Kowen Forest

Private Campground - Australian Capital Territory


As well as being Canberra's largest commercial pine plantation, Kowen Forest is very popular with organised recreation groups including orienteering, bush walking, running, mountain bike riding, horse riding and car rallies.

Please note the campground may be closed during fire danger periods and adverse weather conditions such as heavy rain.

The scenic and popular Old Kowen Homestead Recreation Area campground is suited to large organised groups and is a great base for events. The campground is accessed via a dirt road 10 km behind locked gates.

Bring your own drinking water and firewood. Fires are only allowed in the permitted fire pits.

Camperes should be aware the campground is surrounded by an active pine plantation with heavy machinery. Please remain within the campground for safety reasons.

  • Kowen Forest is a locked forest so bookings are essential to obtain approval and access to the area.
  • Booking availability depends on forest operations. To check availability, book and pay call Access Canberra on 13 22 81.
  • Exclusive use fee: To book the area exclusively there is an additional surcharge of $70.00 per night and you need to complete an Application to use a Public Place and submit it for approval. Once your application has been considered and approved you will be given the access code to the gate.
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