Camp fires and solid fuel burners
- Limited firewood is supplied at the campground and collecting firewood in the park is not permitted, so it’s a good idea to bring your own supply. Firewood is available for purchase at the BP Service Station on Louee St, Rylstone, phone 6379 1016.
A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters.
- Chainsaws are not permitted in this park
- Generators are not permitted in this park
- Pets are not allowed in this park
NSW national parks are no smoking areas.
Dunns swamp - Ganguddy campground is in Wollemi National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:
The area that is now Wollemi National Park has held significance to Aboriginal people for at least 12,000 years. Evidence of this connection can be seen throughout the park, including ceremonial grounds, stone arrangements, grinding grooves, scarred trees and rock engravings. There are around 120 known Aboriginal sites in the park and probably many more yet to be discovered. The Wiradjuri, Dharug, Wanaruah and Darkinjung people have a strong and ongoing cultural association with their traditional lands and waters.
Wollemi's landscape has been sculpted over millennia into a magnificent network of soaring sandstone escarpments, plunging gorges and canyons, winding river valleys and awe-inspiring geological and geomorphological features such as pagoda rock formations, basalt-capped mountains and diatremes. The spectacular Colo gorge and its tributaries form the most extensive sandstone canyon system in eastern Australia. Grab your camera and discover for yourself the breathtaking vistas and natural marvels that make this a World Heritage treasure.
It's little surprise that Wollemi's spectacular landscape shelters a rich diversity of plants and animals. The rare Wollemi pine - a 'living fossil' whose closest relatives thrived some 90 million years ago was rediscovered here in 1994, and the park protects an incredible array of botanical species and communities, from open eucalypt forest and woodlands including Hawkesbury and grey box, to rainforests and perched swamps. This variety makes it an appealing habitat for eastern grey kangaroos, red-necked wallabies and the elusive brush-tailed rock wallaby, as well as the beautifully marked broad-headed snake, regent honeyeater and glossy black cockatoo. Around 55 species of butterfly have also been recorded.
Pitch a tent at one of Wollemi's great campgrounds, like the secluded Colo Meroo backpack campground, the car-accessible Coorongooba campground or the dramatically-situated, car-accessible Newnes campground. With your base set up, you're free to get out and enjoy the park's fantastic outdoor attractions, be they more relaxed pursuits such as picnicking, canoeing and swimming or something more adventurous like rock climbing, horseriding and hiking.
Plants and animals you may see
Superb lyrebird (Menura novaehollandiae)
With a complex mimicking call and an elaborate courtship dance to match, the superb lyrebird is one of the most spectacular Australian animals. A bird watching must-see, the superb lyrebird can be found in rainforests and wet woodlands across eastern NSW and Victoria.
Common wombat (Vombatus ursinus)
A large, squat marsupial, the Australian common wombat is a burrowing mammal found in coastal forests and mountain ranges across NSW and Victoria. The only other remaining species of wombat in NSW, the endangered southern hairy-nosed wombat, was considered extinct until relatively recently.
Southern boobook (Ninox novaeseelandiae)
The southern boobook, also known as the mopoke, is the smallest and most common native owl in Australia. With a musical 'boo-book' call that echoes through forests and woodlands, the southern boobook is a great one to look out for while bird watching.
Satin bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus)
With vibrant blue-violet eyes and curious antics, the satin bowerbird is a favourite for bird watching and easy to spot as it forages for food in open forest. Relatively common across eastern Australia, in NSW they’re found in coastal rainforests and adjacent woodlands and mountain ranges.
Smooth-barked apple (Angophora costata)
Smooth-barked apple gums, also known as Sydney red gum or rusty gum trees, are Australian native plants found along the NSW coast, and in the Sydney basin and parts of Queensland. Growing to heights of 15-30m, the russet-coloured angophoras shed their bark in spring to reveal spectacular new salmon-coloured bark.