Cotter Campground

About

About

Cotter Campground is set on the banks of the beautiful Cotter River and near the confluence with the Murrumbidgee River. A cool retreat in summer and filled with colourful deciduous trees in autumn. It is the most highly serviced bush campground in the ACT, just 14 kilometres from Weston Creek Shopping Centre. The campground caters for a wide range of camping styles from swags to camper trailers to large vans. Hot showers, potable water, flushing toilets, dishwashing facilities and barbecues are provided. Collection of standing or fallen timber from all public lands, including roadsides, is illegal and environmentally damaging, as it removes important habitat.

Cotter Campground provides easy access to walking trails, wildlife, fishing, swimming, canoeing and relaxing. It’s also an easy drive to the scenic Brindabella Mountains and northern Namadgi National Park. Use it as a base to explore the nearby Cotter Dam, Cotter Avenue and Cotter Bend or to travel further afield to explore Stromlo Forest Park, Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve or Tharwa Village. For those who have come from out of town, Cotter Campground is only a 25-minute drive back into the Canberra city centre to explore the many attractions that Canberra has to offer.

No dogs allowed.

For dog friendly camping in the ACT, enjoy a stay at Blue Range Campground, Woods Reserve Campground or Kowen Recreation Area.

For more information on Campground Hosts and other volunteer opportunities see the Get Involved page.

Located close by:

Map

Map

This map shows the location of Cotter Catchment Lookout, Cotter Avenue, Cotter Bend, Cotter Campground, Cotter Caves, Moores Hill, Grasstree Lookout and Casuarina Sands.

Note: If you have difficulty accessing the information in this map please contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

Address: 1691 Cotter Rd, Stromlo, ACT.

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This map shows the location of Cotter Catchment Lookout, Cotter Avenue, Cotter Bend, Cotter Campground, Cotter Caves, Moores Hill, Grasstree Lookout and Casuarina Sands

Facilities and activities

Facilities and activities

  • Wheelchair access
  • Flushing toilets
  • Hot showers
  • Electric, gas and wood barbecues
  • Picnic shelter and picnic tables
  • Drinking water
  • Rubbish and recycling bins
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Canoe entry point
  • Walking trails
Walking trails

Walking trails

The Bullen Track

Access to The Bullen Track via the Cotter Campground is temporarily unavailable due to damage to the campground bridge.

Distance: 4.5km return

Time suggested: 2 hours

Difficulty: moderate

This fascinating walking trail explores both sides of the Cotter River before climbing up the side of the Bullen Range then down to cross the Paddys River. After crossing the river you wind your way up to end at the Cotter Caves which are closed to the public due to vandalism, safety and conservation concerns. However, you can still see inside and learn about the history of mineral exploration in Canberra.

Directions

Directions

Address: 1691 Cotter Rd, Stromlo, ACT.

Located off Cotter Road 25 minutes west of Canberra city centre and 14 kilometres from Weston Creek Shopping Centre.

Camping information

Online bookings required from 11 December 2020

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  • Areas are available for tents, campervans and vans (no onsite power or sullage available).
  • Showers, toilets and wash-up facilities onsite.
  • Pets not allowed.
  • Generators not allowed.

For booking enquiries, contact Namadgi Visitor Centre on (02) 6237 5307.

Visitor Centre opening hours are 9.00am - 4.00pm weekdays and 9.00am - 4.30pm on weekends and public holidays (closed Christmas Day).

Stay length: Guests are welcome at the Cotter Campground for up to two weeks at a time. To make sure there is an equal amount of availability for all guests. People can stay again after four weeks have passed.

Camping fees

  • $15.00 per adult per night, $12.00 for Seniors Card holders and $10.00 for concessions/students.
  • No charge for children under 15 years of age.

Please remember the following

  • Bring your firewood with you. Collection of standing or fallen timber from all public lands, including roadsides, is illegal and environmentally damaging, as it removes important habitat.
  • Be aware that phone reception is not reliable throughout the Murrumbidgee River Corridor. Do not depend on your phone for safety or directions.
  • Please check the water quality conditions before you go swimming

More information and feedback

For more information or to provide feedback, contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81 or complete an online feedback form.

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