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5 Best Camping Spots in NSW

Bouddi National Park. Image: Photo: John Spencer/DPIE.

NSW is lush with bushland, national parks and camping sites. Whether it’s a coastal camping getaway you covet or a leafy location to lonesomely lull, these camping hot spots will have you scrambling to come back to. 

1. Picnic Point Campground, Mimosa Rocks National Park

Picnic Point Campground.
Photo: John Yurasek

Camp among the banksia trees environed by bewildering wilderness at the Picnic Point campground in Mimosa Rocks National Park. The park is in walking distance of Bega on the Sapphire Coast in the State’s far south. The locus is dotted with lagoons, ringed by a rainforest and rarefied rocks features. At the campsite, you have the choice of two beaches, plenty of coastal walks to explore and some great spots to picnic.

2. Lakesea Caravan Park Durras, Batemans Bay

LAKESEA CARAVAN PARK DURRAS. Image: Lakesea Park

This caravan park is near Batemans Bay on the State’s south coast, and is ideal for the amateur campers as it features a camp kitchen with free gas-supplied BBQs, a fridge and oven. The camp location is close to Durras Beach and Lake Durras—where you can enjoy a splendid surf, kayak ’til you go crazy, and fish for fun or food— there’s also excellent bushwalking experience in nearby Murramarang National Park.

3. Glenworth Valley, Central Coast

Camp under the stars amongst unspoilt surroundings.
Image: Glenworth Valley

Just over an hour’s drive north of Sydney is Glenworth Valley, the home to some excellent bush camping. Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures comprises of a series of campsites across 80 hectares of Popran Creek, featuring wood-fired BBQs, showers and a plentitude of time to placate oneself. You can also enjoy more splendour camping, hire a tent or teepee. And if you hankering horse riding, quad-biking, abseiling or kayaking, Glenworth Valley is definitely worth visiting.

4. Dunns Swamp, Wollemi National Park

Tents set up in Dunns Swamp.
Photo: Steve Garland

This World Heritage-listed national park, located close to the food mecca of Mudgee in country NSW, is home to the not-so idealistic Dunns Swamp— a campground set on the banks of the Cudgegong River and surrounded by sandstone ‘pagoda’ rock formations. The Swamp is splendid for a family fete; with walking tracks, swimming spots and kayak hire available season ’round. This hot spot is famed for its biodiversity: with more than 100 bird species sprawling in the Swamp and National Park.

5. The Basin, Ku-Ring-Gai

The Basin campground. Photo: David Finnegan/DPIE

The final pillar for corking camping calibre is The Basin lagoon, famous for its picnic spots, vistas and turquoise seascape. This is one of Sydney’s most illustrious beach camping spots and for an exceptional reason. Fires are permitted, though only in designated areas, which means meaty meals day and night. You can get to The Basin campground only by ferry from Palm Beach Wharf.

Have a favourite camping spot in NSW that’s not in our list? Comment below its name and why its your favourite.