Camping in New South Wales

Beaches, snow-capped peaks, rainforest wilderness, and vast outback plains, NSW has it all.

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The Hundred Acre Woods

39 sites · RVs, Tents100 acres · East Lynne, Shoalhaven
Enjoy 100 acres of natural beauty, 10 minutes from Batemans Bay (south of us), 30 minutes from Ulladulla (north of us) and 10 minutes from Pebbly Beach (east of us), we have the most pristine beaches available on the south coast. IMPORTANT: STRICTLY NO CHECK-INS AFTER 8pm... NO EXCEPTIONS. I also have a strict no-noise after 9pm policy. I offer a safe environment to rest for the night or stay for a few and enjoy all that the local area has to offer. Located off the highway, some road noise may be heard. Only 10 minutes from amazing beach fishing at Durras and beautiful Long Beach known for its kayaking and paddle boarding. There is so much to see and do. Climb Pigeon House Mountain or cruise on the Merinda up the Nelligen River over a seafood lunch...you will not be disappointed. Upon arrival, you will be able to choose a spot on the property that you wish to set up. All campers must be self-contained, with their own camp toilet and take all waste when they go. Strictly no 'digging a hole.' The pubs and clubs are a near convenience or you can just kick back by your own pit fire, and enjoy the stars in the safety of The Hundred Acre Woods. Campfires are permitted in a designated area when restrictions aren't in place, plenty of free wood to gather. Dog friendly.
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Abstobys Retreat

4 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents5 acres · Bobs Farm, Port Stephens
A private property with grass campsites by a tidal outlet to Port Stephens harbour. You can spend your days fishing, kayaking or enjoying Nelson Bay and surrounding areas and beaches which are only 15 minutes away. Guests have the use of a retreat shelter/fire place/BBQ area. Campers must try to be self contained bringing their own water, toilet and shower. Sorry, no caravans over 20ft. Suite solo travellers, couples wanting a quiet weekend and LGBT friendly. We do have available tank, rain water for drinking, a toilet and hot shower available for those who cannot be totally self contained. Yes there are mozzies because you are near water, so bring repellent. Pets are welcome but must stay on a leash throughout your stay. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times. Please BYO firewood. Fires are only permitted when there are no fire restrictions and in the designated fire pit and designated fire pit area for your own fire pit. Children 16 & under stay for free. Please notify host if you are bringing children. Please be careful and supervise young children near the water.
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Bellinger River Camping

16 sites · RVs, Tents60 acres · Bellingen, Bellingen
Level, grassed sites, with plenty of open space along 1 km banks of the Bellinger River. Minutes walking distance to town, with a great milk bar serving fish n chips only 700m down the road or swim across the river and have breakfast or lunch at the Old Butter Factory Cafe. There is Free onsite kayaking on request, fishing and great entertainment in town. All Children are FREE and you can Swim and Fish straight from camp and keep an eye out for the platypus! A new fence is now being placed to keep cows away from camping grounds. There is a pit toilet and there are public toilets right next door, available 24/7. Pets welcome. Maximum 1 vehicle per booking, as there is plenty of room for group bookings on one site email me to arrange booking.
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NSW Ski Gardens

6 sites · RVs, Tents8 acres · Wisemans Ferry, The Hills
NSW Ski Gardens is situated on the banks of the Hawkesbury River at Wisemans Ferry. Every October - April is our peak time and its busy! Please be aware there is river noise during our busy times on weekends so may not suit those looking for tranquillity on weekends. During the week it's fine but weekends are busy and a bit noisy. We are 1.2 km from the township along the River Road. There are powered and unpowered sites for caravans and campers set in a rustic location. Amenities include hot showers, laundry, on-site kiosk and boat ramp (fee applicable). BBQ and covered picnic area. Dogs are welcome on leash. Firewood is available for purchase on-site.
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The Peach Farm

15 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents55 acres · Mororo, Clarence Valley
Relax or get involved at The Peachy; an iconic, eco friendly, off-grid fruit farm. We feed the farm animals and collect the eggs every morning at 8am so set your alarm and join in the fun. Gypsy, your onsite hostess with the mostest, will take you on a fun-filled journey where everyone learns something! Unfortunately we are experiencing a drought at the moment and the dam is out of action for swimming or kayaking. There is a nature playground for the kids, an outdoor bathtub (book with us after you have booked your site $45 or book as a 'camp site'), wood-fired pizza oven (book in the 'extras') and a well equiped community kitchen. We also think we have the best tasting peaches in the world! Picking season is mid September to late October - give or take with the weather. The Peach Farm is centrally located within a 20 minute drive to close by attractions. Adventure; 4 wheel drive at Shark Bay. Swim; Iluka's famous beaches. Walk; Iluka Heritage Rainforest, from the lush rainforest to the amazing views at The Bluff. Explore; Yamba, Angourie, the Scottish town of Maclean. Our eccentric affectionate mix of farm animals will win you over in seconds especially if you grab some feed from your hosts. All of our loving animals have been rescued as a tiny baby or taken in when their owners could no longer care for them. Each site has a picnic table and a fire-pit and you can book a camp oven package if you would like to engage in some outdoor cooking. It's fun, relaxing and nothing beats a camp oven stew! Our community kitchen is a hub for get togethers and yarns, well equipped with a gas cooktop, toaster, kettle, cooking utensils, a BBQ, fridge/freezer, and plenty of tables. There are fresh herbs and eggs when in plentiful supply. Please use the worm bin for all your kitchen scraps. We have an amazing composting loo but no showers yet. We are pet friendly however we do ask that you have your best friends on a leash AT ALL TIMES and please do not get too close to the alpacas, they are protectors and will become uneasy and distressed. We strongly believe in 'leaving no trace' so please be mindful of our animals, other happy campers and 'take only memories leave only footprints'. “The peach from can only be accessed heading north on the highway. If coming from the North take the Iluka exit and then just loop back to head north - 1.5km turn off is on the left straight off the Highway!"
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The Sleepy Hollow Manor Estate

71 sites · RVs, Tents270 acres · Sleepy Hollow, Tweed
You may of already seen us on TV? - The Weekender - Creek to Coast - The Great Outdoors - ABC Landline Find us on Instagram: the_sleepy_hollow_manor_estate Facebook: The Sleepy Hollow Manor Estate Find us on google maps. Please read our full property profiles for further information We are "The Sleepy Hollow Manor Estate" located in the heart of the breathtaking Sleepy Hollow Valley which is hidden snugly between the small seaside town of Pottsville and the Tweed Valley... Once you're here you feel all your worries and stress drift away as you unwind and relax in the Manor estate and its surrounds. A farm stay with a difference Enjoy the peace and tranquility as you hear the birds or just sit watching the water trickle through the creeks and waterholes. We have turtles and platypus and array of wildlife on our grounds. We are also available for Weddings, Birthdays and other functions. Speak to us about using us for a working space for corporate or business trips, Collaborations and more
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The Riverside Farm Escape Minimbah

16 sites · RVs, Tents103 acres · Forster, Mid Coast
The Riverside Farm Escape is a family owned cattle farm situated on the Wang Wauk River in Minimbah on the Mid North Coast of NSW. Our property has a flat, grassy camping ground, RV stop and modern 2 bedroom van home/cabin that overlooks the picturesque Wang Wauk River that feeds the magnificent Wallis Lakes. The Riverside property is 100 acres and has over 500 meters of river frontage ideal for kayaking, paddle boarding and fishing, with water access to Forster / Tuncurry. The property also boasts a beautiful dam, full of flowering lillies, great for the kids to kayak and swim in. We have lots of natural bush and wildlife including wallabies, kangaroos and native birds. Camp grounds are accessible via 2wd/4wd (Non-powered and powered sites) Family friendly Pets welcome (on leash) Fire Pits provided for all sites Firewood available for purchase from host Local Attractions: NABIAC VILLAGE (7MINS AWAY) - Supermarket, cafes, chemist, Hotel/pub, Post office, Dump point, potable water, National Motorcycle Museum, Artisan Farmer - paddock to plate. Tuncurry/Forster (25 MINS AWAY) - Beaches, restaurants, entertainment, shopping (25 Mins away) Barrington Tops (25 Mins)
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Millingandi Station

26 sites · RVs, Tents40 acres · Millingandi, Bega Valley
Millingandi Station is nestled between the coastal holiday hamlets of Pambula and Merimbula. This unique tidal waterfront acreage has flat open grassy spaces, sealed road access and is within a few easy kilometres of all the amenities, shops and beaches these villages have to offer. Conveniently located on the Princes highway, we are a short drive to beautiful beaches, and grocery and supply stores. Explore Pambula village's boutique shops, eateries and micro brewery. Discover the history of nearby Eden, Boydtown and Greencape Lighthouse. Explore the farm on foot or launch a kayak, canoe or SUP in the tidal creek, direct access from the property, and explore the beautiful Merimbula lake. We offer fire-braziers for those who do not have their own, firewood available by the bundle for purchase. Pets on leashes welcome. This is a working farm so please ensure you close gates when you pass through them. Pets on leashes welcome. This is a working farm so please ensure you close gates when you pass through them. Pets on leashes welcome. This is a working farm so please ensure you close gates when you pass through them. - firebucket/brazier available - firewood for sale - town water onsite - oysters for sale (seasonal) - organic seasonal farm produce available (avocados, eggs, lemons etc) - dump point within the park - powered site/grey water connection
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Tomakin River Camping

40 sites · RVs, Tents40 acres · Jeremadra, Eurobodalla
Welcome to our beautiful 40 acre property with 800 mtrs of river frontage, just a stones throw from the historical village of Mogo and some of the best beaches on the South Coast. There is a lovely deep swimming hole with sandy area that all can enjoy. Shallow sandy areas are along the river, great for younger kids. Bring your kayaks, fishing gear, small tinny or SUP! There is a small boat ramp. We have eight beautiful, peaceful, spacious, riverfront, campsites ready for our guests. Just a short drive to the best south coast beaches of Broulee and Tomakin. Located halfway between Batemans Bay and Moruya, and 5km from Mogo. Great for shopping, eateries and Mogo Zoo. You can even frequently hear animals from our campsites! Campers need to bring everything and remove everything, leaving no trace. Bring your own supply of water. Firewood can be purchased by the wheelbarrow load, please add to your booking if required. Otherwise, BYO firewood. We have four portaloo's available for use, they are situated throughout the property. Dogs are welcome if controlled at all times and do not chase livestock. We have two Border Collies, so we are dog friendly for friendly well-behaved dogs. Please note, if we do not have availability, please get in contact with us anyway as we may be able to accommodate you by opening another site.
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Big Island Bend - Clyde River

11 sites · RVs, Tents10 acres · Batemans Bay, Eurobodalla
Big Island Bend offers 40 acres of pristine bushland on the Western bank of the Clyde River just North of Big Island in the middle of the Batemans Bay Marine Park. We have a variety of site options available to campers along with access to two beaches, riverside camping, water sports, fishing, hiking, mountain bike trails, boat ramp and pristine bush. This property has it all! Composting toilet facilities and fresh running water (dam water, safe to drink) is available to all guests. Well behaved pets are welcome but must be controlled and cleaned up after. We have fire pits available for guests use, please ensure there are no restrictions in place when lighting a campfire.
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Coffs Harbour Camping & 4WD

122 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents230 acres · Bucca, Coffs Harbour
Located on a 230 acre estate, we have something for everyone including a charming Rustic Cabin recycled from the original homestead from 1890! Suitable for caravans, motorhomes, or any RV, 2WD's, tents and 4WD's. *Please take note of our moderate cancellation policy that requires a cancellation of 72 hours ahead of check in time for a refund. Date modification requests within 24 hours of check in time will not be accepted.* This is a great base camp to explore the beautiful Coffs Coast with direct access to Lower Bucca State Forest, and a short 10 minute drive to the famous Moonee Beach and Moonee Market which has a large Coles and Aldi, as well as specialty shops, cafe and restaurants. Hand feed the farm animals or enjoy hours of bush walking or perhaps have a picnic by the dam overlooking the horses grazing or discover our Secret Garden! Suitable for large groups such as 4WDs, family gatherings, horse riders, weddings and school groups. Plenty of space and privacy. Please note that 4WDs or motorbikes are NOT to be ridden on the property. Motorbikes need to be registered to ride in the State Forest. Please note: Due to repeated incidents involving our poultry, dogs are no longer allowed. There is plenty to do and see in the area including visiting the famous Big Banana, browsing the Harbourside Markets, exploring the Dorrigo National Park or relaxing at the famous Jetty beach or Moonee Beach (ranked the 3rd nicest beach in Australia). There is a great winery and a lovely cafe down the road in Nana Glen. HWH stables are nearby which offer great horse riding experiences. Firewood is available to be purchased from reception. Lovely shady sites as well as plenty of open sunny pasture for your solar with use of shared portaloo in main camping paddock. You may also camp in the dam paddock (when available) if you have a 4WD however, you will need to be completely self sufficient with your own porta potty. **Please note: no refunds will be issued for early departures after arrival.
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Clyde River Camp Grounds

15 sites · RVs, Tents22 acres · Currowan, Eurobodalla
Originally a historical farming property, Clyde River Camp Grounds offer the ultimate in camping on manicured pastures directly on the Clyde River. We also offer Powered Caravan and RV sites, unpowered in Off peak times For powered sites please book through: Clyde River Caravan and RV Resort. Please note campsites are non powered (Caravans and RV's welcome for unpowered visits in off peak times) It is a 10 min drive from Nelligen town centre and a 20 min drive from Batemans Bay. If you need supplies you can also travel by boat into Batemans Bay and tie up to many of its wharfs for that different experience. The camping area is surrounded by walking tracks and over the Christmas period the renowned Clyde Berry Farm is open where you can pick your own fresh berries or relax on the grounds for a ice-cream. You will find Shallow Crossing is also just a 10 min drive up the River Road for an exhilarating swim in fresh mountain water. The traditional water side camp kitchen offers a BBQ and table to eat. Has power and lighting, fresh drinking water, toilet, hot and cold shower and plenty of cover. With a fire pit just outside for toasting of marshmallows this makes for the best camping spot in the region. Please be mindful this is a camping and caravaning experience, there is for your convenience a toilet and shower onsite, in busy periods (peak times) there may be a slight wait for these amenities. This site has its own concrete boat ramp making a heaven for all fisho's and skiers. The ramp is totally safe to launch any watercraft. With water onsite you can even flush motors at the end of the day. The property has Telstra coverage for added security.
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Camping in New South Wales guide

Head north and south of Sydney and you’ll find more beaches than you can count, as well as lakes and winding rivers, thundering waterfalls, and lush rainforests. Beyond the sandstone curtain of the Great Dividing Range, with its gorges in the north and snow-covered alps in the south, stretch the western slopes and plains, full of country towns and hidden surprises. Head to the far west and you’ll find yourself on the edge of the Outback. With more national parks than any other state (and more diversity of landscapes, too) New South Wales delivers the goods when it comes to unforgettable getaways.

Where to Go

The Blue Mountains

Lace up your boots for one of Australia's best bushwalking destinations. The ridge of mountains two hours west of Sydney by road or train is a World Heritage-listed wonderland of sandstone canyons, waterfalls, valleys, and clifftop lookouts. The national park offers remote bush campsites, or you can go for a bit more comfort in one of the region’s many caravan and holiday parks. 

NSW North Coast

The coastline of northern NSW, from north of Newcastle to the Queensland border, is classic beach holiday territory. Almost every town has at least one caravan park, often with waterfront campsites, and most of the coastline is protected by national parks with fantastic camping spots and facilities. Flanked by the Great Dividing Range and World Heritage rainforests, the North Coast has Hipcampers spoilt for choice. 

NSW South Coast

Every bit as wild as the North Coast, the South Coast stretches south of Sydney to the Victorian border with a string of national parks, state forests, campgrounds, and seaside towns with family-friendly holiday parks. Kangaroos and wallabies graze the camping grounds and laze on the beaches, which have some of the whitest sand in the world. Kayak the waterways, bushwalk the forests, and soak in the views from the mountaintops.

Snowy Mountains

Alpine New South Wales, also known as the Snowy Mountains, stretches from the ACT south to the Victorian border along the spine of the Great Dividing Range. Along with hundreds of camping spots, the big attraction of Kosciuszko National Park—the largest national park in NSW—is Australia’s highest peak, Mount Kosciuszko. In winter, the area is a magnet for skiers, and in summer, fishing, bushwalking, and mountain biking reign supreme.

NSW Outback

The far western corner of NSW is a great introduction to the Outback, where endless red dust plains seem to stretch on forever under cloudless blue skies. Take a road trip out here and you'll see plenty of kangaroos and emus, but not many people. National parks such as Mungo, Mutawintji, and Kinchega offer superb camping spots, Aboriginal art sites, and stunning scenery.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, it is not legal to camp anywhere in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. Camping is only allowed in designated campgrounds, national parks, state forests, and on some private lands. It is essential to respect local regulations and obtain any necessary permits before camping. Random or dispersed camping is not allowed, and you should always follow the Leave No Trace principles to minimize your impact on the environment.

To book a campsite in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, you can use the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service website. This website allows you to search for campgrounds, check availability, and make reservations for campsites in national parks across NSW. Additionally, you can use other booking platforms like Hipcamp to find and book private campsites, glamping sites, and cabins in NSW.

In New South Wales (NSW), Australia, fines for illegal camping can vary depending on the specific offense and the area in which the offense occurs. Generally, fines can range from AUD 110 to AUD 500 or more. For example, camping in a prohibited area within a national park can result in a fine of up to AUD 300. It's important to follow local regulations and only camp in designated areas to avoid fines and protect the environment. To find legal campsites in NSW, consider searching on websites like National Parks NSW, YouCamp, and Hipcamp.

Yes, you can camp on the beach in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, in certain areas. There are several beachside campgrounds and national parks that allow beach camping along the NSW coast. Some popular beach camping spots in NSW include:

Please note that some of these campgrounds may require a booking or permit, and it's essential to check the specific rules and regulations for each location before planning your beach camping trip. Always practice responsible and sustainable camping to protect the environment and wildlife.

Free camping is not generally allowed in New South Wales (NSW) national parks. However, there are some low-cost campgrounds within the parks that charge a small fee. These fees help maintain facilities and preserve the natural environment. It's important to check the specific national park's camping regulations and book a campsite when planning your trip. For more information on camping in NSW national parks, visit the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service website.

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