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Bargo State Conservation Area

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Bargo State Conservation Area.

Getting there and parking

From Buxton:

  • Head southwest on West Parade, which becomes Wilson Drive.
  • Travel approximately 2.4 from the centre of Buxton, to the track head of Little River trail.
  • To get to the natural swimming pools, walk down 'the steps' trail at the end of Boundary Road in a westerly direction for 500m.

By bike

Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information. Please note that bikes are generally left outside this gated reserve.

Cycling is permitted in the area on a restricted basis through application to Nattai Area Office, Bents Basin, and the issue of a gate key. Contact the Nattai Area Office for more information.

By public transport

Bargo State Conservation Area is accessible by train to Bargo on the Southern Highlands line, then by bus or on foot.

For information about public transport options, visit the NSW transport info website.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Bargo State Conservation Area. Here are some of the highlights.


Take advantage of the milder weather and enjoy some scenic hiking.


This season is ideal for bushwalking, swimming and birdwatching.


You can skip the hike on very hot days and go swimming in the pools along the creeks and river instead.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature


12.2°C and 24.7°C

Highest recorded


Winter temperature


2.6°C and 12°C

Lowest recorded



Wettest month


Driest month


The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day


Maps and downloads

Safety messages

However you discover NSW national parks and reserves, we want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Our park and reserve systems contrast greatly so you need to be aware of the risks and take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.

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).



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.

Bargo State Conservation Area


Nearby towns

Mittagong (22 km)

Mittagong has a fine collection of sandstone buildings dating from the early years of European settlement in the mid-19th century. Stroll along Main and Victoria streets to see fine country homes, delightful gardens and specialty shops.

Picton (30 km)

Discover Picton's fine heritage architecture on a self-guided walking tour or visit historic Tahmoor House (limited open days). Enjoy a traditionally-brewed beer at George 4th Inn, opened in 1839 for travellers along the Great South Road.

Campbelltown (66 km)

For nature lovers, the Macarthur region has plenty of natural attractions. Explore nature reserves and wildlife trails or see spectacular native flora and fauna at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan, the largest botanic garden in Australia.