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Black Swamp campground

Barrington Tops National Park

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Black Swamp campground.

Getting there and parking

Black Swamp campground is in the Barrington Tops precinct of Barrington Tops National Park. The campground can only be accessed by foot. To get there:

From Gloucester:

  • Take Thunderbolts Way; this road becomes Scone Road and Barrington Tops Forest Road.
  • Turn left into Barrington trail at Barrington trail picnic area located on the left after passing Devils Hole.
  • Follow Barrington trail for approximately 12.5km to Junction Pools campground.
  • Barrington trail is only open to vehicles from October 1 – May 31.
  • From Junction Pools campground follow Aeroplane Hill walking track for approximately 4km to the campground.

From Scone:

  • Take the Hunter Road from Scone
  • Turn right on to Moonan Brook Road, then turn left on Barrington Tops Forest Road.
  • Turn into Barrington trail, which is on the right 1km past Polblue.
  • Follow Barrington trail for around 12.5km to Junction Pools campground.

From Mount Barrington picnic area:

  • Follow Barrington trail for approximately 15km to Mount Barrington picnic area.
  • From Mount Barrington picnic area follow Careys Peak walking track for approximately 10km to the campground.

Alternatively, the campground can also be accessed via:

Road quality

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • All roads require 4WD vehicle

Weather restrictions

  • Dry weather only


Parking is available at Junction Pools campground and Mount Barrington picnic area.

Best times to visit

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


Take to the park's walking tracks to make the most of cooler and drier daytime weather.


Look out for ground orchids and other wildflowers along the Polblue Swamp walking track.


Look out for the eastern water dragon basking on rocks around the streams.


Non-flush toilets are located at Wombat Creek campground.

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    Bushwalking safety

    If you're bushwalking in this park, it's a good idea to bring a topographic map, compass and GPS.

    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.

    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 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).


    Camp fires and solid fuel burners

    Keep campfires small or use a camp stove instead.


    A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters.



    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.


    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

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