There’s nothing more relaxing than spending an evening next to your campfire, feet up, with the sound of nature in the background.
There’s just something ultra-satisfying about getting away from civilisation and exploring our backyard. For the adventurous, going camping offers everything from hiking and swimming to surfing and fishing.
And, with some of the best campgrounds in Australia right at our doorstep, NSW is spoiled for camping options.
From pristine lagoons and beaches to rolling hills, NSW has some beautiful camping spots that are ripe for exploration. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast or a glamper extraordinaire, the South Coast of NSW is sure to please.
If you’re up for some exploration or you just want to kick back, relax and soak in the beautiful surroundings, the NSW South Coast is the ideal place to do it.
1. Honeymoon Bay, Jervis Bay
Located at the Northern end of Jervis Bay, Honeymoon Bay is about a 3-hour drive south of Sydney. Arguably one of the best camping spots on the South Coast of NSW, Jervis Bay should be at the very top of your list.
A spectacular spot for beach camping, if you’re looking for secluded, pristine beaches to relax on, this is your answer. Jervis Bay is a great camping spot for those who are into snorkelling, fishing and swimming.
The camp spots are on a first-come, first-served basis so be sure to turn up nice and early. It’s best to book in advance during the holidays as Jervis Bay can get incredibly busy.
2. Mystery Bay Camping Area, Tilba
For the fur parents among us who love to take their furbabies camping with them, these are the campgrounds for you.
Not only is Mystery Bay Camping Area pet friendly, but it’s mere moments from gorgeous beaches and headlands. The area has plenty to offer, with snorkelling and surfing being just the tip of the iceberg. Sleep among the gums and go walking along some of Mystery Bay’s walking tracks to get a feel for the area.
Mystery Bay Camping Area is unpowered so be sure to bring along sufficient supplies to keep you going through the evenings.
Be sure to book online before you head off on your adventure. This popular spot operates on a first-come-first-served basis and can get busy, especially during peak season.
3. Beachcomber Holiday Park, Eurobodalla
Beachcomber Holiday Park is a brilliant option for anyone wanting to experience the wildlife that Australia has to offer.
Backing onto the Eurobodalla National Park, there is always the possibility of seeing emus, wallabies or kangaroos while you’re cooking up dinner. Boasting seafront views or camping among the trees as well as tent or cabin camping, Beachcomber Holiday Park has a little bit of something for everyone.
Bookings are required. We recommend booking well in advance if you want guaranteed access to a powered site.
4. Picnic Point Campground, Mimosa Rocks National Park
For those who are willing to drive a bit further south, Picnic Point campgrounds are worth the trip. A little bit harder to access, you’ll be surrounded by untouched wilderness within the Mimosa Rocks National Park when you do arrive.
Dotted with lagoons, several beaches, castle-shaped rocks and pockets of rain forests, Picnic Point is a beautiful area to explore if you have a few spare days.
Anyone looking for some stunning views of the Sapphire Coastline will not be disappointed at Picnic Point.
There are BBQ facilities provided, so why not spend a day fishing and then cook it up for dinner? Picnic Point is nestled between two gorgeous sandy beached making it the ideal spot to catch that nights meal.
Bookings are required to stay here.
5. The Farm, Killalea
Known to locals as “The Farm”, Reflections Killalea Reserve Holiday Park is a quick 1.5-hour drive south of Sydney. Brilliant for those who want a weekend away but don’t want to spend hours upon hours driving.
Known as a surfing and beach haven, it’s easy to see why this is one of NSW’s most popular beach campgrounds.
Located on Killalea Reserve, surrounded by rolling green hills, the area boasts a spectacular tract of coastal land that has been designated as a public recreation reserve. For anyone looking to go surfing, fishing, camping or bushwalking, this is the place to do it.
The park features some great amenities such as a camp kitchen, BBQ and laundry facilities. The camp also offers powered and unpowered campsites for you to choose from.
What makes The Farm unique is that it also offers backpacker style accommodation. So, if you’re planning on a group camping getaway anytime soon, Killalea Reserve can offer a 40-bed bunkhouse.
Due to the popularity of the campgrounds at Killalea Reserve, it’s recommended that you book ahead of your stay or you may miss out.
So, what are you waiting for?
Wherever you decide to go camping down NSW’s South Coast, you can be sure that you will experience beautiful beaches and some of the best surf that Australia has to offer.
With campgrounds that range from bush camping to coastal beach camping, you can be sure to find something that suits you. The South Coast of New South Wales has some of the best camping in Australia. The only thing left for you to do is to decide which campground you’re going to choose.
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