Abercrombie River National - Park New South Wales
Abercrombie River National Park preserves the largest remaining intact patch of low open forest in the south-west central tablelands area. Casuarinas stand beside deep waterholes on the park's three main waterways. Camp on the banks of the Abercrombie River, and fish for trout - or go swimming or canoeing.
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.
Getting there. This park is near... - Oberon (40 km), Goulburn (60 km), Best access routes. The main access to the park is via the Arkstone Road (2WD access to The Sink camping area only). Turn onto the Arkstone Road from the Oberon-Goulburn Road, 7km south of Black Springs. Road quality: unpaved sections
You can also get to the park via Felled Timber Road and Brass Walls Fire Trail (4WD access, during dry weather only). Turn off the Oberon-Goulburn road onto Felled Timber Road about 23km south of Black Springs.
Road quality: unpaved sections
Abercrombie River National - Park New South Wales - Facilities & things to do
Walking tracks. There are no walking tracks in the park but the rivers and creek lines offer a chance to explore new areas.
Driving in the Abercrombie River National Park. The Bummaroo Ford, Sink and Retreat camping areas can be reached with a conventional car. Please note that some areas of the park including the Silent Creek and Beach camping areas are only accessible to 4WD vehicles.
Other attractions. You'll find lots to do in and around the park's rivers and streams, including swimming, trout fishing and canoeing.
You can only fish for trout during the trout season - from the October long weekend to the June long weekend. No traps or nets (other than landing nets) can be used, and you'll need a fishing licence. If you catch a trout cod, silver perch or Macquarie perch, you must carefully return it to the water.
Abercrombie River National Natural environment
Native plants. The park varies widely in altitude and geology. In the north-east, the landscape reaches 1128m above sea level, and you'll find rich volcanic soils. The southern end of the park is much lower - only 500m at the Abercrombie River - and has much poorer soils from sedimentary rock. This landscape diversity has led to a wide variety of plant communities.
In the high-altitude areas in the eastern section of the park, you'll find mountain gums (Eucalyptus dalrympleana) and peppermint (E. dives), which is typical of the Southern Tablelands. This type of plant community has been much reduced elsewhere, due to land clearing for pine plantations and forestry.
At lower altitudes, there are open forests of inland scribbly gum (E. rossi) and red stringybark (E. macrorhyncha). Along the rivers and creeks, there are tall river oaks (Casuarina cunninghamia), tea trees and bottlebrushes.Argyle apple (E. cinerea) grows in this park. This is close to the northern limit of its distribution.
Abercrombie River National - Native animals. Wallaroos, red-necked wallabies, swamp wallabies and eastern grey kangaroos are often seen in the park's eucalypt forests. Wombats and echidnas live on the slopes and river flats.
Up in the trees, there are greater gliders, sugar gliders, brush-tailed possums and ring-tailed possums. Over 60 species of birds are also found in the park - including the peregrine falcon.
Down by the park's rivers, you might be lucky enough to see a platypus. If not, you might spot a Gippsland water dragon, sunning itself on a rock during the warmer months. You'll also hear the calls of a variety of frog species.
The rivers and creeks are home to trout cod and Macquarie perch, both of which are protected by law. River blackfish, silver perch and Murray cray are also found here - all of these species are rare in the region. If you catch a trout cod, Macquarie perch or silver perch, you must carefully return it to the water.
Culture & history - Aboriginal heritage. 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.
History in the park. The area that now forms the national park was prospected during the 19th century gold-rushes, and there are still some diggings, water races and sluice boxes left behind by the miners. There's also an early 20th century wattle-and-daub hut in the park.
Information for Abercrombie River National has been supplied courtesy of The New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service