Bullocks Hill campground

Selwyn area in Kosciuszko National Park

Overview

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.

Accommodation Details
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
Opening times

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.
Please note
  • Sites are unmarked and unpowered.
  • Bullocks Hill campground is closed in winter, from the June long weekend to the October long weekend.
  • This campground is popular during school holidays.
  • This is a remote campground, so make sure you arrive well-prepared.

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 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/bullocks-hill-campground/local-alerts

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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:

From Cooma:

  • Follow the Snowy Mountains Highway for around 100km
  • Turn right onto Bullocks Hill trail and continue for around 6km until you reach the campground.

From Tumut:

  • 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

Road closures:

  • 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.

Snow chains:

  • 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

    Vehicle access

    • 2WD vehicles

    Weather restrictions

    • Dry weather only

    Parking

    Parking is available at Bullocks Hill campground.

    Facilities

    • 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.

    Toilets

    • Non-flush toilets

    Barbecue facilities

    • Fire rings (bring your own firewood)

    Carpark

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    Alpine safety

    Alpine areas present special safety issues. Conditions can be extreme and may change rapidly, particularly in winter. It’s important to be prepared and find out how to stay safe in alpine areas.

    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 + 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 - 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.

    Permitted

    Camp fires and solid fuel burners

    You'll need to bring your own supply of firewood.

    Cycling

    Fishing

    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.

    Gathering firewood

    Generators

    Horses

    Please don't tie your horses to trees in the national park.

    Prohibited

    Hunting, chainsaws and fossicking are not permitted in Kosciuszko National Park.

    Pets

    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.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Learn more

    Bullocks Hill campground is in Selwyn area. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    Kiandra's claims to fame

    Kiandra Heritage track, Kosciszko National Park. Photo: Murray Vanderveer/NSW Government

    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

    Deck chairs in the snow at Wolgal Hut, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Murray Vanderveer

    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

    Animals

    • Common wombat. Photo: Ingo Oeland

      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 climbing on to a submerged tree branch. Photo: Sharon Wormleaton/OEH

      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. Photo: Kelly Nowak

      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.

    Plants

    • Billy Button flowers at Peery Lake picnic area. Photo: Dinitee Haskard OEH

      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.

    Environments in this area

    View of sub-alpine plain and mist-filled valley near Bullocks Hill trail, northern Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Murray Vanderveer/OEH