Top 10Â CampingÂ Destinations in Northern NSW
So, you’ve got yourÂ family tentÂ in the van and you’re ready to head outÂ camping. The only question is where to go. New South Wales boasts some of the best caravan parks and camp sites in Australia, with well over 800 destinations to choose from. Understandably, picking the right one can be something of an adventure in its own right.
Well, you can save your intrepid endeavour for the great outdoors because we’ve put together a shortlist of the best camp sites in Northern NSW. Whether you’re a couple planning a weekend get away in a cosyÂ canvas tent, or a family taking an annual holiday of fun and adventure, you’ll find the right recommendation here.
Just take a look at some of the leading campsites in the state right here, and choose where yourÂ oztrailÂ adventure begins.
1. Wave Hill Station
Situated in the far north of the state, not far from Grafton,Â Wave Hill StationÂ provides the best of both worlds. A cattle station of some 5,000 hectares in size, it gives campers plenty of room to pitch even a largeÂ cabin tentÂ and get a taste outback but within a stone’s through of the coast.
The great Clarence River is also close by where canoeing, fishing and swimming can be enjoyed. You can take part in some of the dailyÂ farming activities.
2. Seal Rocks
A favourite spot within the Myall Lakes National Park, in the North Coast region,Â Seal RocksÂ has been a favourite of manyÂ campingÂ enthusiasts for decades. A poorly kept secret, the campsite retains its rustic roots, turning its back on the idea of allotted sites, and leaving it to guests where to pitch theirÂ canvas tents. Beyond the white sandy dunes lies a serene stretch of beach, punctuated by a rocky outcrop on which the local seal population hang out – thus the name.
3. Barrington Rocks National Park
Located in Hunter Valley, about 200km and 4 hours drive north west of Sydney,Barrington Tops National ParkÂ is an 80,000 hectare haven for campers who want to indulge in the joys of the wilderness. There are a number ofÂ campingÂ sites dotted around the area that offer biking, trekking, fishing, swimming, and canoeing in one of the most stunningly areas of the state. With a vast area of natural rain forests, scenic plateaux, bird and wildlife sanctuaries, crystal clear mountain streams, its ideal for lovers of theoztrailÂ experience.
4. Umina Beach
Umina beachÂ is the closest of our selection to Sydney, which lies just 90km to the south, but it still manages to provide that feeling of escape that all campers look for. Sited just 16km from Gosford, its not short ofÂ campingÂ and holiday parks, with Ocean Beach one of the most popular. Why? It has practically everything a beach camper desires, with powered and unpowered lots, that are either just a few steps from golden sands or are river side along Mt Ettalong Creek.
5. Soldiers Point
Like so many developedÂ campingÂ sites,Â Soldiers PointÂ provides as much in the way of luxury as it does in the way of a traditional camping experience. In fact, the Soldiers Point holiday park boasts luxury villas, kiddies pools and WiFi facilities, but also provides stunning sea and beach views from the vast majority of its 45 dedicatedÂ canvas tentÂ lots. Soldiers Point is close to Port Stephens, and lies almost 3 hours north of Sydney.
6. Ballina Beach
Another northern gem,Â Ballina beachÂ has managed to marry the glamour of a modern resort and the purity of the wilderness. Situated on 15 acres of land, this eco-friendly resort and campsite lies away from any major road, thereby ensuring tranquility to its guests. Its selection of powered and unpowered tent sites are large enough to hostfamily tentsÂ of all descriptions. Natural ocean views, walks through flora and fauna, and even local dolphins to swim are also available, making the purists satisfied too.
7. Platypus Flat
As its name suggests,Â Platypus FlatÂ is home to one of Australia’s most famous animals, the platypus, which can be found all along the Nymboida River that runs through the Nymboi-Binderay National Park. This site is forcampingÂ purists only. Caravans cannot make the journey and 2-wheel drives can only make it in good weather. Campers must bring their own firewood and drinking water, and bathing is done in swimming holes, surrounded by the most amazing red cedars, blue gums and river oaks. Family andÂ cabin tentsÂ of even the largest dimensions are easily facilitated in lush grassy clearings.
8. Tooloom National Park
Situated close to Urbenville but more than 600km north of Sydney, Tooloom Falls campground is a favourite for those campers who hit theÂ oztrailÂ to get away from the stresses of civilisation. Located deep within theÂ Tooloom National Park, nature abounds here, with clear water streams and creeks serving up ideal fishing conditions, and open bush providing ideal sites forÂ camping. The Tooloom Falls themselves are a 60m wide and 10m high falls that have a central role in local Aboriginal folklore.
9. Stoney Park, Telegraph Point
CampingÂ attracts lovers of nature and lovers of outdoor activities, but for lovers of water sports in particularÂ Stoney Park, just north of Port Macquarie on the North Coast, is an idyllic option. Campers have access to all holiday park facilities, including laundry and BBQ areas. Jet skiing and water skiing courses are available on 2 man-made lakes, while there is also an expansive canoeing lagoon and biking and bush walking to do.
10. Dubbo Parklands
Set inland, at a 6-hour drive north west of Sydney. Dubbo has a wealth of natural wilderness and wildlife to make anyÂ campingÂ stay a memorable one. But it’s its proximity to the famous Taronga Western Plains Zoo, and BIG4Â Dubbo ParklandÂ that makes it ideal for all the family. Kids can catch a clear view of antelopes, elephants, rhinos and a host of endangered species in moat enclosed areas. The campsite, meanwhile, offers all the necessary amenities and is hailed as one of the best maintained sites in the region.