As far as I can ascertain there are no areas in the ACT where any form of aboriginal permit is available or required. However, there are a whole series of National Parks, Forests and Reserves
where camping is permitted and at least two where some limited four wheel drive touring is available. Most areas also provide quite reasonable facilities and some reasonably remote camping opportunities are also available. Camping where facilities are offered is normally by permit or pre booked camp site – fees generally apply.
The most convenient way of accessing general information about the Parks, Forests and Reserves
is to go to the Territory and Municipal Services
Department website and down load a 28 page PDF file which contains all of the information. The website is at www.tams.act.gov.au then click on the “Play” button, (“Play” in this context means recreational playing), and then on “Parks, Conservation and Lands” and then click on the “Activities and Events - Get Out There” PDF file download.
Whilst the TAMS website states that “Bookings are Essential” for all areas within the ACT, there does appear to be a range of systems in place to collect camping fees. In some areas you can just arrive and pay at an “Honesty Box”. In others, you can just select your camp site and at some stage a Ranger will come around and collect the appropriate fees. In others, for example, Blue Range (which is the only one nominated in the booklet where some limited four wheel drive touring is facilitated), Honeysuckle, Mt. Clear, Old Kowen Homestead
, Orroral and Woods Reserve
you can book on-line by going to www.bookings.act.gov.au and then click on “Camping”. Whilst the info says you can book on-line, it is actually done by way of an email message via a nominated email address. It also appears that bookings can be made via nominated contact telephone numbers or via “Canberra
Connect” on 13 22 81. “Canberra
Connect” is also another good source of information and help. The “bookings” website also provides some good contact details for each site, plus a site availability table, charges that apply and a lot of other excellent information about the sites nominated. It’s well worth a visit.