Cotter Campground

Cotter Campground is low cost campsite located 20km from Canberra on Cotter Road (Tourist Route 5) in the South West Region of the ACT.

Cotter Campground is set on the banks of the beautiful Cotter River and near the confluence with the Murrumbidgee River. A cool retreat in summer, and filled with colourful deciduous trees in autumn. It is the most highly serviced bush campground in the ACT, just 14 kilometres from Weston Creek Shopping Centre. The campground caters for a wide range of camping styles from swags to camper trailers to large vans and is suitable for groups of up to ten people. Hot showers, potable water, flushing toilets, dishwashing facilities, wood, gas and electric barbecues are provided. Bring your own wood or buy some in the morning from the ranger. Bookings are not required and fees are payable by cash only to the ranger or into the honesty box.

Cotter Campground provides easy access to walking trails, wildlife, fishing, swimming, canoeing and relaxing. It’s also an easy drive to the scenic Brindabella Mountains and northern Namadgi National Park. Use it as a base to explore the nearby Cotter Dam, Cotter Avenue and Cotter Bend or to travel further afield to explore Stromlo Forest Park, Tidbinbilla Deep Space Communication Centre, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and Tharwa Village. For those who have come from out of town, Cotter Campground is only a 20 minute drive back into the city to explore the many attractions that Canberra has to offer. (source:

There is some mobile phone service (depending on your carrier) and television reception here.
Unfortunately pets are not allowed at this campsite.

The maximum time limit for staying here is 14 days.

Cotter Campground at a glance


  • Fees Apply
  • Fires Allowed
  • Generators Allowed
  • Time Limits Apply


  • Grassy Areas
  • Scenic Outlook
  • Shady Areas
  • Water Views - River/Creek


  • 2WD Accessible
  • Close to Road
  • Disabled Access


  • Camper Trailer
  • Caravan
  • Motor Home
  • Non‑Powered Sites
  • Tent


  • Bike Riding
  • Bird Watching
  • Bush Walking / Hiking
  • Canoeing / Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Swimming


  • Barbeque
  • Mobile Phone Signal
  • Open Fires
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground
  • Rubbish Bins
  • Showers
  • Toilets
  • Water Available (Drinkable)

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