The Sink campground

Abercrombie River National Park

Overview

Relax in the shade of The Sink campground by Retreat River after an exhilarating day of bushwalking, swimming and 4WDing.

Accommodation Details
Number of campsites 5
Camping type Tent, Camper trailer site, Camping beside my vehicle
Facilities Barbecue facilities, toilets
Price Free.
Bookings For more information about this campground please contact Oberon office.
Please note
  • Sites are unpowered and not marked
  • Water is not available at this campground. You’ll need to bring your own supply for drinking and cooking.
  • This is a remote campground so please arrive well prepared
  • Check the weather before you set out as the river crossings to this campground can become impassable when it rains
  • Noise restrictions apply

Load up the 4WD and set off on an adventure to The Sink campground. Pitch your tent or trailer beside Retreat River and spend a glorious few days bushwalking and swimming.

If you’re a wildlife fan, all you have to do is sit quietly and wait. Wallabies, kangaroos, and emus will rustle in the bushes and could spring out at any time. Make sure you look up too – 60 species of birds, including wedge-tailed eagles, can be spotted in these skies. Quiet, lucky visitors may also be rewarded with the sight of a platypus in the waterholes at dawn or dusk, a rare and special treat indeed.

This very tranquil spot among Argyle apple and tea trees is also a great place to recharge the batteries before heading out for some adrenaline-filled 4WDing, paddling on the river, or swimming in the Retreat River’s cool waters.

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/the-sink-campground/local-alerts

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about The Sink campground.

Getting there and parking

The Sink campground is in the southern precinct of Abercrombie River National Park. To get there:

  • Take Tablelands Way/Abercrombie Road south from Oberon for 32km
  • Turn right onto Isabella Road, 9km past Black Springs.
  • Travel 25km through Vulcan State Forest on Blue Road to Arkstone Road
  • Travel down Abercrombie fire trail to The Retreat trail turn-off
  • Drive carefully down the steep track to the campground

Road quality

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • All roads require 4WD vehicle

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Parking is available at The Sink campground.

Best times to visit

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

Spring

The weather at this time of year is perfect for camping and hiking.

Summer

Bring your swimmers and take a dip in Abercrombie and Retreat rivers.

Winter

The days are crisp – snow falls in higher parts of the park – so pack on the layers, fire up the 4WD and explore some of those trails.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

9°C and 25°C

Highest recorded

34.5°C

Winter temperature

Average

0°C and 11°C

Lowest recorded

­–10.5°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

June

Driest month

March

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

200.3mm

Facilities

Rubbish bins are not available, please take your rubbish with you when leaving.

Toilets

  • Non-flush toilets

Barbecue facilities

  • Fire rings (bring your own firewood)

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.

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.

Fishing safety

Fishing from a boat, the beach or by the river is a popular activity for many national park visitors. If you’re planning a day out fishing, check out these fishing safety tips.

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

Gathering firewood


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

Crookwell (21 km)

Situated high on the Great Dividing Range more than 900 m above sea level, the area experiences four distinct seasons and is ideal for growing disease-free seed potatoes, making it a key supply area to Australia's potato-growing regions. Every March, the region celebrates the industry with the Crookwell Potato Festival.

www.visitnsw.com

Goulburn (22 km)

Named after Henry Goulburn - the British Secretary of State for the Colonies, Goulburn developed into a major centre for wool, and in 1863, it became Australia's first inland city. Today, the town is a rich hub of history, discovery and natural beauty.

www.visitnsw.com

Taralga (6 km)

Many of Taralga's existing buildings date from the 1860s to the 1890s, and most of them consist of stone from local volcanic supplies. This has resulted in an architectural style unique to Taralga that is somewhere between Georgian and Victorian, giving the town a unique and picturesque aesthetic.

www.visitnsw.com

Learn more

The Sink campground is in Abercrombie River National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Aboriginal culture

Sink campground, Abercrombie River National Park. Photo: J Bros

The ridgelines and rivers running through Abercrombie River National Park were once traditional travel and trading routes for the Wiradjuri and Gundungarra People. Evidence of open campsites can be found along the rivers and creeks in the park.

Action-ready

Silent Creek campground, Abercrombie River National Park. Photo: J Bros

This is an environment built for adventure. One of the most popular activities in the park is 4WD touring. Some of the trails running along gorges and ridges can be pretty challenging, even for the experienced driver. For those with plenty of energy, you can also explore these trails on a mountain bike. The rivers and creeks, shaded by tall casuarinas, have plenty of deep waterholes. Pull on your swimmers and jump on in. Or perhaps you’ve got a canoe or kayak – bring it along because there are some good stretches for paddling.

Gold standard

The beach, Abercrombie River National Park. Photo: J Bros

Landscapes of deep gullies with rivers running through them – such as the one found at Abercrombie River – provide ideal conditions for loose gold. During the gold rush of the second half of the 1800s, the precious mineral was discovered here. Following the rivers and creeks you can find evidence – sluices and diggings – still there today.

Wild kingdom

Peron's tree frog (Litoria peroni), Abercombie River National Park. Photo: Sascha Healy

All year round, this is a great spot to observe local wildlife. Kangaroos, wallabies and emus are seen throughout the park, and echidnas and wombats live on the slopes and river flats. The rivers and creeks are home to eastern water dragons and the shy platypus. In summer, you’ll hear the sound of frogs calling out near the creeks. There are also more than 60 species of birds around here – look for wedge-tail eagles soaring above Abercrombie trail.

Plants and animals you may see

Animals

  • Swamp wallaby in Murramarang National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

    Swamp wallaby (Wallabia bicolor)

    The swamp wallaby, also known as the black wallaby or black pademelon, lives in the dense understorey of rainforests, woodlands and dry sclerophyll forest along eastern Australia. This unique Australian macropod has a dark black-grey coat with a distinctive light-coloured cheek stripe.

  • Common wombat. Photo: Ingo Oeland

    Common wombat (Vombatus ursinus)

    A large, squat marsupial, the Australian common wombat is a burrowing mammal found in coastal forests and mountain ranges across NSW and Victoria. The only other remaining species of wombat in NSW, the endangered southern hairy-nosed wombat, was considered extinct until relatively recently.

  • Eastern common ringtail possum. Photo: Ken Stepnell

    Common ringtail possum (Pseudocheirus peregrinus)

    Commonly found in forests, woodlands and leafy gardens across eastern NSW, the Australian ringtail possum is a tree-dwelling marsupial. With a powerful tail perfectly adapted to grasp objects, it forages in trees for eucalypt leaves, flowers and fruit.

Environments in this park

Education resources (1)

Retreat River, Abercrombie River National Park. Photo: NSW Government