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Calling All Camping Travelers in NSW!

Calling All Camping Travelers in NSW!

Are you looking for the perfect escape from the stresses of life? A place to spend some quality time during your Big Lap?You’ve come to the right place. New South Wales is home to some of the greatest caravan parks in Australia. From glistening lakeside views, to the stunning scenery of the beach and beyond, NSW has it all.

Get your campervan ready and check out our list of 13 of the best places to camp in New South Wales.

1. Honeymoon Bay, Jervis Bay

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Honeymoon Bay Campground offers some of the highest quality bush camping in NSW. Located in the Beecroft Weapons Range at Jervis Bay, Honeymoon stands out from your ordinary campsite, as it is proudly owned by the Royal Australian Navy and has live firing during the week. Families with kids will find this place especially exciting.

Note:

  • Once you arrive, head to the Information Centre and go through the booking process. There is no online booking.
  • Take cash, there is no Eftpos and payment is by cash only.
  • All sites are unpowered and there is no drinking water available.
  • There are portable toilets throughout the campground and bins are also available.
  • No pets are allowed.
  • Cost to stay is $15 per site for 2 adults. Extra adults are $5 each and children 15 and under are free.

Find out more here.

2. Pretty Beach,  Murramarang National Park

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If you’re looking to camp alongside some stunning views, then the Pretty Beach campground is for you. Spacious, easy to access, and ultimately very peaceful, Pretty Beach offers lovely views over the seas and coastline. Looking to explore the surrounding landscape? This is the perfect place to base yourself for explorations around Durras Mountain and Snapper Point within Murramarang National Park. Enjoy long coastal walks, birdwatching, swimming in the ocean, sunbathing, fishing, and even whale watching at certain times of the year.

If this isn’t enough for your animal-lovers, all year round you’ll be able to watch kangaroos grazing in nearby open spaces, as well as spotting lyrebirds, possums, gliders, Jacky lizards, and goannas.

Note:

  • Pretty Beach campground has numerous tent sites, many with power, and if you don’t feel like tent camping, there are even a couple of cabins.
  • It’s a well-equipped campground with hot showers, laundry facilities, sheltered electric barbecues and some small wood barbecues.

Find out more here.

3. Glenworth Valley, Central Coast

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Camp and wake up to a new adventure everyday at Glenworth Valley campgrounds. Try horse riding, squad biking, abseiling, laser skirmish, kayaking, and pony lead riding for children.

Camping sites are scattered on the edge of Popran Creek, giving you the perfect opportunity for a splash in the water – you can even bring your kayak and explore the creek!

Note:

  • The campsite features unpowered tent & caravan sites, tepees, and ECO cabins
  • Pets are not allowed
  • Facilities include hot showers, toilets, picnic tables and wood-fired barbecues. Bring your own firewood or buy at their shop.

Find out more here.

4. Beachcomber Holiday Park, Eurobodalla

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Whether you want beachfront views, or more shaded areas backing into breathtaking nature, Beachcomber has it all. Located in the stunning Eurobodalla National Park, Beachcomber is the perfect place to truly get in touch with nature. Most sites are unpowered, so you can say goodbye to all the distractions of modern living. They do have some solar-powered sites, although these a limited.

Note:

  • They do have a limited number of solar-powered sites that can be used to run your lights, TV, radio, battery charger & fridge.
  • However, you won’t be able to run high power appliances like an air-conditioner, heater, microwave or electric hot water.

Find out more here.

5. Berrima Reserve, Berrima

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Okay, so we’ve talked about camping with limited power, and at times no access to WiFi – we called that “getting in touch with nature”. Some of you outdoor-enthusiasts may have scoffed at our words. In touch with nature? You can still plug in your phone for charging for god sake! Well, we have selected a particularly challenging campsite for those of your looking for a REAL break from modern life.

Berrima Reserve is a grassy campground on the bank of the Wingecarribee River, located adjacent to the Wingecarribee River, within a five minutes walk to the Historic Berrima Village. Let us tell you – this is real primitive camping. There are no power outlets. No man-made barbecues. Only cold water showers and toilets.

But in all honesty, this is camping at its finest. Don’t miss out.

Find out more here.

6. Coledale Camping Reserve, Coledale

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Blue, gold, green. Those are the three primary colours that make up this heaven-like camping reserve. Coledale is a small and unique campsite that borders right onto the golden sands, and is beautifully sandwiched between the rolling blue surf of the pacific and the rolling green tree canopy of the Illawarra escarpment.

The beach itself is stunning, bordered by north and south by rocky outcrops that protect the beach from the worst of the weather, as well as offering excellent fishing spots. Coledale Beach is a great location to enjoy the beach, swim, surf, fish, dive or just sit back, enjoy the views and sound of the surf at your doorstep. If that isn’t enough, surely the regular visits by dolphins playing just of the beach, or migrating humpback whales lazing in the distance, should suffice?

Find out more here.

7. Picnic Point Campground, Mimosa Rocks National Park

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Fisherman, we have found your heaven! 

If you like the idea of basing yourself just steps away from your next catch, then head to Picnic Point campground.

Nestled beside two beautiful sandy beaches, the campground is ideally located for beach fishing. Choose your perfect campsite amongst the banksias, then grab your rod and see if you can hook some bream to barbecue back at the campground.

Take a relaxing walk down the coast, or refresh your body with a dip in the ocean. And you cannot forget to follow the name’s suggestion and enjoy a picnic on the point. At the end of the day, fall asleep to the sound of crashing waves and get ready to do it all again tomorrow.

We’re sorry, we take it back. This isn’t just heaven for fishermen. This is heaven for everyone.

Find out more here.

8. Dunns Swamp, Wollemi National Park

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Dunns Swamp is a beautiful, serene waterway on the Cudgegong River in Wollemi National Park. You can set up came amid picturesque woodlands of gorgeous gum and striking pagoda rock formations and settle in for a truly tranquil getaway.

Ganguly is perfect for a range of fun and relaxing activities from birdwatching and fishing to canoeing and swimming. There are also a myriad of engaging walks offering expansive views over the Cudgegong river.

Not only is it pretty amazing for the yes, but this place is home to an abundance of wildlife, including wallabies, purple swamp hens and, at night, greater gliders. If you’re really lucky, you might glimpse shy long-necked turtles and platypus in the weir.

Note:

  • This campsite is great for car-based family camping so pack your tent or bring a small caravan.
  • With wood barbecues on-site you can hook dinner with your fishing line and cook up a camping feast under the stars.

Find out more here.

9. Tapin Tops National Park, Dingo Forest

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If you’re looking to explore the Tapin Tops National Park, this campsite is the perfect base camp. Set amongst ancient rainforests and eucalypt forests, this place offers high-quality camping, with many short rainforest walks directly from the site. Greater gliders, parma wallabies, red-legged pademelons, and koalas are just some of the wildlife you may have the privilege of seeing, alongside amazing flora, from large yellow guinea flowers, and violet pea flowers, to the Illawarra Flame tree, with its flashy red flowers.

Find out more here.

10. Wollondilly River Station, Bowral

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A scenic bush camping experience – those five simple words are all you need to know about the Wollondilly River Station campsite. Well, okay, we’ll tell you a little more.   Surrounded by nature and boasting scenic water and mountain views, Wollondilly River Station offers a genuine bush camping experience. Wollondilly River Station is privately owned and offers campers pet-friendly, bush camping along the banks of the river.   If you’re up for a wicked wildlife experience, then look no further.

Find out more here.

11. Diamond Head, Crowdy Bay National Park

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This place is one of the most popular getaways to stay in Crowdy Bay National Park. With its excellent camping and picnic facilities, its no wonder this play has raked up a high following. If you’ve heard Diamond Head, then you probably know all about the gorgeous ocean and the blackened pillars of Split Rock from the beach, but let us tell you – Diamond Head is this and so much more.

Take your choice from several hiking tracks, including the 4.8km Diamond Head loop walk via Indian Head with its panoramic views of coast, mountains and forest, or the shorter Mermaid Lookout track.

Note:

  • It includes campsites for motorhomes, caravans, campervans, camper trailers and tents.
  • You’ll find gas barbecues, picnic shelters and outdoor showers right next to the beach

Find out more here.

12. The Basin, Ku-Ring-Gai National Park

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The Basin campground is the only place you can camp in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park – lucky for you, this place offers some lovely surroundings and views. The expanse of grassy areas for camping are mere metres from a sheltered beach and an inland lagoon. Once you arrive at the Basin, hitch your tent, enjoy a bike ride or swim, and see if you can spot the local swamp wallabies or kookaburras.

Note:

  • The campground accommodates up to 400 campers.
  • There’s no car access to The Basin campground.
  • You can park at West Head Road but it’s a steep 2.8km walk to the campground from there. If you’re not up for the hike, arrive by water taxi, boat or a ferry which leaves from Palm Beach Wharf.

Find out more here.

13. Jenolan State Forest, Jenolan

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Jenolan Caves used to have a camping ground, but this has since closed for 2005. But do not fret! The State Forest Camping Ground is still up and running, located on the road into Jenolan from Lithgow. It is located about 10km from the caves, surrounded by pine forests, in which many campers opt to stay.

Note:

  • Families should note it is very popular with trail bike riders so the area has been known to get a bit wild of late. 
  • For those of you hoping to walk straight from the Jenolan Caves to the campsite, you do require a car to access this camping ground

Find out more here.

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