Meg Forbes is a mum, freelance writer, and photographer living in the Redlands, South of Brisbane.
Published June 2nd 2020
Beautiful bush camping just an hour from Canberra
Wee Jasper Reserves have reopened to campers following months of disruption that began with bushfires and then continued through the travel restrictions brought by Covid19. As part of their reopening, the managers at Wee Jasper Reserves have asked all visitors to read their Covid19 terms and conditions prior to booking.
Gorgeous camping along the Goodradigbee River at Billy Grace in Wee Jasper Reserves
Wee Jasper Reserves provide idyllic camping to residents and visitors to Canberra and surrounds, with many waterfront campsites set along the Goodrdigbee River. Campfires are permitted Wee Jasper Reserves, which adds to their allure for many families. Bushwalkers often visit Wee Jasper Reserves to explore the hiking trails within the reserves, including the extensive Hume and Hovell Track. Day visitors are also welcome to use the picnic facilities at Wee Jasper Reserves although they are asked to register at the Billy Grace office. The reserves are a haven for wildlife including wombats and at least 56 species of birds.
A wombat doing the round of the Billy Grace campsite after dark
The five campsites in Wee Jasper Reserves include:
1. Billy Grace Reserve
Billy Grace Reserve is the first campsite travellers come across when entering Wee Jasper Reserves. Accessed via a steep driveway, the main office for all of the campsites is located here and sells gas refills, ice, ice creams, and fishing licenses among other small food items. Billy Grace campsite's facilities include unpowered sites suitable for caravans, camper trailers, and tents. There is potable water available here along with public toilets, hot showers, a dump point, rubbish bins, and picnic tables.
2. Fitzpatrick Trackhead
Fitzpatrick Trackhead has unpowered sites that are suitable for caravans, camper trailers, and tents. There is potable water here as well as public toilets, hot showers, and picnic tables. Visitors should take their rubbish to Billy Grace Reserve's rubbish compound for disposal.
3. Swinging Bridge Reserve
Swinging Bridge Reserve has unpowered sites that are suitable for caravans, camper trailers and tents. Although potable water and public toilets are available, rubbish needs to be disposed of at Billy Grace Reserve.
4. Micalong Creek Reserve
Micalong Creek Reserve is in a beautiful location with water views and has unpowered sites that are suitable for caravans, camper trailers and tents. Although potable water and public toilets are available, rubbish needs to be disposed of at Billy Grace Reserve.
5. Carey's Reserve
Carey's Reserve has unpowered sites that are suitable for caravans, camper trailers and tents. It is the most remote of the campsites and has no potable water, only long drop toilets, and rubbish needs to be disposed of at Billy Grace Reserve.
Each of the campsites at Wee Jasper offer remote camping with few facilities but beautiful surrounds and wildlife
Cost:Adult Fee (over age of 16) – $15.00 per person, per night. Child Fee (between 2 & 15) – $3.00 per person, per night. Infant Fee (under 2 years) – Free, but must be registered on the booking. Dog Fee (any size or age) – Free, but must be register on t