Five Great Camping Getaways for Sydneysiders

27 January 2016

If you’re looking for a break from Australia’s biggest city, here are a few ways to sneak in a change of scenery and take a well-deserved break in nearby NSW.

Active Holidays BIG4, Hunter Valley

Active Holidays BIG4 Hunter Valle

Active Holidays BIG4 Hunter Valle

The Hunter Region is one of the most popular holiday destinations among Sydneysiders. Active Holidays BIG4 Hunter Valley is a conveniently-located base from which you can explore the surrounding vineyards, villages, gardens, restaurants, galleries and more. Aside from all the usual amenities, this holiday park also has its own wood-fired pizza oven, as well as a giant chess board for those who are up to the challenge.

Wollongong Surf Leisure ResortWollongong

Aerial of Wollongong city and North beach

Aerial of Wollongong. Image credit: Illawarra tourism

Although just outside of Sydney, the Wollongong Surf Leisure Resort feels like it’s a world away. The resort sits on 30 acres of sculpted lawns and gardens fronting one of Australia’s greatest stretches of surfing beaches. Its modern facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool, a mini-golf course, two spas, a jumping castle, and a sauna where you can unwind after a long day of activities. Wollongong Surf Leisure Resort also contains a relaxed village specially designed for guests over the age of 50, and the resort’s bicycle hire service is a great way to get out and explore the local area.

Active Holidays BIG4, Lake Macquarie

Active Holidays BIG4 Lake Macquarie

Active Holidays BIG4 Lake Macquarie

This picturesque holiday park is situated on the southern shores of Lake Macquarie, less than two hours from Sydney. This is a fantastic spot to enjoy various outdoors activities including kayaking, fishing, canoeing and cycling. The accommodation ranges from pleasant grassy camping sites to luxury waterfront villas and cabins. The park includes a playground, swimming pool, BBQ facilities and a jumping cushion, and is only a short drive away from some of NSW’s best beaches.

Banana Coast Caravan Park, Coffs Harbour

Popular swimming and sunbathing area where river mouth joins the ocean, Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour

If you’re lucky enough to be expecting a long weekend, consider making the journey up to the Banana Coast Caravan Park in Coffs Harbour. This rainforest retreat will make your drive worthwhile, and its gardens filled with tropical birds will be music to your ears after coming from the big smoke. A swimming pool, tennis court, playground, games room, barbecue and convenience store are all located on site for a hassle-free getaway that will leave you feeling positively serene.

Katoomba Falls Tourist Park, Katoomba

Katoomba Cascades near Katoomba Falls, Blue Mountains National Park

Katoomba Cascades

Just 100 minutes from Sydney’s CBD, the Katoomba Falls Tourist Park enjoys a prime location within the Blue Mountains. The park is on the doorstep of some of the area’s most iconic sights, with bushwalking trails leading directly to the Three Sisters, the glass-bottomed skyway at Scenic World and Katoomba town centre. During your stay, discover spectacular viewpoints and hidden waterfalls, and soak up some of the best rainforests and scenery that New South Wales has to offer.