Camping on the Central Coast
The NSW Central Coast is perfect for outdoorsy types who love camping. There are campgrounds of all shapes and sizes at windswept beaches, sparkling bays and pristine lakes. Holiday parks beside the seaside are popular for caravanning and camping, while campsites in the forest are ideal for bushwalking and other adventures.
Camping in national parks
Camping treads more lightly on the landscape and is as close to nature as you can get. You can pitch your tent and lessen your carbon footprint in conservation areas that 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
Bouddi National Park is a great base for camping: it has coastal trails, secluded beaches, whale-watching spots and an 1898 shipwreck. Keen anglers should motor on to Munmorah State Conservational Area, north of The Entrance, where the fishing is superb. You can also learn all about the lighthouse heritage at nearby Norah Head.
Your exploration of the Central Coast should include Olney State Forest, in the hinterland northwest of Wyong, popular with families for its walking trails and sheltered picnic areas in the native forest. Follow the trails looping around Pines and Abbott Falls to find streams tumbling into tranquil rock pools surrounded by rainforest.
Coastal and riverside campsites
Most camping areas on the Central Coast 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 hike and there are cycling routes, too.
Enjoy some real-time fun playing water sports or basking on the sandy beaches in the charming seaside villages of Ettalong Beach, Avoca Beach and Terrigal in the southern Gosford area. Join the makeshift communities staying at holiday and tourist parks in the northern Wyong area in delightful Bateau Bay, Toowoon Bay, The Entrance and Norah Head.
Peg out your tent by the river in picturesque Glenworth Valley to gain access to more than 200 acres of secluded countryside. There are creature comforts like hot showers and wood-burning barbecues, as well as outdoor activities to please the entire family like horse-riding to kayaking and abseiling.