Belanglo State Forest might not be your first thought when it comes to an overnighter, but when it’s just an hour from Sydney, Belanglo delivers the perfect micro. Did I mention that dogs are welcome?


  • Only an hour south of Sydney
  • Free and secluded campground
  • Freedom to explore the forest or kick back by the fire

Camping in Belanglo State Forest

The perfect getaway, quick and easy. No longer will you wrestle with the idea of distant lands providing solitude and escape. Belanglo State Forest is a prime location for an escape.

Located approximately an hour south of Sydney, Belanglo State Forest is a commercial pine plantation, covering roughly 2500 hectares.

Daly’s Clearing is the only designated campground in the forest and is just 5km from the Hume Highway. Surrounded by towering pines and a small catchment, Daly’s provides the perfect haven for an overnight escape or a week-long getaway. Daly’s Clearing is a very basic campground, with a single drop toilet and a handful of picnic tables.

What Belanglo State Forest lacks in flashy facilities, it makes up with its vast, still pine forests. The area is open to exploring – although there are no designated trails, there’s a web of bike tracks through the forest for guidance. Added bonus: Belanglo State Forest is also dog friendly!

Whether you’re looking to get away for a night or five, Belanglo State Forest is the perfect mix of secluded nature and absolute convenience, plain and simple.

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Plain and Simple // Belanglo State Forest (NSW) Nicholas Di Genni campfire, bacon, campervan

Essential Gear

  • Tent and sleeping gear
  • Water or water purifying system (No running water, but there’s a small catchment)
  • Cooking gear
  • Camera

How To Get There

Head south on the Hume Highway and take a right onto Belanglo Road, just past Berrima. Roughly 4km from the highway, turn right onto Daly’s Road and you’ll be at the clearing. There are small signs to the clearing once you leave the highway.

The State Forest roads are all dirt, a 4WD is not required but just be mindful around periods of heavy rain.

Skill Level

Beginner – basic self-sufficient camping knowledge and skills required as there isn’t any food or clean water supplies.