The Blue Lake, Tourism New South Wales

Population 2475

This picturesque farming town is 1113 metres above sea level, which gives Oberon a mountain climate of cool summers, crisp winters and occasional snow. The town was named after the king in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the suggestion of a local Shakespeare enthusiast, after it was decided that the original name Glyndwr was unpleasant to the ear.

Visitor Information

48 Ross St; (02) 6329 8210


Nearby national parks

  • Kanangra–Boyd National Park

    Kanangra–Boyd National Park’s majestic landscape of wild rivers and waterfalls, mountainous terrain and deep gorges is rimmed by...more

  • Blue Mountains National Park

    Blue Mountains National Park presents an astounding and unique landscape to its millions of visitors. The terrain ripples and folds, a world...more

  • Wollemi National Park

    Wollemi National Park, the second largest national park in the state and its largest wilderness area, is a primeval landscape of precipitous...more

Nearby towns

  • Lithgow

    Lithgow promotes itself as being 'surrounded by nature'. Easy access to several of the state's finest national parks and the city's charm...more

  • Blackheath

    This pretty resort town, the highest in the Blue Mountains, has breathtaking views. Known for its guesthouses, gardens and bushwalks,...more

  • Bathurst

    Bathurst, on the western side of the Great Dividing Range, is Australia's oldest inland settlement. Prior to the arrival of European...more

In Town

Museum Almost 1 ha of displays including early farming equipment, a fully furnished early settlers' house, a blacksmith shop and a functioning forge. A wide collection of artefacts and memorabilia are housed in the town's original 1920s railway station. Open 2–5pm Sat or by appt; Lowes Mount Rd.

Lake Oberon: good spot for trout fishing (both brown and rainbow). Boats and swimming are not permitted, but there are barbecue and picnic facilities; Jenolan St.

The Common: green park with a small lake and picnic facilities; Edith Rd.

Reef Reserve: natural bushland with access to the lake foreshore; Reef Rd.

Cobweb Craft Shop: 8 tapestries on show depicting the town's landscape and buildings; Oberon St.


Kanangra–Boyd National Park This is a rugged and dramatic piece of Australia with vast gorges, spectacular lookouts and scenic rivers. Sandstone formations of Thurat Spires, Kanangra Walls and Mt Cloudmaker are breathtaking and the park is excellent for bushwalking, rock climbing and camping. The Jenolan Caves are just outside the park border and are justifiably the country's best known cluster of caves. Of the 300 or so 'rooms', 9 are open to the public, by tour only. Tours of the majestic caverns feature fascinating flowstone deposits, helictites, columns and lakes. On the south-east edge of the park is Yerranderie, a restored silver-mining town with accommodation and walking trails. Inquiries (02) 6336 1972; Jenolan Caves 30 km SE; Kanangra Walls 52 km SE; Yerranderie 85 km SE.

Evans Crown Nature Reserve: bushwalking area with diverse flora and fauna and granite tors. Crown Rock was an initiation and corroboree site for the Wiradjuri people and is now popular for abseiling; 21 km N.

Abercrombie River National Park: low eucalypt forest ideal for bushwalks, with kangaroos, wallaroos and wallabies. Abercrombie River, Retreat River and Silent Creek are havens for platypus and great for fishing, swimming and canoeing; (02) 6336 1972; 40 km S.

Driving tours: routes taking in caves, national parks and surrounding towns; brochure from visitor centre.

Wood mushrooms: delicacies that grow in Jenolan, Vulcan and Gurnang state forests Jan–early May. Mushrooms should be correctly identified before picking. Brochure from visitor centre.

Fishing spots near town

Lithgow to Mudgee 37 km

Early settlers following in the footsteps of Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson took three weeks of hard trudging to cross the majestic Blue Mountains. These days the drive from the Penrith plains in western Sydney takes... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Ice-climbing 42 km

In winter, the frozen cliffs around Blue Lake provide one of the only places in Australia to learn and perfect the art of ice-climbing. Multi-day courses involve a hike in with heavy packs, and camping out in the... Find out more

Picnicking in the Blue Mountains 55 km

Take a picnic up to the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden in Mount Tomah at any time of year and you will not be disappointed. At 1000 metres above sea level, it is usually cool in summer, brimming with flowers in spring,... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Twin Creeks Golf & Country Club 85 km

As a globetrotting professional golfer of the 1970s and ’80s, Graham Marsh won more than 60 titles across five continents. The key to his success was his approach to the game. Every shot was thoughtfully... Find out more

Campsites around town

Jenolan Caravan Park

There aren't too many camping areas close to Jenolan Caves - this caravan park in Oberon is one of the closest (it's a 30 min drive to the caves). Located on Cunynghame St in town, it's well maintained, with spacious... Find out more

Jenolan camping area 16 km

Take the Jenolan Caves turn-off from the Great Western Hwy about 10 km past Hartley. The camping ground is another 20 km along the Jenolan Caves Rd. This is no longer maintained by Forests NSW as a designated... Find out more

Millionth Acre picnic and camping area 17 km

Millionth Acre picnic area came into being in 1970, to celebrate the millionth acre of radiata pine to be planted in Australia. It’s a pleasant camping site at the intersection of Jenolan Caves Rd and Oberon... Find out more

Black Springs camping area 19 km

Surrounded by a large pine plantation, Black Springs is a popular picnicking area in Black Springs village, accessible via Oberon–Black Springs Rd. Eager fossickers can visit Sapphire Bend nearby, while anglers can... Find out more

Black Range camping area (walk-in camping) 21 km

A walk-in campsite 34.7 km from the trackhead. Campfires are not permitted, gas/fuel stove only. Carry in drinking water.... Find out more

Campbells River camping area 22 km

This is a simple but spacious camping spot in a grassy clearing on Campbells River. Throw a line in, dip a toe in, or kick back and enjoy the river from the comfort of your camp chair. To get here, take Rockley Rd from... Find out more

Alum Creek camping area (walk-in camping) 27 km

This walk-in site is 22 km from the trackhead. Carry drinking water, and a gas/fuel stove is preferred.... Find out more

Lake Lyell camping area 29 km

Lake Lyell is a large water-storage area serving the dual purpose of supplying 2 nearby power stations and providing fabulous recreational opportunities to visitors. Swimming, fishing, waterskiing and paddling are just a... Find out more

Coxs River camping area (walk-in camping) 30 km

At 15.5 km from the trackhead, you need to carry in drinking water to this walk-in campsite; gas/fuel stove preferred. This site is in a pleasant clearing above Coxs River. There is a swing bridge giving access to... Find out more

Kowmung Wild River camping area (walk-in camping) 30 km

This is a campsite for self-sufficient walkers only, 500 m downstream from the carpark at Kowmung River Fire Trail. Note: the access road is 4WD only. There’s water in the creek but you’ll need to boil or... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

BIG4 Bathurst Panorama Holiday Park 38 km

This is a quality park on the Great Western Highway, 5 km east of the centre of Bathurst, and offers a range of accommodation and great facilities including games and entertainment rooms. Bookings are required at peak... Find out more

Blackheath Glen Caravan Park 41 km

In the heart of the Blue Mountains, this park is situated in a pretty parkland setting opposite the Rhododendron Gardens, and within walking distance of the town centre and Govetts Leap lookout. There are good basic... Find out more

Katoomba Falls Caravan Park 41 km

Located in a quiet off-highway location, this neat well-appointed park is very close to Katoomba’s cable car and scenic railway. It is an ideal park for a few days stay to explore the area. Bookings are required in... Find out more

Colour City Caravan Park 85 km

This is a council park with good basic facilities in a quiet, off-highway position, about 2 km north of the city centre, adjoining the showgrounds. It is good value at a budget price. Bookings are recommended all year... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

McKeown’s Rest

McKeown’s Rest is a beautiful, recently built B&B on a working cattle farm with stunning views over the Blue Mountains. Three double rooms are available, with antique furnishings, ensuites, TV and plenty of... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Jenolan Cabins 19 km

These basic but cosy self-contained cabins, 6 kilometres up the steep hill past Jenolan Caves, are earth-sheltered for climate control and have composting toilets and rainwater. There are great views over the mountains,... Find out more

Clonturkle Sanctuary 28 km

Join the experiment in sustainable living and tourism at Clonturkle Earth Hamlet and Forest Sanctuary. Located at Yetholme, there are four cabins set on 240 hectares of mostly eucalypt forest, with 15 kilometres of... Find out more

Woolshed Cabins, near Blackheath 38 km

Eleven kilometres from Blackheath and surrounded by a glorious natural amphitheatre of towering sandstone walls, the Woolshed Cabins sit on 100 hectares of cleared farmland (a working cattle farm) in the Kanimbla Valley,... Find out more

Kanimbla View, Blackheath 38 km

Solar-powered, the two- and three-bedroom cottages here are surprisingly large inside. They are partially constructed from recycled and salvaged timbers, have composting toilets and a great view of the Kanimbla Valley... Find out more

Dargan Springs Mountain Lodge, Clarence 42 km

At the soft end of ecotourism, this pleasant lodge and wellness retreat has advanced eco-certification. It is surrounded by a mountain ash forest dotted with waratahs, the habitat of wombats and wallabies. With a maximum... Find out more

Jemby-Rinjah Eco Lodge, Blackheath 43 km

One of the first working examples of large-scale sustainable tourism to exist in Australia, Jemby-Rinjah has advanced eco-accreditation, and one of the most extensive systems of composting toilets in the country. Ten... Find out more

Old Leura Dairy 44 km

This creative collection of six buildings, which can sleep up to 30 people in various combinations, has been renovated and fitted out with all manner of recycled bits and bobs. There are old oven doors, rusted corrugated... Find out more

Bunjaree Cottages, Wentworth Falls 49 km

Great for families, Bunjaree Cottages have been designed to make a small environmental footprint, with full solar power and earth-brick insulation. One is built with recycled car tyres and mud, providing even better... Find out more

Wollemi Wilderness Retreat, Bilpin 59 km

These unusual self-contained cabins of various sizes feature passive solar design and are mainly constructed from recycled and salvaged materials. Although not high-class, they all have a spa and are in isolated bush... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Sunny Corner camping area 35 km

T/O 34km E of Bathurst (L) or 28km W of Lithgow (R)

Secluded area surrounded by trees 7km north of the highway.

Lake Wallace park area 38 km

T/O 51km E of Bathurst (L) or 11km W of Lithgow (R)

Located 2km north of the highway on the shores of the lake.

The Rocks rest area 54 km

21km W of Bathurst (R) or 35km E of Orange (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Blayney park area 59 km

At Blayney

Adjacent to the highway on the west side of town.

Macquarie Wood camping area 60 km

T/O 29km W of Bathurst (R) or 27km E of Orange (L)

Open grassed area among trees, 2km (unsealed) north of the highway via Cashens La.

Carcoar Dam camping area 64 km

T/O 59km NE of Cowra (R) or 46km SW of Bathurst (L)

On the shores of the dam 2km south of the highway.

Fullers Lane rest area 65 km

57km NE of Cowra (R) or 48km SW of Bathurst (L)

Just off the highway under a few trees with good views of the surrounding countryside.

What's on around town

Market: Anglican Church; 1st Sat each month.

Rodeo: Feb.

Kowmung Music Festival: chamber music in caves; Mar.

Sheep Show: Aug.

Daffodil Festival: Sept.

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