Wombeyan Caves campground

Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve

Overview

Wombeyan Caves campground is the perfect place to set up camp with all the amenities you need. Bring your tent, caravan, or camper trailer and enjoy a weekend exploring.

Accommodation Details
Number of campsites 100
Camping type Tent, Camper trailer site, Caravan site, Camping beside my vehicle
Facilities Amenities block, barbecue facilities, drinking water, showers, toilets
Please note
  • There are four powered sites in the campground for which bookings are not taken. These sites are available on a first in, first served basis (fees apply).
Price
  • Powered site: $35 per night for 2 people. $46 per family per night (2 adults and children up to age 16).
  • Unpowered site: $15 per person per night. $39 per family per night (2 adults and children up to age 16).
Bookings

Bookings are essential for caravans and camper trailers. This campground is suitable for group bookings. Please contact the NPWS Wombeyan Caves office on (02) 4843 5976.

Love the idea of sleeping in the great outdoors but like the convenience of amenities at your fingertips? That’s exactly what you’ll find at the Wombeyan Caves campground.

This large campground is perfect for caravans and motor homes, and offers easy access for people using wheelchairs. Your campsite will be close to all the attractions in the park, and there’s a communal kitchen, as well as fire places so you can toast marshmallows. You’re bound to welcome a hot shower at the end of a hard day’s exploring.

It can be a popular place, especially during school holidays, so you’ll need to book in advance to secure your campsite if you’re planning to bring a caravan or camper trailer.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/campgrounds/wombeyan-caves-campground/local-alerts

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Wombeyan Caves campground.

Getting there and parking

Wombeyan campground is at the eastern side of Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve, situated on the banks of the Wombeyan Creek, opposite the camper’s kitchen and Cabin Park.

Road quality

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Parking is available at Wombeyan Caves campground.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve. Here are some of the highlights.

Spring

While the caves can be visited all year round, a trip to Wombeyan in spring is well timed to catch wildflowers in full bloom.

Summer

A great time for a weekend camping trip - pitch your tent, enjoy breakfast cooked on the barbecue and beat the heat with a dip in a natural swimming hole.

Winter

Take advantage of the cooler weather and book a weekend getaway at the historic Post Office Cottage. The wood heater will keep you warm all night.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

13°C and 26°C

Highest recorded

38.8°C

Winter temperature

Average

1°C and 11°C

Lowest recorded

-9.6°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

June

Driest month

April

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

174.2mm

Facilities

Amenities

Toilets

  • Flush toilets

Barbecue facilities

  • Wood barbecues (bring your own firewood)
  • Gas/electric barbecues (coin-operated)
  • Fire rings (bring your own firewood)

Drinking water

Showers

  • Hot showers

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Camping safety

Whether you're pitching your tent on the coast or up on the mountains, there are many things to consider when camping in NSW national parks. Find out how to stay safe when camping.

Fire safety

During periods of fire weather, the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service may declare a total fire ban for particular NSW fire areas, or statewide. Learn more about total fire bans and fire safety.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

Water activities

Beaches, rivers and lakes in NSW national parks offer lots of opportunities for water activities. Please take care in the water and find out how to help your family and friends stay safe around water.

Accessibility

Disability access level - easy

This area is fully wheelchair accessible

  • There is an amenities block that is wheelchair accessible

Prohibited

Pets

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the OEH pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Learn more

Wombeyan Caves campground is in Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Aboriginal connections

Rocky cliffs of Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve. Photo: Kevin McGrath

Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve is located within the traditional land of the Gundungurra People, with the word Wombeyan coming from local language meaning 'grassy valley between mountains'. It's believed that Wombeyan Caves were part of an Aboriginal travel route that coincided with seasonal availability of food and the caves may have provided reliable shelter. The Dreamtime myth of Gurrangatch relates to the forming of Wombeyan and Jenolan Caves. The caves are said to have been formed during a contest between Gurangatch, a mythical being that was part fish and part reptile, and Mirragan, a legendary tiger cat.

Life in the air

The mountains and forests of Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve. Photo: Stephen Babbka

Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve plays a special role in the conservation of some of Australia's precious native flora and fauna. The moist forest that surrounds the park's creeks are home to superb lyrebirds, the eastern whipbirds and flycatchers; look for lyrebird scratches around on the forest floor. Keep your eyes in the sky around the park's rocky outcrops for birds of prey, including brown goshawks and wedge tailed eagles. You'll have to look particularly carefully to see a tawny frogmouth; their camouflage is excellent- staying very still and upright- you might mistake them as part of the branch.

  • Mares Forest Creek walking track Tracking through a marble karst area along a stream, Mares Forest Creek walking track in Wombeyan Karst Conservation Area takes you to Tinted Cave.
  • Victoria Arch walking track A short walk on Victoria Arch walking track, in Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve, takes visitors through the bush to a remarkable natural formation.

On show

Reflected waters of Coronation cave, Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve. Photo: Steve Babka

The limestone caves of Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve are between 400 and 430 million years old. The geological processes that have created the magnificent cave system you see today continue to work their magic; you'll notice the impressive cave decorations including stalactites and stalagmites that are created by the infiltration of water into the caves. Take a guided Discovery tour to find out more about the history and geology of the caves.

  • Dennings Labyrinth Dennings Labyrinth, in Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve, is a guided tour through one of the park’s show caves.
  • Fig Tree Cave Be sure to take the self-guided tour of the impressive Fig Tree Cave while you’re at Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve. The cave decorations are a sight to see.

Plants and animals you may see

Animals

  • Eastern bentwing bat. Photo: Ken Stepnell

    Eastern bentwing-bat (Miniopterus schreibersii oceanensis)

    In colonies numbering up to 150,000, eastern bentwing-bats congregate in caves across the east and north-west coasts of Australia. These small Australian animals weigh around 13-17g and can reach speeds of up to 50km per hour. Eastern bentwing-bats use both sight and echolocation to catch small insects mid-air.

  • Common wombat. Photo: Ingo Oeland

    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.

  • Brush tail possum. Photo: Ken Stepnell

    Common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula)

    One of the most widespread of Australian tree-dwelling marsupials, the common brushtail possum is found across most of NSW in woodlands, rainforests and urban areas. With strong claws, a prehensile tail and opposable digits, these native Australian animals are well-adapted for life amongst the trees.

  • Eastern common ringtail possum. Photo: Ken Stepnell

    Common ringtail possum (Pseudocheirus peregrinus)

    Commonly found in forests, woodlands and leafy gardens across eastern NSW, the Australian ringtail possum is a tree-dwelling marsupial. With a powerful tail perfectly adapted to grasp objects, it forages in trees for eucalypt leaves, flowers and fruit.

Environments in this park

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Wombeyan Caves campground, Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve. Photo: Steve Babka