Bungonia campground

Bungonia National Park

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Overview

Bungonia campground combines a beautiful bushland setting with excellent camping facilities. From here, you can enjoy hiking, caving, or bushwalking.

Accommodation Details
Camping type Tent, Camper trailer site, Caravan site, Camping beside my vehicle
Facilities Picnic tables, barbecue facilities, carpark, drinking water, showers, toilets
Price
  • Rates and availability are displayed when making an online booking.
  • A minimum nightly rate applies, which includes the 2 occupants.
  • Peak season: Beginning of September school holidays to end of April school holidays
  • Off-peak season: Beginning of April school term to end of September school term (excluding school holidays, public holidays and long weekends).
Entry fees

Park entry fees are not included in your camping fees.

Bookings Book online or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757.
Please note
  • Bookings can be made for up to 10 people. Groups of 11 or more must complete a group application form and return it to Bungonia office.
  • Check in after 12pm, check out 12pm. Fees may apply for late check outs.
  • The campground is in a remote location so please make sure you arrive well-prepared.
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Bungonia campground gives you simple creature comforts and excellent camping facilities in a natural bushland setting within one of NSW’s most exciting national parks. Whether you’re caving over a wintery weekend, canyoning Bungonia or Jerrara Creek, rock climbing the limestone cliffs of Bungonia Slot Canyon, or tackling one of the many hiking trails on offer in the park, this campground is an ideal base to come and go from.

Return from a day out in the wild to hot showers, an enclosed cooking area, and even gas heating in the camp kitchen over the winter months. There’s also a small conference room beside the kitchen available for hire.

Kangaroos can be seen grazing at dusk and dawn, goannas emerge from hibernation to patrol the campground over summer, and koalas have been spotted in nearby trees. From here a loop around the Green track offers a great overview of the park.

Take a virtual tour of Bungonia campground captured with Google Street View Trekker.

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/bungonia-campground/local-alerts

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All the practical information you need to know about Bungonia campground.

Getting there and parking

Bungonia campground is in the southern precinct of Bungonia National Park. To get there:

  • From Bungonia follow Lookdown Road to the park entrance
  • Register your intention at the campground office and check notices for any important updates
  • After registering, drive past the park office and then take the first left
  • Follow the road for approximately 500m to the campground entrance

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Parking is available at Bungonia campground, including several designated disabled spots.

Best times to visit

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

Autumn

After the heat of summer has subsided, take advantage of the milder weather for hiking in the park.

Spring

Enjoy bushwalking in the comfortable temperatures of this time of year when the wildflowers are at their finest. Late in the season, the stands of brittle gum become extremely photogenic as their white trunks turn pink.

Winter

Deeper exploration of caves is possible when their carbon dioxide levels reduce in winter as the warm air from within rises and the caves ‘breathe'.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

12°C and 26°C

Highest recorded

40°C

Winter temperature

Average

1°C and 13°C

Lowest recorded

-9°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

March

Driest month

September

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

200.7mm

Facilities

  • Campsites are unmarked and suitable for caravans, camper trailers, campervans and tents. Sites are unpowered.
  • There's a conference room available for hire, accommodating up to 30 people. It's equipped with a refrigerator, heater, table and chairs. To book, contact (02) 4887 7270.
  • Rubbish and recycling bins are available at the entrance to the campground.

Toilets

  • Flush toilets

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

There is a communal camp kitchen with gas cooktops.

  • Gas/electric barbecues (free)

Carpark

Drinking water

Filtered drinking water is available.

Showers

  • Hot showers

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

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.

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

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

  • Wheelchairs can access this area with some difficulty
  • There is ramp access to the camp kitchen and designated wheelchair-accessible parking.

Prohibited

Camp fires and solid fuel burners

Campfires are not permitted at Bungonia campground.

Gathering firewood

Generators

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

Bowral (53 km)

Spring is tulip time while summer has fragrant roses and autumn, flowering bulbs. Bowral Tulip Festival runs from the end of September until early October; the Autumn Garden Festival is held in May.

www.visitnsw.com

Bundanoon (33 km)

Bundanoon is the northern gateway to Morton National Park. Follow the well-marked bushwalking trails in one of NSW's largest national parks, admiring waterfalls that plunge into valleys below.

www.visitnsw.com

Goulburn (29 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

Learn more

Bungonia campground is in Bungonia National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Endless caving opportunities

Bungonia lookout, Bungonia National Park. Photo: OEH

Known as the adventure capital of the Southern Tablelands, Bungonia is a place to really test your limits. There are around 200 wild caves in the park, many of which are open for experienced cavers to explore. For an exciting journey of waterfalls and plunge pools, Bungonia Creek and Jerrara Creek are the most popular canyoning spots. Bungonia Slot Canyon provides one of the few opportunities in Australia for climbing limestone and is as dramatic a place to scale a rock wall as its name suggests.

  • De Kerrilleau picnic area Bungonia National Park, in easy reach of Canberra, is an outdoor adventure playground offering caving, canyoning, rock climbing, abseiling, hiking and impressive views.
  • The Lookdown lookout It’s an easy walk from the carpark at the end of Lookdown Road to Bungonia lookdown, which offers superb scenic views into Bungonia Creek Gorge and beyond.

Once upon a time

Shoalhaven Gorge, Bungonia National Park. Photo: OEH

The park lies across the traditional lands of the Njunawal tribal group, the northwest corner of the Wandandian tribal territory and the southern boundary of the Gandangara tribal group. The ridge tops were almost certainly travel routes as people shifted in accordance with the seasonal availability of food. Evidence of campsites exists on the main plateau and limestone dolines contain edible plants consumed or used by Aboriginal people.

One of our oldest parks

Adams lookout, Bungonia National Park. Photo: Ford Kristo

This park is one of the oldest in New South Wales. It was first protected as a water reserve in 1872, which was also the same year the world's first national park - Yellowstone, in USA - was established. Just as Yellowstone's geothermal features pull the crowds, Bungonia's geomorphology, both above and belowground, are its main draw. Louis Guymer was the park's first caretaker (1889-1909), who discovered caves and erected gates and ladders, some of which you may use during your visit.

Winged and furry

Lace Monitor, Bungonia National Park. Photo: Mark Selmes

The vulnerable large bent-wing bat calls Bungonia home, and certain caves are closed during the year to help provide a safe environment for breeding and hibernation. When open, look out for a colony, cloud or cauldron of bats as you explore the limestone labyrinths of their natural habitat. A small population of koalas, classified as threatened, also inhabit the park.

  • Adams lookout Adams lookout, great for birdwatching and picnicking, is the only platform in Bungonia that offers a view of the magnificent limestone feature of Bungonia Slot Canyon.
  • Green track Enjoy Green track’s fairly easy hike, a walking track loop through woodlands, gullies, gorges and rainforest, taking in all the park’s major scenic lookouts and wildlife.

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Bungonia Campground, Bungonia National Park. Photo: Audrey Kutzner/NSW Government