The Best Camping Spots NSW
New South Wales has always had some magnificent holiday destinations, however, in recent years people have become even more keen to explore beyond Sydney and are discovering some absolute marvels!
Camping in New South Wales has always been popular for families, couples, individuals seeking solace. Whether you are looking for free camping, riverside, beachside, countryside, glamping or your regular holiday parks, New South Wales is a great location for a holiday.
Be inspired by camping enthusiasts as they share their favourite and arguably some of the best camping spots NSW has to offer.
One of the most marvellous places north of Sydney, Hat Head is the hidden gem that everyone should add to their NSW camping trip list! It is secluded, quiet, in many ways untouched and very much waiting to be discovered. Hat Head is located just shy of an hour north of Port Macquarie.
The campground is nestled in between magnificent pristine ocean waters, remarkable mountains and Korogoro Creek of Hat Head National Park. Hat Head boasts 12km of uninterrupted ocean and is part of the renowned Macleay Valley Coast. The main beach in Hat Head is patrolled during peak periods and weekends, making it a fantastic holiday destination for families.
Hat Head Holiday Park offers cabins, powered and unpowered sites and is a fantastic dog friendly camping NSW destination. There are BBQ facilities, a kiosk, children’s playground, laundry facilities and free WIFI. For major shopping, Kempsey is just 30 minutes away.
Enjoy the beaches, water activities or explore the many walking tracks in Hat Head National Park. Be sure to head up to The Gap in Hat Head. Take in the unforgettable views and then wander across to Connor’s Beach. While Connor’s Beach is not patrolled, it is a beautiful spot for a quiet beach picnic, some solitude and to read a book.
Tucked away out of the limelight on the Far North NSW coast is the laid-back coastal town of Lennox Head. With a natural lake, beautiful beaches and a friendly local village it is a firm favourite with families of young children, surfers and people looking to escape the busyness of nearby Byron Bay.
There are several camping options in the town. Reflections Holiday Park is a large busy campground located walking distance to town and situated on the beautiful Lake Ainsworth. The lake is great for kids young and old to play and swim and the adults can rent stand up paddle boards or kayaks to explore the lake.
For a quieter camping option, Flat Rock tent park is a natural campground tucked behind the sand dunes at Flat Rock Beach between Lennox Head and Ballina. You have less access to town, but if you are self sufficient and are happy to make your own meals and brew your own coffee, it is a lovely place to camp.
The most popular beach in town is the main patrolled beach, Seven Mile Beach. It can be rough at times, but with wide sections of white sand it is a gorgeous place to spend the day. At the south end of the beach is the famous Lennox Head break for surfers and at low tide the rock pools provide hours of fun for kids. Other great beaches include Sharpes Beach and Flat Rock.
When you feel the need to stretch your legs, the Lennox Head boardwalk takes you up to Pat Moreton Lookout at the south of town. The headland offers stunning views across the ocean, surfers and beaches and is a great place to whale watch from June to September too. The trail continues all the way along the coast to Ballina for those looking for a longer hike of 3-4 hours.
Located 2 hours from Brisbane and just 30 minutes south of Byron Bay, Lennox Head is a great place to relax and enjoy one of the most beautiful regions in NSW.
Just three and a half hours south of Sydney, Pebbly Beach campground is the perfect stop before you reach the big city if you are driving up from the South coast, or, a great place to get away to if you are living in the Sydney area. Located off the main A1 road north of the famous Batemans Bay, nestled on the coast of the Murramarang National Park.
In terms of natural beauty, this site is without doubt one of the most spectacular on the whole of the east coast (especially if you get up to watch the sunrise). Contrary to its name, the secluded golden sandy beach here is far from pebbly. Occupied by friendly kangaroos and other native Australian wildlife, it is an idyllic place to get in touch with nature. With several nearby walking tracks and limited mobile signal, you can truly get off the grid, explore, relax, and experience the best of what Australia’s coastline has to offer.
The family friendly site has well maintained facilities including barbecues, drinking water (must boil before drinking), cold showers, toilets and seating areas. With sites suitable for both tents and camper vans. However, this does incur a cost with a camping spot costing $24 per night for two people, with each extra adult costing an additional $12 per night, and children between 5-15 costing $6 per night. This price also does not include the park entry fees. Booking can be made by calling ahead or online on the New South Wales Government website.
Located in southern New South Wales, at the border with the state of Victoria, Eden is an incredibly beautiful place to go camping in Australia.
In terms of outdoor activities, you will be in for a treat in Eden. The first place you should check out is Aslings Beach. Although it is quite long, it usually is pretty quiet. You can walk along the beach and soak up the views, play frisbee or just relax on your towel!
If you like walking, you may also want to go to Lake Curalo. You can walk around it. It’s an easy 4km walk, perfect for kids too! Make sure to also visit Ben Boyd National Park. The pinnacle walk will lead you to beautiful coloured cliffs, a true hidden gem in Australia!
Finally, Eden is one of the best places in Australia for whale watching. If you are visiting in winter, book a cruise. You won’t regret it!
In terms of campgrounds, you will find all sorts of options, from free campsites to luxury glamping sites. The Reflexion Eden Holiday Park is an all-time favourite. It’s ideally located in front of Aslings Beach, making it ideal for people on holiday for a week.
If you are on a road trip from Sydney to Melbourne and just want to stop in Eden for a night, stay at Big4 Eden Beachfront Holiday Park. It’s situated on the Princes highway and is a bit closer to town.
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A picturesque 30 minute drive west off the highway from Coffs Harbour, you’ll find this very cool, bohemian style village called Bellingen. If you love nature, food, the arts and a very relaxed vibe, then Bellingen will be a great camping spot in NSW for you.
Bellingen is located along the Bellinger River and is surrounded by lush greenery. A stroll along the river or through the town will put you at ease immediately. It is a great location for a camping holiday in New South Wales, perfect for families, those who love adventure and solitude, even those looking for a romantic getaway.
There are some fantastic accommodation options within Bellingen, including the Bellingen Showground where you can get campsites all year round. During busy periods, including festivals and market days, the campsites are limited and may be somewhat overwhelming so you will be best to plan ahead.
Alternatively, you can head out west of Bellingen just 14km to Roses Park Rest Area – it is free camping, or pay by contribution and available for short term camping. It is not too far from the road so sometimes you do hear noise, however, the location is lovely and convenient for those wanting to explore the beautiful countryside in the region. You can easily wander to the Bellinger River, which is really peaceful. Spend a day touring Dorrigo National Park and Dangar Falls as well.