Bago State Forest

Camping:Yes Walking track: Yes 4 wheel driving: Yes Designated cycling track: Yes Designated horse riding track: Yes Canoeing / Kayaking: Yes Swimming: No Fishing: Yes Accommodation: No Fireplace/BBQ: Yes Caravan site: No 2 wheel access: Yes Picnic area: Yes Toilets:Yes Wheelchair access: Yes Lookout: No Hunting: Yes

Bago State Forest is incredibly diverse covering the native alpine ash forests of the Bago Plateau, through historic plantation stands dating back to the 1920s and a large area of commercial radiata pine plantations.

View a map of the recreational areas in Bago State Forest and road access (Jan 2022).

Current advice on Blowering Dam foreshore and road closures

Forestry Corporation has reopened the camping area on Blowering Camp road from Friday 17 September following a temporary closure in July, but access to the remainder of Blowering Dam’s western foreshore remains restricted due to ongoing hazards. Access is via Batlow or Laurel Hill.

Access from Talbingo is remains closed due to hazardous road conditions, with Yellowin Rd closed between Talbingo and Blowering Camp Rd.

Click on the image below below to open a map of Blowering restricted road access (Jan 2022).

map of Blowering dam closures

Map of Blowering Dam Camping Access.

Please note that all other areas of the western foreshore are still dangerous and remain closed, and that roads heading off into the burnt pine remain closed for safety reasons.

If you are planning to visit the area, please pay attention to signage in the forest and stay away from closed areas.

Visitor facilities

Blowering Dam Foreshore - restrictions

Camping:Yes | Picnic facilities:Yes | Toilets area:Yes | BBQ:Yes

Forestry Corporation has reopened the camping area on Blowering Camp road, but access to the remainder of Blowering Dam’s western foreshore remains restricted due to ongoing hazards. Access is via Batlow or Laurel Hill.

Access from Talbingo is remains closed due to hazardous road conditions, with Yellowin Rd closed between Talbingo and Blowering Camp Rd.

There has been significant repair work to the forest, however roads are currently closed for urgent repairs.

Map of Blowering Dam Camping Access.

Hume and Hovell Walking Track

Camping:Yes | Walking tracks:Yes

A great adventure for those who enjoy hiking or are interested in Australian history. This 440km track stretches between Yass and Albury, retracing the route of explorers Hamilton Hume and William Hovell on their expedition to Port Phillip in 1824. Fully sign-posted, the track takes about 24 days to walk, although there are plenty of opportunities for various day walks. Major track heads can be accessed via Wee Jasper, Cootamundra River (near Tumut) and Henry Angel (near Tumbarumba). There are 18 campsites along the route, and the track passes through Buccleuch, Bago, Mannus and Munderoo State Forests. More information on the track, including maps, is available from Vistor Information Centres throughout the region and from the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources office in Wagga Wagga.

Pilot Hill Arboretum

Disabled toilets:Yes | Picnic facilities:Yes | Toilets area:Yes | Walking tracks:Yes | BBQ:Yes

A fabulous spot for a picnic in Bago State Forest, located less than a half hour drive from both Batlow and Tumbarumba, near the village of Laurel Hill. The arboretum has plantings of more than fifty tree species from all over the world, with most planted in the 1920s and 1930s. Two short walking tracks pass through the arboretum and the adjoining native forest of alpine ash. The site is a great base to begin further explorations into the native alpine ash forest of the Bago Plateau.

Paddy's River Dam

Camping:Yes | Picnic facilities:Yes | Toilets area:Yes | Walking tracks:Yes | BBQ:Yes | Disabled toilets:Yes | Fishing:Yes

The beautiful Paddys River dam is a peaceful and scenic spot, and a popular attraction in the heart of the alpine ash forests of the Bago Plateau. In summer, it's a great place to go fishing or splash around in the waters of the Dam, and a year-round great place to camp and relax. It was originally constructed as a source of water for gold mining activities in the late 1800s.

Please note that due to the small size of the dam only ‘passive water activities’ are permitted, such as kayaking, swimming, recreational fishing and use of only small electric motored boats, due to the small size of the dam. No powerboats, jetskis or waterskiing.

Paling Yards

An interesting spot on the edge of the Paddy River, a lush green open flat in the high country plains.

Sugar Pine Walk

Sadly the iconic Sugar Pine Walk was destroyed in the 2019-2020 fire season. Work is happening now to remove the trees for public safety, and planning is underway to plant a new grove of sugar pine for future generations to enjoy.

Page last updated/reviewed:23 Dec 2020