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Published June 9th 2019
Pitch a tent; from beaches to lakeside to wilderness
Whatever time of the year it is, whether it is longer days and lovely summery nights or winter warmer nights by the campfire admiring the clear night skies, New South Wales offers secret campsites and hidden sites year round. The only problem is deciding where to camp! Luckily, NSW is home to some of the best and amazing coastal and bush camping spots that have remained under the radar, making the ideal relaxed weekend escape or break away.
The list below features Secret Camp Spots from unique hideaways cherished by locals to coastal and wilderness sites:
1. Honeymoon Bay, Jervis Bay
The spectacular and secluded Honeymoon Bay at Point Perpendicular showcases some of the best bush camping experiences. Situated on a moment's walk to the beaches, this rustic bush campsite is located on the northern part of scenic Jervis Bay on NSW South Coast region. Camping sites are allocated on a first-come, first served basis. Click here for the website.
2. Picnic Point Campground, Mimosa Rocks National Park Surrounded amongst Banksia Trees and beautiful wilderness, Picnic Point Campground in Mimosa Rocks National Park is an idyllic and quiet spot by the beach. The Campground is perfect for the adventurous camper as it is a gateway to many nature experiences including fishing, swimming in crystal clear waters, to enjoy stunning views of the Sapphire Coast. The Campground is accessible off a small distance of dirt road that is suitable for all vehicles. Do note that water is not available at the campsite. Click here for the website.
Enjoy the beach at Picnic Point Campground, Mimosa Rocks National Park
3. Lakesea Caravan Park Durras, Batemans Bay This little gem has grassy shaded sites with BBQ drums and a campground that is kitted out for the novice camper including a camp kitchen with free gas barbecues, fridge and oven. It is located within a few minutes to Durras Beach and Lake Durras. Activities such as surfing, kayaking, fishing and bushwalking can be enjoyed here. The Campsite is also located near Murramarang National Park where an array of nature activities and attractions can be enjoyed here too.
There are two modern amenities blocks, three fully-equipped laundries and separate babies bathroom, facilities for those with disabilities as well as an internet kiosk. Click here for the website.
Discovering the natural wonders at South Durras...
4. Glenworth Valley, Central Coast Many know that Glenworth Valley is famous for its horse riding and quad biking adventures, it is also home to amazing bush camping sites which may surprise many. The open bush-style campsites are situated along the Popran Creek and come with wood-fired BBQs, hot showers and plenty of peace and quiet. You can also hire tents and a tipi. Glamping and cabin accommodation are also available here. Click here for the website.
Image Courtesy from Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures Facebook
5. Beachcomber Holiday Park, Potato Park If you are after an absolute beachfront camping, Beachcomber Holiday Park at Potato Point on NSW South Coast is the spot for you! Backing onto the spectacular Eurobodalla National Park, you can expect to be camping among kangaroos and wallabies. There are communal campfires, modern solar-powered cabins, spacious unpowered campsites for tents and caravans (also on the beachfront under the trees) accommodation options. Beachcomber Holiday Park camping offers the ultimate wildlife experiences that surround bushland abounding with native wildlife- small red-necked wallabies and emus may join you for breakfast as they are regular guests! Click here for the website.
Outside Mudgee in Central NSW the beautiful Dunns Swamp in the World Heritage Wollemi National Park can be found. It is set on banks of the Cudgegong River and nestled amongst stunning sandstone pagoda rock formations. This campsite presents an idyllic family-friendly getaway with swimming, canoeing, and walking trail experiences. Do note that there are no water supplies and cooking facilities at the campground. Click here for the website.
Image Courtesy from Discover Rylstone & Kandos Facebook
7. Mystery Bay Campground, Tilba This family-friendly and pet-friendly Campground is located near Tilba on the South Coast and is just moments from the beach. There is an array of outdoor nature experiences from snorkelling in the bay, surfing at 1080 beach, cheese tasting nearby at Tilba to taking in the breathtaking views of Montague Island. Do note that dogs are allowed on a leash and must be under control at all times- there are off-leash areas too.
The campsites have room for vehicles and are non-powered. Water is available at centrally placed water taps. Click here for the website.
8. North Coast Holiday Park Corindi Beach, North Coast
There are six cabins and sixty-four shady campsites to choose from. The campsite is nestled beside the beach, within the spectacular bush setting. Activities include stunning bush and coastal walks, lookouts, fishing, snorkelling, surfing, swimming and kayaking in nearby beaches, lakes and rivers. The campsite is a family-friendly campground and features a state-of-the-art playground and an adjacent large playing area. There are free barbecues and nearby undercover picnic areas. Click here for the website.
Image Courtesy from Reflections Holiday Parks Corindi Beach Facebook
9. Tapin Tops National Park, North Coast
This Campsite is located in the mighty Tapin Tops National Park, in the North Coast, at Dingo Tops and activities include exploring the stunning waterfalls, creeks and relics, bushwalks, wildlife spotting (koalas are regularly spotted), birdwatching as well as exploring the ancient rainforests and eucalypt forest. There is no water at the campground. Do note that this is a remote campground, so do make sure you arrive well-prepared with plenty of water and food. Click here for the website.
Image Courtesy from Tapin Tops National Park Facebook