Winter camping attracting ‘overwhelming interest’

Camping at Blowering Dam is typically an Easter affair, but with Covid-19 restrictions keeping people at home until the June long weekend, many families appear to have pushed their Snowy Valleys getaways into the winter time.
Since June 1, camping at public campgrounds in the Snowy Valleys and Kosciuszko National Park “has attracted overwhelming interest,” according to the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.
Bookings are required for public campsites at Blowering Dam including Log Bridge, The Pines, Humes Crossing, Yachting Point and Jounama Creek, since the government has put limits on the number of people allowed in those areas, in an effort to maintain Covid-19 social distancing and cleaning protocols.
“In June, campgrounds along Blowering Dam were very popular, with all sites completely booked over the June Long Weekend,” said a Department spokesperson.
The Pines campground, Hume Crossing and Yachting Point were listed as the region’s most popular spots for campers.
“While campsites along Blowering Dam continue to be popular, there are still plenty of sites available over the next few weeks for visitors to book their campsite,” said the spokesperson, reminding visitors that they are “responsible for their own safety in Kosciuszko National Park.”
Campers are also being encouraged to bring their own sanitation products, including hand wipes, soap and toilet paper, since they aren’t always available at the public camping grounds.
“Normal cleaning procedures are in place, but NPWS cannot guarantee that surfaces and touch-points are sterilised,” said the spokesperson.
For most locations, bookings are being made through the NSW National Parks website, where campers use the search bar to find their preferred campgrounds. Campers can also call 1300 072 757 for campgrounds without the online booking function.