Honeysuckle Campground

About

About

Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle Campground is situated near the former space tracking station site and is suited to larger groups and families.

The campground is close to Booroomba Rocks and the Australian Alps Walking Track which is a great opportunity to explore north to Mount Tennent or south to the Orroral Valley via the Honeysuckle to Orroral Link.

Honeysuckle Tracking Station

In 1969, 600 million people watched Neil Armstrong walk on the moon and say the famous words “That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind”. The pictures and audio were transmitted from Honeysuckle (not Parkes as is the popular myth). A huge dish-shaped tracking antenna once towered over the site, but those days are long since gone. Remnants of the station still exist and educational signage tells the story of the glory days of the Apollo missions.

No bins are provided - please take your rubbish home with you.

No dogs allowed.

Collection of standing or fallen timber from all public lands, including roadsides, is illegal and environmentally damaging as it removes important habitat. Firewood is available for purchase from Namadgi Visitor Centre.

Facilities and activities

Facilities and activities

  • Separate areas for organised groups, up to four campervans or camper trailers, and small private parties
  • Covered shelter with seats, fireplace and two gas barbeques
  • Wood fire BBQ pits
  • Composting toilets
  • Sealed road access
  • Access to the historic Honeysuckle Tracking Station
  • Wheelchair access
  • No dogs allowed
  • Walking track to Booroomba Rocks/Orroral Ridge.
Walking trails

Walking trails

Walking TrailDescription

Booroomba Rocks

Walk through tall forests to fantastic views from massive granite cliffs. Some steep sections.

Duration: 2.5 km (1.5 hours)

Orroral Valley

This loop trail can be walked in either direction. The fire trail is steeper while the trail up the centre of the valley has a gentler grade. The loop is joined at its northern end by 2 km of the Smokers Trail. The walk has views, kangaroos and wildflowers.

Duration: 19 km (1 day)

Mt Tennent

A challenging walk with magnificent views. Start from the Namadgi Visitor Centre after hours car park, walk along the Woodland Walk, then on the Mt Tennent Track to Cypress Pine Lookout (4.5 km return).

Continue up the steep track to the fire trail that leads to the summit. You can also start at the locked gate on the Apollo Road (first 1 km on private property) following the Mt Tennent fire trail.

Duration: 15 km (6 hours)

Directions

Directions

Located 17 km south of Tharwa, via Apollo Road.

Bookings

  • Bookings are essential (fees apply) and must be made in advance of arrival.
  • Book online or contact Namadgi Visitor Centre on 6207 2900.
  • Seven night limit.

Fees

  • $10.00 per adult per night, $8.00 for seniors card holders and $6.50 for concession/student.
  • No charge for children under 15 years of age.
  • Fees can be paid online or at the Namadgi Visitor Centre.

Please remember the following

  • Firewood is not provided, please bring your own supply or purchase wood from Namadgi Visitor Centre.
  • Fires are restricted to designated fire places. You are encouraged to bring gas or fuel stoves as an alternative to campfires.
  • Rainwater is available but not guaranteed and it is advised to supply your own water or boil or treat any water before drinking.
  • There are no bins provided, please take your rubbish home and recycle.
  • Dogs are not permitted in Namadgi National Park.
  • Be aware that phone reception is not reliable throughout Namadgi National Park. Do not depend on your phone for safety or directions.

Namadgi Visitor Centre

  • Located 3.5 km south of Tharwa.
  • Open 9 am to 4 pm on weekdays and 9 am to 4.30 pm on weekends and public holidays. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Contact the Visitor Centre on 6207 2900 or email namadgi.nationalpark@act.gov.au
  • Admission to the park is free.

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