Dunns Swamp Picnic and Camping Area


Dunns Swamp Picnic and Camping Area is located 25 kilometres east of Rylstone and offers an array of activities including swimming, Canoeing, hiking, fishing and bike riding for kids. Hiking and canoeing are the most popular activities within the park. The best hike is the Pagoda Lookout walk where you can actually walk parallel to the Weir Walk eventually scambling down through the bush and meeting up with the Weir Walk. Canoeing downstream towards the weir offers the best scenery on the water. Canoe hire is available on weekends. There is a large pagoda in the centre of the camping area where children can have lots of adventure and fun.

Managing Authority

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
1/160 Church St Mudgee NSW 2850
Ph: 02 6370 9000


Per night: Adults $5 Children $3


No booking required. Be sure to get there early during holiday periods as it fills up quickly.

Indigenous History

Traditional country of the Wiradjura people.

Historical Notes

Dunns Swamp is the trapped water of Kandos Weir. the weir It was built in the 1920s to provide water for Kandos Cement works.


Pit Toilets only

4WD Access Only

4WD Only Access: No

BBQ Only

BBQ available: No

Picnic Tables

Picnic Tables: Yes


Showers: No


Caravans: Yes


Toilets: Pit



Hiking: Yes


Swimming: Yes


Canoeing and kayaking: Yes


Cycling: Yes - mostly for kids riding around the campsite

Getting There

From Lithgow follow the Great Western Hwy. Just out of Lithgow take the turn off for Mudgee and follow the Castlereagh Hwy until you reach the turn off to Kandos on your right just a few kilometres past the small township of Ilford. Follow Bylong Valley Way to Kandos and turn left towards Rylstone and continue along Bylong Valley Rd until Rylstone. Turn right onto Narrango Rd and continue for a few kilometres and veer left continuing along Narrango Rd (be careful of several dips/causeways). Follow all the way until the valley closes in and you start driving through bush. The entrance to Dunn Swamp is on your left and should be signposted. It’s about a 4 hour journey from Sydney but well worth the trip. There is dirt road when getting near to Dunn Swamp and can be very slippery when wet. Suitable for 2WD vehicles.


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