Barokee campground

Cathedral Rock National Park

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Overview

Barokee campground, central to Cathedral Rock National Park, offers secluded campsites and easy access to the Barokee to Native Dog walk.

Accommodation Details
Camping type Tent, Camper trailer site, Camping beside my vehicle
Facilities Picnic tables, barbecue facilities, carpark, toilets
What to bring Drinking water, cooking water
Price

Rates and availability are displayed when making an online booking. A minimum daily rate applies which includes the first 2 occupants.

Bookings Bookings are required. Book online or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757.
Please note
  • There are no marked sites
  • This campground is suitable for groups

Campsites at Barokee campground are tucked away amongst tall banksia and eucalyptus trees, giving a lovely sense of privacy. And because this is remote camping, you’re more than likely to have the place to yourself.

Located in the central section of Cathedral Rock National Park, the campground is the closest point to Cathedral Rock itself, so you can enjoy a trek along Cathedral Rock track or the longer Barokee to Native Dog Creek walk.

The swampy valley at the head of Snowy Creek near Barokee is home to a variety of plants and wildflowers. Many of these flower in spring while some, such as orchids, and the pretty purple flowered coast mint bush at different times of the year. At the high altitude, alpine shrubs such as the alpine fan flower, bottlebrush and epacris thrive here.

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/campgrounds/barokee-campground/local-alerts

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All the practical information you need to know about Barokee campground.

Getting there and parking

Barokee campground is in the central section of Cathedral Rock National Park. To get there:

  • Take the Round Mountain Road turn-off on Waterfall Way (5km west of Ebor).
  • After 8km of narrow gravel road, turn right into Barokee campground.

Road quality

Check the weather before you set out as the road to Barokee can become boggy when it rains.

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles (no long vehicle access)

Weather restrictions

  • 4WD required in wet weather

Parking

Parking is available at Barokee campground.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Cathedral Rock National Park. Here are some of the highlights.

Autumn

Within the tall, moist forest, kangaroos poise in the mist amongst granite boulders as morning light streams through the canopy,making this the ideal time of year to capture that perfect photograph.

Spring

Feast your eyes on this season's wildflower displays, when heath shrub and ground plants show you what they're really made of. Bring your walking shoes and a macro lens.

Summer

The relatively high altitude of the park offers cool respite from the summer heat of the region's western slopes and coastal lowlands.

Winter

Rug up and come prepared as winter temperatures plunge overnight. The rewards for braving the cold are sparkling frosty mornings and clear sunny days. Winter is also the peak time for the male lyrebird to call with most intensity as he courts a mate.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

11.5°C and 23°C

Highest recorded

32.8°C

Winter temperature

Average

1°C and 11°C

Lowest recorded

-7°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

January

Driest month

June

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

84mm

Facilities

Water is not available at this campground.

Toilets

  • Non-flush toilets

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

  • Wood barbecues (firewood supplied)

Carpark

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Camping safety

Whether you're pitching your tent on the coast or up on the mountains, there are many things to consider when camping in NSW national parks. Find out how to stay safe when camping.

This is a remote campground, so please make sure you arrive well-prepared.

Fire safety

During periods of fire weather, the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service may declare a total fire ban for particular NSW fire areas, or statewide. Learn more about total fire bans and fire safety.

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).

Accessibility

Disability access level - medium

Assistance may be required to access this area.

Prohibited

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

Barokee campground is in Cathedral Rock National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

270 million years in the making

Cathedral Rock track rock pile, Cathedral Rock National Park. Photo: Barbara Webster

The granites of the New England batholith, which formed deep beneath the earth's surface 270 million years ago, dominate Cathedral Rock National Park. For the next 50 million years, further intrusions of molten rock were forced into fissures deep within the earth's crust, forming some of the dykes evident in the park today. Weathering has exposed large granite tors - most notably, Cathedral Rock, a series of large granite boulders perched one on top of another to a height of about 200m and extending approximately 1km. The most recent geological feature in the park is the basalt-capping on the summit of Round Mountain, a domed peak in the centre of the park. These basalt flows originated in the Ebor volcano, centred to the east of Point lookout, which was active around 18 million years ago.

  • Cathedral Rock track Cathedral Rock track is an exciting and challenging walk, near to Barokee campground and Round Mountain, offering scenic views across the New England Tablelands from the summit.
  • Warrigal walking track Warrigal walking track, close to Native Dog campground in Cathedral Rock National Park, is a short, easy walk that’s popular with families and those who enjoy birdwatching.
  • Woolpack Rocks Starting from Native Dog campground, follow this track to Woolpack Rocks, where you can picnic, birdwatch and walk to the summit for views across the New England Tablelands.

Rich with colour and biodiversity

Eastern grey kangaroo (Macropus giganteus), Cathedral Rock National Park. Photo: A Harber

Flax lily, pixie cap and wax lip are just some of the flowering plants and understory shrubs you'll find in Cathedral Rock National Park. Most wildflowers emerge in spring, but ground orchids bloom at various times of the year, and banksias display their orange flowers year-round. Keep a particular eye out for the Montane green five-corners - this threatened plant only grows on granite soils in or near the park. You'll also find concentrated areas of wattle, where broad-leaf hickory, silver and fern leaf wattle flower in late winter and early spring. Eastern grey kangaroos graze in the open grassy areas of the park alongside red-necked and swamp wallabies and wallaroos. Other wildlife you're likely to spot here are glossy black cockatoos, skinks, wedge-tailed eagles and rose robins by day, and the threatened brush-tailed phascogales and spotted-tailed quolls by night.

  • Barokee to Native Dog Creek walk This track is the longest in Cathedral Rock National Park. It links Barokee and Native Dog campgrounds and takes in both Woolpack Rocks and Cathedral Rock along the way.
  • Warrigal walking track Warrigal walking track, close to Native Dog campground in Cathedral Rock National Park, is a short, easy walk that’s popular with families and those who enjoy birdwatching.

Walking experiences for all levels

Barokee campground, Cathedral Rock National Park. Photo: Barbara Webster

From a stroll to a scramble, there are plenty of walking opportunities in Cathedral Rock National Park. Hiking tracks are easily accessible from the campgrounds and the longest track - Barokee to Native Dog Creek walk - can be started from either end. Cathedral Rock track is a medium-difficulty walk, and will take you almost three hours. And there are off-track opportunities for those who are experienced, well-equipped, and walking as part of a group.

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