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Dunns swamp - Ganguddy campground

“The kids love getting out in their canoes; last time they were really lucky – they saw a platypus.”

Dunns swamp, or Ganguddy as it is known to local Wiradjuri 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.

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Getting there

Getting there:

Dunns Swamp - Ganguddy campground is on the west side of Wollemi National Park. To get there:

  • From Rylstone turn off at the hospital onto Narrango Road
  • Follow the signs to Dunns swamp, about 30km from Rylstone

Vehicle access:

Unsealed road/trail - 2WD vehicles - All weather

Parking:

Parking is available at Dunns swamp - Gunguddy campground

Important info

Number of campsites:

80

Types of camping:

Caravan site, Camper trailer site, Camping beside my vehicle, Don't mind a short walk to tent

Facilities:

  • Wood barbecues
  • Carpark
  • Picnic tables
  • Non-flush toilets

You should know:

  • Bookings are not available; the campground operates on a first-in, first-served basis so it’s a good idea to arrive early in the day, especially if you’re camping on public holidays or during school holidays
  • Camping fees are payable on-site via self registration - remember to bring correct change
  • There are no marked sites, however campervans and caravans are limited to about 15 sites
  • 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.
  • Front-wheel-drive vehicles towing caravans and heavy trailers are not recommended
  • 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
  • A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters
  • There is a 4 knot maximum speed limit for all motorboats
  • Generators, chainsaws and dogs are not permitted in this park
  • Rubbish bins are not provided so please take your rubbish with you

Wheelchair access:

Hard

Wheelchairs can access this area with some difficulty

Fees:

Camping fees: $5 per adult per night. $3 per child per night. Camping fee are paid on site by self-registration - please bring correct change.

Bookings:

No bookings are taken 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 only. 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, and other peak periods. For all enquiries and bookings please send us an email , phone 0439 936 480 or just turn up on the day.

Contacts:

Mudgee, Phone: 02 6370 9000

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Dunns Swamp, Wollemi National Park. Photo: OEH