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Bargo State Conservation Area

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 Little River trail, heading in a north-west direction for 2.3km.

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.

Autumn

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

Spring

This season is ideal for bushwalking, swimming and birdwatching.

Summer

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

Average

12.2°C and 24.7°C

Highest recorded

29.3°C

Winter temperature

Average

2.6°C and 12°C

Lowest recorded

1.7°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

March

Driest month

September

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

297.4mm

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 + 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).

Prohibited

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.

Bargo State Conservation Area

Contact

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.

www.visitnsw.com

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.

www.sydney.com

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.

www.sydney.com

Bargo State Conservation Area. Photo: Nick Cubbin