The 6 Best Camping Getaways From Sydney
Camping is one of the most unforgettable experiences for enjoying the holidays!
Take a relaxing getaway, surrounded by beautiful coastal beaches, lakes, national parks and amazing Australian wildlife in the best spots in the world.
Whether you decide to go camping on Christmas, New Year's Eve, other holidays or anytime during warm weather, we will now share our 6 camping getaways within a few hours' drive from Sydney.
Remember all of these spots are easily accessible in your car hire or 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 gray 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
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, situated only 10 minutes from Nelson Bay. You can also go on a camel ride or an off-road adventure. Another way to relax is taking a dolphin-watching cruise or a kayaking tour from Nelson Bay. Whale watching is also popular in June and July, and September to November. If you fancy exploring a bit more of Port Stephens, visit Nelson Bay, main town, where you can dine on fresh seafood and fine al fresco dining restaurants right next to the ocean. Or if you prefer visiting a small town, drive to 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 if you truly want to experience an Australian 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 a perfect spot for swimming, surfing, fishing, bush walking, bike riding, kayaking or just relaxing on the beach. You will also see kangaroos in the wild and Australian wildlife such as 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 is a beautiful spot to escape from the fast-paced environment of a bustling 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
Patonga is situated at the southern end of the Central Coast in NSW. It is a laid back village with calm waters, great for swimming and for families who wish to have a quiet getaway, play in open parklands or have a picnic by the wharf. Popular beaches to visit are Pearl Beach, Umina Beach, Ocean Beach and Ettalong Beach. You can also go on a guided bushwalk to appreciate the flora and fauna that Brisbane Water National Park has to offer, or go kayaking through the coastal forests and mangroves of Brisbane Water National Park. If you like fishing, it's sure that you will get a bite near the Ferry Wharf. Warrah lookout is another great spot to witness tranquil ocean views. If you are looking for entertainment, take a quick ferry ride to Palm Beach.
Holiday Parks: Patonga Camping Ground
Price: Unpowered sites from $40 per night, powered sites from $50 per night
Driving from Sydney: 1 ½ hour. Drive through Northern beaches to Palm Beach, and hop on the ferry from Palm Beach to Patonga (about 30 minutes). Get directions