Carrington Falls campground

Budderoo National Park

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Overview

Wake up to the distant sound of cascading waterfalls at Carrington Falls campground, near Robertson in the Southern Highlands. You’ll find walking tracks, swimming holes and lookouts a short distance from your camping spot.

Accommodation Details
Number of campsites 6
Camping type Tent, Camping beside my vehicle
Facilities Picnic tables, carpark, toilets
What to bring Drinking water, cooking water, fuel stove
Price
  • Rates and availability are displayed when making an online booking
  • A minimum nightly rate applies which includes the first 2 occupants
Entry fees

Park entry fees do not apply in the Carrington Falls area of the park but may apply in other areas.

Bookings Bookings are required. Book online or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757.
Please note
  • Check in 2pm, check out 10am.
  • Campsites are marked, unpowered and suitable for tents only.
  • This is a remote campground so please arrive well prepared.
  • There’s limited mobile service in the campground.

If you’re planning to visit the spectacular Carrington Falls waterfall, this small and simple campground next to the Kangaroo River is a tranquil spot to set up camp.

For a morning stroll, make your way to Izzards lookout which rewards you with views of the lush forest below. Or stretch your legs on the longer Missingham lookout and Warris Chair lookout walking tracks for front-on views of the deep gorges of Carrington Falls.

Spring is an ideal time to drop in, with pops of yellow and red native flowers blooming in the bloodwood forest. If you’re camping in the warmer months, slip on your swimmers and take the plunge in one of the nearby swimming holes.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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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/carrington-falls-campground/local-alerts

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Carrington Falls campground.

Getting there and parking

Carrington Falls campground is located in Budderoo National Park, 10km east of Robertson. To get there from Robertson:

  • Take Jamberoo Mountain Road
  • Turn right on to Carrington Falls Road
  • The campground is signposted off to the right of Carrington Falls Road

Road quality

  • Mixture of sealed and unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Parking

Parking is available directly next to your campsite. One vehicle is permitted per campsite. Additional parking may be available in the area.

Facilities

  • There is a small unisex pit toilet and small picnic shelter adjacent to the campground
  • There are no shower or barbecue facilities. Bring your own gas or electric barbeques only.
  • Please take all rubbish with you when you leave
  • Water is not available at this campground

Toilets

  • Non-flush toilets

Picnic tables

Each campsite has its own picnic table.

Carpark

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.

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.

Cycling safety

Hundreds of cyclists head to our national parks for fun and adventure. If you're riding your bike through a national park, read these mountain biking and cycling safety tips.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus 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).

Water activities

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 - hard

Disabled toilet facilities are available at this campground.

Permitted

Chemical toilets are permitted, but contents should not be emptied into the pit toilet or surrounding areas.

Prohibited

  • Caravans, campervans or camper trailers are  not permitted.
  • Please don't play amplified music.

Camp fires and solid fuel burners

Fires are prohibited. Please bring your own gas or electric barbecues only.

Generators

Pets

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dogs and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Visitor centre

Learn more

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

A splash of relaxation

Rainforest loop walk, Budderoo National Park. Photo: Andrew Richards

Nurtured and conserved for over a century, the Minnamurra Rainforest is exceptionally precious. At this much-loved tourism destination, you can wander raised boardwalks and explore the rainforest that once blanketed much of the region. For the ultimate experience, combine the Lyrebird loop walk and Minnamurra Falls walk and discover exquisite plants and animals in breathtaking surroundings. If you’ve ever fallen asleep to the sounds of a relaxation CD, you’ll know the peaceful power of waterfalls. And with its own wonderful falls, Budderoo might just be one of the most relaxing places around. Walk to Minnamurra Falls, an amazing double-tiered waterfall, or Carrington Falls, with its fabulous 50m drop. Sit back, listen to the hypnotic sound of flowing water and let your cares drift away.

  • Carrington Falls picnic area Be wowed by Carrington Falls from one of three lookouts with great views. You’ll find picnic and barbecue facilities close by along with some short walking tracks.
  • Carrington Falls walking track Discover fantastic waterfall views on the short Carrington Falls walking track, in Budderoo National Park, near Robertson. It’s a great day trip for families and nature lovers in the Southern Highlands.
  • Friends of Minnamurra Rainforest You don’t have to be a weeding specialist to get involved in volunteer work at Minnamurra Rainforest. Join local experts and like-minded volunteers for bush regeneration in Budderoo National Park.
  • Jamberoo lookout Enjoy spectacular scenic views of Kiama and Lake Illawarra from Budderoo National Park’s Jamberoo lookout. On clear days, this lookout is fantastic for photography.
  • Minnamurra Rainforest Centre Visit Minnamurra Rainforest Centre in Budderoo National Park and chat to the friendly staff before exploring the rainforest along raised boardwalks. There are currently limited services at the visitor centre due to renovations.
  • Protecting a rainforest environment: Minnamurra Join us as we explore the earth’s environment on this Stage 2 (Years 3-4) geography excursion at Minnamurra Rainforest in Budderoo National Park. Students will investigate the rainforest's climate, natural vegetation and native animals.
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Park life

Eastern water dragon (Physignathus lesueurii), Budderoo National Park. Photo: Rosie Nicolai

You're almost guaranteed to see wildlife in the park, particularly if you visit Minnamurra Rainforest Centre. Look for bowerbirds and king parrots, and visit between June and August for the spectacular image of a male lyrebird displaying his tail. You've a good chance of spotting a swamp wallaby at dawn or dusk, and keep an eye out for an eastern water dragon or perhaps even a diamond python soaking up the sunshine.

  • Lyrebird loop walk Ideal for walking with children, the beautiful Lyrebird loop walk takes an hour to complete. It’s located within Minnamurra Rainforest Centre in Budderoo National Park.
  • Minnamurra Falls walk Starting at the Minnamurra Rainforest Centre, enjoy spectacular rainforest, waterfall and canyon views from several viewing platforms along Minnamurra Falls walk.
  • Protecting a rainforest environment: Minnamurra Join us as we explore the earth’s environment on this Stage 2 (Years 3-4) geography excursion at Minnamurra Rainforest in Budderoo National Park. Students will investigate the rainforest's climate, natural vegetation and native animals.

Walk through history

Illawarra Tourist Drive, Budderoo National Park. Photo: Michael Van Ewijk

A walk around the park reveals its many uses over the years. Spot remaining cedar trees, so prized by foresters in the 1800s. Head downstream from the Minnamurra Rainforest to see the 1853 Kelly's Cottage and its camellia tree, believed to be one of the southern hemisphere's oldest. The land's rich soil and water supply make it ideal for dairy farming, and you can still see the monument to Australia's first butter factory in nearby Jamberoo Valley.

Plants and animals you may see

Animals

  • A juvenile platypus saved by National Parks and Wildlife staff. Photo: M Bannerman/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.

  • Superb fairy wren. Photo: Rosie Nicolai

    Superb fairy wren (Malurus cyaneus)

    The striking blue and black plumage of the adult male superb fairy wren makes for colourful bird watching across south-eastern Australia. The sociable superb fairy wrens, or blue wrens, are Australian birds living in groups consisting of a dominant male, mouse-brown female ‘jenny wrens’ and several tawny-brown juveniles.

Plants

  • Cabbage tree palm in Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve. Photo: John Spencer/OEH

    Cabbage palm (Livistona australis)

    With glossy green leaves spanning 3-4m in length and a trunk reaching a height of up to 30m, the cabbage tree palm, or fan palm, is one of the tallest Australian native plants. Thriving in rainforest margins along the east coast of NSW, in summer this giant palm produces striking spikes of cream flowers which resemble cabbages.

  • Old man banksia, Moreton National Park. Photo: John Yurasek

    Old man banksia (Banksia serrata)

    Hardy Australian native plants, old man banksias can be found along the coast, and in the dry sclerophyll forests and sandstone mountain ranges of NSW. With roughened bark and gnarled limbs, they produce a distinctive cylindrical yellow-green banksia flower which blossoms from summer to early autumn.

  • Coachwood flower. Photo: Michael Van Ewijk

    Coachwood (Ceratopetalum apetalum)

    Coachwood trees are Australian native plants that grow in warm temperate rainforests along coastal NSW. Also known as scented satinwood, the mottled grey bark of the coachwood has horizontal markings and a delicate fragrance.

Environments in this park

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