12 October 2015
Longer days, beautiful clear skies and lovely nights make the warmer months the ideal time of year to discover NSW’s secret campsites and hidden gems. NSW has some amazing coastal and bush camping spots that have remained under the radar, making for the ideal relaxed break away.
Exploring some of the top hidden camping spots is also one of the best ways to truly discover NSW. So take a trip off the beaten track and find NSW’s hidden camping gems – secret spots in unique hideaways cherished by NSW locals, many with easy access to the beautiful beaches and stunning bushland and wilderness.
The spectacular and secluded Honeymoon Bay at Point Perpendicular delivers a fantastic bush camping experience. Only a moment’s walk to the beaches of northern part of Jervis Bay, this rustic bush camp site is on the northern end of Jervis Bay on the NSW South Coast. Camping sites are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Situated between Yamba and Coffs Harbour, Yuraygir National Park offers secluded beachside campsites with beautiful ocean views. Head to Pebbly Beach campground in a remote bay near Station Creek Beach and discover coastal walking tracks, fishing spots and great surf. You’ll need to drive across a beach and cross a saltwater estuary in low tide to reach the campsite, but once there you’ll find ample space to unwind, however, be aware that this campsite is not suitable for large caravans.
Camp in an idyllic and quiet spot by the beach, among the Banksia trees and beautiful wilderness at Picnic Point Campground in Mimosa Rocks National Park. Find the perfect fishing spot, swim in crystal clear waters and enjoy scenic views of the stunning Sapphire Coast. A great place for the adventurous camper, the campsite is accessible off a small distance of dirt road that is suitable for all vehicles. Please note that water is not available at this campground so you’ll need to bring your own supply. There are also strong rips and currents sometimes present at the beach, so take care in the water and please supervise children at all times.
Take a trip to Oxley Wild Rivers National Park to explore cascading waterfalls, historic sites and more. The stunning World Heritage Listed national park offers a wide range of activities and things to do, as well as nine campgrounds to uncover. Check out Halls Peak campground to relax riverside in a remote campsite perfect for canoeing, fishing and bird-watching, or head take your campervan to Wollomombi campground to see dramatic views of nearby Wollomombi Falls and enjoy scenic bushwalking trails.
A little known gem, Lakesea Caravan Park Durras near Batemans Bay, has grassy shaded sites with BBQ drums and a campground that is kitted out for the novice camper including a camp kitchen with free gas BBQs, fridge and oven. Just moments to Durras Beach and Lake Durras, enjoy surfing, kayaking, fishing and bush walking in nearby Murramarang National Park. There are also two modern amenities blocks, three fully equipped laundries and separate babies’ bathroom, with facilities for children and those with disabilities. Facilities also include an internet kiosk.
While many know the Central Coast’s Glenworth Valley for its horse riding and quad biking, it’s amazing bush camping sites may surprise many. The open bush style campsites situated along the Popran Creek come with wood-fired BBQs, hot showers and plenty of peace and quiet. There are also tents and tipis for hire.
For absolute beachfront, Beachcomber Holiday Park at Potato Point is the place. Backing onto Eurobodalla National Park on the NSW South Coast, expect to be camping amongst kangaroos and wallabies whilst cooking on the pizza oven and relaxing around the communal camp fires. For accommodation options, Beachcomber offers modern solar powered cabins with spectacular ocean views as well as spacious unpowered campsites for tents and caravans, also on the beachfront or under the trees. The surrounding bushland abounds with native wildlife – small red necked wallabies may join you for breakfast and emus are regular guests!
Outside Mudgee in Country NSW is the beautiful Dunns Swamp in Wollemi National Park. Set on the banks of the Cudgegong River and nestled amongst stunning sandstone pagoda rock formations, Dunns Swamp presents an idyllic family getaway with plenty of walking tracks and canoeing and swimming spots. Remember that water is not available at this campground so you’ll need to bring your own supply for drinking and cooking. Remember to also treat or boil all water taken from creeks in the park.
The pet-friendly Mystery Bay Camp Ground, near Tilba on the NSW South Coast, is just moments from the beach. Please note that dogs are allowed on a leash and must be under control at all times, although the beach has off-leash areas. Enjoy this bush camping site and all that Mystery Bay offers – ￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼snorkelling in the bay, surfing at 1080 beach, cheese tasting in nearby Tilba and of course the stunning views of Montague Island. The sites have room for vehicles of all shapes and sizes, but none are powered. Water is available at centrally placed water taps.
North Coast Holiday Park Corindi Beach on the NSW North Coast, has six cabins and sixty-four shady campsites to choose from. Nestled beside the beach, within an idyllic bush setting, enjoy the gentle sea breezes and stunning bush and coastal views as you lap up the days fishing, snorkelling, surfing, swimming or kayaking in nearby beaches, lakes and rivers. Kids will be well looked after with the state-of-the-art playground and large playing area adjacent. Adults and bigger kids can meanwhile enjoy the free barbecues and nearby undercover picnic areas.
Camp in the middle of the mighty Tapin Tops National Park, in the NSW North Coast, at Dingo Tops Campground and explore the park’s stunning waterfalls and creeks and relics from the area’s forestry past. Surrounded by ancient rainforests and eucalypt forest, Dingo Tops is a quiet campground where parma wallabies, red-legged pademelons, greater gliders (at night) and koalas are frequently spotted. Remember that water is not available at this campground, so you’ll need to bring your own supply for drinking and cooking. This is also remote campground, so please make sure you arrive well-prepared with plenty of water and food.