Bummaroo Ford campground

Abercrombie River National Park

Overview

The easily accessible Bummaroo Ford campground is set on the Abercrombie River, near Oberon. This family-friendly camping spot has swimming, hiking and canoeing.

Accommodation Details
Number of campsites 15
Camping type Tent, Camper trailer site, Caravan site, Camping beside my vehicle
Facilities Toilets
What to bring Drinking water, cooking water
Price Free.
Bookings Bookings are not available for this campground.
Please note
  • Sites are not marked.
  • This campground is suitable for groups.
  • This is the preferred location for caravan camping in this State Conservation Area.

Get away from city life at the riverside Bummaroo Ford campground. This family-friendly camping spot is the only place in Abercrombie River National Park where you can bring your caravan or trailer.

Take a hike along the Abercrombie River, but take your swimmers with you – when the weather’s warm and the water levels are high, you’ll definitely want to take a dip. It’s also a great place for paddling if you’ve got a canoe or kayak.

During the spring, the beautiful golden wattles and red and yellow callistemons (bottlebrushes) along the river come into flower, bringing feeding birds with them. It’s certainly a time of new life around here – it’s also the season you’ll hear frogs singing by the water. All year round, you’re likely to see kangaroos and wallabies near the campsite. Sit quietly by the waterholes at dusk and you might also see a platypus.

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/bummaroo-ford-campground/local-alerts

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Bummaroo Ford campground.

Getting there and parking

Bummaroo Ford campground is in the eastern precinct of Abercrombie River National Park. To get there:

  • Follow Abercrombie Road
  • The campground is situated where the road crosses Abercrombie River, 74km south of Oberon.

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Parking is available.

Best times to visit

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

Spring

The weather at this time of year is perfect for camping and hiking.

Summer

Bring your swimmers and take a dip in Abercrombie and Retreat rivers.

Winter

The days are crisp – snow falls in higher parts of the park – so pack on the layers, fire up the 4WD and explore some of those trails.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

9°C and 25°C

Highest recorded

34.5°C

Winter temperature

Average

0°C and 11°C

Lowest recorded

­–10.5°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

June

Driest month

March

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

200.3mm

Facilities

  • Water is not available at this campground.
  • Rubbish bins are not available, so please take your rubbish with you when leaving.
  • Supplies can be bought from the nearest towns of Taralga and Oberon.

Toilets

  • Non-flush toilets

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Bushwalking safety

If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

This is a remote campground, so please make sure you arrive well-prepared.

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 + 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).

Paddling safety

To make your paddling or kayaking adventure safer and more enjoyable, check out these paddling safety tips.

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.

Accessibility

Disability access level - medium

  • Assistance may be required to access this area
  • A wheelchair-accessible toilet is planned for 2013

Prohibited

Gathering firewood

Generators

Bummaroo Ford campground have noise restrictions so visitors and wildlife can enjoy the park together.

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.

Nearby towns

Crookwell (38 km)

Situated high on the Great Dividing Range more than 900 m above sea level, the area experiences four distinct seasons and is ideal for growing disease-free seed potatoes, making it a key supply area to Australia's potato-growing regions. Every March, the region celebrates the industry with the Crookwell Potato Festival.

www.visitnsw.com

Goulburn (56 km)

Named after Henry Goulburn - the British Secretary of State for the Colonies, Goulburn developed into a major centre for wool, and in 1863, it became Australia's first inland city. Today, the town is a rich hub of history, discovery and natural beauty.

www.visitnsw.com

Taralga (22 km)

Many of Taralga's existing buildings date from the 1860s to the 1890s, and most of them consist of stone from local volcanic supplies. This has resulted in an architectural style unique to Taralga that is somewhere between Georgian and Victorian, giving the town a unique and picturesque aesthetic.

www.visitnsw.com

Learn more

Bummaroo Ford campground is in Abercrombie River National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Aboriginal culture

Sink campground, Abercrombie River National Park. Photo: J Bros

The ridgelines and rivers running through Abercrombie River National Park were once traditional travel and trading routes for the Wiradjuri and Gundungarra People. Evidence of open campsites can be found along the rivers and creeks in the park.

Action-ready

Silent Creek campground, Abercrombie River National Park. Photo: J Bros

This is an environment built for adventure. One of the most popular activities in the park is 4WD touring. Some of the trails running along gorges and ridges can be pretty challenging, even for the experienced driver. For those with plenty of energy, you can also explore these trails on a mountain bike. The rivers and creeks, shaded by tall casuarinas, have plenty of deep waterholes. Pull on your swimmers and jump on in. Or perhaps you’ve got a canoe or kayak – bring it along because there are some good stretches for paddling.

Gold standard

The beach, Abercrombie River National Park. Photo: J Bros

Landscapes of deep gullies with rivers running through them – such as the one found at Abercrombie River – provide ideal conditions for loose gold. During the gold rush of the second half of the 1800s, the precious mineral was discovered here. Following the rivers and creeks you can find evidence – sluices and diggings – still there today.

Wild kingdom

Peron's tree frog (Litoria peroni), Abercombie River National Park. Photo: Sascha Healy

All year round, this is a great spot to observe local wildlife. Kangaroos, wallabies and emus are seen throughout the park, and echidnas and wombats live on the slopes and river flats. The rivers and creeks are home to eastern water dragons and the shy platypus. In summer, you’ll hear the sound of frogs calling out near the creeks. There are also more than 60 species of birds around here – look for wedge-tail eagles soaring above Abercrombie trail.

Plants and animals you may see

Animals

  • Swamp wallaby in Murramarang National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

    Swamp wallaby (Wallabia bicolor)

    The swamp wallaby, also known as the black wallaby or black pademelon, lives in the dense understorey of rainforests, woodlands and dry sclerophyll forest along eastern Australia. This unique Australian macropod has a dark black-grey coat with a distinctive light-coloured cheek stripe.

  • 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.

  • Eastern common ringtail possum. Photo: Ken Stepnell

    Common ringtail possum (Pseudocheirus peregrinus)

    Commonly found in forests, woodlands and leafy gardens across eastern NSW, the Australian ringtail possum is a tree-dwelling marsupial. With a powerful tail perfectly adapted to grasp objects, it forages in trees for eucalypt leaves, flowers and fruit.

Environments in this park

Education resources (1)

Retreat River, Abercrombie River National Park. Photo: NSW Government