Mountain Arm campground
Yengo National Park
Get the kids out of town for an adventure at Mountain Arm campground. Set near a shallow creek, it offers mountain biking and hiking.
|Tent, Camper trailer site, Camping beside my vehicle
|Barbecue facilities, public phone, toilets
|What to bring
|Drinking water, cooking water, firewood
|Bookings for up to 2 sites and 12 people can be made online.
|This campground is not suitable for group bookings.
Grab a spot on the gently sloping grass and set up camp after an easy drive from Sydney or Newcastle. Only accessible by 4WD, Mountain Arm campground is a peaceful and remote rustic camping site which offers a great family getaway within Yengo National Park, near Windsor.
If you’ve got an off-road caravan or trailer, bring it along, otherwise set up the tent. Choose your spot beside the creek for a tranquil location amidst brilliantly flowering wattles before you set out to explore. The creek next to this campground tends to only hold water after rain, but the lovely big trees along the creek offer shade and plenty of birdlife to watch.
There are trails for bushwalking and mountain biking nearby, and Big Yango loop trail offers excellent 4WD touring. You might spot a wombat or swamp wallaby, or even a goanna when the weather is warm.
For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/campgrounds/mountain-arm-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
- Bulga office
- Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm.
- 02 6574 5555
- 2156 Putty Road, Bulga NSW 2330
- 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.
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.
- 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
- All roads require 4WD vehicle
- Dry weather only
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.
Try mountain bike-riding around the Mount Yengo loop trail.
Set up camp at either Blue Gums or Mountain Arm campground and enjoy the stunning spring wildflower display.
Great for 4WD touring, experience those amazing sunsets and spectacular views from Finchley lookout.
Make Big Yango House your base to explore the park, enjoy warm days on the verandah and chilly nights by the fireplace.
- 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.
- Firewood is not provided and may not be collected from the park.
- 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.
- Non-flush toilets
- Fire rings (bring your own firewood)
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
Disability access level - no wheelchair access
Mountain Arm campground is not wheelchair-accessible.
Generators are permitted as long as due consideration is given to other visitors. Generators may be used between 10am and 8pm.
Horses are permitted in the Big Yango precinct, but are limited to the valley floors and set trails.
- 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.
Flying a drone for recreational purposes is prohibited in this area. Drones may affect public enjoyment, safety and privacy, interfere with park operations, or pose a threat to wildlife. See the Drones in Parks policy.
This area may be a declared Drone Exclusion Zone, or may be subject to Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) rules for flying near airports, aerodromes and helicopter landing sites. See CASA's Drone Flyer Rules.
Commercial filming and photography
Mountain Arm campground is in Yengo National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:
Amazing animal and birdlife
Yengo is home to a great diversity of wildlife, including around 50 species of mammals such as wombats, wallaroos, koalas and gliding possums, and over 200 species of birds. Watch out for the gang gang, yellow-tailed and glossy black cockatoos gliding between the treetops, or see if you can spot a lyrebird darting across bush tracks. Look closely at the steep rugged cliff faces found in the park as you might catch a glimpse of the endangered brush-tailed rock-wallaby.
- Yango walking track Yango walking track in Yengo National Park takes hikers through pristine wilderness, including rainforest, and offers outstanding views.
Ancient Aboriginal culture
Yengo National Park and the surrounding areas have been an important spiritual and cultural place for the Darkinjung and Wonnarua People for thousands of years. No wonder there are over 640 recorded Aboriginal cultural sites in the park and nearby areas. Creation stories recount that Biamie, the ancestral being, stepped off the flat top of Mount Yengo into the sky when he finished his creation. Today, Aboriginal stories and rock engravings connect us with the rich culture of this ancient land and its people.
- Finchley cultural walk An astonishing wealth of ancient Aboriginal rock art, as well as great insights into Aboriginal history, draws visitors to the Finchley cultural walk.
- Finchley lookout Finchley lookout offers spectacular views over this remote wilderness area and an insight into the Aboriginal cultural heritage of Yengo National Park.
- Wollombi Aboriginal culture tours and camps Immerse yourself in the world’s oldest living culture and visit important spiritual and cultural sites in and around Yengo National Park on tours with Wollombi Aboriginal Cultural Experiences and Consultancy.
Remote wilderness to discover
Yengo offers a range of activities and options for all ages. Unsealed tracks through remote valleys provide opportunities to explore the park on mountain bike or by 4WD. For bushwalkers, there are many options to experience the rugged beauty of the park on foot, with both short walks and overnight walks. In the Big Yango precinct, there are even opportunities for horse riding adventures.
- Big Yango loop trail Big Yango loop trail is a great activity for 4WD touring and mountain biking when staying at Blue Gums campground, Mountain Arm campground or Big Yango House in Yengo National Park.
- Howes trail Drive through open forests along Howes trail, a must-do 4WD touring route in Yengo National Park.
World Heritage wonders
Yengo National Park is one of the eight conservation areas that make up the massive Greater Blue Mountains Area World Heritage Property. Covering one million hectares, it was included in the World Heritage list in December 2000 for its remarkable geographic, botanic and cultural values. There are more than 90 different eucalypt species found here - some 13 per cent of all eucalypt species in the world.