5 best camping spots in and around Canberra

There is an abundance of beautiful campsites in and around Canberra that are both hidden gems and classic local spots for the avid camper and traveler.

To save you the hassle of finding the best location for you, Canberra Weekly has brought together our top five campsites with a range of breathtaking nature parks, caves and rivers for you to enjoy.

As there are many types of places you can pitch your tent or park your RV, we have included both well-known campgrounds in reserves and national parks, as well as off the beaten path campsites. in some of the most scenic spots in the ACT region.

Cotter Campsite

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Nestled on the banks of the beautiful Murrumbidgee River, Cotter Campground is a classic ACT location with its fantastic facilities, wide range of camping styles available, convenient location, and accessibility for people with disabilities. The campsite is a great place to base yourself if you are exploring the Brindabella Ranges, northern Namadgi Park or the nearby Stromlo Forest Park. Frequent visitors to the campground include emus and kangaroos.

things to see

  • Moores hill lookout
  • Grasstree Belvedere
  • Pin curvature
  • Cotter Avenue
  • Sands of Casuarina
  • Emus, kangaroos, wombats and, if you’re lucky, you might even see a platypus

Things to do

  • Picnics and barbecues
  • Peach
  • To swim
  • Walking tracks
  • Nautical sports
  • Wood fire
  • Nature observation

things to like

  • Electric and gas barbecues
  • Canoe-kayak entry point
  • Drink water
  • Common fireplace
  • Sheltered picnic tables
  • Showers
  • Bathroom
  • Walking tracks
  • Wheelchair access
  • Washing facilities

Rates per night:

Reduced rate $ 10

Senior $ 12

Adult $ 15

Children under 15 free

Location: 1691 Cotter Road, Stromlo ACT 2611

Plans: google.com/maps

Little Jasper Reserves

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Image: Wee Jaspers Reserve

A perfect slice of paradise along the Goodradigbee River, Wee Jasper Reserves offers four pristine camping reserves where you can stop, relax, and enjoy the serenity. Sitting along the famous Hume and Hovell Walking Trail, immerse yourself in the stunning natural beauty of the area at Billy Grace Preserve, Fitzpatrick Trackhead Preserve, Swinging Bridge Preserve or Micalong Creek Preserve. If you want a more adventurous vacation, why not explore the spectacular Wee Jasper Caves with a guided tour of the wild outdoor cave and learn about the rich cultural history of the land.

things to see

  • 56 species of native birds and easily spotted mammals and reptiles
  • Goodradigbee River
  • Hume and Hovel walking track starting at Fitzpatrick Trackhead
  • Wee Jasper Caves

Things to do

  • Stand up paddle
  • Bird watching
  • Walk in the bush
  • Wild caving
  • To swim
  • Kayak
  • Peach
  • Locust
  • Potholing
  • Cheese Making Class

things to like

  • Access suitable for all types of vehicles, including coaches and large motorhomes
  • Small kiosk with groceries, ice cream and gas refills at the Billy Grace reserve office
  • Composed of waste


Adult (over 16) – $ 17 per person, per night.

Child (4-15 years old) – $ 4 per person, per night.

Baby (under 4 years old) – Free, but must be entered on the reservation.

Dog (any size or age) – Free, but must be listed on the reservation.

Day Visitor and Cave User (all types) – $ 2 per person, must be registered at the Billy Grace office.

Location: 5 Nottingham Road, Wee Jasper NSW 2582

Plans: google.com/maps

Bendethera Valley Campsite

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Image: NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service

Secluded and almost completely untouched, the Bendethera Valley Campground is the perfect place for avid cavers and explorers, or campers just looking to relax in peace. There are plenty of swimming spots dotted along the Deua River that runs through this open valley, and a plethora of hiking trails, including the Bendethera Cave Trail.

things to see

  • Kangaroos, wallabies and wombats
  • Acacia Bendethera blooms in spring
  • Bendethera cave
  • Deua river

Things to do

  • To swim
  • Bird watching
  • Walk in the bush
  • Picnic by the river
  • Potholing
  • Tourism

things to like

  • BBQ facilities
  • Picnic tables
  • Bathroom
  • Parking available

Price: Free with only $ 6 reservation fee

Location: Bendethera Valley Campground, NSW 2537

Plans: google.com/maps

Goolabri, the hidden fairway

Image: HipCamp.com.au

This regenerated golf course is one of the finalists for Best Tent or Caravan Site of 2022 on HipCamp, with an incredible 99% recommendation rate. Dan’s property includes a dam you can swim in, abundant wildlife to view, and great wetlands. Feel the tranquility for yourself and wake up alongside grazing kangaroos and songbirds, and end the day basking under the starry sky.

things to see

  • Forest
  • Dam
  • Domain
  • Swamps
  • Cultivate
  • Brindabella National Park nearby
  • Close to Burrinjuck Waters State Park
  • Kangaroos

Things to do

  • Wildlife observation
  • To swim

things to like

  • Available for tents, vans, trucks, RVs, trailers and RVs
  • Wheelchair access
  • Up to 6 guests per site
  • 20 sites to choose from
  • Authorized generators
  • Flat surface levels
  • Located on the old golf course

Price: $ 28 per night (for two people)

Location: Goolabri property, NSW 2620

Plans: google.com/maps

Land of Jeanelle S

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Image: HipCamp.com.au

North East of Tarago NSW, Jeanelle S’s property is highly rated on HipCamp with 96% of people recommending this rural campsite. Featuring native vegetation and spacious campsites, it is ideally located for exploring the surrounding national parks. With ultimate privacy, so many activities and places to explore, this vast and beautiful land is well worth a visit.

things to see

  • Sheep and horses on the property belonging to Jeanelle
  • Abundant wildlife including kangaroos, wombats, opossums, lizards, turtles, birds (including slant tailed eagles) and snakes
  • Bungonia National Park
  • Dam
  • Historic hotel for loaded dogs
  • The great Goulburn merino
  • Bathing places within 45 minutes by car
  • Morton National Park
  • Oallen Ford
  • Shoalhaven River
  • Bomaderry Creek
  • Meroo National Park
  • Jervis Bay National Park

Things to do

  • Swim in the dam or at one of the nearby swimming spots
  • Explore the surrounding national parks
  • Go in search of gold at Oallen Ford
  • Visit the historic buildings nearby
  • Wildlife observation

things to like

  • 8 sites to choose from
  • Up to 12 people authorized on each site
  • Fireplaces and firewood provided
  • accepted animals

Price: $ 15 per person per night, free for children under 16

Location: given after reservation

Plans: hipcamp.com/en-AU/discover/new-sud-wales/jeanelle-ss-land

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