Physical distancing and max occupancy restrictions on campsites are currently in place in response to COVID-19. Make sure you have the latest advice before heading out by visiting

Some campsites in Namadgi National Park remain closed to allow for ongoing bushfire recovery efforts following the Orroral Valley Bushfire. Check which areas are open or contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81.


The ACT provides a great range of camping locations, providing various levels of facilities from urban comfort to remote natural beauty. Please remember the following:

  • Camping, including sleeping out in any type of vehicle, is only permitted at designated camping sites.
  • Campers will need to take their own firewood (or purchase from ACT Parks and Conservation Service staff where able) as taking wood from parks and reserves is not permitted.
  • Rubbish bins are provided at EPIC and the Cotter campground, but campers should take their rubbish home from all other sites.
  • Please camp with care – all plants, animals and habitats are precious and are protected by law.
  • Dogs and other pets are not permitted at Honeysuckle, Orroral, Mt Clear, Cotter campgrounds and Nil Desperandum.
  • Dogs on leads and under control are permitted at Woods Reserve, Blue Range, Old Kowen Homestead and EPIC.

Camping is also available at Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC). For more information visit EPIC.


Select a campground or cottage below for more information on how to book.

Nature Stays—Cottages

Nils Desperandum is an historic rammed earth cottage, located in the Jedbinbilla precinct of Tidbinbilla and is available for overnight stays. Nils comprises of three rooms, a kitchen with wood stove, verandah and fenced garden.

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Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage is an early 'ready-cut' or prefabricated kit home situated in the Gudgenby Valley, on the southern bank of the Gudgenby River in Namadgi National Park. This historic home is a cosy base from which to explore the majestic mountains and rivers of Namadgi.

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Camping Locations

Blue Range recreation area

Blue Range Recreation Area is centred around the remains of a World War II Italian internment camp and is suitable for larger groups (up to 60 people) but also swags. The campground has toilets, wood and gas barbecues, shelter, picnic tables and wheelchair access. Dogs are allowed on leash.

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Centenary Trail Northern Border Campground

Centenary Trail Northern Border Campground is a bush camping site located near the border of NSW, north of Gungahlin on the Centenary Trail. Facilities include a pit toilet, bike racks, covered picnic tables and shaded grassy tent sites. There is no vehicle access to the area and fires are not permitted at the campground.

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Cotter campground

Cotter Campground is set on the banks of the beautiful Cotter River amongst shady native and exotic trees. It is the most highly serviced bush campground in the ACT, just 14 kilometres from the western edge of Canberra. The campground has toilets, wheelchair access, picnic tables, drinking water, shelter and electric, gas and wood barbecues.

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Honeysuckle Campground (Namadgi) is adjacent to the former Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station in Namadgi National Park. There are separate areas for organised groups, campervans and small private parties. A covered shelter with seating, fireplace, gas barbecues and rainwater is provided.

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Kowen recreation area

Kowen Recreation Area is set within a large locked pine plantation and is popular for horse riding, mountain biking, orienteering and bush walking. The campground is 10km behind locked gates so bookings are essential. The campground has wood and gas barbecues, pit toilet, picnic shelter and picnic tables. Dogs allowed.

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Mount Clear Campground (Namadgi) is the most remote campground in the ACT, located in southern Namadgi National Park off the Boboyan Road. It has separate areas for smaller sized organised groups and small private parties. The campground has wood barbecues, picnic tables, a small shelter and pit toilet.

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Orroral Campground (Namadgi) is set alongside the Orroral River and features tent sites for small parties as well as sites for campervans and caravans. The campground has flush toilets, picnic tables, and wood and gas barbecues.

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Camping experience at wildfest

A Wild Night out at Tidbinbilla This is the first time ‘glamping’ tent accommodation is available at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. We have created an itinerary especially designed for families packed with new day and night wildlife encounters where you can see animals in their natural habitat. You can also walk with Park Rangers, enjoy fire side dreamtime stories, join in our camp songs and do some star gazing activities after your BBQ dinner.

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Woods Reserve recreation area

Woods Reserve is situated on the banks of the Gibraltar Creek and is an ideal venue for large groups as well as day picnickers. The campground has gas barbecues, picnic shelter, picnic tables, wood fire pits, hot showers, toilets, and wheelchair access. Dogs are allowed on leash.

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