Camping near Goulburn

The capital of the Southern Tablelands has heritage sites and outdoor adventures.

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Camping near Goulburn guide

Overview

Goulburn’s legacy as Australia’s first inland city is on proud display at numerous historical sites. Must-visit spots include the Riversdale Homestead and the Goulburn Rail Heritage Centre, while a selfie with the Big Merino is a nod to the city’s wool-making heritage. Outdoors lovers have plenty of reasons to stick around, whether fishing along the Wollondilly River, playing a game of golf, or exploring the surrounding Tablelands, where activities range from wine tasting to rock climbing. Check into one of the caravan parks in town or enjoy bush camping in the nearby national parks. 

Where to go

Northern Tablelands

North of Goulburn, the verdant Tablelands climb up into the southern Blue Mountains, and there are several national parks within day-trip distance. Swim and camp along the riverside in the Abercrombie River National Park, escape the crowds at backcountry campsites in Nattai National Park, or discover Wombeyan Caves.

Bungonia

East of Goulburn, the soaring canyons, rocky gorges, and dense bushlands of Bungonia National Park provide challenging terrain for explorers. Hike to scenic lookouts, venture into underground caves, or get your adrenaline fix canyoning, rock climbing, or abseiling. Campsites are located in the park and along Shoalhaven Creek.

Canberra Tablelands 

A patchwork of lakes, farmlands, and tree-lined valleys stretch southwest of Goulburn, all the way to the Australian capital. Sample cool-climate wines in the Yass Valley, spot birds around George Lake and Bathurst Lake, or enjoy hiking, mountain biking, and camping in the forests of the Tallaganda National Park.

When to go

Goulburn has four seasons, but the weather rarely hits extremes, and outdoor activities are possible year-round with the right clothing. Summer (December through February) can get busy, so book campsites well in advance, especially for the surrounding national parks. 

Know before you go

  • Goulburn has bus and train links to Sydney and Canberra, but having your own transport is recommended for exploring the national parks.
  • Goulburn has a small selection of shops where you can pick up camping gear and stock up on supplies.
  • A permit is required to camp within NSW’s national parks, and campsites must be booked in advance.

Nearby attractions

A popular sport and recreation destination, Windamere Dam is just several hours inland from Newcastle and is a great day trip for those camping near the Blue Mountains.

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