Long Gully campground

Budawang National Park

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Overview

Free river camping for experienced and well-equipped travellers, Long Gully campground offers drop toilets and picnic tables, with nearby day walks for fit hikers.

Accommodation Details
Number of campsites 10
Camping type Tent, Camper trailer site, Camping beside my vehicle
Facilities Picnic tables, carpark, toilets
What to bring Drinking water, cooking water
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
  • Sites are unmarked and unpowered
  • This campground is suitable for groups
  • A permit is needed to camp at Cooyoyo Creek over the Easter and October long weekends.
  • The Budawangs is a declared wilderness area and to protect the environment there are some restrictions on group sizes, firewood use and camping locations, including camping in rock overhangs. Please refer to the Guidelines for walking in the Budawang Wilderness.
  • Dangerous unexploded ordnance is located in the former Tianjara Military Training Area, please see Alerts.
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Long Gully campground, like Budawang in general, is one for experienced travellers. Located on a grassy flat beside Yadboro River, surrounded by blackbutt trees and rising steeply on the northern side, this is a place you come to get away from everything. Facilities are minimal – pit toilets and picnic tables, with no marked sites – but the sort of person who comes here is self-sufficient and hardy. Plus, the scenery is spectacular.

Bring the tent, firewood, and enough food to last (water can be collected from the river and boiled), then settle down in scenic solitude. The remoteness of Long Gully means your closest neighbours are likely to be goannas and wallabies, though there is an adjacent picnic area. Avid bushwalkers will want to pack their hiking boots and compass as well for an exhilarating walk in the Budawang backcountry. The arduous trek to the Castle also begins from here, suitable for well-equipped adventurers only.

Wherever you end up, return to a refreshing splash in Yadboro, though better swimming opportunities can be found in nearby Clyde River. Don’t forget your towel.

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/long-gully-campground/local-alerts

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All the practical information you need to know about Long Gully campground.

Getting there and parking

Long Gully campground is at the northern end of Budawang National Park. To get there from Milton:

  • Follow the signs to Pigeon House Mountain Didthul
  • Rather than turning onto Pigeon House Road, continue on Yadboro Road and cross Clyde River, merging onto the Western Distributor.
  • Turn right onto Long Gully Road and continue to the campground

Road quality

Check the weather before you set out as the road to this campground can become boggy when it rains

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles (no long vehicle access)

Weather restrictions

  • Dry weather only

Parking

Parking is available at Long Gully campground.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Budawang National Park. Here are some of the highlights.

Autumn

The clear autumn weather is perfect for walking to the top of Mount Budawang, which can be covered in scenic clouds.

Spring

As the weather warms up, this is a perfect time to take advantage of Long Gully campground.

Winter

Take a drive along the Western Distributor to view the steep slopes of the Budawang Range from the warmth of your car.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

10.5°C and 25.4°C

Highest recorded

41.1°C

Winter temperature

Average

0.4°C and 12.1°C

Lowest recorded

-9.2°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

January

Driest month

July

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

199.9mm

Facilities

  • Water is not available at this campground.
  • Rubbish bins are not available, so please take your rubbish with you when leaving.

Toilets

  • Non-flush toilets

Picnic tables

Carpark

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.

This is a remote campground, so please make sure you arrive well-prepared.

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).

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.

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

Batemans Bay (39 km)

Batemans Bay is a bustling coastal town with majestic seascapes. It's located on the estuary of the Clyde River.

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Milton (24 km)

Milton is a historic agricultural town close to magnificent beaches. It's set on a ridge between green valleys and the Great Dividing Range.

www.visitnsw.com

Ulladulla (29 km)

Ulladulla is close to several wonderful national parks. Morton National Park, to the west, is home to Pigeon House Mountain, a local landmark which is a popular climb. Murramarang National Park, between Ulladulla and Batemans Bay, has beautiful coastal walks, beaches and camping sites.   

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Learn more

Long Gully campground is in Budawang National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

A natural haven

Looking towards Mount Budawang, Budawang National Park. Photo: Lucas Boyd

Budawang supports a wide variety of trees and plants, so budding naturalists will find much of interest here. The eastern slopes of the range contain tall eucalypt forests, temperate rainforest, and several threatened species. There are Budawang ash and pinkwoods as well. Higher up, on the summits of Mount Budawang and Currockbilly Mountain, visitors can see the endemic species of Budawang wallaby grass - it doesn't grow anywhere else in the world.

  • Long Gully picnic area Long Gully picnic area is a comfortable spot to settle down for the day beside scenic Yadboro River, with nearby swimming and day walks for the experienced hiker.

Old stock routes

Mount Budawang trail, Budawang National Park. Photo: Lucas Boyd

Once European settlers arrived, early exploration of the area concentrated on finding routes across the rugged escarpment country to link the tablelands and coast. Many of the ancient Aboriginal pathways became an important part of the early bridle trail network used for movement of stock. One of these was Wog Wog track, which was used to move cattle from Braidwood to the coast.

Volcanic foundations

View from Mount Budawang, Budawang National Park. Photo: Lucas Boyd

Southern Budawang Range is formed on Devonian sediments that were uplifted to form the Budawang Synclinorium. Volcanic rock on the slopes slowly transforms into fertile soil that supports the varied ecosystems of tall moist forest and rainforest. The altitude range in the park is more than 800 metres, though two peaks in the park - Mount Budawang and Currockbilly Mountain - rise to over 1,100m above sea level.

  • Mount Budawang trail A challenging yet rewarding walk, cutting through several environments; from grassy woodland to montane forest, and finishing at the summit for scenic views.

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Long Gully campground hero, Budawang National Park. Photo: Lucas Boyd