Grove Creek cabins

Abercrombie Karst Conservation Reserve

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Overview

Grove Creek cabins are great family accommodation. Tours of Abercrombie Caves and bushwalking await the intrepid. When you want to relax, go birdwatching or fishing.

Accommodation Details
Accommodation type Cabin
Where 258 Caves Road, Abercrombie River, NSW, 2795 - in Abercrombie Karst Conservation Reserve
Bedrooms 2
Maximum guests 4
Facilities Showers, toilets, electric power
What to bring Bed sheets, pillow cases, towels, food supplies, 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 cabins are available to book from Thursday to Monday (closed Tuesday and Wednesday). They are open daily during NSW school holidays.
  • Check in 2pm. Check out by 10am.
  • Bookings can be made up to 3 months in advance.
  • The cabins are in a remote location, so it’s a good idea to pick up your supplies and fuel before you arrive. The nearest supermarket facilities are at Bathurst (72km) or Blayney (52km).
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Enjoy the tranquillity alongside the Grove Creek and experience nature, without giving up your home comforts.

Sit on the verandah of this family accommodation and enjoy the sounds of the bush. Passing wildlife make for a lovely distraction; you’ll often see kangaroos lying in the sun near the creek banks and in winter, while lyrebirds wander through the bushes.

You could spend all day relaxing at the cabins, but there’s so much more to see. Go walking and join a tour of Abercrombie Caves to discover the natural wonders underground. You’ll be amazed at the incredible formations. You can spend the afternoon exploring the historic mining site along Mount Gray walking track. Make sure you continue your walk onto the magnificent Grove Creek Falls for a refreshing swim and scenic waterfall views.

After a day of adventures, head back to the cabin, get ready for bed and toast marshmallows on the outdoor fireplace.

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 https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/accommodation/grove-creek-cabins/local-alerts

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  • 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 Grove Creek cabins.

Getting there and parking

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    Abercrombie Karst Conservation Reserve is located in Central-West NSW, 1 hour south of Bathurst and 1.5 hours drive north of Goulburn. To reach Grove Creek cabins, enter the reserve and follow Caves Road to the visitor centre.

    Park entry points

    Road quality

    • Sealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • 2WD vehicles

    Weather restrictions

    • All weather

    Parking

    Parking is available at Grove Creek cabins for 2 vehicles.

    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

    Try your luck fishing for rainbow trout in Grove Creek and breathe in the crisp autumn air.

    Spring

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

    Summer

    Step out of your tent and enjoy 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

    • Each cabin is fully furnished with a fully-equipped kitchen, 1 bathroom, 2 bedrooms and a verandah.
    • The cabin kitchen includes a microwave, toaster, kettle, dining table, electric stove and small oven.
    • Bedding configuration: 1 double bed, 1 bunk bed.
    • Pillows and blankets are provided
    • There is no DVD, television or stereo at the accommodation
    • There is a coin-operated washing machine and dryer next to the visitor centre
    • There is an electric heater and an outdoor fireplace
    • Rubbish bins are supplied. Please leave the cabin in a clean and tidy manner, place rubbish in the bins provided and take home recyclable materials.

    Toilets

    Showers

    Electric power

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    Fishing safety

    Fishing from a boat, the beach or by the river is a popular activity for many national park visitors. If you’re planning a day out fishing, check out these fishing safety tips.

    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).

    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

    Grove Creek cabins are not wheelchair accessible.

    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. 

    Generators

    You can use a generator until 10pm, but please be considerate of other visitors.

    Prohibited

    Amplified music is not permitted.

    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 dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Nearby towns

    Bathurst (54 km)

    Within a 70-km radius of Bathurst are the spectacular limestone cave systems -Abercrombie and Jenolan caves - which you can explore safely on guided tours.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Blayney (41 km)

    Blayney, a small farming town in the heart of Country NSW, is a great base for exploring regional heritage sites. Many of the buildings in Blayney and surrounding townships are classified by the National Trust.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Crookwell (56 km)

    Situated high on the Great Dividing Range more than 900 m above sea level, the area experiences four distinct seasons and is ideal for growing disease-free seed potatoes, making it a key supply area to Australia's potato-growing regions. Every March, the region celebrates the industry with the Crookwell Potato Festival.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Learn more

    Grove Creek cabins 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 self-guided tour Take a self-guided tour of Archway Cave at Abercrombie Caves. It has the largest natural arch in the southern hemisphere. Its special features include the gold miners dance platform, built in 1880.
    • Belfry Cave tour This guided tour of Belfry Cave takes in the upper levels of the Archway at Abercrombie Caves. It's for adventurous spirits – you'll cross a suspension bridge and climb ladders just to get to there!
    • Bushrangers Cave tour Bushrangers Cave is named for the bushrangers who roamed the rugged Abercrombie Ranges in 1830, and used the cave as a shelter. Join this guided tour at Abercrombie Caves to find out more.
    • Grove Cave tour Feeling adventurous? If you are, join a challenging guided tour of Grove Cave at Abercrombie Caves. It's made up of tight narrow passages, high ceilings and white walls.
    • 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, fishing 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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    Grove Creek Cabin with the creek in foreground, Abercrombie Karst Conservation Reserve. Photo; Stephen Babka/DPIE