Thread: The Blue Mountains Best Camping Spots

It’s hard to believe that a mere 90 minutes’ drive away from the concrete jungle of Sydney, NSW, lies one of the nation’s most spectacular hideaways – the majestic Blue Mountains.

So named because of the blue vapour that hangs in the air when the dense eucalyptus forest is warmed by the dazzling sun, The Blue Mountains area is a treasure trove of adventure and relaxation amid rugged cliffs, plunging valleys, and dense bushland rich with native life.

Boasting seven national parks, world-famous caves, crystal-clear swimming holes, and must-see landmarks, The Blue Mountains is the perfect place to enjoy free camping, take a trailer, or even give glamping a go. Here are just a few of the best places to camp.

Euroka Campground, Blue Mountains National Park

The World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park is home to one of Katoomba’s most well-known sites – the unique rock formation called Three Sisters. It’s also packed with historic walks, Aboriginal heritage, magnificent waterfalls, natural swimming holes – and great camping!

Head to the Glenbrook Area to pitch a tent in Euroka Campground, a five-camp area on the Nepean River. This is a real Aussie camp experience – no power, showers, flush toilets or mobile coverage – so you can completely disconnect from the world.

It’s basic but beautiful. You’ll be shaded by giant gums and close to adventure, including the Red Hands Cave hike and the Oaks Fire Trail mountain bike track.

Good to Know: You must book ahead and BYO drinking water. Pets not permitted. A 2WD will get you here, but mind the unsealed roads, especially after rain.

Old Ford Reserve, Megalong Valley

Anyone planning a Blue Mountains escape knows about the breathtaking vista from Medlow Bath’s Hydro Majestic Hotel, but few know that the valley it takes in, Megalong, is magical to visit.

Indigenous Australian for ‘valley below the cliffs’, Megalong Valley offers bushwalking, horse riding, and a mix of nature and history close to the lively town of Katoomba.

Here, you can set up camp in the Old Ford Reserve by Megalong Creek. A free spot, it’s the perfect home base for hikers, with the nearby 44-kilometre ‘Six Foot’ walking track taking you through amazing scenery all the way to the famed Jenolan Caves.

Good to Know: Old Ford has toilets and space for campervans and trailers. Bring your own cooking and drinking water.

Turon Gates, Capertee

Just an hours’ drive from the national park lies Capertee, an area famous for the incredible birds that the surrounding protected woodlands attract. In fact, Capertee National Park boasts flora and fauna found nowhere else on the planet!

A great spot to stay here is Turon Gates, an idyllic 6000-acre bush hideaway where pets are welcome, and the world is forgotten.

Here, campsites span the sparkling Turon River, and the facilities are top-notch: hot showers and toilets, rock rings for your campfire, and unlimited fresh mountain stream water. You can even stock up on supplies just before the Turon Gates Road turnoff.

For something truly special, check out their glamping options!

Good to Know: Campers and trailers are welcome but note that there is no refuse dumping. Also, the way in is a little steep for a 2WD pulling another vehicle. Bookings are essential.

Cathedral Reserve campground, Mount Wilson

For a completely different mountains experience, visit Mount Wilson, a pretty little heritage garden village surrounded by rainforest, bushland, exotic gardens and canyons.

Here you can sleep under the stars in Cathedral Reserve, a free council-run spot, with open fireplaces, barbecues, and toilets.

After a peaceful nights’ sleep, walk across the road to forest bathe in the stunning Cathedral of Ferns, a 22-acre walk lined with ancient giant trees and lush ferns; and lit up by fireflies in summer.

Good to Know: Tranquil is an understatement when it comes to Mount Wilson and neighbouring Mount Irvine – there are no shops, cafes or ATMs here, so come prepared. As for Cathedral Reserve, there is no drinking water, and don’t forget the toilet paper!

Whether this area is your own backyard, or you’re coming from afar, Blue Mountains camping is the ideal escape. With 10,300 stunning square kilometres waiting to be explored, there’s no time to waste, so get packing!

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