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Sydney's Top 5 Camping Spots

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by Tim Falk (subscribe)
A freelance writer with an interest in just about everything.
Published July 25th 2012
Camping holidays are an Aussie tradition. Pitching a tent and roughing it for a few days has been a staple family holiday option for generations.

[ADVERT]But when you live in a big city like Sydney, finding a good spot to set up camp for a couple of nights isn't always easy. So to help you find a camping spot no more than an hour or so from Sydney, here's a list of Sydney's top 5 camping spots.

Lane Cove River Tourist Park
Surrounded by the native birds and animals of Lane Cove National Park, it's hard to believe that Lane Cove River Tourist Park is just ten kilometres from the Harbour Bridge.

Featuring a powered campground - used on Home & Away as the Summer Bay Caravan Park - and an unpowered campground, you can choose your level of comfort and convenience. The facilities provided are great and include camp kitchens, BBQs, and an amenities and laundry block.

There's plenty of wildlife in Lane Cove National Park

You can stroll down to the river for a brisk bushwalk, or just relax and take in the peaceful surrounds.

Lane Cove River Tourist Park is perfectly located for a hassle-free family camping trip, especially if you want to give your city kids a taste of the Australian bush.

Cockatoo Island
Historic Cockatoo Island is a grea spot for a romantic weekend away. This harbour gem offers a couple of options for happy campers: you can go "glamping" if you choose, a luxury camping experience where everything is organised for you. Unlike traditional camping where you bring the tent and gear with you, with glamping it's all set up and ready to go on your arrival.

The package includes a pre-erected Safari Bow tent (3m x 3m), waterfront location, two camping beds and mattresses, sheets, bedding, towels, two sun lounges, side-table, cushion and a lantern.

This obviously will set you back more than just a basic site, so if you want to do things the traditional way a basic unpowered site will cost $45-$50.

With historic walks, great harbour views and plenty of outdoor activities on offer, there's plenty to keep you occupied.

Camping Facilities
Facilities like these BBQs at Crosslands Reserve help make a camping spot great.

Royal National Park - Bonnie Vale Campground
Established in 1879, this is the world's second-oldest national park. Bonnie Vale is a family-friendly campground near Bundeena at the park's north end. This popular riverside campground features a large sand spit, which makes it an ideal swimming spot.

You can go fishing, hire a kayak, or walk on one of the park's many trails. There are 74 unpowered sites to choose from and the campground is equipped with flush toilets, hot showers and drinking water.

Crosslands Reserve
A little less well-known than the rest of the camping spots on this list, Crosslands Reserve is something of a hidden gem. Found at the end of Sommerville Road in Hornsby Heights, this family-friendly spot is a part of Berowra Valley Bushland Park.

This peaceful bushland escape is the perfect spot to go kayaking, bushwalking or fishing. And with a children's playground and bicycle track, there's plenty to keep the kids amused.

Access is from a 2.5 kilometre gravel road at the end of Somerville Road, or by foot along the Benowie Walking Track which forms part of the Great North walk.

Crosslands Reserve
There's plenty to keep the kids entertained at Crosslands Reserve.

Looking to the north again, Patonga Camping Area is found about 25 kilometres south of Gosford. Located in Brisbane Waters National Park, this relaxing spot is flanked by a quiet beach on one side and a creek on the other.

The council-run campground has 36 powered and 45 unpowered sites, along with all the modern amenities so you don't have to rough it too much.

There's always plenty to do as well - you can hire a tennis court, go for a paddle or head off exploring the national park.
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Your Comment
Not really what i expected, i meant, any good spots in canberra or new castle?
by jayja (score: 0|3) 2384 days ago

it's no longer free and you have to book early
by jaspe (score: 0|2) 2008 days ago
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