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Cooleman Mountain campground

High Plains area in Kosciuszko National Park

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Cooleman Mountain campground.

Getting there and parking

Cooleman Mountain campground is in the northern precinct of Kosciuszko National Park. To get there:

  • From either Tumut Visitor Centre or Adaminaby, drive along Snowy Mountains Highway.
  • Turn onto Long Plain Road
  • Drive north along Long Plain Road for about 17km, then turn right onto Blue Waterholes trail.
  • After 2.5km, you’ll arrive at the campground.

Road quality

  • There’s no vehicle access to this campground between the June to October long weekends and roads may close in extreme weather.
  • Check the weather before you set out as Long Plain Road can become boggy when it rains.

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • 4WD required in wet weather


Parking is available at Cooleman Mountain campground.


  • Tank water is available at this campground – you'll need to treat or boil it before drinking.
  • Rubbish bins are not available – please take rubbish with you when leaving.


There's an accessible non-flush toilet at the campground.

  • Non-flush toilets

Picnic tables

There are 4 picnic tables at the campground, including 1 accessible picnic table.

All tables are set on concrete slabs and surrounded by grass. You'll need to cross over uneven, grassy ground and navigate over the lip of the concrete slab to reach the table.

Barbecue facilities

  • Wood barbecues (bring your own firewood)
  • Fire rings (bring your own firewood)

Step-free access

Cooleman Mountain campground is step-free, but there are no pathways. You'll need to cross over grass and hard-packed ground to reach the campground's facilities.

Most of the ground surface is uneven and the campground is sloped, with an average gradient of 1:9.

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.

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.

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 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).


Disability access level - medium

Cooleman Mountain campground is step-free, but the ground is uneven, grassy and sloped, with an average gradient of 1:9. People with reduced mobility may need assistance to get around the campground.

There's 1 accessible picnic table and an accessible non-flush toilet.



A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters.

Gathering firewood

Firewood is not provided, but deadfall timber may be collected from the park or you can bring your own supply (chainsaws not permitted).




Flying a drone for recreational purposes is prohibited in this area. Drones may affect public enjoyment, safety and privacy, interfere with park operations, or pose a threat to wildlife. See the Drones in Parks policy.

This area may be a declared Drone Exclusion Zone, or may be subject to Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) rules for flying near airports, aerodromes and helicopter landing sites. See CASA's Drone Flyer Rules.

Commercial filming and photography

Commercial filming or photography is prohibited without prior consent. You must apply for permission and contact the local office.


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.


NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Cooleman Mountain campground

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