Wares Yards campground

Selwyn area in Kosciuszko National Park

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Overview

Wares Yards campground, just off Snowy Mountains Highway, offers basic facilities and room for horses, not far from Tantangara Dam.

Accommodation Details
Camping type Tent, Camper trailer site, Caravan site, Camping beside my vehicle , Camping with horses
Facilities Carpark, toilets
What to bring Firewood
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
  • Campsites are unpowered.
  • This campground is suitable for groups and camping with horses.
  • This is a remote campground, so please make sure you arrive well-prepared.
  • There is limited mobile reception in this area of the park.
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Wares Yards campground is conveniently located just off Snowy Mountains Highway and offers an ideal base to explore the area, including Boggy, Nungar, and Kellys Plains.

Sheltered among snow gums in subalpine woodland, Wares Yards campground is a great place to go horse riding and kick back for a relaxing weekend escape. Those who enjoy bushwalking or mountain biking can also explore plenty of meandering trails nearby. The abundance of birdlife makes this campground a birdwatching wonderland, and nearby Tantangara Dam is well-suited for swimming, fishing, and boating or kayaking in the warmer months.

Keep watch for local wildlife around Wares Yards campground as the site is also home to eastern grey kangaroos and flame robins, so remember to bring the camera.

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/wares-yards-campground/local-alerts

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All the practical information you need to know about Wares Yards campground.

Getting there and parking

Wares Yards campground is in the northern precinct of Kosciuszko National Park. To get there:

From Tumut Visitor Centre:

  • Drive along Snowy Mountains Highway for 109.6 km and then turn left onto Tantangara Road

From Adaminaby:

  • Drive along Snowy Mountains Highway for 19.4 km and then turn right onto Tantangara Road
  • After approximately 7km along Tantangara Road, turn left into Wares Yards campground.

Road quality

  • It's recommended that all vehicles carry snow chains from the June to October long weekends. Read our snow driving in Kosciuszko tips.
  • 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

Weather restrictions

  • 4WD required in wet weather

Parking

Parking is available at Wares Yards campground.

Facilities

  • Services are available at nearby Adaminaby.
  • Creek water is available – you’ll need to treat or boil it before drinking.
  • Rubbish bins are not available – please take rubbish with you when leaving.
  • Firewood is not provided, but it may be collected from the park (chainsaws are not permitted).

Toilets

  • Non-flush toilets

Carpark

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Alpine safety

Alpine areas present special safety issues. Conditions can be extreme and may change rapidly, particularly in winter. It’s important to be prepared and find out how to stay safe in alpine areas.

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.

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).

Water activities

Beaches, rivers and lakes in NSW national parks offer lots of opportunities for water activities. Please take care in the water and find out how to help your family and friends stay safe around water.

Accessibility

Disability access level - hard

  • Wheelchairs can access this area with some difficulty.

Permitted

Generators

Horses

Prohibited

Drones

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

Commercial filming or photography is prohibited without prior consent. You must apply for permission and contact the local office.

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.

Learn more

Wares Yards campground is in Selwyn area. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Kiandra's claims to fame

Kiandra Heritage track, Kosciszko National Park. Photo: Murray Vanderveer/NSW Government

The discovery of gold at Kiandra in 1859 attracted up to 10,000 prospectors hoping to strike it rich. Just 18 months later, after harsh winters and falling gold finds, only a few hundred gold miners remained. It's remembered as one of Australia’s shortest gold rushes, not to mention it’s highest (and coldest). In 1861, Kiandra became the birthplace of skiing in Australia, when Norwegian gold miners fashioned skis from fence palings. By the 1870s regular ski carnivals were arranged, and Australia had its first official ski slope here. Mining continued into the 1930s, with grazing and winter skiing also keeping the community alive. Before devastating fires in 2019-2020, four buildings still stood here, including Kiandra Courthouse, which had served as a courthouse, private residence, ski chalet, hotel and bar.

Plants and animals you may see

Animals

  • Common wombat. Photo: Keith Gillett

    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.

  • A juvenile platypus saved by National Parks and Wildlife staff. Photo: M Bannerman/OEH

    Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)

    One of the most fascinating and unusual Australian animals, the duck-billed platypus, along with the echidna, are the only known monotremes, or egg-laying mammals, in existence. The platypus is generally found in permanent river systems and lakes in southern and eastern NSW and east and west of the Great Dividing Range.

  • Wedge-tailed eagle. Photo: Kelly Nowak

    Wedge-tailed eagle (Aquila audax)

    With a wingspan of up to 2.5m, the wedge-tailed eagle is Australia’s largest bird of prey. These Australian animals are found in woodlands across NSW, and have the ability to soar to heights of over 2km. If you’re bird watching, look out for the distinctive diamond-shaped tail of the eagle.

Plants

  • Billy Button flowers at Peery Lake picnic area. Photo: Dinitee Haskard OEH

    Billy buttons (Craspedia spp. )

    Billy buttons are attractive Australian native plants that are widespread throughout eastern NSW in dry forest, grassland and alpine regions such as Kosciuszko National Park. The golden-yellow globe-shaped flowers are also known as woollyheads. Related to the daisy, billy buttons are an erect herb growing to a height of 50cm.

Environments in this area