Camping Site By Water


Camping for the weekend is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of Sydney. There are a lot of camping spots in New South Wales, and most are easily accessible from the capital. You get the best of both worlds, too, as some of the most popular camping destinations have both bush landscapes and white sandy beaches. If you want a fun-filled weekend with fantastic views as your backdrop, here are some of the best camping spots in NSW.


Honeymoon Bay, located in Jervis Bay on the NSW South Coast, is just 2.5 hours from Sydney. The picturesque camping spot is a popular destination for families. You get to experience bush camping, and at the same time, you’re just moments away from the water. With white sand and clear waters, Honeymoon Bay is a must-see. Swimming, snorkelling and fishing are just some of the activities you can take part in.

The campsite has toilets and rubbish bins, but you’ll have to bring drinking water, a stove and sufficient gear. No pets or campfires. The Honeymoon Bay campground has a ballot system in the summer due to the influx of campers at this time.


If you enjoy beach camping, you should check out the Picnic Point campground at Mimosa Rocks National Park. You can enjoy peaceful sandy beaches with plenty of fishing spots and crystal-clear waters. You can take a dip in the ocean or walk along the beach. The campsite also offers scenic views of the Sapphire Coastline. Picnic Point is an unpowered location with 18 campsites. It has toilets, BBQs and a car park. However, there’s no drinking water and firewood.


Durras Beach is located in the Batemans Marine Park and the Murramarang National Park. It’s just four hours south of Sydney. Favourite activities among campers include bird watching, snorkelling, surfing, kayaking and biking. You’re guaranteed to spot some kangaroos here, too. There’s also an outdoor theatre if you want to relax at the end of the day. The Durras Beach campground has both powered and unpowered sites. Amenities include BBQs and hot showers.


If you can’t exactly leave the city, Cockatoo Island is just off the Sydney Harbour and is considered one of the go-to camping spots in New South Wales. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage site that offers impressive views of the harbour. This is the perfect destination for those who want to camp but not rough it out. The campsite offers a glamping experience with pre-erected tents, cabins and houses. You even have air mattresses to sleep on. There is also a bar and canteen in the location.


Diamond Head, located in the Crowdy Bay National Park, is another beachside campground. Aside from views of the beach and the coastline, you also get to enjoy panoramic views of the forest, mountains and blackened pillars of Split Rock. There are a lot of hiking trails in the national park. You can even see kangaroos, wallabies and dolphins in the area. Diamond Head has 75 camping sites with picnic tables, BBQs, showers and toilets. You’ll need to bring drinking water.

The best thing about the camping spots in New South Wales is that you don’t have to travel too far from Sydney to enjoy beautiful landscapes as well as the usual camping activities such as hiking and bushwalking. It’s easy to sneak away from the city to get back in touch with nature and recharge. These five camping spots are just a preview of what New South Wales can offer. There’s a lot more to discover in the future so keep on exploring!


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Suzy T
Suzy T

From camping to fishing, to trekking and touring around Australia for lengthy periods of time, Suzy lives it. She also has a passion for pets. Now she is sharing her experiences.