Arch Cottage

Abercrombie Karst Conservation Reserve

Closed due to current alerts 

Overview

Arch Cottage has everything for a relaxing weekend. It’s great budget accommodation, where you can bushwalk and see Abercrombie Caves.

Accommodation Details
Accommodation type Cottage
Where 175 Caves Road, Abercrombie River, NSW, 2795 - in Abercrombie Karst Conservation Reserve
Bedrooms 3
Maximum guests 6
Facilities Barbecue facilities, drinking water, showers, toilets, electric power
What to bring Bed sheets, blankets, pillows, pillow cases, towels, firewood
Price

Rates and availability are displayed when making an online booking. Minimum stays may apply.

Bookings Book online or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757.
Please note
  • The cottage is available to book from Thursday to Monday (closed Tuesday and Wednesday). It is open daily during NSW school holidays.
  • Check in 2pm. Check out by 10am.
  • Bookings can be made up to 3 months in advance.
  • The cottage is in a remote location so please make sure you arrive well-prepared. The nearest supermarket facilities are at Bathurst (72km) or Blayney (52km).

Arch Cottage is a self-contained three-bedroom house set within the bush above the famous Archway at Abercrombie Caves. It makes a great base for families or friends wanting to explore.

Sitting on the veranda and looking out over the bush, take in the grandure of the largest natural limestone bridge in the southern hemisphere. If not content to just look at it, why not join one of the cave tours and discover the incredible formations up close. 

Alternatively, go bushwalking on Mount Gray or Grove Creek Falls walking tracks to see beautiful waterfalls and picturesque bushland along the way. 

After a day of exploring, retreat to the comforts of this cosy cottage, then enjoy a home-cooked dinner and a glass of wine by the warmth of the fireplace.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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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 https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/accommodation/arch-cottage/local-alerts

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Park info

  • in Abercrombie Karst Conservation Reserve in the Country NSW region
  • Abercrombie Karst Conservation Reserve and caves are open Thursday to Monday (closed Tuesday and Wednesday). The reserve and caves area open daily during NSW school holidays. Closed Christmas Day.

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Arch Cottage.

Getting there and parking

Abercrombie Karst Conservation Reserve is located in Central-West NSW, 1 hour south of Bathurst and 1.5 hours drive north of Goulburn. Enter the reserve and follow Caves Road until you see the turnoff to Arch Cottage, about 1km before you reach the visitor centre and campground.

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Parking is available at Arch Cottage for 1 vehicle.

Best times to visit

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

Autumn

Enjoy the cosy rooms and open fireplace at Arch Cottage and breathe in the crisp autumn air.

Spring

Pack a picnic and head off on Grove Creek Falls walking track for a relaxing lunch with spectacular views of the waterfalls.

Summer

Step out of your tent and go for a refreshing swim in the pools of Grove Creek, then discover the natural wonders underground on a cave tour.

Winter

Explore the historic mining site at Mount Gray by day, then get cosy by the campfire at night.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

8°C and 27°C

Highest recorded

27°C

Winter temperature

Average

-0.1°C and 12°C

Lowest recorded

-1.1°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

January

Driest month

April

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

268.4mm

Facilities

  • Bedding configuration: 1 queen bed, 1 double bed, 2 single beds (3 bedrooms)
  • The cottage is fully furnished and has a fully-equipped kitchen and a bathroom with a shower-over-bath combination.
  • The kitchen has a microwave, toaster, kettle, electric stove, oven and dining table.
  • The cottage has a verandah and a barbecue.
  • There is no DVD, television or stereo at the cottage.
  • There is solid fuel stove heating. Firewood is only supplied for the combustion heater during the cooler months.
  • There is a coin-operated washing machine and dryer next to the visitor centre.
  • There is a clothes line.
  • Please leave the cottage in a clean and tidy manner and take all rubbish with you.

Toilets

Barbecue facilities

There is an outdoor fireplace. Please bring your own firewood.

Drinking water

Water is available at the cottage, but it must be boiled before drinking.

Showers

Electric power

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

The cottage is in a remote location so it’s a good idea to pick up your supplies and fuel before you arrive at Abercrombie Karst Conservation Reserve.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus 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).

River and lake safety

The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.

Accessibility

Disability access level - no wheelchair access

There is no wheelchair access to Arch Cottage.

Permitted

  • You'll need a valid ticket or token to enter the caves. Cave entry is allowed during normal business hours; 9am to 4.30pm Thursday to Monday or daily during NSW school holidays.
  • Amplified music is permitted but please be considerate of other visitors.

Generators

You can use a generator at Arch Cottage.

Prohibited

Fishing

Spear fishing is not permitted.

Gathering firewood

Firewood may not be collected from the park.

Pets

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

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Learn more

Arch Cottage is in Abercrombie Karst Conservation Reserve. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Bushrangers

Abercrombie Karst Conservationa Reserve. Photo: Boris Hlavica

In 1830 armed settlers, mounted police, and an army regiment fought it out with the Ribbon Gang near the caves. Ralph Entwistle, a convict servant, led a rebellion of convicts at Bathurst. His gang became known as 'The Ribbon Gang' because many of its members were said to have worn white ribbons in their hats.

  • Mount Gray walking track Mount Gray walking track, near Abercrombie Caves, is a bushwalk to the relics of a historic mining site. It continues on to the magnificent waterfalls and scenic views at Grove Creek Falls.

Caves of time

North Arch, Abercrombie Karst Conservation Reserve. Photo: OEH

Abercrombie Caves and the surrounding area is part of the traditional country of the Burra Burra group, who are part of the larger Wiradjuri tribe. The Burra Burra group knew about the caves, although no Aboriginal artifacts have been found in Arch Cave itself. However, in 1977 a research team found stone tools and animal bones, inlcuding some from extinct animals, in a shelter north of the Great Arch.

Natural wonders

Abercrombie Karst Conservationa Reserve. Photo: Boris Hlavica

The natural wonders of Abercrombie Karst Conservation Reserve will inspire you. Rare plant species such as laurel-leaf grevilleas and Chalker's wattle brighten the area with vibrant shades of yellow and red. Lucky visitors may also catch a glimpse of wildlife such as vulnerable peregrine falcons and sugar gliders lurking through the trees. Wallabies are also known to call Abercrombie Karst Conservation Reserve home, so be sure to keep an eye out.

Underground wonders

Abercrombie Caves, Abercrombie Karst Conservation Reserve. Photo: Boris Hlavica

As early as 1821, the Sydney Gazette reported that 'a cave of considerable dimensions has been recently discovered in the neighbourhood of Bathurst'. There's no wonder that almost 200 years later the caves attract visitors from far and wide. The famous Arch Cave is 221 metres long, 60 metres wide at both ends and 30 metres high in the middle. It's considered the largest cave of its type in the southern hemisphere. Join a cave tour and discover the incredible natural world underground.

  • Archway Cave tour Tours have been cancelled until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff.
  • Belfry Cave tour Tours have been cancelled until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff.
  • Bushrangers Cave tour Tours have been cancelled until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff.
  • Grove Cave tour Tours have been cancelled until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff.
  • Grove Creek Falls walking track Grove Creek Falls is a must-see for visitors to the Abercrombie Caves area. This walking track offers magnificent waterfalls, bushwalking and picnicking.

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.

  • Swamp wallaby in Murramarang National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

    Swamp wallaby (Wallabia bicolor)

    The swamp wallaby, also known as the black wallaby or black pademelon, lives in the dense understorey of rainforests, woodlands and dry sclerophyll forest along eastern Australia. This unique Australian macropod has a dark black-grey coat with a distinctive light-coloured cheek stripe.

  • Closeup of a laughing kookaburra's head and body. Photo: Rosie Nicolai/OEH

    Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)

    Of the 2 species of kookaburra found in Australia, the laughing kookaburra is the best-known and the largest of the native kingfishers. With its distinctive riotous call, the laughing kookaburra is commonly heard in open woodlands and forests throughout NSW national parks, making these ideal spots for bird watching.

  •  Superb lyrebird, Minnamurra Rainforest, Budderoo National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

    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.

Environments in this park

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