Cotter Campground

Private Campground - Australian Capital Territory


Cotter Campground is set on the banks of the beautiful Cotter River and near the confluence with the Murrumbidgee River. A cool retreat in summer, and filled with colourful deciduous trees in autumn. It is the most highly serviced bush campground in the ACT, just 14 kilometres from Weston Creek Shopping Centre. 

The campground caters for a wide range of camping styles from swags to camper trailers to large vans and is suitable for groups of up to ten people. Hot showers, potable water, flushing toilets, dishwashing facilities, wood, gas and electric barbecues are provided. Bring your own wood or buy some in the morning from the ranger. Bookings are not required and fees are payable by cash only to the ranger or into the honesty box.

Cotter Campground provides easy access to walking trails, wildlife, fishing, swimming, canoeing and relaxing. It’s also an easy drive to the scenic Brindabella Mountains and northern Namadgi National Park. Use it as a base to explore the nearby Cotter Dam, Cotter Avenue and Cotter Bend or to travel further afield to explore Stromlo Forest Park, Tidbinbilla Deep Space Communication Centre, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and Tharwa Village. For those who have come from out of town, Cotter Campground is only a 20 minute drive back into the city to explore the many attractions that Canberra has to offer.

The campground is located on the Cotter Road about 15 km from the western edge of Canberra. Access from Canberra City is via Adelaide Avenue or Tuggeranong Parkway, take the Cotter Road exit (Tourist Route 5) and travel along Cotter Road until you reach the bridge that crosses the Murrumbidgee River. The Cotter Campground is the first left after the bridge.

Please note:

  • maximum length of stay is two weeks
  • Pets are not allowed
  • No generators
  • Phone reception is not reliable in the area

We have just stayed here for 4 days, what a great place. School holidays and we grey Nomads fitted in well. The camp hosts were good then left after 3 days that we were there, but still no problems. Close enough to Canberra to go and see all the sights. No phone reception and no power but so peaceful. The showers and toilets are spotless, the rangers come around every day to clean and check up on things. Very nice river to swim in and fish if you like carp.

What a lovely unspoilt place to stay. Right on the bank of the river, roomy unpowered sites, plenty of trees, grass and birdlife. A great spot for kids to run around while their parents keep an eye on them. Free (timed) hot showers. Camp hosts keep an eye on the visitors.
Camping Fee $15.00
Per site, per night (2 adults)