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Newnes campground

“I’ve been camping here for years and I still catch my breath at how beautiful it is.”

Welcome to Mother Nature’s amphitheatre. Dramatic sandstone cliffs and proud eucalypt trees make for a majestic backdrop at this beautiful, grassy, flat campground by the Wolgan river.

Pitch your tent for free and enjoy a picnic under the trees before heading out to explore the tracks, tunnels and ovens of the historic shale oil ruins nearby, or cool off with a paddle or lilo in the river. There are easy walks for taking in the dramatic scenery, and kids will love visiting the luminous Glow Worm tunnel, just a short drive away.

You can also camp on the other side of the river; however you can only access this camping area by foot or 4WD across the ford near the Newnes Hotel.


Getting there

Getting there:

Newnes campground is on the western side of Wollemi National Park. To get there:

  • Turn off the Castlereagh Highway at Lidsdale, 7km west of Lithgow
  • Newnes is 35km from the turnoff
  • Access to the other campground on the opposite side of the Wolgan river is by walking or driving across the ford near the Newnes Hotel - take care as the river levels can rise rapidly

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Vehicle access:

Unsealed road/trail - 2WD vehicles - 4WD required in wet weather


Parking is available at Newnes campground.

Important info

Number of campsites:


Types of camping:

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


  • Wood barbecues (bring your own firewood)
  • Non-flush toilets
  • Fire rings (bring your own firewood)

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
  • 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
  • Please take your rubbish with you when you leave
  • Firewood is not supplied and collecting firewood in the park is not permitted, so it’s a good idea to bring your own supply
  • Check the weather before you set out as the river level can rise rapidly and access to the camping area on the other side of Wolgan river is only accessible by foot or 4WD across the ford


Camping is very popular during school holidays, and sites may be scarce. Sites are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.


Blue Mountains (Blackheath), Phone: (02) 4787 8877

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Newnes Campground, Wollemi National Park. Photo: Neil Stone