Cotter Campground

Wheelchair Toilets BBQ Shelter Water Tables Fishing Swimming Canoe Walking Campground NoDog



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 and is suitable for groups of up to ten people. Hot showers, potable water, flushing toilets, dishwashing facilities, wood, gas and electric barbecues are provided. Bring your own wood or buy some in the morning from the ranger. Bookings are not required and fees are payable by cash only to the ranger or into the honesty box.

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, Tidbinbilla Deep Space Communication Centre, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and Tharwa Village. For those who have come from out of town, Cotter Campground is only a 20 minute drive back into the city to explore the many attractions that Canberra has to offer.

No dogs allowed.

For dog friendly camping in the ACT, you can go to Blue Range Hut or Woods Reserve.

Campground volunteer opportunity.

Located close by:



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

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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
  • Toilets
  • Electric, gas and wood barbecues
  • Shelter
  • Drinking water
  • Picnic tables
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Canoe entry point
  • Walking trail
  • Campground
Walking trails

Walking trails

The Bullen Track

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. There is no bridge so you may get your feet wet as you wade and rock hop across. 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.



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

Camping information

  • Areas for tents, campervans and vans (no onsite power or sullage available).
  • Maximum length of stay is two weeks.
  • Showers, toilets and wash up facilities on site.
  • Pets not allowed.
  • No generators.
  • Bookings not available.

Camping fees

  • $12.00 per adult per night, $10.00 for seniors card holders and $8.00 for concession/student. No charge for children under 15 years of age.
  • For more information visit the fees and charges page.
  • Fees can be paid to the rangers or left in the honesty box at the entrance. Bookings not available.

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

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