Federal Falls campground

Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area

Overview

Pitch your tent at the free Federal Falls campground in Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area near Orange. Explore walks, enjoy scenic views and go birdwatching.

Accommodation Details
Number of campsites 10
Camping type Tent, Don't mind a short walk to tent
Facilities Picnic tables, barbecue facilities, toilets
What to bring Clothes for all weather conditions, drinking water, cooking water, firewood
Price Free.
Please note
  • There are no marked sites and bookings are not available
  • Mount Canobolas is always a few degrees cooler than the surrounding region, so it’s a good idea to bring warm clothing, even in summer.
  • Be sure to check the weather and road conditions if you’re camping during winter. It can snow in the area and the roads within Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area are closed by locked gates during times of snow, usually occurring two or three times per year. Road closures normally last for three to four days, however might last for up to two weeks. It is not advisable to camp when snow is predicted.

Federal Falls campground is a great place to relax, enjoy the surrounds and explore Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area. It’s close to some of the park’s walking tracks, including Federal Falls walk, Snowgum track and Hopetoun Falls track, and it’s completely free to camp here.

When you’re worn out from a day in the park, you can relax as the evening comes alive; with thousands of stars igniting the night sky and the park’s nocturnal animals awakening. In the morning you’ll be awoken by birds as they sing and dart between the majestic white gums that surround this campground.

This is the location of an ancient Aboriginal campsite; be sure to check out the interpretive display to find out more about the Wiradjuri people’s connection to this stunning Country.

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/federal-falls-campground/local-alerts

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Visitor info

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

Getting there and parking

On entering Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area, follow Mount Canobolas Road before turning right on Towac Road. Federal Falls campground is on the right.

Road quality

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Parking is available at Federal Falls campground

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area. Here are some of the highlights.

Autumn

Wake up to misty mornings and enjoy clear, sunny skies – it's a magical time of year to visit.

Spring

See the violet kunzea, fringe myrtle and mirbelia flowers blossoming in the heaths around rocky outcrops.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

13°C and 26°C

Highest recorded

36.7°C

Winter temperature

Average

0°C and 8°C

Lowest recorded

-3.3°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

August

Driest month

March

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

124.2mm

Facilities

Water is not available at this campground.

Toilets

  • Non-flush toilets

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

  • Gas/electric barbecues (free)
  • Wood barbecues (bring your own firewood)

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.

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 + 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

  • Paved wheelchair access is available from the carpark to the interpretive displays and toilet facilities

Prohibited

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

Millthorpe (23 km)

Millthorpe has several fine restaurants and a wide range of accommodation that includes charming B&Bs and exclusive retreats. Located at the heart of a dynamic food and cool-climate wine region, Millthorpe is also a centre for truffle production in the State.

www.visitnsw.com

Molong (28 km)

Follow the heritage walking tour of Molong in Country NSW to see the many fine 19th-century buildings. Wander through craft shops or art galleries and visit nearby historic villages such as Yeoval, Cumnock and Cudal.

www.visitnsw.com

Orange (14 km)

The bustling city of Orange, with its many cafes, restaurants and shopping opportunities, has something for everyone, plus there's a huge range of places to stay. The real highlight is the town's food and wine, so bring your thirst and your appetite.

www.visitnsw.com

Learn more

Federal Falls campground is in Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

An Australian menagerie

Wildflower, Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area. Photo: Steve Woodhall

Mount Canobolas has an abundance of native animals which thrive in this environment. Thornbills, treecreepers, wrens and honeyeaters, as well as the good old magpies, currawongs, rosellas, kangaroos and wallabies call Mount Canobolas home. Vegetation like the endangered silver-leaf candlebark can also be found in the area. When the sun goes down, grab your torch to spot the many possums and wombats, all the while being serenaded by the southern boobook owl.

  • Snowgum walking track Snowgum walking track is short and easy, it starts from the summit of Mount Canobolas or from Federal Falls campground. It’s a great way to work up a hunger for a barbecue lunch.
  • Spring Glade walking track Spring Glade walking track provides easy access to the summit of Mount Canobolas via a pleasant easy walk through grassy woodland, offering birdwatching and picnic opportunities.

Ancient connections

Nature walking track, Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area. Photo: Boris Hlavica

Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area incorporates the traditional land of the Wiradjuri people. The name Canobolas comes from the Wiradjuri words Gaahna Bulla meaning two shoulders, referring to the two main peaks, Old Man Canobolas and Young Man Canobolas. The area has a rich Aboriginal history and was an important place for male initiation ceremonies and stone tool making, as well as being a rich source of food and medicines. Find out more about the Aboriginal history of the area at Federal Falls campground.

Outstanding landscapes

Hopetoun Falls track, Mount Canobolas State Conservation. Photo: Steve Woodhall

Now extinct and with a violent past, Mount Canobolas was an active and aggressive volcano responsible for creating the landscape between 11 and 13 million years ago. The result? Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area boasts vents, dykes, peaks and plugs which all can be seen here and the large rocky outcrops are home to rare lichens, towering basalt cliff lines and impressive waterfalls. The high altitude, cool climate and moist environment make this fertile ground for more than 300 plant species in the region. Large areas of snow gum subalpine woodland, grassy woodland and rocky outcrops covered with a variety of mosses and lichens make this a great place to visit. It’s hard to say what is most beautiful here, but certainly the heaths in spring which burst with purple, white, yellow and red flowers are a sight to behold.

  • Hopetoun Falls walking track Hopetoun Falls walking track offers a quiet alternative to the popular trails in the Mount Canobolas area, with opportunities for hiking, picnicking and birdwatching along the way.
  • Mount Towac walk This short walk will take you to Towac Peak where you can enjoy panoramic views of Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area and the scenic countryside of Orange.

Plants and animals you may see

Animals

  • Superb fairy wren. Photo: Ingo Oeland

    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.

  • 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)

Gum trees. Photo:Debby McGerty