Free camp in the Blue Mountains

Cathedral Reserve is a free campground in the northern part of the Blue Mountains, about a 45 minute drive from Katoomba and the Three Sisters.

Set up camp right up in the hills on Mount Wilson where the walking trail begins to The Giant Tree, & enjoy relaxing by the fire next to the dense forest made up of large trees.

This is an ideal location for those that want a base for when exploring the Blue Mountains, then leave out the northern side of national park to head past Sydney and up the coast. It’s one of the largest free campground in the Blue Mountains National Park, allowing plenty of space for lots of groups when it’s busy, probably being the safest bet for finding a spot to camp. In the quieter times, there’s a good chance that you’ll have the entire place to yourself.

Our Caravan at Cathedral Reserve Campground
Fire at Cathedral Reserve Campground

Cathedral Reserve has multiple large grass areas that are perfect for camping in tents, then there are smaller sections where you’ll be nestled in between the trees with plenty of privacy.

Bring along a caravan or RV as there’s plenty of places to park on the gravel next to the grass areas, lots of which are on pretty level ground.

A bunch of fire pits and picnic tables are placed throughout the different camping areas.

The campground is spread over a large area, leaving a lot of room, even in the busy period.

Cathedral Reserve Campground Fire
Cathedral Reserve Campground
Tents spots at Cathedral Reserve Campground

Campground Facilities

There are two drop toilets, a shelter and a tank with rain water for cleaning up, but you’ll need to bring along your own supply of drinking water.

Picnic tables can be found throughout the reserve, with four of them undercover in the shelter.

Fire pits are placed around the campground on the grass areas, plenty of them are very close to the gravel track and parking area that are just a short distance from where caravans and RVs can be parked.

Picnic Area at Cathedral Reserve Campground
Cathedral Reserve Campground Toilets
Cathedral Reserve Campground tent spots

Giant Tree Walk

While you’re camping at Cathedral Reserve, head on the short 500 metre loop walk past the Giant Tree. The trail starts and finishes at the campground.

Fernes at the Giant Tree Walk
Ferns at the Giant Tree Walk
Giant Tree Walk