Horse Swamp campground
Barrington Tops State Conservation Area
Horse Swamp campground offers remote, rustic camping with mountain biking and 4WD trails through sub-alpine terrain in Barrington Tops State Conservation Area, between Scone and Gloucester.
|Number of campsites||8|
|Camping type||Tent, Camper trailer site, Caravan site, Camping beside my vehicle|
|Facilities||Picnic tables, barbecue facilities, carpark, toilets|
|What to bring||Drinking water, cooking water, firewood|
|Price||Rates and availability are displayed when making an online booking.|
|Bookings||Bookings are required. Book online or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757.|
For a change of scenery, visit this remote camping spot high on the plateau of Barrington Tops State Conservation Area; it provides fresh mountain air and refreshing landscape to match. Load up the 4WD with your mountain bikes and head to rustic Horse Swamp campground - a remote natural getaway, between Scone and Gloucester.
Set up camp among the rippled snow plains, dotted with snowgums in this secluded campground near Polblue campground. Your neighbours will most likely include wombats and eastern grey kangaroos. When you’re ready to explore, grab your mountain bike and head for the bike-friendly trails, such as Careys Peak lookout.
At night, stoke up a fire for a barbecue feast and settle back to listen to the nocturnal orchestra, under a thick blanket of stars. Grab a torch for the opportunity to see possums, greater gliders and, perhaps, a powerful owl.
Polblue Falls walk sits on the plateau of World Heritage-listed Barrington Tops State Conservation Area, between Scone and Gloucester. It’s a short walk that offers views of the largest waterfall in the park.
For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/campgrounds/horse-swamp-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
- Scone office
- Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm.
- 02 6540 2300
- 19 Hayes Street, Scone NSW 2337
All the practical information you need to know about Horse Swamp campground.
Getting there and parking
Horse Swamp campground is in the state conservation area of Barrington Tops State Conservation Area. To get there:
- Take Thunderbolts Way; this road becomes Scone Road and Barrington Tops Forest Road.
- 5km past Polblue campground, turn right into Tubrabucca Road.
- Travel 2 km to arrive at Horse Swamp campground
- Take Grundy Road to Moonan Flat and take Moonan Brook Road
- Turn left into Barrington Tops Forest Road
- Travel 2km past the Dingo Gate on Barrington Tops Forest Road
- Turn left onto Tubrabucca Road
- Travel 2km to arrive at Horse Swamp campground
- Unsealed roads
- 2WD vehicles
- Dry weather only
Parking is available at Horse Swamp campground.
Best times to visit
There are lots of great things waiting for you in Barrington Tops State Conservation Area. Here are some of the highlights.
Take to the park's walking tracks to make the most of cooler and drier daytime weather.
Look out for ground orchids and other wildflowers along the Polblue Swamp walking track.
Look out for the eastern water dragon basking on rocks around the streams.
Water is not available at this campground.
- Non-flush toilets
- Wood barbecues (bring your own firewood)
Maps and downloads
Disability access level - hard
You'll need to go up some steps to access the toilet facilities at this campground.
Hard access is via steps or a steep slope, or you'll have to move across a rough surface with obstacles such as potholes, tree roots, and rocks. Assistance will be necessary.