Blue Waterholes – Kosciuszko National Park – N.S.W.

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Blue Waterholes – Campground – Kosciuszko National Park – N.S.W

On the Left Hand Side of the road some 70 Kms from Tumut along the Snowy Mountains Highway driving towards Cooma is the entrance to Long Plain Road.

Long Plain Road is the gateway to the blue Waterholes campground (amongst others), the Broken Cart Trail – 4WD track, the Upper Reaches and Headwaters of the Murrumbidgee River and the lower reaches of the Goodradigbee River above Brindabella at Perkins Flat.

It also provides access to the Northern Side of Tantangara Reservoir, many walking, horse riding and mountain bike trails and Pockets Hut.

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The Team @ Platypus Paparazzi Photography

The Blue Waterholes Campground is located around 25Km along the Long Plain Road and situated in a Karst Region (Limestone Geology) noted for its many and varied wild caves.

The area is spectacular with deep cut gorges through limestone valleys, wild caves, beautiful cascading waterfalls and of course the permanent cool waters of Cave Creek that has carved it’s way through the region over millennia.

Most of the gravel road from the beginning of Long Plain to the Blue Waterholes Campground is negotiable by two wheel drive vehicles during dry weather, however the last 300-400m below Magpie Flat Campground is relatively steep and although the road is reasonably solid there are some areas that may be problematic in the wet.

It may be worth stopping briefly at Magpie Flat Campground if you are unsure and walk the remaining distance to Blue Waterholes, otherwise make base at Magpie Flat which is a beautiful grassy, large, serviced campground itself.


The camping area at Blue Waterholes is relatively small with little room for turning large vehicles such as Caravans and large camper trailers. These vehicles are best off remaining at the Magpie Flat Campground some 300m or so back up the road.

The campground at Blue Waterholes has limited space and is more suited to tent based camping, small campervans and roof top style tent setups.

The campground has two fully serviced pit toilets so you wont need your own loo paper.

Although a little walk is involved, drinking quality water is available from Cave Creek, however as usual, should be boiled or treated before consumption.

Picnic tables and metal shrouded fire pits are present at some but not all camping sites.

There is also no phone access here.

Fishing, bushwalking, caving, mountain bike riding and horse riding are all activities enjoyed in and around the Blue Waterholes region and several bushwalking tracks through the limestone gorges and past many of the wild caves in the area fan out from the Blue Waterholes camping area.

Wild Brumbies are prominent in this area of the Kosciuszko National Park and can be found wandering through the gorges in this area and through the campgrounds at night.

Being curious these large animals can do some damage to your gear so it is adviseable to leave as little as possible outside when your not around or asleep in bed.

Othe attractions along the route include the Historic Coolamine Homestead located 5 kms before the Blue Waterholes campground. The collection of rustic buildings here from last century are remnants of the early European settlers of the area.

The is a beautiful part of the Kosciuszko National Park and is well worth visiting even it’s just a stopover for a night or two.

I hope you enjoy your visit here.


The Team @

Platypus Paparazzi Photography
Australian Camping Guides – 2016

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