The best camping near Goolawah National Park

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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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Stoney Park care of Dennis Stone

100 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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AU$35
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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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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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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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Appydaze Hideaway

15 sites · RVs120 acres · Crescent Head, NSW
Welcome to Appydaze Hideaway, where our motto is 'Stars, not street lights!’ What we have to offer is simple, and often, simple things are best! Our property is a 120-acre working family property, with 1.2km of river frontage on beautiful Piper's Creek in Kundabung, near Crescent Head. Centrally located between Sydney and Brisbane (Just 2 minutes off the Pacific Hwy), 10 minutes South of Kempsey Service Centre, and 18 minutes North of Port Macquarie Service Centre. The camping area is level and open, with plenty of space for your setup. All campers must be self-contained, with their own toilet, and we kindly ask you to take all waste when you go. Pets are welcome too. We have spent many years building the camp area in order to enable access so that we can share with you, what we are lucky to wake up to each day. This property and our camping offering is a work in progress, any feedback/suggestions (be they positive or negative) we would love to hear from you when you stay with us. Every sunrise and every sunset is different and makes for a new chapter each and every day.
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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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Mid-North Coast Nature Retreat

10 sites · RVs, Tents128 acres · Kundabung, NSW
Heartwood Farm is a centrally located 120 acres on the Mid-North Coast - about half way between Sydney and Brisbane, only 1.5 kms off Pacific Highway, 25 mins to Port Macquarie, 15 Mins to Kempsey, 30 minutes to Crescent Head and 45 mins to South West Rocks. We are off grid and live close to nature and enjoy the abundance that provides. We have been building and developing for the last few years. We are still a work in progress.There are three Brumbies that have the run of the place. They are friendly, especially if you have a carrot. There are also a lot of kangaroos and wallabies, some quite friendly as they have been raised by our neighbour who does animal rescue. There are also a lot of different species of birds, including the much loved Black Cockatoos which are in abundance here. We have also seen turtles, frilled neck lizards, diamond pythons, red belly black snakes (rarely) and goannas. 
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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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Yarralen Retreat

44 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents40 acres · Yarrahapinni, NSW
Yarralen is a beautiful 40 acre property on the mid-north coast of NSW. Situated under Mt Yarrahapinni on the Eastern side of the Pacific Hwy. Halfway between Sydney and Brisbane, Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour. We are surrounded by National Parks and close to pristine beaches , grassy heads , scotts head and the Macleay River. Please note there is a $10 pet fee for the campsites, and $15 pet fee for lodgings (the two Vans and Units). We offer a magical bush retreat with all the modern felicities with a range of camping and accommodation options: -The Eclectic Bush Haven is a family-friendly camping area where kids under 12 yrs camp for free, campers booking this option have access to camp kitchen, toilets and electricity. -The Yarralen Retreat Camp Ground 2 is a more secluded camping area for off-road campers that are completely self-contained with their own toilet, kitchen facilities and power. -The Butterfly Caravan and Retro Glam Vans are renovated caravans nestled in the rainforest. -Yarralen Retreat Glamping are glamping tents offering the perfect romantic escape, or if you just like camping but don't want to set up a tent, this is the perfect choice. - Our Entire Property Exclusive option means you can book out the whole place for your group to enjoy privately. Please thoroughly read the site description which explains exactly what this option does and does not include. Our 40-acre property features eclectic, arty, and striking sculptures and artworks. Stroll through the beautiful bush surroundings, visit the water lilies, and say hello to the roaming peacocks. The campsites are located on a grassed area surrounded by a corridor of tall trees for your shade and comfort. We're not far from the beach, with Grassy Heads being the closest beach. While you're exploring why not check out Scott’s Head and South West Rocks for the amazing vistas. Refresh and recharge in the Magnesium pool and detox in our sauna (please book access under our Extras). Warm your soul around the campfire in the evening. Firewood is available (please see our Extras). Campers at the Eclectic Bush Haven will enjoy our fantastic camp kitchen, along with amenities including hot showers and flushing toilet. The kitchen is fully equipped with a Webber BBQ, gas cooktop, large fridge, lighting and power. (IMPORTANT: Campers who book the Yarralen Retreat Camp Ground 2 area DO NOT have access to these facilities, we expect campers in this area to be fully self-contained) For your convenience entry to the property and main camping area is via our asphalt driveway, which suits all vehicles. (IMPORTANT: Campers who book the Yarralen Retreat Camp Ground 2 will need a 4WD to access this secluded part of the property). Overnight or longer stays are also available for private parties, weddings, retreats, team building - anything possible. Please message us to have a chat. Peaceful tall timbered bushland with abundant wildlife throughout the property. It's a great experience for kids, feeds the chooks, free-ranging peafowl, rainforest and billabong walks, and amazing gardens. Campfires are permitted in the communal fire pit area or individual firepits are available to enjoy at your site. Please use tank water sparingly (for cooking, cuppas) and BYO drinking water. We offer a range of Extras to make your stay memorable and comfortable: -Infra-red Detox Sauna -Magnesium heated Pool -Firewood for your campfire We look forward to welcoming you!
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Valley View Escape

14 sites · RVs, Tents600 acres · Buckra Bendinni, NSW
Valley View Escape is a 500 acre working dairy farm located in the beautiful Nambucca Valley just 25 minutes off the highway. There is stunning 360 views of mountain ranges and Lake Lumby from all our sites. We offer 4 powered sites and 4 unpowered sites which are all level grounded with grass and accessible by 2WD. There is non potable water available. Our powered sites are conveniently located close by the amenities with flushing toilet, hot shower and dump point. Each site has a fire pit, or you can use your own as long as it is not directly on the ground. There is also firewood available for purchase which can be done through HipCamp at checkout or cash on arrival We are a pet friendly campsite but we ask you to keep your pets on a leash and always have full control. Enjoy and relax at our communal picnic area with fire pit, shade, picnic table and pontoon on Lake Lumby which is great for kayaking and swimming. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for Discount codes and updates @valleyviewescape Peak Season: Message us about our overflow camping area if we are fully booked
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AU$20
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Serene Sanctuary Hyland Park

3 sites · Tents25 acres · Valla Beach, NSW
Escape to our serene 25-acre retreat nestled beside the tranquil Deep Creek, just a short 2km stroll from the stunning Valla Beach. Settle in on our sprawling grassy grounds, perfect for caravans, tents, or swags, with a cozy Gazebo offering hot showers and power. Relax around the glass-topped dining table or snuggle up by the crackling fireplace. Launch your aquatic adventures from our private boat ramp or explore the nearby forest. Anglers will love the fishing spots, and nature lovers can meet our resident ponies, chickens, and friendly dogs. Unwind, recharge, and make memories in this nature-filled haven!
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AU$100
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The best camping near Goolawah National Park guide

Overview

About

Escape to the unspoiled shores of Goolawah National Park, where adventure awaits amid pristine headlands and secluded beaches. Here, you can indulge in surfing, fishing, and birdwatching, or simply bask in the tranquility of beach camping. Embrace the dawn with a beach walk, cast a line in the surf, or witness the majestic sunrise over this coastal haven.

Notable campgrounds

  • Racecourse campground: Nestled by the beach, perfect for fishing, surfing, and whale watching.
  • Delicate campground: Located in the adjacent Goolawah Regional Park, offering a pet-friendly camping experience.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Book early, especially for peak seasons, to secure your ideal campsite.
  • Check for cancellations regularly as plans change and spots may open up.
  • Consider mid-week stays for better availability and a quieter experience.
  • Explore nearby camping options to increase your chances of finding a spot.

When to go

The best time to visit Goolawah National Park is during autumn and spring, when the weather is pleasant and the park is alive with wildflowers and birdlife. Summer offers warm waters for swimming and surfing, while winter is perfect for whale watching. Avoid the wettest months of February and March for camping.

Know before you go

  • Always check for local alerts on weather or fire danger before planning your visit.
  • Be prepared for limited mobile reception; download maps and safety apps in advance.
  • Respect the park's no smoking policy to help preserve its natural beauty.
  • Remember that pets are not permitted, ensuring the protection of local wildlife.
  • Facilities like toilets and showers are available at Racecourse campground.

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