Upper Colo Reserve

Private Campground - New South Wales


The Upper Colo Camping / Recreation Reserve is situated beside the Colo River and covers 13.8 hectares, two-thirds is native bushland that adjoins the Wollemi National Park. Colo Wilderness has been identified as one of the 20 real wilderness areas remaining in South East Australia.

The reserve offers a wilderness camping experience with great access to the Colo River. It is ideal for families and those that want to enjoy nature. Other features include:

  • Please report to the Ranger prior to setting up your camp site.

  • The Reserve caters for 150 person per night only.

  • The Reserve is isolated but easily accessible by private vehicle and is surrounded by Wollemi National Park.

  • No Mobile or Wireless connection is available at the campground.

  • The road is a narrow winding gravel road that is not suitable for caravans.

  • There are large cleared areas suitable for camping.

  • A rainwater tank has been provided, but it is suggested that campers bring their own drinking water.

  • An amenities block provides both men's and ladies toilets and showers. Please note that the showers are cold bore water only.

  • Dogs and horses can be taken to the reserve. Dogs must be registered under the Companion Animals Register and kept on a leash. Horses must be yarded. 

  • There are no powered sites.

  • No firewood is to be collected from the Reserve or the National Park.  Please bring your own firewood.

  • No generators or chainsaws are permitted.

  • The Upper Colo Reserve is a family friendly camping ground and therefore it is not an appropriate venue for bucks/hens parties, 21st birthday parties or other functions of this nature.

  • Campers should not attend the Reserve without transport.  Transport to and from the Reserve is essential in case of emergency evacuation.

  • Children under the age of 18 must be supervised by an adult whilst at the Reserve.

Please respect the reserve and its wildlife as we would like to keep it for future generations The motto for the Colo Wilderness area is "Take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints"

Opening Hours

The Reserve is open all year round. Gates are locked between 8.00pm and 7.00am during day light saving months and between 6.00pm and 7.00am during the autumn/winter months. Day trippers are welcome. The Upper Colo Reserve is isolated and surrounded by bushland, and thus in times of extreme weather conditions/fire the Reserve may be closed.  If you are unsure if this will apply on the dates you are camping please contact Council on (02) 4560 4444 (between 8.30am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday), before leaving home or The Rural Fire Service on (02) 4575 1601 or check the website outside office hours.


  • There are to be NO fires lit at the Upper Colo reserve.

  • NO cooking facility with an open flame can be used...this includes gas BBQ's.

  • The Council electric BBQ can be used for cooking.

Brief Directions:

Hulbert Road, Upper Colo NSW 2756

Turn right off Upper Colo Road into Colo Heights Road, cross over the wooden bridge then turn left at the Telstra Tower into Hulbert Road then veer left at the "Y" intersection to enter the Upper Colo Reserve.

If the roadway at the low level bridge at Upper Colo is flooded there is an alternate route into the Reserve. 

Absolutely lovely spot, beautiful night sitting around campfire. Ranger was very helpful and informative. No good if you towing a caravan, very narrow, steep, winding road in and out 17 and sunny when we woke next morning. Campground is really clean and spacious. We camped the night of July 5th
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