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The 5 Best Camping Getaways From Sydney

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Camping is one of the best ways to spend your time in Sydney. Visit campgrounds in popular Australian national parks, or alongside the famous coastline.

Whether it is Christmas, New Year's Eve or just a weekend getaway, we've put together some of the best camping destinations within hours from Sydney. All these spots are easily accessible with a campervan.

1. Seal Rocks

This beautiful coastal location is famous for its surfing beaches and its fishing village. You can go for a swim, surf, sunbathe, walk to Sugarloaf Point lighthouse - a perfect spot for whale watching - or go for a bushwalk. Diving is also a great activity, and you may see the grey nurse shark population.

Holiday Parks: North Coast Holiday Parks Seal Rocks
Price: from $31 per night (unpowered)
Driving from Sydney: 3 hours. Get directions

2. Port Stephens

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Just 2 and a half hours' drive from North Sydney, Port Stephens has 26 golden beaches where you can snorkel, kayak, fish, paddle board or just go for a swim. The best beaches to surf are One Mile Beach, Box Beach and Fingal Spit. Sandboarding is also popular in the region since Port Stephens has the largest sand dunes of Australia, just 10 minutes from Nelson Bay.

Take a dolphin-watching cruise or a kayaking tour from Nelson Bay. Whale watching is also popular in June and July, and September to November. Dine on fresh seafood and fine al fresco dining restaurants right next to the ocean. Alternatively, visit the Tea Gardens and dine in at the boatshed cafe restaurant on the water!

Holiday Parks: BIG4 Koala Shores Port Stephens, One Mile Beach Holiday Park, Soldiers Point Holiday Park.
Price: from $45 per night
Driving from Sydney: 2 ½ hours. Get directions

3. Durras Beach

Drive to Durras Beach for a camping adventure. Durras Beach National Park is located 20 minutes north of Batemans Bay. The holiday park is surrounded by the Murramarang National Park and Batemans Marine Park. It's the perfect spot for swimming, surfing, fishing, bushwalking, bike riding, kayaking or just relaxing on the beach. You will also see kangaroos, kookaburras, dolphins and many other beautiful species.

Holiday Parks: Durras Lake North Holiday Park
Price: Unpowered sites from $30 per night, powered sites from $35 per night.
Driving from Sydney: 4 hours. Get directions

4. Lake Macquarie

Lake MAcquarie campground

Lake Macquarie is a beautiful spot to escape from the fast-paced city. You have the beach, lake and mountains, all in one place. Lake Macquarie is surrounded by the Hunter Valley Wine District and Wattagan Mountains. Ideal for sailing, bushwalking, climbing rocks, and visiting the Hunter Valley to enjoy a glass of excellent Semillon wine. Stay at a cabin with many amenities provided, or choose the perfect campsite spot right on the edge of the creek.

Holiday Parks: Lake Macquarie Village
Price: from $30 per night (unpowered), from $35 per night (powered)
Driving from Sydney: 1 ½ hours to Morriset. Get directions

5. Cockatoo Island

If you are looking for a romantic getaway only a few minutes from Sydney, Cockatoo Island is the ideal escape. Cockatoo Island is situated in the middle of Sydney Harbour and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hop on a ferry at Darling Harbour or Circular Quay and explore this fabulous island. You can stay overnight at a campsite right at the water's edge to appreciate the harbour views and beautiful surroundings. The camping area offers small unpowered sites with tents already erected, ideal for couples or a maximum of four people. Don't forget to bring your torch!

Holiday Parks: Cockatoo Island Camping Sites
Price: Monday - Thursday: $45 per night. Friday - Sunday: $50 per night
Driving from Sydney: 25 minutes by ferry. Catch the ferry at Circular Quay or Darling Harbour (Route Parramatta or Balmain/Woolwich). Get directions