About camping at Lake Yarrunga - Tallowa Dam
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.
The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and WaterNSW manage designated remote area camps along the foreshore of the lake and Shoalhaven River. These areas have been closed to enable tree safety and repair works to be carried out.
NPWS and WaterNSW have completed the rehabilitation at many of the sites and these sites will open for camping from 6 November 2020 – bookings are required and sites are limited. Some of the remote camps will remain closed. Unburnt sections of the Shoalhaven Gorge will also be open from 6 November 2020.
Bendeela Recreation Area is open for camping with a booking. Tallowa Dam Picnic Area is a day use only area and camping is not permitted.
Bendeela Recreation Area
From 19 October 2020 the Bendeela camping area will be reopened for camping with 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.
- The front area will be open to vehicles seven days per week including public holidays and school holidays.
- The back area will be open to vehicles on Friday 8am to Sunday 6pm including public holidays.
- Visitors may walk in and picnic and camp in the back camping area at all times.
Mid-week School group bookings during non-school holiday periods can be made via the Large Group Notification form.
Lake Yarrunga - Remote camps
Lake Yarrunga remote camp sites will open from 6 November 2020 for camping with 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.
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:
- Avoid landing on burnt foreshores. Walking through burnt areas should be avoided due to the potential risk of falling tree limbs.
- Camping outside of designated remote camps is not permitted
- Obey all on site signage including restrictions on the numbers of campers permitted at each site
- Do not camp in remote camps that are closed (signage is on site)
All conditions of the National Parks and Wildlife Service Commercial Tour Operator Licence (Eco pass) continue to apply.
Staying COVID-19 safe
WaterNSW recognises that public spaces are vital to the community’s health and wellbeing while still adhering to COVID-19 safety requirements.
We require visitors and staff to follow best practice, including:
- Practicing social distancing and keeping 1.5 metres away from each other.
- Frequently washing hands with soap or use hand sanitiser.
- Wiping down public surfaces, for example toilet seats, benches, tables and BBQs, with appropriate cleaners before using.
- For contact tracing it is a condition of overnight stay that names and contact details of all members of the group are kept by the reservation holder for a minimum of 28 days
Each site has a maximum number of campers allowed and group numbers are to be consistent with COVID-19 advice from the NSW Government.
Please remember everyone has an important role to play in controlling the spread of COVID-19.
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