Best camping spots near Sydney
With the weather warming up it is now a great time to start organising a camping trip! I just love camping because I can make as much noise as I like (as long as there aren’t many people around), it is relaxing and it is soooo cheap! Whether for a weekend or a whole week, there are so many places to go in and around Sydney.
Most camp sites have powered and unpowered sites available. Of course the powered sites are a little bit more expensive but it is convenient having power – and great to be able to listen to music!
Here are our top picks for camping in and around Sydney.
Upper Colo River Reserve
This secluded spot is located right on the river. There is a small shop nearby for you to restock your supplies and if you don’t get to catch your lunch you can get it from the takeaway shop.
- Adults (13yrs and older) - $6.20
- Groups of 25 or more adults - $5.20
Please see the Hawkesbury City Council website for details
Del Rio Riverside Resort have camp and caravan lots right by the river. There are so many things you can do here: Swimming pool, BBQ's, BMX (bikes), volley ball, 9 hole golf course, water skiing, tennis courts, bush walking, jumping pillow.
Camp sites include/have access to: clean bathrooms & showers, grassed sites, BBQ areas, camp kitchen and you can borrow a brazier or a drum to have your own camp fire.
- Offpeak - $30 p/night
- Shoulder - $35 p/night
- Peak - $40 p/night
- Offpeak - $35 p/night
- Shoulder - $40 p/night
- Peak - $45 p/night
Bonnie Vale Campground is located in the beautiful Bundeena offer unpowered camp sites right by the beach. Bundeena is one of my all time favorite locations to be in Spring and Summer.
Bonnie Vale includes: picnic tables, gas/electric barbecues, flush toilets, hot showers, drinking water & public phone.
Also in the area are the North Era & Uloola Falls camping grounds.
- Bonnie Vale - $14 per adult per night
- North Era campground - $5 per adult per night
- Uloola Falls campground - $5 per adult per night
See the Royal National Park website for details.
Enjoy unspoilt surroundings as you camp under the stars right by the river. These unpowered sites include hot showers, toilets, wood-fired BBQs and picnic tables.
- When you do an activity - $10 p/night
- Without doing an activity - $20 p/night
Tent & mattress hire available at extra cost.
Download Glenworth Valley information & map sheet
This spot is nothing short of spectacular. To get here you will catch a ferry from Palm Beach. The main attraction of this location is the beautiful inland lagoon.
- All sites - $14 per adult p/night
Visit the National Parks & Wildlife Service website for information and bookings.
Lane Cove River
The popular Lane Cover River Tourist Park is secluded and serene. The unpowered sites include a kitchen with fridges, microwave, toaster, instant hot water and free BBQ use. There are power points available for recharging phones.
The powered sites include 2 camp kitchens (with fridges, microwave, toaster & instant hot water), amenities & laundry block, free BBQ’s set amoungst landscaped gardens. TIP: This area is used as the set of Home & Away’s ‘Summer Bay Caravan Park’!
- Unpowered - 2 people p/day $35, 2 people p/week $210
- Powered - 2 people p/day $37, 2 people p/week $222
Narrabeen Lakes is another popular destination for camping right on the water - it is truly a beautiful spot. Facilities include: children’s playground, conference facility, Internet access, and TV, kids and family games, two camp kitchens, two all weather BBQ pavilions, disabled access bathroom,
bathroom, two amenities blocks, two laundries facilities for caravans and campers.
- Unpowered - 2 people p/night $40 - $60
- Powered - 2 people p/night $42 - $70
And further away...
Seal Rocks Holiday Park offer grassed campsites (Bungalows & Cabins are also available). These sites are really close to the beach and have fresh water available. The prices are:
- Offpeak - $27 p/night, $162 p/week
- Shoulder - $28 p/night, $168 p/week
- Peak - $34 p/night
- Offpeak - $31 p/night, $186 p/week
- Shoulder - $33 p/night, $198 /week
- Peak - $45 p/night
Port Macquarie is a little bit further away but is totally worth it! This spot is magnificent. As you can see by the picture the park is literally against the break wall and the beach. It is also just across the road from the main town centre; supermarkets, bars, pubs etc.
- Low - $28 p/night
- Shoulder - $30 p/night
- Mid - $39 p/night
- High - $56 p/night
- Low - $36 p/night
- Shoulder - $39 p/night
- Mid - $46 p/night
- High - $71 p/night
To help you along we have created this handy checklist for casual camping in Australia! Download the free PDF here!