NSW is the perfect destination for a beach camping holiday, with spectacular spots all along the coast from Eden in the south to Tweed Heads in the north. Fall asleep to the ocean’s melody in beach campsites surrounded by nature and native wildlife.
Further south in the tiny fishing village of Iluka, relax at empty beaches and explore World Heritage-listed rainforest while staying at Woody Head campground. Book a cabin, park your caravan or enjoy camping near water. Nearby in Crescent Head, Delicate Campground in Goolawah Regional Park is a fabulous spot for back-to-basics beach camping. Take your pick of things to do: go surfing near Delicate Nobby; go whale watching; go snorkelling; or take the kids beachcombing.
Majestic wilderness, tranquil lakes and stunning beaches await in the Forster and Taree area. Located in Crowdy Bay National Park, Diamond Head campground offers free beach camping with barbecues, picnic shelters and several hiking tracks nearby. In Hawks Nest, experience camping off the mainland at Broughton Island campground, where there’s plenty of opportunity for swimming, fishing, snorkelling and scuba diving.
Further south in Gosford, Little Beach campground is perfect for surfers and nature-lovers. Nestled in a pretty cove and enveloped by coastal rainforest, this beach campground offers free gas barbecues and a wealth of secluded swimming and fishing spots nearby. Or for a tranquil and scenic retreat, Putty Beach campground is just steps from the sand and the stunning Bouddi Coastal Walk.
Enjoy the scenic seclusion at Tallow Beach campground, which offers camping near water for just six tents. Rock fishing, swimming, surfing and bushwalking are all within easy reach of this idyllic beach campground.
Further south, you’ll find plenty of beachside places to stay. Try Mystery Bay campground in Tilba, where you can enjoy spectacular views of the cliff headlands and easy access to secluded beaches. In Bermagui, fall asleep to the sound of crashing waves at Picnic Point campground, a spectacular beach fishing spot.
Yes, it is legal to camp on the beach in NSW if you do so in designated beach camping areas. There are countless free beach camping sites all over NSW where you can legally camp by the beach, including on the North Coast, South Coast, Central Coast, as well as in Sydney and its surrounds.
Not far south of Sydney, you’ll find free beach camping at North Era campground, which boasts stunning views of Garie Beach and easy access to hiking tracks. Or you can pitch your tent right on the edge of the beach at Coledale Beach campground, where you can swim, surf, fish or just relax to the sound of the waves.
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