CAMPING ON THE CENTRAL COAST
The beautiful Central Coast of NSW is perfect for camping. There are campgrounds by lovely beaches, sparkling bays and pristine lakes. Seaside holiday parks are popular for caravanning and camping. You’ll find campsites too in ethereal forests ideal for bushwalking and other adventures.
Places to pitch your tent in enchanting conservation areas include:
- Tallow Beach, Putty Beach and Little Beach in the Bouddi National Park
- Freemans and Frazer in the Munmorah State Conservation Area
- Casuarina, Pines, Olney and Turpertine in the Olney State Forest
With coastal trails, secluded beaches, whale watching and an 1898 shipwreck, Bouddi National Park is an enticing destination near Killcare. North of the seaside delight The Entrance and the lighthouse heritage at Norah Head is pretty Munmorah State Conservational Area, where the fishing is superb.
The majestic Olney State Forest, in the hinterland northwest of Wyong, is popular with families as well. There are walking trails and sheltered picnic areas in the native forest. On the Pines and Abbott Falls walking trails you’ll stroll past trickling creeks, tranquil rock pools and captivating rainforest.
Most camping areas have barbecue facilities and other amenities. The Patonga camping ground is on the edge of Brisk Bay, next to the splendid Brisbane Water National Park. For breathtaking views, the Patonga to Pearl Beach walking track is an exhilarating experience, and there are cycling routes too.
For fun water sports and fine sandy beaches, you can stay at holiday and tourist parks in charming destinations such as Ettalong Beach, Avoca Beach and Terrigal in the southern Gosford area. In the northern Wyong area are the delightful Bateau Bay, Toowoon Bay, The Entrance and Norah Head.
In the picturesque Glenworth Valley you can set up your tent by a river. There are outdoor activities here too for the whole family, including horseriding, kayaking and abseiling. Like all the wonderful attractions on the Central Coast, Glenworth Valley is within easy reach from Sydney and Newcastle.