It can be challenging to find somewhere special to call home on weekend adventures in the wild. Here are 5 amazing campsites in New South Wales that we’re confident you haven’t heard of before.
We all want to pitch our tents in THAT spot. It’s the holy grail of camping.
THAT spot is subjective of course; some prefer swinging from a hammock in a pine forest, others crave a serene lake to roll into for a morning bath, whilst some simply want complete solitude in the form a back-to-basics don-a-loin-cloth catch-your-own-dinner cave dwelling.
Finding your perfect spot online can be tricky though. The National Parks website contains some B.E.A.UTIFUL campsites but they’re often booked well in advance or you’ve already been there. Thankfully YouCamp burst onto the scene in 2013, enabling private landowners in Australia to welcome campers onto their incredible, otherwise unknown gems. Here’s our 5 current favourites from the website that are spread across New South Wales:
A Bush Camping Paradise
Sometimes you just want a weekend escape that’s as far away from smashed avo as is humanely possible.
It’s here. A 640 acre farm nestled in the hills of the Northern Tablelands.
After scrambled eggs for breaky (it’s a chicken farm, so its paddock to plate in it’s purest form), enjoy kicking it back on the propety exploring it’s natural gullies of native birds and wildlife, woodlands, four beautiful dams and wild fallow deer. If you’re in a rush and forget your tent, fear not – they also have camper trailers and tents for hire. Boomshakalaka.
A Private Lake
Lying in the shadow of Mt Warning and tucked away in the gorgeous hinterland of Northern NSW lies this absolute gem of a campsite. What really sets it apart from the pack though is it’s lakeside location. Yep, you’ve got your very own lake (complete with a kayaks, canoes, slides…and tree top swings).
Spanning 150 acres, the property is riddled with walking trails and coastal vistas. With Springbok National Park and Natural Arch National Park nearby, this is a nature escape to book yourself in for (just beware of the four excessively friendly horses on the property!).
Oh, and they only take one booking at a time so expect to have this place to yourself.
An American Tipi
There’s just something about tipi’s that make camping completely badass. Maybe its the back-to-your-roots nature of the experience, the huddling together inside wind, rain or shine. Maybe you just didn’t realise how much you connected to the Last of the Mohicans film.
Either way, you can have your own tipi experience just 2.5 hours from Sydney, in Wollemi National Park. Set in it’s own valley and surround by cliffs, mountains and waterfalls, you can spend the night in a traditional American Tipis to call home for the night, or choose to sleep in one of the many nearby caves for a truly primitive escape.
A River Wilderness
Wild river swimming is an enlightening experience, especially when the surrounds are as gob-smacking as the temperature of the water.
On the border with Queensland lies a remote and beautiful 4,500 acre property with 1 km frontage on the Macintyre River. Spent the night here and drift away (figuratively speaking) from the shackles of wifi by fishing, wildlife spotting, kayaking, swimming and campfire cooking.
A Mountain Escape
This remote property in the Snowy Mountains is perfect for city folk looking to breathe the freshest air and witness a 360 panoramic view that doesn’t contain any concrete.
Fossicking, bush-walks, mountain biking; it’s suitable only for fully self-sufficient campers who like their weekends with a dash of adventure. And if you’ve got a dog, fear not, your pooch can also roam free (after all, city-dogs need nature too right?).