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Kedumba River Crossing campground

Katoomba area in Blue Mountains National Park

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Overview

COVID-safe travel from 1 June 2020

All camping in NSW national parks requires a booking. Click the book now button to see availability and restrictions. To prepare for your camping trip, read these camping safety tips.

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Kedumba River Crossing campground is a challenging walk-in campground in a remote part of Blue Mountains National Park. Set in an open, grassy area with views of Mount Solitary, it’s a peaceful place to stay on an overnight bushwalk in the Jamison Valley.

Accommodation Details
Number of campsites 20
Camping type Tent, Remote/backpack camping
Facilities Picnic tables, barbecue facilities, toilets
What to bring Drinking water, cooking water, topographic map, compass, gps, clothes for all weather conditions, food supplies
Price Free. There are no camping fees at this campground but a $6 booking fee applies.
Bookings Bookings are required. Book online or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757.
Please note
  • Fill in the trip intention form and hire a PLB before setting out.
  • There are no marked sites at Kedumba River Crossing campground.
  • This is a remote campground. You’ll need to carry in your supplies including water for your duration in the valley, and take all rubbish out.
  • Creek water must be treated before drinking.
  • The 9km walk from the campground to the locked gate on Kedumba Valley Road, Wentworth Falls is extremely steep and challenging. It takes 3 to 4 hours to walk out of the valley. You will need a good level of fitness to complete this walk safely.
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Situated in a wide grassy area next to the Kedumba River, this walk-in campground is ideal for self-sufficient campers. Once part of the pioneering Maxwell Farm, Kedumba River Crossing campground lies in the heart of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.

From Katoomba, the campground is a 15.5km walk along the multi-day Mount Solitary walking track. You can also reach the campground via a 9km walk down Kedumba Pass, along Kedumba Valley fire trail, near Wentworth Falls. Both walks have very steep and arduous descents and ascents so take enough water and food. 

At the bottom of the valley, intrepid campers will find plenty of flat campsites to choose from, as well as toilets, picnic tables, and fire rings for a barbecue and bush tea. It takes 2 to 3 hours to hike down and 3 to 4 hours to hike back out. 

Once you’ve set up camp for the night, enjoy the peaceful surrounds, including breathtaking views of Mount Solitary, the Katoomba escarpment and Kings Tableland. At sunset, the sandstone walls glow gold, and on a clear night the Milky Way shines bright.

Be sure to check out heritage-listed Maxwell’s Hut, the original Maxwell family homestead, and keep an eye out for red-necked wallabies and wombats. At dawn and dusk you might see platypus in the river, near the majestic stand of rare Camden white gums.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

 

Think Before You TREK

Are you planning a bushwalk, going somewhere remote or where the weather is extreme? Stay safe by planning your trip for all conditions and telling someone about it.

Bushwalkers in Wollemi National Park. Photo: Daniel Tran/DPIE

Things to do:

Mount Solitary walking track

Take a challenging, multi-day hike over Mount Solitary in Blue Mountains National Park. Enjoy scenic mountain views, historic heritage, and bush camping, starting out from Katoomba.

Korowal Knife Edge on Mount Solitary, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Steve Alton/OEH.