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.


Book a campsite online through the ACT Government Online Bookings System or call Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

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 and camper trailers. 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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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, approximately 29 kilometres south of the Namadgi National Park Visitor Centre. The Ready-Cut Cottage is available for hire by groups or individuals.

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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 very popular for horse riding, mountain biking, orienteering and bush walking. The campground is 10 kilometres behind locked gates so booking are essential. The campground has wood and gas barbecues, pit toilet, picnic shelter and picnic tables. Dogs are 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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Nil 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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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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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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