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Lake Eckersley campground

Heathcote National Park

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Lake Eckersley campground.

Getting there and parking

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    Lake Eckersley campground sits on the shore of Lake Eckersley in the middle of Heathcote National Park. The campground can be accessed by foot only from Heathcote or Waterfall.

    To get there via Heathcote train station:

    • Walk from the end of Oliver Street, following the Pipeline fire trail (1.5 hour walk on a bush track)
    • Follow the signs to the campground

    To get there via Waterfall train station:

    • Walk from the end of Warrabin Street (2.5 hour steep walk on a bush track)
    • Follow the signs to the campground

    It's quite a long walk from the park’s entrance to the campground, so be sure to bring a Heathcote National Park topographic map.

    Park entry points

    Road quality

    • Sealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • No vehicle access

    Weather restrictions

    • All weather


    There is no vehicle access to the campground. Parking is available at:

    • Heathcote, at the western end of Oliver Street (1.5 hour walk on a bush track to get to the campground)
    • Waterfall, at the northern end of Warrabin Street (2.5 hour steep walk on a bush track to get to the campground)

    Best times to visit

    Heathcote National Park offers an exceptional visit all year round. You're sure to find a walk, tour, activity or attraction to appeal, regardless of the season.


    Visit Heathcote National Park in spring to see blooming Gymea lilies give a scarlet glow to the gullies.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature


    16°C and 27°C

    Highest recorded

    42°C (1977)

    Winter temperature


    6°C and 17°C

    Lowest recorded

    -0.6° C (1968)


    Wettest month


    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day



    • Lake Eckersley is a remote backpack camping area. Campers must carry all their equipment to the campground and be fully self-sufficient.
    • Sites are unmarked and suitable for tents only. Camping is available for 1 night stays only.
    • There are no facilities at this campground – please pack accordingly
    • Water is not available at this campground.
    • Rubbish bins are not available – please take rubbish with you when leaving.

    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.

    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).

    River and lake safety

    The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.


    Amplified music is not permitted

    Camp fires and solid fuel burners

    Campfires are not permitted at Lake Eckersley campground.

    Gathering firewood



    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dogs and see the pets in parks policy for more information.


    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Lake Eckersley campground

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