Camping near Port Macquarie

Beach camping, forest camping, and glamping are all within easy reach from this vibrant coastal city.

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The Hatch Farm - Port Macquarie

23 sites · RVs, Tents150 acres · The Hatch, NSW
Welcome to Port Macquarie's 'The Hatch Farm'; a pet friendly, interactive animal and fishing farm stay! A 150-acre working farm with a stunning outlook over the saltwater Maria River (with a rustic boat ramp and waterway running into the Hastings River). Located on the Mid North Coast NSW, 4kms off the Pacific Highway, and a quick 13/15-minute drive to the holiday township of Port Macquarie. Port Macquarie is known for its beautiful beaches, coastal scenery and walks, koala hospital, and local strawberry and tomato picking. Bernard and Susan are custodians of the farm, primarily using the land for poultry (egg), pig, and goat farming. They are transitioning to an off-grid and eco-friendly lifestyle for their retirement. The Hatch Farm is home to many animals, most of whom are rescues - including border collies, cavalier king charles spaniels, chickens, ducks, pigs, sheep, goats, miniature horses, cows, cats, rabbits, and guinea pigs. There is plenty to do and see around the farm from complete relaxation, interacting with the friendly animals (there is usually a variety of babies to cuddle!), to casting a line or launching your boat from the rustic boat ramp. Friendly pets welcome.
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AU$25
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Stoney Park care of Dennis Stone

200 sites · RVs, Tents127 acres · North Shore, NSW
Stoney Park is set on 127 acres of manicured waterfront land. Set up your unpowered campsite overlooking the lake or adjacent to the beautiful lagoons. The park also plays host to Australia's largest inflatable Aqua Park along with a land park. Located next to the lovely Wilson River, 15min drive to Port Macquarie on the NSW Mid North Coast.
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Bundilla River Camp

15 sites · RVs, Tents260 acres · Ballengarra, NSW
Come camp along the beautiful Wilson River on a working cattle property. Shady, grassy campsites by a flowing river, just 25 minutes drive from Port Macquarie. The camp area includes a camp shed, where campers can make use of the picnic table, stainless steel food preparation bench and camp fire pit. There are only 2 sites available with power. Please select power as an ad on extra when booking. Port a loos are available for Hire. If you have 3 or more children please call me for a discount. Kids will love the farm tour and feeding of pigs, sheep and horses. It's an excellent area for mountain bike riding as well! Kayaks available for free. Don't have a caravan, we have partnered up with Wrighty's Caravan Hire & Repairs. linktr.ee/wrightyscaravans. They offer family caravans delivered, setup ready for you to enjoy. Pets allowed but you must discuss with owners prior to booking. Rules: 1. For the piece and quiet of other campers all check-ins must be before 7pm. Check ins after 8pm may be turned away in busy times. 2. No Fireworks - this is very unsettling for our livestock 3. 9pm quiet time. 4. No drones in the camping area, for the privacy of other campers 5. Generators are allowed for short period of time but not permitted after 8pm. 6. Dogs on leads when walking around the farm Rick and I thank you for your support in these matters.
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AU$32
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Fernbank Creek - Port Macquarie

17 sites · RVs, Tents6 acres · Fernbank Creek, NSW
***FERNBANK CREEK - PORT MACQUARIE*** Six and a half acres of level paddock with two spring fed dams surrounded by tree lines for morning and afternoon shade. Suitable for self-sufficient vans, tents, camper trailers, motorhomes. You will need your own amenities. Suggest families with young toddlers camp away from the dams. You can utilise your own fire pit, strictly no glass to be burned. You can find sticks and branches along the tree lines. All rubbish is to be removed. Direct road access to the property. Just 7 minutes drive to the centre of Port Macquarie and an easy 2 minute drive from the Pacific Highway on a quiet and scenic road. Pets welcome, but please be mindful of other guests and our resident pets. Fernbank Creek Road runs along a natural ‘chain-of-ponds’ water way, wildlife include turtles, ducks, quail, red bills, tawny frogmouth, ring tail possums, sugar gliders and kangaroos to name a few. Walking distance to local winery and horse riding centre. We do our best to allow you to access our piece of paradise.
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AU$35
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Windermere

6 sites · RVs, Tents4 acres · South West Rocks, NSW
Great location near Hat Head and South West Rocks This lovely 4 acre camping spot is situated at Kinchela on the tidal Kinchela Creek which runs directly into the mighty Macleay river. You can fish or set a crab trap, kayak, paddle board, bring the tinny or just relax and enjoy the water view and surrounding farmland. A few shade trees and quiet surroundings makes this the perfect spot for your next getaway. Fire baskets available. Conveniently located only a 5 minute drive to Gladestone shops and hotel. There is a tap and hose (town water) on site to wash the boats after a big days fishing at nearby South West Rocks (15 minutes) or Hat Head (10 minutes) Last Minute Bookings Welcome subject to availability 😊
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AU$12
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Racecourse Camping

25 sites · RVs, Tents11 acres · Crescent Head, NSW
Secluded Racecourse Beach is a short drive south of Crescent Head on the mid-north coast of NSW. We have a beautiful 11 acres of coastal land where you can hear the waves as you sleep with the pristine Racecourse Beach only a 5 to 10 minute walk away. We are not directly on the beach and do not have beach access. Racecourse Beach is a great spot for surfing, fishing and swimming. All you need to do is find one of our intimate sites for you to pitch a tent or pull up with the camper van. THERE ARE NO AMENITIES SO YOU MUST BE FULLY SELF CONTAINED AND LEAVE NO TRACE. Each campsite has a fire pit - Firewood is available to purchase from the service station in Crescent Head and you are also welcome to gather wood from the property. No Dogs.
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AU$15
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The crab shack

3 sites · RVs, Tents70 acres · Wauchope, NSW
A 5 acre secluded island, surrounded by tidal salt water. Great for fishing, crabbing and boating. Another similar area available with 24hr tidal access. 15min from the beaches, shops, restaurants in port Macquarie. Beautiful day drives into the wirakimbee national park or to the comboyne plateau etc.
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Macleay Home Camp

12 sites · RVs, Tents20 acres · Jerseyville, NSW
We are located right on the edge of the Macleay river with lots of space for you to camp near the river front, or in the paddock amongst the green flat grass. Use the camp as a base and head out for a kayak, on the stand up paddle board or simply throw a line in for a spot of fishing. Crabbing is permitted in this area.You need to be fully self-contained with own camping toilet/shower. Relax around the campfire and help the kids toast marshmallows.The beach is within driving distance, it's 5 minutes to townDrinking water is available. Dogs on leashes welcome.Please note that each booking includes 1 drivable + 1 towable vehicle. If your group has more than 1 drivable vehicle, please book a second site. This helps us minimise the impact on our land; we thank you for your cooperation and understanding!
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AU$36
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The Old Butter Factory

3 sites · RVs, Tents5 acres · Telegraph Point, NSW
Five acres of direct river frontage to the Wilson River, suitable for fishing, water skiing, kayaking etc. Pub and Club, 5 minutes away. Twenty minutes to Port Macquarie, 30 minutes to Crescent head, surrounded by State Forest. Mountain Bike riding and hiking available in the State forest, central location for day trips to South West Rocks, Harrington and all the amazing places in between.
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AU$55
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Way Way Getaway

5 sites · RVs, Tents55 acres · Way Way, NSW
Minutes away from Scotts Head beach and town, but feels like you’re out in the bush. Surf famous Scotts head point, or head to the back beaches for some in crowded beach breaks, explore local rural towns, enjoy some peace and quiet! Fire friendly, pet friendly, family friendly (pretty friendly in general)!
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Hodge Lodge Grounds Johns River

22 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents11 acres · Johns River, NSW
Hodge Lodge Grounds is private property Cabin and Camp in Johns River, NSW. 4 hours north of Sydney, half way between Port Macquarie and Taree. A great stop for the night for traveller's between Sydney, Gold Coast, and Brisbane. Hodge Lodge Grounds NSW is on a sealed road and close to the A1 motorway. If you are Travelling the North Coast, Sydney, Central Coast and Northern NSW, Queensland, we may be your new happy place for the ideal o'nite stop. You can drive any size vehicle into our expansive grounds on our heavy duty driveway that leads you to your green space and large camp site. Responsible pet owners -You can bring your pet! We have one cabin so best to check our booking calendar asap. Second Cabin coming soon! Your groups and additional Guests can be accommodated by contacting your hosts to book additional sites for your group. We offer powered and native unpowered sites. Stay safe in our gated 11 acre private property. Here you can enjoy your music and social atmosphere, have your wood delivered via 'extras booking' for your evening by the fire pit, and wake up to the sounds of our local birds! Situated between the 3 brother mountains NSW, North Brother, Middle Brother and South Brother. We have toilet available for use NOW, with a shower being built for use by campers. We'll update the listing when the shower is operational. We're located within minutes to the beaches which is ideal for swimming, fishing, surfing and walking the local breakwalls. Crowdy Bay National Park and Middle Brother National Park for those 4WD sporting and adventure enthusiasts. Close to the local townships for shopping, dining and visiting local attractions of Kew, Harrington, North Haven and Laurieton for those keen to enjoy the outdoors.
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Rawdon Island Riverside Farm

6 sites · RVs, Tents94 acres · Rawdon Island, NSW
Rawdon Vale Farm is an owner occupied 94 acre private waterfront property, featuring excellent fishing, bird-watching and natural ecology. We’re located opposite Rawdon Creek Nature Reserve with pristine waterways to explore. Peaceful enjoyment and low impact on other campers is our theme, so if you want to party or make noise, then please book somewhere else! There is an undercover camp kitchen (sites 1 and 2) with Gas or fire BBQ, good drinking water, 12v lighting and 12v power outlet. Large 3 man canoe available. Suitable for couples and family groups, (larger groups, clubs etc, by arrangement), KIDS under 12 FREE. All campsites are large waterfront sites, with easy vehicle access. Camping is available in a choice of areas from open mown grass (with shade), to treed bush areas (4WD). Acres of open space for the kids! Your friendly dog is welcome, don't bring other dogs thanks! SORRY NO TENT ONLY CAMPING, Camper trailers, Vans, Motorhomes welcome. We have no amenities yet, so you will need to be self contained. Dump points are at Wauchope and Port Mac. We also host events (up to 100 people) and we have a covered band stage, see pics below. The last 3 klm of road to the farm is a council maintained gravel road in good condition. *** Earlier reviews listed are for site 1, not 7 as indicated. ***
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Camping near Port Macquarie guide

Overview

The gateway to Australia’s subtropical north, Port Macquarie enjoys an idyllic location on the mid-north coast of New South Wales. The city’s Koala and Wildlife Park draws visitors from around the globe, while beaches and coastal rainforests fan out from the city and nearby national parks, nature reserves, and national forests offer some of the most picturesque camping experiences in the country. Whether you’re looking for a secluded hideaway, dramatic coastline views, bushwalking, or flora and fauna spotting, you’ll find it all around Port Macquarie.

Where to go

South Along the Coast

About a 40-minute drive south of Port Macquarie, Crowdy Bay National Park is a coastal getaway famed for its rugged cliffs, white-sand beaches, and wildlife-filled forests. It’s also the perfect vantage point from where to watch migrating whales in winter. Diamond Head, in the park’s northern section, is one of the biggest and most popular camping areas with plenty of space and facilities, while Crowdy Gap Campground is a short walk from the beach and Kylie’s Beach Campground is set behind sand dunes.

North Along the Coast

Just under an hour north of the city, Goolawah National Park and Goolawah Regional Park offer camping in peaceful surroundings just a short stroll from the beach. Opportunities for outdoor adventures abound, from surfing and fishing to birdwatching. Accommodation options include Racecourse Campground in the national park, which offers showers and toilets, or the basic but pet-friendly Delicate Campground, in the regional park. Another 40 minutes north takes you to Hat Head National Park, known for landmarks like Smoky Cape Lighthouse and the Trial Bay Gaol, as well as plentiful canoeing and kayaking opportunities. Hungry Gate and Smoky Cape campgrounds both have toilets and barbecues.

Inland

About 45 minutes southwest of Port Macquarie, Kerewong State Forest offers lush surroundings, walking trails through native forest, and cool creeks ideal for swimming. In the forest, Swans Crossing is a popular camping area with toilet facilities and picnic tables on former farmland. Mount Boss State Forest is a secluded getaway about 90 minutes northwest of Port Macquarie by road. Area campgrounds offer peace and quiet as well as waterholes ideal for cooling off.

When to go

Port Macquarie’s warm subtropical climate is one of Australia’s most comfortable and makes camping and enjoying the area a pleasure year-round. Campsites are typically less crowded during the winter months (June through August), which is also the time for whale-watching. Spring (September through November), on the other hand, is a draw for birdwatchers and promises coastal heathlands blooming with brightly colored wildflowers. Temperatures and rainfall are highest in summer (December through February).

Know before you go

  • Port Macquarie has several camping gear stores where you can gather supplies before heading out. Top picks include Anaconda and BCF (Boating Camping Fishing).
  • Smoking is prohibited in all NSW national parks.
  • Pets are not permitted in New South Wales national parks or reserves, but they are allowed in some regional parks and all state forests.
  • Some area campgrounds, such as Crowdy Gap, require advance bookings.

Nearby attractions

  • Well worth the visit for those camping near the Peel Valley, Chaffey Dam is an engineering marvel surrounded by pristine parkland.
  • An exciting adventure for anyone camping near Port Macquarie, Caves Beach is home to much more than just stunning ocean views.
  • Clean sands and rolling green hills are dotted with remnants of the once bustling coal mining operation at Catherine Hill Bay.

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