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Best Places to Camp in the Bush Near Sydney

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Published September 8th 2015
Don't forget the tent
There really is nothing like spending a night around a fire with just the birds and trees as company. Luckily for us there are some great bush campsites near Sydney. These places don't come with fancy pools or ensuite toilets, but they do come with pure, unadulterated serenity.

Bents Basin is a beautiful camping spot situated right on the water of 'Bents Basin', approximately 75km west of Sydney. It is a flat, grassy campground surrounded by trees and the Basin. Being right on the water there are great water based activities to do including fishing, canoeing, or swimming. There is also a scenic, lookout track.

You will find flushing toilets, tables, BBQs (bring your own wood), camp kitchen, drinking water and hot showers at Bents Basin. Sites are suitable for tents, trailers and caravans.

Bents Basin is located in Bents Basin State Conservation Area, Wolstenholme Avenue, Greendale.

Cattai National Park campground is located along the Hawkesbury River, just 60km west of Sydney. It has a wonderful campsite situated along the banks of the river (although you cannot directly see the river from the sites).

Bring your fishing rod, canoe or kayak and enjoy all the river has to offer. Kids will love to play in the little, sandy beach area. The campground is also just a short walk to a children's playground and there are great spots for the kids to ride bikes, kick balls and run and play. You will also hopefully spot a kangaroo or wallaby while here.

Don't forget to check out Cattai Homestead, which is an important historical site.

Fires are allowed in designated barbecues - bring your own wood. You will also find showers, flushing toilet and tables here. Sites are un-powered and not marked. This campground is suitable for tents and camper trailers (caravans are not permitted).

Find the park on Wisemans Ferry Road, Cattai. The entrance is located just north of Cattai Creek Bridge.

Cattai national park, water activity, sightseeing
Kids will love exploring the river

You will find Mill Creek campground in Dharug National Park, approximately 85km north of Sydney. It is a flat, grassy campground by a lovely creek and is surrounded by impressive escarpments and a eucalyptus forest. It's a great spot to see some wildlife including wombats, wallaroos, goannas, lyrebirds and sugar gliders.

There are lovely bushwalks and bike rides to be taken from Mill Creek. You could also bring your canoe or kayak and go for a paddle. There is a picnic area and wood BBQ's (shared, bring your own wood). You will need to bring your own water for drinking and cooking. Toilets are non-flush and there are no shower facilities. As well as wood BBQ's, there are free gas BBQ's. The site is suitable for tents and camper trailers.

Sites are marked, but unpowered.

Please note, Mill Creek can get very hot during summer as the escarpments retain and reflect heat into the valleys.

You could also check out Ten Mile Hollow campground campground, but please note this is walk in only.

Mill Creek is located in Gunderman (near Wisemans Ferry, northwest of Sydney). It is approximately 6km east of the Wisemans Ferry crossing, on the north side of the Hawkesbury River.

Upper Colo Reserve covers 13 hectares adjacent to the Wollemi National Park (where the Wollemi Pine was discovered) . It is approximately 90kms from Sydney. The Colo Wilderness has been recognised as one of the twenty remaining real wilderness areas left in New South Wales and one of the last "pristine" rivers.

The campground is flat and provides excellent access to Colo River. The river is very clean and slow flowing and offers shallow water for everyone to have a swim. There is lots of open space and even a cricket pitch! Shaded areas make the reserve summer friendly.

Dogs (on leash) and horses are welcome at Upper Colo Reserve.

There is a rainwater tank, however guests are asked to bring drinking water. Showers are provided but are cold, bore water. There are flushing toilets. Bring your own firewood.

Find the Reserve at Hulbert Road, Upper Colo.

You may also want to check out Bielany Campground which is also in Colo.

Euroka Campground in Glenbrook in the Blue Mountains is around 50km west of Sydney. It sits at the bottom of the Blue Mountains and is a great place to reconnect with nature. Euroka is well known for its flock of kangaroos that you can spot at dawn and dusk. Go for bushwalks in the surrounding areas and bring the bikes for some mountain biking. You can also see some Aboriginal paintings at Red Rock Cave.

There are five areas within the campground: Red Gum, Nioka, Bennett Ridge, Appletree Flat, and Darug with all sites unpowered and unmarked.

There are 40 campsites with basic facilities, pit toilets and bbqs. You need to bring your own firewood and water. Euroka campground is not suitable for campervans or camper trailers.

The campground is located at Blue Labyrinth NSW.

You could also pay Ingar Campground a visit. This is a lovely small, free campsite also in the Blue Mountains.

Other notable sites include The Basin, Royal National Park, Crosslands Reserve, Heathcote National Park (walk in sites only), and Bouddi National Park.

If you intend on fishing make sure you have a fishing license. Also remember that NSW national parks are now non smoking and pets are not permitted.

Before heading out on any camping trip ensure you check with the campground their fire and water policies. Always let others know where you are going and for how long.
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I'm happy to read that Upper Colo Reserve allows pups to join in for camping...thanks:)
by Maria M (score: 2|661) 1838 days ago
There are not many camping spots for puppies unfortunately!
by Cat (score: 1|35) 1826 days ago
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