31 January 2018
Camping trips are a great way to relax, explore new scenery, and save money with a simple, no-fuss getaway. Here are some fantastic camping spots near Sydney, all of which can be found within 2 hours’ drive of the city.
Euroka Campground is located about 5 km south of Glenbrook, in the Blue Mountains National Park. The campground includes 40 unpowered sites split across five areas: Appletree Flat, Red Gum, Nioka, Bennett Ridge, and Darug. From Darug, visitors can follow a path which leads through a narrow canyon and down into Fairlight Gorge before arriving at the Nepean River – a perfect place to swim or picnic by the water. The campground itself is surrounded by towering eucalyptus trees and flocks of native birds, with fire rings available to campers who bring their own firewood. Euroka Campground is also within walking distance of the legendary Red Hands Cave, which contains over 40 hand stencils thought to be between 500 and 1600 years old.
Lane Cove River Tourist Park can be found just 10km northeast of Sydney Harbour. Despite being so close to the city centre, the area is surrounded by the trees and greenery of Lane Cove National Park, making it both a convenient and peaceful spot for a weekend getaway. Lane Cove River Tourist Park offers a range of accommodation options, including camping, caravan and motorhome sites, as well as ensuite cabins for couples and family cabins which can sleep up to five people. No matter what accommodation you choose, the park has a huge range of amenities to ensure you have a comfortable stay. The undercover camp kitchens include communal fridges for storing cold items, a gas barbecue, kettle, toaster, sink, tables, chairs, and instant hot water. There’s also a swimming pool and a paddling pool, as well as the Lane Cove River just a short walk away, making this an ideal place to camp during the warmer months.
The Basin campground is the only place where camping is permitted in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. You can reach the campground by walking 2.5 kilometres from West Head Road, or by boarding a ferry from Palm Beach wharf. This large, grassy camping area includes 400 campsites and offers wonderful views of Pittwater and the surrounding national park. With a picnic area, showers, flushing toilets, barbecues and even an on-site vending machine, The Basin campground makes for an easy weekend getaway just an hour from Sydney. Go for a paddle on the beach or in the calm lagoon, and spot wallabies, bush turkeys, goannas and other wildlife while strolling around the campsite or through the national park. As spaces fill up quickly during peak periods, make sure you book your spot in advance.
Overlooking the Hacking River near Bundeena, Bonnie Vale Campground is the largest campground located within the Royal National Park. This popular campground is accessible by car (via sealed roads), or by a 15-minute walk from Bundeena ferry wharf. Bonnie Vale Campground contains 74 unpowered campsites and basic amenities such as hot showers, flushing toilets, drinking water and washing sinks. The area is surrounded by both beach and bushland, making it a popular place to camp at any time of year. Guests can go fishing at nearby Jibbon Beach, enjoy close encounters with a range of native animals, and explore scenic hiking trails in the Royal National Park.
The Crosslands Reserve campground sits alongside Berowra Creek, amid the lush bushland of Berowra Valley National Park. Crosslands Reserve campground can be reached via sealed roads, and contains a designated parking area for added convenience. On-site facilities include hot showers, flushing toilets, electric barbecues, play equipment for the kids (including a flying fox and a set of swings), picnic shelters and a bicycle track. Activities to enjoy in the area include bushwalking, bike riding, and fishing and canoeing on Berowra Creek. Those up for a physical challenge will be spoilt for choice; Berowra Valley National Park features more than 70 km of walking tracks and fire trails, including a 25 km stretch of the famous Great North Walk. As the temperatures drop, you can also make use of the provided fire pits for the complete camping experience.
Perched on The Entrance’s northern peninsula, Dunleith Tourist Park is surrounded by water on both sides. Guests can venture onto the calm water of Lake Tuggerah for a relaxing boating trip, all while listening to the ocean waves crashing just 200 metres away. Dunleith Tourist Park features a wide range of creature comforts, including a camp kitchen, a games room, a recently renovated amenities block, a barbecue area, a laundry equipped with irons, washing machines and dryers, and even free Wi-Fi access. There’s also a variety of accommodation options to choose from, from powered campsites to villas, deluxe cabins, and waterfront villas. During the day, you can explore nearby attractions such as ocean baths, fantastic prawning and fishing spots, the Tuggerah Lakes Cycleway, and the daily pelican feeding show at the bay of The Entrance.