Dunns Swamp, or Ganguddy as it is known to local Wiradjuri Aboriginal people, is a beautiful, serene waterway on the Cudgegong River, created when Kandos Weir was built in the late 1920s to supply water to the cement plant.
Dunns Swamp offers great opportunities for camping, picnicking, canoeing and bushwalking. Its spectacular pagoda rock formations offer great views over the Wollemi National Park. A network of walking tracks surrounds the waterway. The picnic area includes a short walking track which is wheelchair accessible and leads to an Aboriginal art site featuring hand stencils which may be over 7000 years old. The area is in the traditional country of the Wiradjuri people.
Set up camp amid picturesque woodlands of scribbly gum and striking pagoda rock formations and settle in for a truly tranquil getaway. Keen eyes may turn up wallabies, purple swamphens and, at night, greater gliders while if you’re really lucky, you might glimpse shy long-necked turtles and platypus in the weir.
Ganguddy is perfect for a range of low-key recreational activities, from birdwatching and fishing to canoeing and swimming. You’ll also find a network of easy walks offering expansive views over the Cudgegong river and Wollemi National Park.
This idyllic setting is great for a family camping trip, car-based and small-caravan camping and, with wood barbecues on-site; you can hook dinner and cook up a camping feast. Basic facilities including tables, composting toilets, and BBQ’s are provided. Take your own water, firewood and supplies, and you will also need to take your rubbish home with you too.
Southern Cross Kayaking operate during holiday periods allowing with a range of different sized canoes and kayaks. They also offer guided tours. For more information on their operating times and services, check out their website.
Wollemi National Park is part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, one million hectares of remote wilderness, scenic rivers and home of the recently discovered Wollemi Pine.