Cooleman Mountain Campground - Kosciuszko NP

National Park - New South Wales


Sheltered by a grove of mountain and snow gums, Cooleman Mountain campground is a quiet base for exploring some of Kosciuszko National Park’s most amazing natural formations. A short drive from the campground takes you to Blue Waterholes within the Cooleman Plain Karst system. While at Blue Waterholes hike along Clarke Gorge and Nichols Gorge walking tracks, where you will find a series of spectacular gorges and caves. Bring your camera too because you’ll want to photograph the incredible geological formations. Eastern grey kangaroos and many species of birds, including crimson rosellas, can also be seen around the campground and further afield. The campground is just 3km from Coolamine Homestead, a residence built in the early 1900s and still intact, and open between the October and July long weekends each year. It’s well worth the visit while you’re there.

Getting There and Parking

Cooleman Mountain campground is in the northern precinct of Kosciuszko National Park. To get there:

  • From either Tumut Visitor Centre or Adaminaby, drive along Snowy Mountains Highway.
  • Turn right onto Long Plain Road
  • Drive north along Long Plain Road for about 17km, then turn right onto Blue Waterholes trail.
  • After 2.5km, you’ll arrive at the campground.

Road Quality

  • There's no vehicle access to this campground in winter, and roads may close in extreme weather.
  • Check the weather before you set out as Long Plain Road can become boggy when it rains.
  • Unsealed roads


  • Picnic tables
  • BBQ facilities
  • Toilets 
  • Note, please bring own firewood


Bookings are required. Book online at  or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757. There are no camping fees at this campground but a $6 booking fee applies. 

Please Note

  • Services are available at Cabramurra and Talbingo, approximately 70km away.
  • There is limited mobile reception in this park.
A really special place to visit. Can manage in conventional vehicle if dry. Good to have 4x4. Watch the height of your rig on branches as you go though. Fantastic to walk the two gorges at the end of the dirt road. To see Clarkes Gorge properly you need your runners/ water shoes as you will be frequently crossing the river - if you wish to reach the end of the gorge and enjoy Blue Waterholes and the waterfall. It is worth it. Lovely grassy campsite. You can find level enough areas. BYO wood. Hiking poles are fantastic to help with the hikes too.
Booking Fee $6.00
Per site, per night (2 adults)