Secret Camping Spots in NSW

Bookings are now required for all campgrounds and campsites in NSW national parks, including those without camping fees. This is to manage numbers in each location to support social distancing. Make an online booking or check the NPWS COVID-19 update page for more information.

NSW boasts some of the country's most secluded campgrounds, offering the perfect excuse to dust off your swag. From pristine beaches in national parks to holiday parks tucked away in rugged bays, here is our guide to NSW's most beautiful secret campsites.    

Shrug off that urban angst and find your own corner to camp amid UNESCO World Heritage rainforest, near peaceful pools, or coastal campsites hemmed in by the sea. Hit pause near rugged escarpments that soar into the sky or in Outback NSW where ancient stories tell of the indigenous connection to the land.

Heritage-listed Norah Head Lighthouse, on the NSW Central Coast

Central Coast

The Central Coast is on Sydney's doorstep. It's where you can wake up to the roar of the ocean at the Blue Lagoon Beach Resort, a family holiday park that has powered sites for caravans and tents. The resort, in a quiet, private location in Bateau Bay, opens onto sheltered beaches and offers stunning views.

Budgewoi Holiday Park is another lovely spot to bunk down for the night. Located on the banks of tranquil Lake Munmorah near Norah Head, the holiday park features self-contained cabins in leafy surrounds and is only a short drive from Norah Head Lighthouse, a popular vantage point for whale watching.

Family enjoying a campfire by their tent on the Hawkesbury River in Lower MacDonald

Country NSW

Enjoy stargazing in Warrumbungle National Park, near Coonabarabran and spend the night at Burbie Camp. This secret campsite is accessed on foot along the Burbie Canyon track and Burbie trail.

Admire dramatic waterfalls in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park and sleep at Dangars Gorge campground, located on the edge of the Great Escarpment. Or head to Main campground in Mungo National Park, and explore the incredible Walls of China in this remote part of NSW.

Camping by the river in Macleay Valley Coast hinterland

South Coast

Honeymoon Bay, on the South Coast, is a great place to soak up the sun and enjoy ocean breezes. With crystal-clear waters lappin onto the powder-soft sand, this dreamy bay is ideal for fishing, swimming and kayaking. Honeymoon Bay is near Jervis Bay, where dolphin-watching cruises operate throughout the year.

Beachcomber Holiday Park has eco cabins on the beach in Eurobodalla National Park. Appreciate the wilderness with aquatic activities and bushwalks such as the Bingi Dreaming Track, which traces the ancient songlines of the Yuin Aboriginal people. You’ll find a tranquil escape at Lakesea Park in nearby Batemans Bay, too.

North Coast

Let the rise and fall of the surf lull you to sleep on the North Coast. The Big4 Koala Shores holiday park is located on the waterfront of Lemon Tree Passage in Port Stephens, near a nature reserve for koalas. Further north, on the Macleay Valley Coast, is Stuarts Point Holiday Park, a riverside hideaway with great fishing.