Blatherarm campground and picnic area

Torrington State Conservation Area

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Overview

Blatheram campground and picnic area at Torrington State Conservation Area is great for walking or hiking, indulging in birdwatching, or even fossicking for rocks.

Accommodation Details
Number of campsites 10
Camping type Tent, Camper trailer site, Caravan site, Camping beside my vehicle
Facilities Picnic tables, barbecue facilities, carpark, toilets
What to bring Firewood
Price

Rates and availability are displayed when making an online booking

Bookings Bookings are required. Book online or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757.
Please note
  • Sites are not powered.
  • Access to campsite areas 1 and 2 is 2WD accessible
  • Access to campsite area 3 is 4WD accessible only. Area 3 is not suitable for caravans.
  • This campground is in a remote location, please ensure you are thoroughly prepared, bring appropriate clothing and equipment and tell a family member or friend about your travel plans.

Pack a picnic, pull up your caravan or pitch a tent and enjoy the peaceful surroundings offered by this remote bush campground and picnic area.

Wander down to the creek and try your luck fossicking for topaz, beryl or quartz. Or just sit back and enjoy the sounds of running waters as you watch out for the local birdlife with your camera ready. Is that a Turquoise Parrot nesting in trees in the distance?

If you’re feeling energetic and ready to explore, why not go for a short and easy walk to see the stunning wildflower displays along the Ugly Corner Falls walking track.

When you’re done exploring, head back to your campsite, get a fire going for a hot chocolate and barbecue dinner. Then let the night sounds of the bush rock you to sleep before another day of adventure begins.

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/blatherarm-campground-and-picnic-area/local-alerts

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about the Blatherarm campground and picnic area.

Getting there and parking

Blatherarm campground is in the north-eastern precinct of Torrington State Conservation Area. To get there:

  • After passing through the township of Torrington take a right turn at the old pub into Silent Grove Road
  • Follow for approximately 10km to the Blatherarm Road turnoff on your right
  • After 1.5km you will see access on your left to the campsite areas 1 and 2. To access campsite area 3 you will need a 4WD to cross the creek.

Road quality

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

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • 4WD required in wet weather

Parking

Parking is available at Blatherarm campground and picnic area.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Torrington State Conservation Area. Here are some of the highlights.

Spring

See the spectacular display of spring wildflowers as the boronias, grevilleas, prostantheras and many other native wildflowers turn the bush into a vibrant display of colour.

Summer

Wander through the bush, dotted with colourful wildflowers, as you take in the magnificent granite formations on the Mystery Face walking track.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

13°C and 31°C

Highest recorded

41.2°C

Winter temperature

Average

1°C and 19°C

Lowest recorded

-10.6°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

January

Driest month

June

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

361.2mm

Facilities

  • There are no shower facilities at this campground.
  • Rubbish bins are not available – please take rubbish with you when leaving.
  • Tank water is available at this campground – you’ll need to treat or boil it before drinking.

Toilets

  • Non-flush toilets

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

  • Wood barbecues (bring your own firewood)

Carpark

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Camping safety


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).

Outback safety

Safety is of high priority in outback areas. In summer, temperatures can reach up to 50°C in some places. Food, water and fuel supplies can be scarce. Before you head off, check for road closures and use our contacts to stay safe in the outback.

Mine shafts may be present at this park; take care when walking off-road or along trails, and please supervise children at all times.

Accessibility

Disability access level - hard

Wheelchairs can access this area with some difficulty.

Permitted

Generators

Generators are permitted to be used in particular areas within this campground

Prohibited

Gathering firewood

Firewood is not provided and may not be collected from the park so you’ll need to bring your own supply.

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.

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. For more information, please see the OEH policy.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Learn more

Blatherarm campground and picnic area is in Torrington State Conservation Area. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Bush experiences

Picnic area, Torrington State Conservation Area. Photo: OEH

Take in the dramatic views, magnificent rock formations and stunning wildflowers on the many walking tracks. Set up camp at Blatherarm campground or just spend an afternoon relaxing and picnicking at the various picnic areas. And if you are an experienced bushwalker looking for adventure, why not go exploring by foot into the remote corners in the north.

  • Mystery Face walking track The magnificent rock formations on the Mystery Face walking track are a must-see for any Torrington visitor and great for birdwatching and springtime wildflower displays.
  • Thunderbolts lookout walking track Follow this walking track to see the spectacular 360° panoramic views of Torrington at Thunderbolts lookout. Experience the stunning wildflowers along the way.

Fabulous flowers and wonderful wildlife

Wattle (Acacia pycnantha), Torrington State Conservation Area. Photo: OEH

This area is home to over 750 plant species, including 45 rare or threatened species like the rare Beadle’s grevillia and Torrington wattle. In fact, some plant communities thrive in the sedge-heath swamps and mole granite outcrops and can’t be found anywhere else in the world. From September to March the bush is ablaze with colour for the spectacular wildflower display. The unique climatic conditions make Torrington a haven for Australian wildlife. It’s home to 20 mammal, 135 bird, 29 reptile and 13 frog species, including threatened species like the powerful owl and the tiger quoll. You’ll probably see grey kangaroos and wallabies in the distance, and kookaburras and currawongs in the trees overhead. But if you’re lucky, you might also spot rare birds like the striking turquoise parrot and rare regent honeyeater.

  • Mystery Face walking track The magnificent rock formations on the Mystery Face walking track are a must-see for any Torrington visitor and great for birdwatching and springtime wildflower displays.
  • Ugly Corner Falls walking track The Ugly Corner Falls walking track is a fantastic way to get back to nature and experience the unique plants and animals of Torrington.

Land of Dreaming

Water hole, Torrington State Conservation Area. Photo: OEH

Torrington State Conservation Area is a significant place for the Ngarrabul, Marbul, Bigambul and Jucumbul people. The land and waterways of Torrington, and the plants and animals that live in them, feature in all facets of Aboriginal culture and are associated with dreaming stories told to this day.

Mining heritage

Trees along the back of a creek, Torrington State Conservation Area. Photo: OEH

Go back in time to the by-gone era of mining on the Mole Tableland when hopefuls came from as far as England and China to explore the deposits of tin and other minerals. At its peak in the 1920s, Torrington and nearby villages swelled to accommodate around 600 miners, but sharply declined in 1946 when mining virtually stopped. Try your luck fossicking for semi-precious gemstones like beryl, emerald, topaz and quartz.

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