The Australian Capital Territory is home to fantastic camping sites

Parks and Conservation Regional Manager Brett McNamara said the Mount Clear campsite, Cotter and Woods Reserve campground, as well as the cottage at Nil Desperandum were the most popular.

“The Mount Clear campsite is a great space to clear your head and enjoy nature. The site is for more experienced campers looking for a more remote campsite, but it is certainly worth the trip,” Mr McNamara said.

“Once you get out of Canberra you realise how many stars you can see without the lights of the city to obstruct them. The view from the Mount Clear campsite is one of the best.”

Mount Clear is just one of many great sites available in the region. Nestled on the banks of the Cotter River, among shady native and exotic trees, the Cotter campground is a popular bushland camping area in the ACT. The campground is adjacent to the Murrumbidgee River and is only 15 km from Canberra.

“There are spots for tents, campervans and vans as well as on-site toilet, shower and washing facilities and free gas and wood barbecues. It is a great spot for kids or for those new to camping,” Mr McNamara said.

Woods Reserve campground, located 5.4 km from the Tidbinbilla Road turn-off, offers camping for large groups, medium-sized groups and individual campers. There are wood fire pits (bring your own firewood), flushing toilets, hot showers, and dish washing facilities.

“If sleeping in a tent is not for you, then maybe consider staying at the historic Nil Desperandum cottage beneath the mountains of Tidbinbilla,” Mr McNamara said.

“Nil Desperandum provides a perfect base for those who want to go bushwalking, bird watching, star gazing, reading or just relaxation.”

Nil Desperandum has toilet facilities, running water, solar lighting and a fire pit and barbecue. However, there is no electricity supply which adds to the 'off grid' wilderness experience.

During the day visitors can make the most of Tidbinbilla’s walking trails and nature-based experiences such as searching for platypus, observing bird life and getting up close to reptiles. At night, you can share stories and dine by your campfire under a sea of stars.

Visit tams.act.gov.au for more information on camping in the ACT. Please be aware that restrictions and fees apply at each site.

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