Bark Hut picnic area and campground, located in Mount Kaputar National Park, has recently undergone a significant upgrade, with a AU$650,000 investment making it easier for camper trailers and caravans to access the site.
The upgrade was essential to cater to the growing number of larger vehicles that visitors are using to explore the park.
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service Area Manager Anton Groeneveld stated that the renovation was long overdue, and that the park had seen a shift in the types of visitors over the past few years.
More and more people are arriving with 4WD vehicles, camper trailers, and campervans, and the old campsites simply couldn’t accommodate these larger vehicles,” he said.
The AU$653,000 upgrade project was funded through the NSW Government’s largest-ever investment in national parks, with $450 million allocated for more than 200 visitor infrastructure projects across the state. In the 2021/2022 financial year alone, the government invested over $5.9 million in visitor infrastructure for national parks within the Northern Inland region.
The upgrades focused on improving access and maneuverability for 4WD vehicles, camper trailers, and campervans, with five new purpose-designed sites for larger vehicles and seven upgraded campsites for tents. The work included a variety of improved amenities, including new picnic tables and camping equipment, and making the visitor center wheelchair accessible.
In addition to hot showers, flush toilets, and a sheltered communal barbecue area, each of the 12 upgraded campsites now has access to individual wood-fired barbecues and picnic tables.
Bark Hut campground is perfect for getting a group of friends together, cooking up a feast, and indulging in the natural wonders of this striking ancient region,” said Groeneveld.
The campground is a popular spot for outdoor enthusiasts, and it’s not hard to see why
The campground offers visitors the chance to explore the park’s diverse landscapes. The park is home to a variety of wildlife and is a haven for birdwatchers.
Campsites at Bark Hut campground must be booked in advance and can be done online or by calling the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757.
For more information about the campground and the park, visit the National Parks website.
Overall, the upgrade of Bark Hut picnic area and campground is a welcome addition to the park and is sure to provide visitors with a comfortable and enjoyable camping experience.
With a variety of activities on offer, from hiking and birdwatching to picnicking and camping, Mount Kaputar National Park is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and reconnect with nature.
Photo courtesy of National Parks NSW/Rob Cleary.