Bungonia National Park
Bungonia campground combines a beautiful bushland setting with excellent camping facilities. From here, you can enjoy hiking, caving, or bushwalking.
|Camping type||Tent, Camper trailer site, Caravan site, Camping beside my vehicle|
|Facilities||Picnic tables, barbecue facilities, carpark, drinking water, showers, toilets|
Park entry fees are not included in your camping fees.
|Bookings||Bookings are required. Book online or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757.|
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 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
- National Parks Contact Centre
- 7am to 7pm daily
- 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) for the cost of a local call within Australia excluding mobiles
- Bungonia office
- Some weekends and peak holiday periods only. Call Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre outside these periods.
- 02 4827 4700
- 838 The Lookdown Road, Bungonia NSW 2580
- in Bungonia National Park in the Country NSW region
Bungonia National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to high fire danger, or park operations. It's a good idea to ring the office for current information.
Park entry fees:
$8 per vehicle per day. Daily fees can be paid at the ticket machines at the park office.Buy annual pass.
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
- Sealed roads
- 2WD vehicles
- All weather
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.
After the heat of summer has subsided, take advantage of the milder weather for hiking in the park.
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.
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
12°C and 26°C
1°C and 13°C
The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day
- 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.
- Flush toilets
There is a communal camp kitchen with gas cooktops.
- Gas/electric barbecues (free)
Filtered drinking water is available.
- Hot showers
Maps and downloads
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.
Camp fires and solid fuel burners
Campfires are not permitted at Bungonia campground.
NSW national parks are no smoking areas.
Bungonia campground is in Bungonia National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:
Endless caving opportunities
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
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
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.
- Bungonia Gorge guided adventure treks Go on a day hike or weekend trek to Bungonia Gorge with 100% Adventure. It’s a great way to experience Bungonia National Park, the adventure capital of the Southern Tablelands.
Winged and furry
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.