Bendethera Valley campground

Deua National Park

Affected by closures, check current alerts 


Take a camper trailer or tent to Deua National Park’s Bendethera Valley campground to enjoy walking, swimming, cycling and picnicking. Hike to Bendethera Cave for caving.

Accommodation Details
Camping type Tent, Camping beside my vehicle
Facilities Picnic tables, barbecue facilities, toilets
What to bring Drinking water, firewood
Price There are no camping fees at this campground but a $6 booking fee applies.
Group bookings Bookings for up to 9 sites and 40 people can be made online. School groups and commercial tour operators can submit a group booking enquiry form.
Please note
  • There are no marked sites
  • This is a remote campground, so please make sure you arrive well-prepared.

The beautiful and remote campground of Bendethera Valley is the ideal place for a relaxing break, as well as a great base for cavers keen to explore Bendethera Cave. Deua River flows through this open valley, which in early spring is adorned with the yellow bloom of Bendethera wattle and in winter sometimes holds a magical morning mist.

Along the river are plenty of swimming spots and the kids will have loads of fun on lilos. Have a picnic on the bank and keep your binoculars handy for birdwatching as a multitude of species make their home in the area. There are walking opportunities around the campground, but, for a decent hike, head northwest on Bendethera Cave track.

At dusk, look out for kangaroos, wallabies and wombats grazing on the grassy flats. As the sun goes down, relax with friends and family around an open fire.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


Map legend

Map legend

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


Park info

See more visitor info

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Bendethera Valley campground.

Getting there and parking

Bendethera Valley campground is in the southern precinct of Deua National Park.

To get there from the east (nearest town, Moruya):

  • Take Western Boundary Road turnoff from Princes Highway (south of Moruya).
  • Turn left onto Little Sugarloaf Road
  • Follow Bendethera fire trail. This trail is 4WD only.
  • It's a good idea to check the weather conditions before you leave. Rain can make river crossings to this campground impassable.

To get there from the west (nearest town, Braidwood):

  • Take Middle Mountain Road (via Krawarree Road) and Minuma Range fire trail.
  • Turn onto Dampier Mountain fire trail. This trail is steep and 4WD is recommended.
  • It's a good idea to check the weather conditions before you leave. Rain can make river crossings to this campground impassable.

Road quality

Check the weather before you set out as the road to Bendethera Valley campground can become slippery when it rains.

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • All roads require 4WD vehicle

Weather restrictions

  • Dry weather only


Parking is available at Bendethera Valley campground

Best times to visit

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


This season is the best time for wildflowers in the park and for birdwatching.


This is the season for swimming and floating on a lilo down the Shoalhaven and Deua rivers. See if you can spot an eastern water dragon sharing the river with you along the way.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature


15.7°C and 23.5°C

Highest recorded


Winter temperature


6.5°C and 16.7°C

Lowest recorded



Wettest month


Driest month


The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day



  • Drinking water is not available at this park.
  • Rubbish bins are not available, so please take your rubbish with you when leaving.


  • Non-flush toilets

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

  • Wood barbecues (bring your own firewood)
  • Fire rings (bring your own firewood)

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Vehicle access to this campground includes river crossings that are subject to flooding. River levels can rise rapidly. Please check the weather conditions before you leave.

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.

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).

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.


It’s a legal offence to drive an unregistered motor vehicle or motorcycle on any NSW road or in a NSW national park.


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.


NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Learn more

Bendethera Valley campground is in Deua National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Diverse scenery and luscious landscapes

The Big Hole, Deua National Park. Photo: Lucas Boyd

From grassy woodlands on the lower eastern slopes of Deua Valley, to the peatlands and swamps on the tablelands, there are landscapes aplenty at Deua National Park. Valleys dissected by wild rivers, rugged mountains, deep gorges, dry ridges, steep escarpments, limestone karst and high plateaus are also some of the diverse landforms you'll find at Deua National Park. The Big Hole is thought to have been an underground cave until the ceiling collapsed and now is a 96m deep and 50m wide pit. Marble Arch has a car-sized boulder over its entrance and inside this cave are animal remains believed to be thousands of years old. Bendethera Cave is over 250m long, 320m wide and contains massive limestone formations in caverns with up to 15m high ceilings. Rocky outcrops found throughout the park support unique and rare species of gum trees, like the woila and jilliga ash, whilst the limestone slopes in Bendethera Valley is the only known location of Bendethera wattle; a sight to behold as they blossom during spring. The drier and cooler conditions allow pinkwoods and soft tree ferns to thrive in the higher altitudes of the eastern escarpments, and grey myrtle, lilly pilli and mock olives can regularly be seen along the small creeks and gullies throughout.

  • The Big Hole walking track It’s an adventurous walk from Berlang campground to the viewing platform at The Big Hole as long as you don’t mind getting your feet wet crossing Shoalhaven River along the way.

Powerful stuff

Hanging Mountain lookout, Deua National Park. Photo: Lucas Boyd

Deua is home to over 106 species of birds. There is a particularly high diversity of birds of prey in the park, such as the powerful owl and the peregrine falcon. The powerful owl is Australia's largest owl. The peregrine falcon, which is the fastest creature in the animal kingdom, can reach over 300km/hr in a high-speed dive when hunting. So if you see a dark vertical blur in the sky over Deua, you'll know now what it is and why it's moving so fast.

  • The Big Hole walking track It’s an adventurous walk from Berlang campground to the viewing platform at The Big Hole as long as you don’t mind getting your feet wet crossing Shoalhaven River along the way.

The trails of time

Looking across the valley, Deua National Park. Photo: Lucas Boyd

Passed on through generations in story and in song, the history of Aboriginal people of this land and their connection with all that surrounds them is very much a part of what you'll see in Deua National Park. Having travelled up and down the escarpment along well-worn pathways between the coast and the Monaro Tablelands for thousands of years, there are many places of spiritual significance. Scarred trees, grinding grooves and middens can be seen along the 'dreaming trails' of Deua.

Education resources (1)