Heartbreak Hill campground

Parr State Conservation Area

Overview

For a remote camping experience, Heartbreak Hill campground is situated deep within Parr State Conservation Area and can be reached by walking or cycling.

Accommodation Details
Camping type Tent, Remote/backpack camping
Facilities Picnic tables, barbecue facilities, toilets
What to bring Drinking water, cooking water, firewood, fuel stove
Price Free.
Bookings Bookings are not required at this campground. Campsites are available on a first-in first-served basis.
Please note
  • There are no marked sites. Sites are not powered.
  • This is a remote campground, please make sure you arrive well prepared.
  • Noise restrictions apply at this campground.

Heartbreak Hill campground is a great camping spot on Womerah Range trail and an especially good halfway mark for hikers doing the walk over 2 days. From the park’s main entrance off Webbs Creek Road, it’s a tough but rewarding ride for most mountain bikers and cyclists.

Set up camp in this remote site and keep an eye out for gliders and possums in the eucalypts as the sun sets. During the day, lyrebirds can often be spotted loitering around the bracken fern near your campsite. It’s also not unusual to be woken by a chorus of kookaburras.

When the wildflowers are out during spring, try identifying some of those growing around your campsite. There’s the mountain devil (red, of course), the pale pink flowers of eriostemon, the soft white-petal flannel flower and grey spider flower, which is a type of grevillia.

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/heartbreak-hill-campground/local-alerts

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All the practical information you need to know about Heartbreak Hill campground.

Getting there and parking

Heartbreak Hill campground is in the northern precinct of Parr State Conservation Area. To get there:

  • From Wisemans Ferry, take the Webbs Creek Ferry and turn right on the other side
  • Follow St Albans Road for approximately 5km
  • Turn left in to Webbs Creek Road and continue for approximately 250m up the hill
  • Womerah Range trail begins at the crest on the right hand side 

Alternatively, if beginning from Putty Road:

  • From Colo Heights, follow Putty Road north
  • After approximately 25km look for the Womerah Range trail on the right

The trail to the campground requires a good level of fitness. It is steep and sometimes sandy, and can be a challenging experience, especially if you’re cycling. It is not recommended for elderly or very young campers.

Parking

Parking is available at Webbs Creek Road and Putty Road entrances. The campground is approximately 15km from Webbs Creek Road and 30km from Putty Road.

You'll need to carry all your camping equipment and drinking water from the park entrance to the campground.

Best times to visit

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

Autumn

Cooler temperatures make for great hiking and cycling conditions.

Spring

The milder temperatures make this an ideal time for hiking and, as though purely for your viewing pleasure, wildflowers decorate the surrounding bushland.

Winter

For the adventurous, this is a great time of year to tackle an epic mountain bike ride on Womerah Range trail.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

16°C and 26.5°C

Highest recorded

50°C

Winter temperature

Average

6.6°C and 16.6°C

Lowest recorded

-0.1°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

September

Driest month

March

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

230mm

Facilities

Water is not available at this campground.

Toilets

  • Non-flush toilets

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

Visitors are encouraged to bring gas or fuel stoves, especially in summer during the fire season.

  • Fire rings (bring your own firewood)

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

This park is in a remote location, so please ensure you’re well-prepared, bring appropriate clothing and equipment and advise a family member or friend of your travel plans.

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.

The walking opportunities in this park are suitable for experienced bushwalkers who are comfortable undertaking self-reliant hiking.

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).

Prohibited

Gathering firewood

Firewood is not provided and may not be collected from the park.

Generators

Generators are not permitted in this campground.

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

Gosford (24 km)

Gosford is a great destination for a family day trip or holiday. It's situated on Brisbane Water National Park and surrounded by state forests, lakes and beaches.

www.visitnsw.com

Hawkesbury area (23 km)

Explore the beautiful Hawkesbury River with Australia's Last River Boat Postman, or sample fresh oysters at a casual riverside cafe. Start your Hawkesbury adventure with a seaplane flight from Sydney to a local restaurant by the river.

www.sydney.com

Parramatta (49 km)

Parramatta offers a fascinating insight into early colonial life in Australia. Don't miss a visit to Old Government House, now one of 11 Australian Convict Sites on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

www.sydney.com

Learn more

Heartbreak Hill campground is in Parr State Conservation Area. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Extraordinary plants

Womerah Range trail, Parr State Conservation Area. Photo: OEH

Parr contains an unusual mix of plant species which are not only different from those growing further north in Yengo National Park, but are normally found in completely different parts of NSW. Vegetation ranges from open woodlands along the dry ridges to communities of open forest and tall open forest, heathlands, mallee and sedgelands. Flowering plants typically found in Parr include grey spider, flannel, eriostemon, and mountain devil.

  • Womerah Range trail Womerah Range trail is a challenging hiking and mountain biking route with scenic views through the dramatic sandstone landscape of Parr State Conservation Area.

Convict trail

Womerah Range trail, Parr State Conservation Area. Photo: OEH

This area was named after William Parr, who was one of the earliest European explorers of overland northern routes out of Sydney. A draughtsman, boat builder and mineralogist, Parr was transported on the Fortune in 1813 at the age of 39, having been convicted of forgery. Despite a 14-year sentence, Governor Macquarie quickly made use of his skills and soon assigned him to the Surveyor General’s department as a mineral surveyor. In October 1817, Parr and his party set off from Windsor to find a trafficable route from the Hawkesbury to Hunter River, but did not quite reach Hunter Valley. Early European transport routes between Sydney and Hunter Valley are evident within Parr State Conservation Area, with remnants of Putty Road/Old Bulga Road. Today, Parr conserves Webb Creek catchment.

In the beginning

View from Womerah Range, Parr State Conservation Area. Photo: Susan Davis

It was probably around 13,000 years ago that Aboriginal people first moved into this area. Until European settlement, these people lived off and nurtured the land and a large number of Aboriginal sites have been recorded within Parr. Mount Yengo (originally Yango), in adjoining Yengo National Park, is of particular significance; it was the place from which Biamie left the earth after creating the world, flattening the top with his foot as he went. Many sites within Parr, Yengo and the surrounding regions are closely connected with this mountain. Today, the local Aboriginal community retains a strong and active interest in the management of these sites and the landscape, along with a desire to preserve, as well as revive, Aboriginal culture.

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Heartbreak Campground, Parr State Conservation Area. Photo: Susan Davis/NSW Government