Monotony can be a tough way to live. To help you out we’ve hand-selected the best camping near Sydney to help break free of city livin’.

Unique Camping Near Sydney

My friends and I have spent hundreds of nights roaming NSW’s mountains, coastlines, rivers and lakes following our wanderlust and searching for camp-vibes and the promise of adventure in all sorts of weird and wonderful nooks and crannies.

We haven’t even touched the sides of what’s out there, but I wanted to pick out five of the best spots we’ve found so far to help you plan the perfect weekend escape.

The following camp spots are all tried and tested. They’re within 2-3 hours of Sydney, have facilities but are as far as possible from caravan parks!

They’re not just the same old spots that appear when googling ‘camping near Sydney’ (that means everyone’s going there, and the last thing I want when escaping hoards of people is hoards of people!).


The Top 5 Camping Getaways from Sydney by Henry Brydon tents, surfboards

1. Shelly Beach

Time from Sydney: 3 hours north

With bragging rights for one of the state’s largest lake systems and with pacific surf rolling in a few metres in the other direction, Myall Lakes is nothing short of a honey-pot for escapee campers. More than 20 campsites are hidden away in the region, so you’re bound to find a secluded spot to stick your proverbial flag. Shelly, however, is our fave.

2. Pebbly Beach

Time from Sydney: 3 hours south

Probably the best-designed campsite of all that I’ve seen in NSW, not only is it difficult to beat for watching the sunrise (alongside a pack of sand loving kangaroo’s if you’re lucky) you’ll also get your own private allotment to set up a base for the night.

Murramarang National Park, with its surf, epic cliffs, and mountains is an absolutely magnificent weekend getaway.


Pure Isolation // Pebbly Beach (NSW) Jon Harris kangaroo beach

3. Dunn’s Swamp

Time from Sydney: 3 hours west

You’ll be relieved to hear the location for this little gem is more fortunate than its name. Perhaps Mr. Dunn was trying to stop anyone else from supplanting his slice of paradise? Nevertheless, tucked away in Wollemi National Park is the perfect place to unwind and get back to nature. Keep your eyes peeled for Platypus!

4. Little Beach

Time from Sydney: 2 hours north

If I could, I would relocate here permanently. A small and intimate campground within Bouddi National Park, there are only a few spots so make sure you book in early during the summer months. Complete with BBQ, toilets, sun, surf, and fishing, all you need to do is bring your friends.


Escape From The City // Bouddi National Park (NSW), Renee Summers, Little Beach campground, hut, ocean, trees

5. North Era

Time from Sydney: 1 hour south

It’s hard to believe that escapes like this exist within 60mins of Sydney’s CBD! Park at Garie Beach in the Royal National Park and walk over the headland with your supplies.

It’s a beaut of a spot but expect to be wetter than an otter’s pocket on arrival – it’s a steep, sweaty climb and descent over the headland to get there. Don’t forget your surf board!