Native Dog campground

Cathedral Rock National Park

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Native Dog campground, just off Guyra Road, has plenty of open grassland for picnicking or pitching a tent. Native Dog creek is a short walk away.

Accommodation Details
Number of campsites 6
Camping type Tent, Camper trailer site, Camping beside my vehicle
Facilities Picnic tables, barbecue facilities, carpark, toilets
What to bring Drinking water, cooking water
Bookings Bookings for up to 2 sites and 12 people can be made online.
Group bookings This campground is not suitable for group bookings.
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Native Dog campground is spread far and wide, and ideal for relaxing. It’s mere minutes from the Cathedral Rock National Park’s northern entrance, so shortly after arriving at the park you’ll soon be lazing in the picnic area with a cup of tea in hand.

Kids and adults alike will enjoy clambering on boulders and playing on the grass; there are plenty of boulders and lush grass to run and play on. If you feel like heading out on a walk, Warrigal track is an easy 1km circuit and Native Dog Creek is ideal for paddling. For a longer hike, carry on to Woolpack Rocks and, beyond that, Cathedral Rock.

Kangaroos and wallabies feed on open grassland and are often found posing for photographs among the boulders and tents. Birdwatchers will be thrilled; over 90 species of birds live in Cathedral Rock. Not to be outdone in the beauty stakes, myrtle tea trees, lemon bottlebrush and the pretty purple flowered coast mint bush all thrive here.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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All the practical information you need to know about Native Dog campground.

Getting there and parking

Native Dog campground is in the north section of Cathedral Rock National Park. To get there:

  • Take Guyra Road north for 10km from the Waterfall Way intersection (3km west of Ebor).
  • From Guyra Road, turn left and follow a short gravel road into Native Dog campground.

Road quality

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather


Parking is available in a small hard-packed ground carpark at Native Dog campground. You can also park at your campsite.

Best times to visit

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


Within the tall, moist forest, kangaroos poise in the mist amongst granite boulders as morning light streams through the canopy,making this the ideal time of year to capture that perfect photograph.


Feast your eyes on this season's wildflower displays, when heath shrub and ground plants show you what they're really made of. Bring your walking shoes and a macro lens.


The relatively high altitude of the park offers cool respite from the summer heat of the region's western slopes and coastal lowlands.


Rug up and come prepared as winter temperatures plunge overnight. The rewards for braving the cold are sparkling frosty mornings and clear sunny days. Winter is also the peak time for the male lyrebird to call with most intensity as he courts a mate.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature


11.5°C and 23°C

Highest recorded


Winter temperature


1°C and 11°C

Lowest recorded



Wettest month


Driest month


The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day



Water is not available at this campground.


  • Non-flush toilets

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

  • Wood barbecues (firewood supplied)


Step-free access

There is step-free access around the campground, but there are no pathways. You'll need to cross over a mixture of hard-packed ground and grass to reach the facilities.

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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.

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.

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).


Disability access level - medium

Native Dog campground is flat and step-free, but there are no pathways. You'll need to cross over flat grass and hard-packed ground to reach the facilities.

There is an accessible non-flush toilet at the campground.



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.


NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Learn more

Native Dog campground is in Cathedral Rock National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

270 million years in the making

Cathedral Rock track rock pile, Cathedral Rock National Park. Photo: Barbara Webster

The granites of the New England batholith, which formed deep beneath the earth's surface 270 million years ago, dominate Cathedral Rock National Park. For the next 50 million years, further intrusions of molten rock were forced into fissures deep within the earth's crust, forming some of the dykes evident in the park today. Weathering has exposed large granite tors - most notably, Cathedral Rock, a series of large granite boulders perched one on top of another to a height of about 200m and extending approximately 1km. The most recent geological feature in the park is the basalt-capping on the summit of Round Mountain, a domed peak in the centre of the park. These basalt flows originated in the Ebor volcano, centred to the east of Point lookout, which was active around 18 million years ago.

  • Cathedral Rock track Cathedral Rock track is an exciting and challenging walk, near to Barokee campground and Round Mountain, offering scenic views across the New England Tablelands from the summit.
  • Warrigal walking track Warrigal walking track, close to Native Dog campground in Cathedral Rock National Park, is a short, easy walk that’s popular with families and those who enjoy birdwatching.
  • Woolpack Rocks Starting from Native Dog campground, follow this track to Woolpack Rocks, where you can picnic, birdwatch and walk to the summit for views across the New England Tablelands.

Rich with colour and biodiversity

Eastern grey kangaroo (Macropus giganteus), Cathedral Rock National Park. Photo: A Harber

Flax lily, pixie cap and wax lip are just some of the flowering plants and understory shrubs you'll find in Cathedral Rock National Park. Most wildflowers emerge in spring, but ground orchids bloom at various times of the year, and banksias display their orange flowers year-round. Keep a particular eye out for the Montane green five-corners - this threatened plant only grows on granite soils in or near the park. You'll also find concentrated areas of wattle, where broad-leaf hickory, silver and fern leaf wattle flower in late winter and early spring. Eastern grey kangaroos graze in the open grassy areas of the park alongside red-necked and swamp wallabies and wallaroos. Other wildlife you're likely to spot here are glossy black cockatoos, skinks, wedge-tailed eagles and rose robins by day, and the threatened brush-tailed phascogales and spotted-tailed quolls by night.

  • Barokee to Native Dog Creek walk This track is the longest in Cathedral Rock National Park. It links Barokee and Native Dog campgrounds and takes in both Woolpack Rocks and Cathedral Rock along the way.
  • Warrigal walking track Warrigal walking track, close to Native Dog campground in Cathedral Rock National Park, is a short, easy walk that’s popular with families and those who enjoy birdwatching.

Walking experiences for all levels

Barokee campground, Cathedral Rock National Park. Photo: Barbara Webster

From a stroll to a scramble, there are plenty of walking opportunities in Cathedral Rock National Park. Hiking tracks are easily accessible from the campgrounds and the longest track - Barokee to Native Dog Creek walk - can be started from either end. Cathedral Rock track is a medium-difficulty walk, and will take you almost three hours. And there are off-track opportunities for those who are experienced, well-equipped, and walking as part of a group.

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