Abercrombie Caves campground
Abercrombie Karst Conservation Reserve
Abercrombie Caves campground is a great place to camp over the summer holidays. It's a picturesque camping area offering walks, swimming, picnicking, birdwatching and the luxury of a hot shower.
|Camping type||Tent, Camper trailer site, Caravan site, Camping beside my vehicle|
|Facilities||Amenities block, picnic tables, barbecue facilities, cafe/kiosk, drinking water, public phone, showers, toilets, electric power|
|What to bring||Firewood|
|Bookings||Book online or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757.|
Looking to get back to nature, but still want the luxury of a hot shower after a day of adventure? Abercrombie Caves campground is for you.
The first thing you’ll notice when you arrive here is the tranquil creek running through the camping area, with its clear waters and shady surrounds. Find yourself a grassy spot anywhere alongside the creek and pitch a tent or park your caravan.
Join one of the tours at Abercrombie Caves and be amazed at the incredible formations. Check out the magnificent waterfall on Grove Creek Falls walking track, or try your luck trout fishing in the creek.
Then head back to your campsite, throw a steak on the barbecue and enjoy the relaxing sounds of the nearby waters. As the sun sets, listen closely to nature’s orchestra, and keep your torch handy to spy possums in the trees or a wombat waddling past.
For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/campgrounds/abercrombie-caves-campground/local-alerts
- National Parks Contact Centre
- 7am to 7pm daily
- 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) for the cost of a local call within Australia excluding mobiles
- 02 9585 6831
- 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.
All the practical information you need to know about Abercrombie Caves campground.
Getting there and parking
Get driving directions
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 the campground, enter the reserve and follow Caves Road to the visitor centre.
Park entry points
- Abercrombie Karst visitors centre See on map
- Sealed roads
- 2WD vehicles
- All weather
Parking is available at Abercrombie Caves campground. Bus parking is available nearby.
Best times to visit
There are lots of great things waiting for you in Abercrombie Karst Conservation Reserve. Here are some of the highlights.
Try your luck fishing for rainbow trout in Grove Creek and breathe in the crisp autumn air.
Pack a picnic and head off on the Grove Creek Falls walking track to enjoy a relaxing lunch with spectacular views of the waterfalls.
Step out of your tent and enjoy a refreshing swim in the pools of Grove Creek, then discover the natural wonders underground on a tour at Abercrombie Caves.
Explore the historic mining site at Mount Gray by day, then get cosy by the campfire at night.
- Campsites are unmarked, unpowered and suitable for small caravans, camper trailers, campervans and tents.
- Rubbish bins are not available. Please take your rubbish with you when you leave.
- Flush toilets
Electric barbecues are coin operated and require $1 coins.
- Wood barbecues (bring your own firewood)
- Gas/electric barbecues (coin-operated)
- Fire rings (bring your own firewood)
The kiosk sells small snacks and drinks. It's a good idea to pack a picnic if you'd like to enjoy lunch on your visit to Abercrombie Caves.
- Hot showers
- Cold showers
Maps and downloads
Disability access level - easy
This area is fully wheelchair accessible.
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.
Camp fires and solid fuel burners
Generators can be used in certain areas in the campground until 10pm. The campground has noise restrictions in place so visitors and wildlife can enjoy the park together.
- Amplified music is not permitted.
- Constructing stone rings to use as fire places is prohibited. Shared fire rings are available in the campground.
Spear fishing is not permitted.
Firewood may not be collected from the park.
NSW national parks are no smoking areas.
Bathurst (55 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.
Blayney (40 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.
Crookwell (55 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.
Abercrombie Caves campground is in Abercrombie Karst Conservation Reserve. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:
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
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.
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.
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
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 (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.
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 (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.