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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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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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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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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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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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Jerseyville Peninsula

5 sites · RVs, Tents28 acres · Jerseyville, NSW
Nestled on a 28-acre peninsula enveloped by water, just 4km south of South West Rocks in Jerseyville, lies a serene camping spot awaiting your arrival. This picturesque location offers a tranquil retreat, with small boat access allowing for delightful excursions on canoes or paddle boards. Fishing enthusiasts will find their paradise here, especially during the optimal times, with ample opportunities to reel in some catches, including the prized mud crabs abundant in the surrounding waters. After a day of adventure, unwind by the campfire and immerse yourself in the natural beauty that envelops you. Convenience is within reach, with a shopping complex featuring a Coles Supermarket, Liquor Land, and chemist located just 1.5km away. For further amenities and attractions, South West Rocks town center beckons a mere 4km from the campsite. There, you'll discover pristine beaches, an array of dining options, vibrant pubs and clubs, playgrounds for the kids, and ample facilities for larger boat access, catering to every preference and interest. A few important reminders: Please ensure you are fully self-contained, equipped with your own camping toilet and shower facilities. While we can supply drinking water it's advisable to bring additional supplies for your convenience. In the event of rainfall, we recommend utilizing 4WD vehicles, as you'll traverse grass paddocks to reach the campsite safely. Prepare yourself for an unforgettable outdoor experience amidst the beauty of Jerseyville's waterside retreat. 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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Little Rawdon Island Camp

6 sites · RVs94 acres · Rawdon Island, NSW
Our beautiful riverside 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! Camping is available in a choice of sites from open mown grass (with shade), to treed bush areas (4WD). Acres of open space for the kids! All campsites are large waterfront sites, with easy vehicle access. KIDS under 13 FREE. Your friendly dog is welcome, don't bring other dogs thanks! There is an undercover camp kitchen for site 1 with Gas or fire BBQ, good drinking water, 12v lighting and 12v power outlet. Large 3 man canoe available. SORRY NO TENT ONLY CAMPING, Camper trailers, Caravans, Motorhomes welcome. You will need to be self contained. Dump points are at Wauchope and Port Mac. The last 3 klm of road to the farm is a council maintained gravel road in good condition. ** Please arrive before sunset. ** We also host events (up to 100 people) and we have a covered band stage, see pics below.
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Summer Island Farm

2 sites · RVs170 acres · Summer Island, NSW
170 acre working cattle farm with approx 1km Esplanade river frontage along the mighty Macleay. 10 minutes drive to South West Rocks which has some of the best beaches in Australia. Not far to the surfing Mecca of Crescent Head and beaches at Hat Head. Only 6 minutes drive to the villages of Smithtown and Gladstone, renowned for their cafes, galleries and friendly pubs. Activities include, fishing on your doorstep. Up close experiences with farm animals including chickens, cows, our friendly horse, Giraffe. The property has 3 of the oldest and largest Morton Bay Fig trees in this area. Please note at this stage there are no toilet/bathroom facilities so we would recommend for those with self contained van set up.
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Playstation Campsite

6 sites · RVs60 acres · Kempsey, NSW
No Tents or sleeping in cars that do not have shower and toilet facility. We are a 4 minute drive from the historical town of Gladstone, which has a bakery, butcher, general store, retail shops, fruit and veg shop, nursery, cafes, restaurants, an op-shop, second hand wares shop, galleries, outdoor swim centre and of course the local pub. Gladstone Markets are on the 3rd Sunday of the month. It's a 20 minute drive to South West Rocks, Hat Head and Crescent Head. Just 45 minutes north of Port Macquarie and 1 hour south of Coffs Harbour. Please arrive before dark, or advise arrival time if not possible . You must be fully self contained, there are no facilities. Please no tents or swags. Enjoy a beautiful campsite near a large dam, watch the ducks, rosellas, cranes, herons and the occasional Jabiru, feed and nest in the trees. A great spot for bird watching. Pick your own spot, maybe near one of the fire braziers, but not directly under the trees if windy. No livestock on property but we have visiting kangaroos, tortoises, green frogs, and eels in the dam if you want to fish for them. Mid Coast Flying operate a private 800 metre airstrip on the property, and Trial Instructional Flights (TIFS) are available, for $150 for 45 minutes. Please speak to Ross when you arrive. You can pick your own site. Unfortunately we may have to close after torrential rain events. We are also pet friendly, however there are no bins, so please pick up after your pets in the camping area. Water is available near the hangar as you drive in.
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Valley View Escape

19 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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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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Pipe Dream Bush Camp - Dog Friendly

109 sites · RVs, Tents100 acres · Kempsey, NSW
If you want to avoid the crowds our property is only 10 minutes drive to great local surf and fishing beaches at Crescent Head. There is an abundance of bird life, the odd kangaroos and wallabies, and other wildlife. There is a melaleuca forrest that children are welcome to play in and build a cubby house, and 2 pretty little dams to catch yabbies, and for dogs to enjoy a swim. The property where camping is provided is approx 20 acres with a limit of 10 groups so you can find your own little piece of paradise. There is plenty of fire wood for you to collect on the property on your way in. Please help yourself to any fallen timber for firewood but please do not cut any standing trees down. When checking out, ensure you properly extinguish fires and return any unused firewood to the bush. Dogs are welcome to be here off leash as long as they are well socialised and reasonably obedient. There is large areas for them to run freely and dams to swim in. It is accessible via a 2WD dirt road, even with a little wet weather. If rainfall is extreme we recommend 4wd's. The property is completely off grid so we have a 'leave it as you found it' approach. This means you will need a camp toilet, and to take all of your rubbish with you. We are a rural property so do not have rubbish collection services. (Fees apply for any left behind rubbish). Happy camping!
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The best camping near Hat Head National Park guide

Overview

About

On a clear day, it feels like you can see forever from the headland on the Korogoro Walking Track in Hat Head National Park—and if you’re on the trail in the cooler months, you’ve got a great chance of seeing whales as you walk. It’s just one of several great bushwalking tracks in the coastal national park roughly halfway between Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour on the Macleay Valley Coast. Perfect for those who love back-to-basics camping holidays, fishing, bushwalking, and splashing in the sea or Korogoro Creek, Hat Head tends to get overlooked by most travellers rushing to get to more fashionable spots to the north—this is a bonus for those who prefer their getaways crowd-free.

Caravan Camping Near Hat Head National Park

Just an hour’s drive north of Port Macquarie or south of Coffs Harbour, Hat Head National Park affords the perfect coastal escape along the Pacific Highway. Whether you’re bushwalking along wild headlands, bird-watching and whale-watching from the shore, or picnicking by the beachside, this is the spot to dodge the crowds. Get up early to watch the sunrise, and you might even get the beach to yourself. Caravanners can head to one of Hat Hin’s two beachside campgrounds, which provide unpowered sites suitable for self-contained motorhomes and camper trailers, with basic facilities such as picnic tables and toilets. Alternatively, check into the holiday park, which offers spacious, powered sites along with access to a dump point, camp kitchen, and kiosk. Or, head further afield to spend the night at a quiet Hipcamp in the hills and explore the national park on a day trip instead.

Notable campgrounds

  • Best for families: Hungry Gate Campground has plenty of shade, and kangaroos often graze in the camping area.
  • Best for beach lovers: Smoky Cape Campground, beneath the Smoky Cape Lighthouse, is right beside the beach and popular with fishers.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. All campsites in NSW national parks must be pre-booked online before you arrive.
  2. All national park campgrounds get busy during summer and Easter school holidays, when you’ll need to book well ahead. But go mid-week in February and March, and it’s quite possible you’ll be the only ones there.
  3. Hungry Gate Campground is a 20-minute walk from the beach, so it’s sometimes easier to secure a campsite here than at the beachside Smoky Cape Campground.

When to go

Although it can get rainy, summer offers the best camping weather and is the most popular time to visit. Days might be hottest in January and February, but March and April are best for swimming, when the sea is warmest. Winter time, May to November, is best for seeing whales from the lookouts. 

Know before you go

  • Hat Head National Park is 24 kilometres east of Kempsey, near South West Rocks.
  • Neighbouring Arakoon National Park—at the Smoky Cape end of the park near South West Rocks—is also worth a visit. Highlights include the sandstone Trial Bay Gaol ruins on the headland.
  • You can stock up with basics at the Hat Head General Store, which also stocks beer and wine and does a pretty good hamburger, too.

Nearby attractions

A beautiful partially sheltered beach with an elaborate past, Trial Bay is a great place to spend your day exploring both nature and history.

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