Bargo State Conservation Area
All the practical information you need to know about Bargo State Conservation Area.
Getting there and parking
- 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 Little River trail, heading in a north-west direction for 2.3km.
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
12.2°C and 24.7°C
2.6°C and 12°C
The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day
Maps and downloads
- in the Sydney and surrounds and Country NSW regions
Bargo State Conservation Area is always open but may be closed at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
02 4588 2400
Contact hours: Monday to Friday , 9.30am to 4pm.
- Bowmans Cottage, 370 Windsor Street, Richmond NSW 2753
- Richmond office
02 4720 6200 Infoline
Contact hours: Entry station is only open on weekends, public holidays and school holidays.
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- Glenbrook office
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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)
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