Bendeela Recreation Area
Relax on the Kangaroo River
Bendeela is a popular camping and recreation area, about 150 kilometres south of Sydney. With its wide-open spaces and lush setting on the banks of the Kangaroo River, it's the perfect spot to relax and get back to nature. Popular activities include swimming, canoeing, fishing and wildlife spotting.
Find more information on camping at Bendeela or the Lake Yarrunga remote camps, all campers must have a valid booking.
Note: This campground may be closed during high rainfall – always check our website for an update before leaving home.
Before visiting Bendeela, please read our site facts and visitor code of conduct. It includes important safety messages to ensure an enjoyable visit.
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Bendeela camping area can have a maximum of 1000 campers per night. Each site booking can be up to six people for a maximum of seven consecutive days. Campers must have a booking.
Lake Yarrunga is formed by Tallowa Dam at the junction of the Shoalhaven and Kangaroo Rivers.
The 2019-2020 bushfires resulted in significant damage to trees along the foreshores of Lake Yarrunga therefore camping is only permitted in designated remote area camps along the foreshore of the Lake. Camping outside of these designated camps is not permitted due to ongoing tree fall risk and to allow for natural regeneration.
The designated remote camps sites are managed by WaterNSW and The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS). Bookings are required.
Tallowa Dam Picnic Area is a day use only area and camping is not permitted.
Lake Yarrunga remote camp sites is only available to a limited number of campers.
Campers must have a booking. Bookings can be made via the NPWS website.
The cost is $6 to cover administrative costs and is per booking not per person or per number of days. Each site booking will be up to four people for a maximum of two consecutive days. Camp sites can be booked three months in advance with a limit of two site bookings per person.
You must carry with you evidence of your booking (Booking Reference). Camping without a valid booking is in contravention of WaterNSW and National Parks and Wildlife Service regulations.
Mid-week School group bookings during non-school holiday periods can be made via NPWs on 1300 072 757.
Note: Online bookings are not required for camp sites south of Wirritin.
Tree safety and rectification works
WaterNSW and National Parks and Wildlife Service have undertaken tree safety and rectification works in some of the remote area campgrounds. Please follow the safety information provided and adhere to the following:
All conditions of the National Parks and Wildlife Service Commercial Tour Operator Licence (Eco pass) continue to apply.
Bendeela CCTV cameras
Please note CCTV cameras have been installed and the area is now under 24/7 surveillance for the safety of the campers, our staff and the environment.
Staying COVID-19 safe
WaterNSW encourages all visitors to remain COVID safe, please read the latest advice from NSW Health.
For more information about Lake Yarrunga camp sites contact us at:
Bendeela Recreational Area and Tallowa Dam picnic area may be closed at times for operational or weather-related reasons. Please check our website for updates.
Bendeela is managed as two separate areas:
To protect our water supply, it is important that visitors and WaterNSW work together to minimise any impacts on the river, lake and catchment. Appropriate behaviour will also ensure the safety and enjoyment of all visitors.
Camping rules – please follow these to ensure the comfort and safety of everyone
Visitor cooking and heating
Portable toilet waste disposal
General enquiries: 1300 722 468
Faults and incidents: 1800 061 069
Respect the native animals who call Bendeela home. Do not feed, disturb or harm any animal within the Recreation Area.
The Bendeela Recreation Area is home to a large Bare-nosed Wombat (Common Wombat) population. Some of the wombat population at Bendeela suffer sarcoptic mange; a condition which causes a wombat to lose fur and develop sores on their skin, eyes and ears and may result in sickness or death.
WaterNSW has been working with the University of Tasmania on the Bendeela Wombat Treatment Program to find a long- term and sustainable solution.Learn more
Since 2017, WaterNSW has been working closely with National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), the University of Tasmania (UTAS) and other stakeholders on the Bendeela Wombat Treatment Program to find a long- term and sustainable treatment solution.
The Bendeela Wombat Treatment Program is complete.
The program started in late 2020 and was completed in early 2023, following delays to the program caused by COVID and flooding.
An independent Final Report, written by Scott Carver, Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology UTAS, highlights the outcome of the program including the extent of sarcoptic mange at Bendeela and identifies recommendations and long-term treatment options for WaterNSW to implement into the future.
Key findings from the six month treatment plan
UTAS carried out a monthly plan to treat mange between April 2022 and September 2022.
Key figures include:
Recommendations and next steps
For more information call the WaterNSW Helpdesk on 1300 662 077
With its wide-open spaces, lush grass, huge trees along the riverbank and a backdrop of rugged hills and forest, Bendeela is a popular spot for camping. After you pitch your tent or unhook your caravan, hit the water for a swim, or head out canoeing or fishing. At night, look up as the stars put on a brilliant show! The rear camping ground is only open to vehicles during busy holiday periods. For more information, see booking information above.
This wide section of the Kangaroo River is part of the upper reaches of Lake Yarrunga, formed by nearby Tallowa Dam. It’s perfect for swimming and canoeing. There are several canoe launching areas along the river banks. Head downstream towards Tallowa Dam, or upstream towards Kangaroo Valley and beyond. The river is also a popular spot for fishing. Fishers can also try their luck at nearby Tallowa Dam and Fitzroy Falls Reservoir fishing area.
Wombats are plentiful in the area, and often wander through the camping grounds. Known as the 'bulldozer of the night', wombats eat grass, roots, bark and fungus. When searching for food, they usually take a direct route - so be sure to secure your campsite belongings. Please do not feed, chase or touch the wombats - but a photograph is fine! As visitors of Bendeela, we need to take care of Bare-nosed wombats, more information above.
Throw down a rug and enjoy a picnic with family and friends in the scenic grounds. The river bank in the rear camping ground is for day use only (no camping), so there is plenty of space. Swim, canoe or fish, or just enjoy the fresh air and bush surroundings. Facilities include drinking water and toilets.
Tallowa Dam is a 30 kilometre drive west from Bendeela Recreation Area and more fishing is available at Fitzroy Falls Reservoir fishing area, a 20 kilometre drive north. Head further south and explore the lush escarpment country of the Southern Highlands between Robertson and Nowra, including spectacular Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre and Morton National Park.
Bendeela Recreation Area is about 150 kilometres drive from Sydney. From Sydney, follow the Hume Highway (M31) south towards Goulburn and take the Mittagong to Bowral turn-off. Take the Nowra Road towards Kangaroo Valley. As you approach Kangaroo Valley, just before Hampden Bridge turn right onto Bendeela Road and travel about seven kilometres to the camping grounds.
Bendeela Recreation Area was established around the same time as nearby Tallowa Dam, as a site for camping and recreation. It lies on the northern shore of the Kangaroo River arm of Lake Yarrunga, formed by Tallowa Dam.Find out more
Bendeela Recreation Area was established around the same time as nearby Tallowa Dam, as a site for camping and recreation. It lies on the northern shore of the Kangaroo River arm of Lake Yarrunga, formed by Tallowa Dam.
Bendeela Recreation Area is managed as two separate areas, depending on the number of vehicles and visitors.
Visitors may walk in and picnic and camp in the rear camping area at all times. The rear camping area is routinely opened to vehicles during peak periods.
WaterNSW acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands and waters on which we work and pay our respects to all elders past, present and emerging. Learn more