Bullocks Hill campground
Selwyn area in Kosciuszko National Park
Bullocks Hill campground is a great summer base for horse riding, mountain biking, fishing and bushwalking in northern Kosciuszko National Park, between Kiandra and Yarrangobilly Caves.
|Camping type||Tent, Camper trailer site, Caravan site, Camping beside my vehicle , Camping with horses|
|Facilities||Barbecue facilities, carpark, toilets|
|What to bring||Drinking water, cooking water|
Closed from June long weekend to October long weekend.
|Bookings||Bookings are not required at this campground. Campsites are available on a first-in first-served basis.|
Nestled among sub-alpine plains and frost hollows, just off Snowy Mountains Highway, Bullocks Hill campground is a great base to explore northern Kosciuszko National Park.
The campground’s a popular place for camping with horses, with a horse yard onsite. Saddle up and explore the trails and high country huts including Millers Hut to the north, and Witzes Hut further along Bullocks Hill trail. The cool climate makes it ideal for bushwalking and mountain biking in summer.
Watch for kangaroos and wallabies bounding across the open plains, as the unmistakable ‘squeaky gate’ sounds of gang-gang cockatoos echo above. You might see pipit birds foraging on the ground and darting out of the grassy woodlands.
Why not take a scenic drive to discover historic Kiandra or the huts and gorges along Long Plain and Blue Waterholes? Yarrangobilly Caves is a short drive up the highway. Or, spend your days fishing for trout in the Murrumbidgee and Eucumbene Rivers, or Tantangara Dam.
Autumn brings cold nights, perfect for a campfire. While there’s no access in winter, it’s worth visiting in spring, when the plains bloom with purple hovea, orange shaggy peas, and yellow billy buttons.
For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/campgrounds/bullocks-hill-campground/local-alerts
- Tumut Region Visitor Centre
- 9am to 5pm daily. Closed Christmas Day.
- 02 6947 7025
- The Old Butter Factory, 5 Adelong Road, Tumut NSW 2720
- in the Selwyn area of Kosciuszko National Park in the Snowy Mountains region
The Selwyn area is open all year, but some roads and trails may close due to weather conditions or park management issues. Kings Cross Road and the Khancoban-Cabramurra Road are closed in winter (June to October long weekends). Some campgrounds in the Selwyn area close in winter.
Park entry fees apply in winter on Link Road
June to October long weekends: $29 per vehicle per day (24hrs from purchase); motorcycles $12; bus passengers $11.45 per adult, $3.60 per child per day (24hrs).Buy annual pass.
All the practical information you need to know about Bullocks Hill campground.
Getting there and parking
Bullocks Hill campground is in the Selwyn area of Kosciuszko National Park. To get there:
- Follow the Snowy Mountains Highway for around 100km
- Turn right onto Bullocks Hill trail and continue for around 6km until you reach the campground.
- Follow the Snowy Mountains Highway for around 78km
- Turn left onto Bullocks Hill trail and continue for around 6km until you reach the campground.
Road access and conditions
- Please check the weather and road conditions before you set out, as this campground may not be accessible after snow or rain.
- Bullocks Hill trail, Long Plain Road and Tantangara Road (beyond the dam wall) are closed in winter.
- The Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) recommends snow chains are carried by all vehicles driving in the park in winter, including 4WD and AWD, in the event of extreme weather. Visit the Live Traffic website for current conditions.
- Mixture of sealed and unsealed roads
- 2WD vehicles
- Dry weather only
Parking is available at Bullocks Hill campground.
- There are no rubbish bins at this campground, so please take all rubbish away with you.
- A loading ramp, hitching rails and yard is available for horses. Bring electrical tape and an energiser if you would like to divide the yard into smaller areas.
- The nearest fuel and supplies are located in Adaminaby, Cooma, Talbingo, or Tumut. Limited services in Cabramurra.
- Non-flush toilets
- Fire rings (bring your own firewood)
Maps and downloads
Disability access level - hard
This campground has a natural dirt surface which may be difficult to navigate with a wheelchair.
Hard access is via steps or a steep slope, or you'll have to move across a rough surface with obstacles such as potholes, tree roots, and rocks. Assistance will be necessary.
Camp fires and solid fuel burners
You'll need to bring your own supply of firewood.
You can fish in rivers and streams between the October and June long weekends. A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required to fish in all waters. Fishing in dams and lakes is permitted year-round, but some waterways may close temporarily or have restrictions. Refer to the NSW Recreational Freshwater Fishing Guide for information.
Please don't tie your horses to trees in the national park.
Hunting, chainsaws and fossicking are not permitted in Kosciuszko National Park.
NSW national parks are no smoking areas.
Bullocks Hill campground is in Selwyn area. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:
Kiandra's claims to fame
The discovery of gold at Kiandra in 1859 attracted up to 10,000 prospectors hoping to strike it rich. Just 18 months later, after harsh winters and falling gold finds, only a few hundred gold miners remained. It's remembered as one of Australia’s shortest gold rushes, not to mention it’s highest (and coldest). In 1861, Kiandra became the birthplace of skiing in Australia, when Norwegian gold miners fashioned skis from fence palings. By the 1870s regular ski carnivals were arranged, and Australia had its first official ski slope here. Mining continued into the 1930s, with grazing and winter skiing also keeping the community alive. Today, only 4 buildings still stand including Kiandra Courthouse, which has served as a courthouse, private residence, ski chalet, hotel and bar.
- Kiandra heritage precinct Explore the early history of goldmining at Kiandra heritage precinct in Kosciuszko National Park, near Adaminaby with hiking, fishing and skiing.
- Kiandra heritage track Walk the short and easy Kiandra heritage track in Kosciuszko National Park for an insight into Australian gold rush history.
Snow sports and summer trails
Kosciuszko National Park is home to all of NSW’s ski resorts, including the family-friendly Selwyn Snow Resort, in the northern part of the park. But there’s plenty to see year-round, with fishing, bushwalking, mountain biking, horse riding and driving all catered for. The self-guided Kiandra heritage track is a must for history buffs, bringing the stories of the gold rush and grazing days to life. Keep an eye out for open days at Kiandra Courthouse (group tours by advance booking. Contact Tumut Visitor Centre. Fees apply). You can also stay in historic Wolgal Hut.
- Snowy Mountains Highway Snowy Mountains Highway is a scenic driving route between Tumut and Adaminaby, taking in caves, campgrounds, ski fields, trails for hiking, biking and horse riding in northern Kosciuszko National Park.
Plants and animals you may see
Common wombat (Vombatus ursinus)
A large, squat marsupial, the Australian common wombat is a burrowing mammal found in coastal forests and mountain ranges across NSW and Victoria. The only other remaining species of wombat in NSW, the endangered southern hairy-nosed wombat, was considered extinct until relatively recently.
Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)
One of the most fascinating and unusual Australian animals, the duck-billed platypus, along with the echidna, are the only known monotremes, or egg-laying mammals, in existence. The platypus is generally found in permanent river systems and lakes in southern and eastern NSW and east and west of the Great Dividing Range.
Wedge-tailed eagle (Aquila audax)
With a wingspan of up to 2.5m, the wedge-tailed eagle is Australia’s largest bird of prey. These Australian animals are found in woodlands across NSW, and have the ability to soar to heights of over 2km. If you’re bird watching, look out for the distinctive diamond-shaped tail of the eagle.
Billy buttons (Craspedia spp. )
Billy buttons are attractive Australian native plants that are widespread throughout eastern NSW in dry forest, grassland and alpine regions such as Kosciuszko National Park. The golden-yellow globe-shaped flowers are also known as woollyheads. Related to the daisy, billy buttons are an erect herb growing to a height of 50cm.