The popular free campsite, Newnes Campground, is about to undergo changes – NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service are introducing online bookings and potentially paid camping.

Nestled in Wollemi National Park, Newnes is a much-loved free campsite just a few clicks north of the Blue Mountains. Surrounded by towering sandstone cliffs, native eucalyptus trees and the beautiful Wolgan river running alongside the camp, it’s easy to see the site’s appeal. Good 4WD tracks, plentiful hiking and a pristine river make Newnes a great microadventure option.

Previously operated on a first in, best-dressed basis, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service have just announced plans to potentially introduce online bookings and paid camping to the area due to its increasing popularity. If you’re keen, you can sign up for updates.

While introducing camping fees may seem frustrating, the money will likely go back into campground upkeep, improving facilities such as toilets, firewood, walking trails and accessibility. And while free camping is always alluring, in increasingly busy spots a booking system can prevent overcrowding, while a small payment can help offset the impact of humans on the environment.

With funding cuts to Nationals Parks, camping fees can go a long way. Basically, it will assist in keeping Newnes campground pristine and not overcrowded, which is the very reason it’s so well-loved!

Paid Camping Comes To Newnes Campground, photo by Wolgan Valley Eco Tours, NSW NPWS

A poster seen at Newnes Campground recently. | Photo by Wolgan Valley Eco Tours


Feature photo by Adrian Mascenon

 Paid or not, there are plenty of reasons stay at Newnes Campground

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Escape to Newnes // Wolgan Valley (NSW)

The Glowing Underground // Newnes (NSW)