Bethungra Dam Free Camping
Bethungra Dam is a great free camp site. Located in the NSW Riverina it has loads of room and basic facilities. We camp there a lot. It’s one of our local go to camping areas. It’s great in dry weather as well as wet weather. There is so much room available there that you are all but guaranteed a spot to set up and enjoy the scenery.
The campground is large and grassy with very basic facilities. The camping area does not have a lot of shade. If you’re in a camper trailer or caravan levelling blocks will be necessary as most of the camping areas are gently sloped.
As well as picnic tables and barbecue grills, there are rubbish bins and long drop toilets. It is recommended that you bring your own firewood and drinking water.
Most of the time, the campground is quiet, but during holidays and weekends during warmer weather it gets very busy.
Bethungra dam was originally built for water storage for the town of Junee. Its use was discontinued in 1906 due to water quality problems. Bird life is abundant in this wetland area. It is considered one of Australia’s important wetlands for this reason.
Fishing at Bethungra Dam can be really good. When Redfin and Yellow Belly fishing is in season kayaks or tinnies are a great option for getting to the right spots.
Camping Facilities & Activities At Bethungra Dam Reserve
- Number of Sites: About 50 some are flat some are not so flat
- Camping Fees: Free
- Bookings: Not Applicable
- Toilets: Longdrop x 4
- Pets: Yes
- Drinking Water: Not Available
- Camp Fires: Fires allowed in provided fire places outside of fire ban times. Check with Junee Council for more information
- Barbeques: Wood barbeques are available. There are also two gas/electric BBQs up under the new shelter
- Fishing: Yes
- Picnic Tables: Yes.
- Canoeing/Kayaking: The dam is awesome for canoeing and kayaking
- Access: Accessible by caravans in good weather. 2wd accessible except after a lot of rain
- Bushwalking: There is a walk to the old Eulolo Homestead nearby that I highly recommend
Bethungra is in the Junee Shire in the South West Slopes region of New South Wales. Situated on the Olympic Highway about 13 kilometres northeast of Illabo and 24 kilometres southwest of Cootamundra.
Bethungra Post Office opened on 1 December 1875. Just to the north of the town lies the Bethungra Spiral. You can access a viewing platform to view the spiral on the road out to the dam. There is an area where you can pull in off the road. It’s a rail spiral on the Main South railway line. It was built to help ease the gradients when the line was duplicated between 1941 and 1946. Bethungra did have its own railway station located in the town between 1878 and the 1980s. The railway station has long since been demolished. In 1885 a major railway accident occurred near Bethungra when a train derailed at a washed away culvert resulting in the death of five people.
Where Is Bethungra Dam?
Bethungra Dam is near Bethungra in the NSW Riverina district. Near Bethungra NSW about 20km South of Cootumundra. From Bethungra turn on to the Bethungra Waterworks Road and follow it to the end (about 4km)
|Adelaide to Bethungra||953km||10:00|
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