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The 5 Best Camping Spots Near Sydney

By Ellie Schneider - 22 Nov 2014

In need of some down time, or already dreaming about your Easter break? Well because we love getting back into nature, we’ve rounded up the best camping spots near Sydney. Pack your bags and your marshmallows people, cause we’re going camping!

Kangaroo Valley

You don’t need to drive for long to escape the hustle and bustle of the CBD. Just two hours from Sydney, Kangaroo Valley is an easy weekend escape. Think lush rainforest, sparkling creeks and rich green pastures – no fake backdrops here. Glenmack Caravan Park is nestled in the heart of the valley beside the river, and features all the necessary facilities for novice campers (you know, like a toilet block and free wi-fi!).

Booderee National Park

Located within the blinding-white Jervis Bay territory, Booderee National Park is one of the country’s most beautiful camping spots. So you’ll want to get in quick, the famed Green Patch and Cave Beach fills up at Christmas. There are plenty of activities within this pristine setting, including snorkeling, boating and cycling to keep you busy. Be sure to check out the historic Cape St George Lighthouse, it’s the perfect vantage point for whale watching.

Barrington Tops

One for the more adventurous campers, Barrington Tops offers a variety of remote camping spots tucked within the wilderness. Hop in the 4WD and head to Junction Pools, Little Murray or Devils Hole campsites for a real taste of the outback. The Steps riverside campground is also located within the region, where you can cool off in secluded swimming holes, or try your skills kayaking down the rapids.

Seal Rocks

At this gorgeous coastal retreat campers are spoilt for choice. There’s surfing, diving and fishing on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, and you can even set up camp right across from the beach at the North Coast Holiday Park. Take a walk to Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse, test your balance at stand up paddle boarding or explore the surrounding Myall Lakes.

Coolendel

Rounding off our list of the best camping spots near Sydney is the idyllic Coolendel. Nestled on the Shoalhaven River, this picturesque spot boasts open fireplaces, BBQ facilities and a kiosk for all your staples. If you’re brave, the river rapids are great for kayaking, liloing and canoeing. You can also expect to share your camp (and your tucker) with wombats and wallabies – now that’s the beauty of the great outdoors.

Image credit: Shelter Co.

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