Abercrombie River National Park preserves the largest
remaining intact patch of low open forest in the
Blue Mountains area. You'll
find three main freshwater streams, including the Abercrombie River, where
there's room to camp on the banks and you can catch trout. You can also go
swimming or canoeing, or explore some of the park's less accessible areas by
The park was set aside to conserve a mixture of vegetation communities that are
typical of montane areas, tableland areas and western slopes. Abercrombie River,
Retreat River and Silent Creek are important habitats for platypuses and eastern
water rats. Wallaroos, red-necked wallabies, swamp wallabies and eastern grey
kangaroos are often seen in the eucalypt forest.
The park is 40 km south of Oberon and 60 km north of
Goulburn. You can enter the park from the main Oberon-Goulburn road via Felled
Timber/Brass Walls Road (4WD in dry weather only) or Arkstone Road (2WD access
to The Sink camping area only).
Road quality: paved
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The rivers and creeks throughout the park offered food
and shelter for local Aboriginal tribes, possibly the Wiradjuri or Gundungarra
people. These tribes probably used the Abercrombie River as a trading route for
stone tools and even shells from the coast.
The land and waterways, and the plants and animals that live in them, feature in
all facets of Aboriginal culture – including recreational, ceremonial,
spiritual and as a main source of food and medicine. They are associated with
dreaming stories and cultural learning that is still passed on today. We work
with local Aboriginal communities to protect this rich heritage.
To find out more about Aboriginal heritage in the park, you can get in touch
with the local Aboriginal community. Contact the park office for more details.
The area that now forms the national park was prospected
during the 19th century gold-rushes and there are still some tunnels left behind
by the miners. There's also an early 20th century wattle-and-daub hut in the