Camping on the Colo River

Most of the Colo River is either in private hands or in rugged bush and there are relatively few camping options and no free ones unless you are prepared to don a backpack.

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Unfortunately Colo Riverside is no longer taking bookings for camping. This decision is unrelated to Covid-19.

Colo Riverside offers the best paid camping option on the Colo. Colo Riverside is located 100m of the Putty Bridge and offers good amenities including a riverside location. Powered sites $40/night, un-powered $35/night (includes 2 people – extra people 10 years and over $5/night). Fires are allowed (according to fire restrictions in place at the time of your stay) and they have firewood available for sale. The location of Colo Riverside cannot be beaten. The Colo Riverside Cafe is located in the grounds with sealed roads all the way and only 20 mins from Windsor. Amenities include:
  • Amenities block (including hot showers!)
  • No mobile service/wifi but a short drive either direction on the Putty Rd will get you mobile service.
  • Water for washing up etc is available, but not recommended for drinking.
  • We also have a bottle shop and general store on site.
  • Ice for sale.
  • To book call 0456 859 083.
Colo Riverside is next to the Colo River Holiday Park, which used to offer camping but no longer does. Map here… More information here…

Upper Colo Reserve

Hawkesbury Council doesn’t know when they will be opening the Upper Colo Reserve, they will review the situation in August for a possible September re-opening.

The Upper Colo Camping / Recreation Reserve is situated beside the Colo River and covers 13.8 hectares, two-thirds is native bushland that adjoins the Wollemi National Park. Colo Wilderness has been identified as one of the 20 real wilderness areas remaining in South East Australia. The reserve offers a wilderness camping experience with great access to the Colo River. It is ideal for families and those that want to enjoy nature.
    Other features include:
  • Please report to the Ranger prior to setting up your camp site.
  • The Reserve caters for 150 person per night only.
  • The Reserve is isolated but easily accessible by private vehicle and is surrounded by Wollemi National Park.
  • No Mobile or Wireless connection is available at the campground.
  • The road is a narrow winding gravel road that is not suitable for caravans.
  • There are large cleared areas suitable for camping.
  • A rainwater tank has been provided, but it is suggested that campers bring their own drinking water.
  • An amenities block provides both men’s and ladies toilets and showers. Please note that the showers are cold bore water only.
  • Dogs and horses can be taken to the reserve. Dogs must be registered under the Companion Animals Register and kept on a leash. Horses must be yarded.
  • There are no powered sites.
  • No firewood is to be collected from the Reserve or the National Park. Please bring your own firewood.
  • No generators or chainsaws are permitted.
  • The Upper Colo Reserve is a family friendly camping ground and therefore it is not an appropriate venue for bucks/hens parties, 21st birthday parties or other functions of this nature.
Map here… More information here…

Colo Meroo Camping Ground – Free

Colo Meroo campground is open but you will need to book here:

Colo Meroo campground is little known because it it difficult to get to. The rumour is that you were meant to be able to drive there but the locals have been arguing about access with National Parks so as a consequence you can only walk there. The Campground is a lovely spot but you have to walk the last two kilometres to the camp ground and pass through a number of private gates and ignore a few private property signs. The camp ground is in the World Heritage-listed Wollemi National Park is a great place for experienced campers to enjoy a weekend or longer in the great outdoors. Map here… More information here…