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5 best camp sites in New South Wales

Much like cooking up a healthy meal, wonderful holidays don’t have to be expensive. And although it’s exciting and relaxing to wrap yourself up in the comfort of a glamorous hotel and be waited on hand and foot, there’s nothing quite like packing up your car and heading into the unknown for a weekend spent camping.

With summer well and truly on its way, we take a look at five of the best camping grounds in New South Wales because, as getting back to nature becomes “en vogue” once more, it’s worth booking up now to secure your site. But take note: leave your hair straighteners and make up at home. We’re talking camping, here, not “glamping!”

Green Patch, Jervis Bay

If you’re planning a late summer camping trip to Jervis Bay, then book up now. If you’re lucky, a spot at the popular Green Patch may still be available. Set amongst the green foliage of Booderee National Park, Green Patch is jumping with wildlife, and you’re sure to make friends with the amiable birdlife and odd kangaroo. The site, which is divided into two main sections, is a five minute stroll from Iluka Beach which, on a fine day, will take your breath away. White sands and crystal waters: it doesn’t come much better than this. Facilities on the site are good, but this is basic camping, so bring your own water, and pack a torch to navigate the site at night. There is a small shop a short drive from the site, but for provisions head into nearby Huskisson. If lounging on the beach isn’t your cup of tea, there are plenty of walking trails, and it’s worth driving out to Murray’s Beach for a 5.5km track.

Freemans Camping Ground, Munmorah State Conservation Area

Although not technically a national park, you’d be hard pressed to tell the difference and, situated between the magnificent Birdie Beach and stunning Lake Macquarie, this camp site is in the perfect location to explore the Central Coast. If roughing it is more your thing, then you may prefer to drive further down the track to Frazer camping ground, which offers just six sites in a secluded pocket of the Frazer Valley, but with 36 sites and fantastic facilities, Freemans is more of a middle ground. Set in a grassy, landscaped area, the camp site is well maintained, and you’re able to park your car close to each site. The site itself is just a short walk from Birdie Beach which, for the more adventurous, offers a naturist area. Just remember to turn right when you get to the beach if you’re not that way inclined.

North Beach Holiday Park, Mylestom

Up until my stay at Mylestom, the words “Holiday” and “Park”, when joined together, were enough to strike fear to my very bones. Yet to become a mother to my own screaming brood, holiday parks, to me, are associated with ball pools, demanding children and families of five or more, and not in any way my cup of tea. Yet. However, rolling up to North Beach Holiday Park one sunny afternoon was enough to change my mind. Mylestom is impossibly sleepy and, poised between 10 km of sandy beaches on the one side and the expansive Bellinger River on the other, this camp site enjoys what can only be described as great Feng Shui. Being a holiday park, the facilities are immaculate (there’s even a pool for the kids) and it is a great base from which to explore the region’s must-see sights, including Bellingen, Dorrigo and the Bongil Bongil National Park.

Glen Villa, Byron Bay

Let’s face it, Byron is always busy, and everyone wants to stay as close to the lively centre of the town as possible. But if climbing over other people’s tents to get to your own and waking up with random backpackers outside your zipped-up-door isn’t your idea of fun, then there’s really only one option. Slap bang in the centre of Byron, Glen Villa is a family-run oasis of a camping ground that offers a little sophistication for those wanting some peace and quiet, whilst also craving Byron’s hedonistic sense of freedom.

Bendeela Camping Ground, Kangaroo Valley

These days it’s pretty rare to find a free spot to spend the night, let alone one offering idyllic views, but at Bendeela you’ll find plenty of space. Part picnic area, part camp site, Bendeela Camping Ground is tucked out of the way behind the main tourist resort of Kangaroo Valley, around 200km south of Sydney. Hugging the Shoalhaven River, the ground offers fantastic fishing, swimming and kayaking, and it’s possible to set up camp on the edge of the water, perfect if you have your own kayaks. At dusk, the grounds come alive with protected wombats, which live in complex tunnel systems throughout the valley, and you’re sure to see the kangaroos and wallabies the region is more renowned for. Although toilets and cold water showers are available on site, take a torch as the facilities are not lit up at night.

What about you, reader? Have you enjoyed a great camping trip recently? Where would you recommend we try?

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Lizzy has more than ten years’ experience in the print and digital publishing arena and is the Editor at Single File. Having moved from the UK to Australia in 2008, Lizzy has worked for a number of leading publishers in Sydney and has particular expertise in the health, wellness and travel markets. If you have any questions for Lizzy, you can send them across by email to lizzy@singlefile.com.au.



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