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Mountain Arm campground

Yengo National Park

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Mountain Arm campground.

Getting there and parking

Mountain Arm campground is in the Big Yango precinct of Yengo National Park. From Laguna on the Wollombi Road (Tourist Route 33):

  • 1.5km south of Laguna, take Yango Creek Road for 2.2km to the intersection with Upper Yango Creek Road.
  • Turn left onto Upper Yango Creek Road and travel for 2.6km to the intersection with the Finchley track.
  • Turn right uphill and follow the road for 9.2km to the Yango track intersection, just past Finchley lookout.
  • Veer right onto Yango track and follow it for 13km then turn left onto Big Yango Entrance Road, where you will find a gate (pin/combination number required).
  • From the gate, travel a further 5km towards Big Yango House.
  • Go past the house and the pine trees and follow the road for 3km to the campground.

There is no access to Big Yango precinct via Stockyard Creek Road near Paynes Crossing. Please take note of this, as navigation tools such as Google Maps may direct you that way if you're travelling from the north.

Entry to Big Yango precinct and surrounds

There is one gate into Big Yango precinct that uses a combination lock.

Other gates such as those at Nowllands trail, Tumbledown, Spring Arm Link, Yango walk and the Yokey trail/Rascally intersection are locked to prevent damage to environmentally sensitive areas, cultural sites or the Yengo Wilderness Area.

Road quality

  • 4WD vehicles are required to access the campground
  • 32km of unsealed roads, including 3km of 4WD-only access
  • There are 3 causeway crossings; please check depths before crossing and depths can vary
  • Check the weather before you set out as the road to Mountain Arm campground can become boggy when it rains

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • All roads require 4WD vehicle

Weather restrictions

  • Dry weather only

Parking

Campsites are unmarked so there is plenty of parking. Maximum 3 vehicles per booking.

Best times to visit

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

Autumn

Try mountain bike-riding around the Mount Yengo loop trail.

Spring

Set up camp at either Blue Gums or Mountain Arm campground and enjoy the stunning spring wildflower display.

Summer

Great for 4WD touring, experience those amazing sunsets and spectacular views from Finchley lookout.

Winter

Make Big Yango House your base to explore the park, enjoy warm days on the verandah and chilly nights by the fireplace.

Facilities

  • The campground accommodates up to 36 campers and is suitable for groups.
  • Campsites are unmarked and suitable for off-road caravans, camper trailers, 4WD campervans and tents.
  • Water isn't available at this campground, so you'll need to bring your own supply.
  • Firewood is not provided and may not be collected from the park. You’ll need to bring your own supply. 
  • Rubbish bins are not available. Please take your rubbish with you. Please don't burn any rubbish in the fire rings.
  • There is no power available in the campground.
  • Camping is also available at Blue Gums campground, or you may prefer to stay at Big Yango House.
  • Horses are permitted in the Big Yango precinct, but are limited to the valley floors and set trails. You can only house your horses at the yards near Big Yango House or the yards at Blue Gums campground. The yards are not maintained and use of the yards is at your own risk. For more information contact the Bulga office.

Toilets

Composting

  • Non-flush toilets

Barbecue facilities

  • Fire rings (bring your own firewood)

Public phone

An emergency phone is available down at the bottom shed below Big Yango House. You can only make emergency Triple Zero (000) calls or reverse charge calls.

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.

The weather in the area can be extreme and unpredictable, so please ensure you’re well prepared for your visit and check the weather before you set out as the road to Mountain Arm campground can become boggy when it rains

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.

In the event of a bushfire, proceed to Big Yango House and the slashed grassed areas, and remain there until emergency services arrive. Report fire by phoning Triple Zero (000) from the emergency phone located outside the bottom shed.

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).

Depending on your carrier, some reception may be available at the main gate accessing the property, at the top of the hill above the main gate, or on several high ridges that the 4WD trails run along.

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.

Accessibility

Disability access level - no wheelchair access

Mountain Arm campground is not wheelchair-accessible.

Permitted

Generators

Generators are permitted as long as due consideration is given to other visitors. Generators may be used between 10am and 8pm.

Horses

Horses are permitted in the Big Yango precinct, but are limited to the valley floors and set trails.

Prohibited

  • Unregistered vehicles such as trail bikes, mini bikes or quad bikes are not permitted.
  • Flying recreational drones is prohibited in this area. See the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) guidelines and read the OEH Drones in Parks policy for more information.

Gathering firewood

Firewood may not be collected from the park. You’ll need to bring your own supply.

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.

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Park info

  • in Yengo National Park in the Sydney and surrounds and North Coast regions
  • Yengo National Park is always open, but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

    The Big Yango precinct of the park is within locked gates and requires a permit to enter.

Mountain Arm campground, Yengo National Park. Photo: John Spencer