Newnes Campgound in Wolgan Valley, Blue Moutains

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Have you visited the very spectacular Wolgan Valley in the Blue Mountains?

We did last year to stay at the super opulent One and Only Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort.

But I was thrilled to hear more recently of Newnes Campground, which offers all the scenery but at the cost of precisely nothing.

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Newnes Campground is a National Parks and Wildlife site which offers free camping, meaning that you can’t book and there’s no cost.

See the Newnes Campground website for all the information you need to plan a trip. There’s also information about some of the local walks like the  Glowworm Tunnel Walk .

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The historic Newnes Hotel (now known as Newnes Kiosk) is a short walk from the campground, there’s a museum there plus food for sale. There are cabins and a private campsite too.

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Many thanks to blog reader Mat for sending through his beaut photos. Mat has set up the Newnes Campground website  just to let others know about this very beautiful part of NSW.

I’m looking forward very much to getting there one day in person, and will update this post when I do.

Thanks Mat for letting us know about this wee slice of paradise.

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The NPWS page on Newnes campgound is here.

Read more about the Gardens of Stone National Park here.

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Posted on: May 13, 2018


  • Reply May 14, 2015


    We have camped here and it’s a lovely place and well worth doing. We arrived a bit late one time and had trouble seeing to set up our camp so make sure you leave early enough!

  • Reply May 14, 2015


    Hi Seana, I loved this post. Newnes is one of my favourite camping spots I’ve been to in NSW! I also love Treachery Beach and the Bluegum campsite in the Barrington Tops NP. The Basin in Kuringai is a fun place to go with a group of friends that’s very easy to get to from Sydney.

  • No I haven’t been to the Blue Mountains yet but I’d love to visit – looks like a top spot for hiking and the Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort would be the perfect place to rest and relax in!

  • Reply April 22, 2019


    Can you please write an article about low impact camping? I have been going to newnes for over 20 years and the decline of its natural beauty has been terrible lately. Toilet paper everywhere, wipes, dirty nappies, dogs!!!!, cloudy water – please don’t use shampoo and soap on the river bank or chuck your dirty water into the river embankments – people chopping down trees or cutting off bark for fires. And don’t touch the glow worm walls! Seriously, it’s terrible. If you can’t live without comforts the wilderness is not a place for you. A caravan park is.

    • Reply April 22, 2019

      Seana Smith

      Oh dear Erika, I am so sad to read this. You are quite right. I will have a think about what to add to this post and to others.

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