Forget jam-packed tourist parks. If it’s peace and privacy you’re after, you’ll need to get a little more off-grid. Check out 15 of our favourite private campsites in NSW, including intimate sites tucked into the states northern-most rainforests, to wide-open riverside spaces on the South Coast, to Blue Mountain hideaways.
Campsites north of Sydney
1. Racecourse Beach, Crescent Head
Seek out a real surfers paradise at Racecourse Beach, just a short drive south of Crescent Head. The campsites are spread out along 11 acres of coastal land and a five-minute beeline to the surf. There are no amenities here, just flat grass and fire pits, so self-contained campers only. Spend the days surfing, fishing and swimming and let the crackle of the campfire and the nearby waves lull you to sleep. At $13 a night – makes for a very happy camper!
2. Wunglebung, Tenterfield
Wunglebung is a remote 1600 acre working cattle property on the upper Rocky River, near Tenterfield. The magnificent river and Bicentennial National Trail run through the property, and there plenty of tracks, trails and tributaries to explore this natural wonderland and all it’s hidden corners.
Other than a slow-moving 4WD, you aren’t allowed motorised activities here – plus there’s no mobile reception or internet – so it’s the perfect medicine for those in need of peace and disconnection.
Each campsite has access to amenities and is grassy, flat and close to the river.
3. Misty Mountain Nightcap Forest, Kunghur
Up near the QLD border, this remarkable property offers free-range bush camping. Around every bend of the 4WD tracks, you’ll find a patch of wilderness paradise, be it vibrant rainforest, idyllic waterfalls or gobsmacking views of Mt Warning and the ranges.
This is a great property for large groups, with some sites able to take up to 50 guests, however, being so large you’re guaranteed privacy from other campers. For travellers who aren’t self-sufficient, there is a communal camp area with a logwood camp kitchen, composting toilets and hot showers. Dogs welcome!
4. Coffs Harbour Camping
Coffs Harbour has become a popular destination for 4WD adventures, and this campsite makes a great basecamp to explore the many trails of the Coffs hinterland, with direct access to the Lower Bucca State Forest. Kids will love hand-feeding the animals and all guests rave about the exceptional hospitality from owner Sharon. It’s a family-friendly place, close to great beaches and local shops.
Spacious campsites allow for large groups, but there are still plenty of options for solo campers and small groups to find their privacy. There is a portaloo close to some of the sites, but not all, so take note when booking.
5. Bunyips Camp, Cooranbong
An easy one hour drive straight up the M1, dog-friendly Bunyips Camp is perfect for a quick nature fix. Located at the base of the Watagan Mountains, the flat, grassy sites are tucked into private nooks around the bush property, most with views of the dam and plenty of options for sun or shade. For reluctant campers who need their creature comforts, there’s even a glamping tent, and you’ve got cafes just five minutes down the road!
As well as bushwalks, there are nearby 4WD tracks ranging from easy to hard-core, and Lake Macquarie is just 10 minutes drive away where you can cast a line in or paddle to your heart’s content.
Campsites south of Sydney
6. Wombarra Seascape Equine Experience
Wombarra Seascape is nestled into the beautiful Illawarra escarpment and forest, with incredible ocean views, and it’s less than an hour from Sydney! Equine therapy horses and friendly alpacas roam the property and occasionally pop by for a tent-side chat. You’re a short drive from beautiful surf beaches and friendly cafes, while also having bushwalks and hikes at your toe tips.
The Forest Pocket sites offer the most privacy and a real bush camping feel, while the Big Rock and Plateau sites offer wider spaces and have the best ocean views. Being so close to Sydney, it does see a lot of campers coming through, so if you really want solitude, best to request a more private spot when you book.
7. Platypus Valley Riverside, Southern Highlands
This 200-acre farm on the tree-lined banks of the pristine Wollindilly River is bush camping at it’s best. You have 3km of river frontage to spend your days swimming, canoeing and fishing, or explore the bushwalking and mountain biking trails, meeting an abundance of wildlife – and the occasional horse or alpaca. Well-behaved pets are welcome to come along too.
There are sites with toilets and hot showers, and even log cabins for those feeling a little fancy. Less than 2 hours from Sydney or Canberra, you’ll feel a world away from the big smoke.
8. Mungerarie Farm, Moruya
Mungerarie Farm, just near Moruya on the South Coast. It’s a treat for animal lovers, with farmyard animals and wildlife aplenty. Plus you can bring your dog to join the mix. Located on a 1km section of the tidal Deua River, where fresh and saltwater meet, it’s also a great spot to throw a line in, be it from your campsite on the bank, or over the side of a kayak as you meander up the river.
The sites are kept nicely mowed, with easy access for caravans and a good mix of sun and shade. There are no amenities here, with a leave no trace policy, so you must have your own toilet. You’re also just 10 minutes drive from local shops and great beaches – bonus!
9. Tullarwalla, Sussex Inlet
Another creekside beauty for keen fishermen. Tullarwalla is an 800-acre property adjacent to Conjola National Park and looking over Wandandian Creek. Basic bush camping here, where the sites are 4WD access only, with no amenities, but plenty of space to set up your tent or caravan.
These parts are known for excellent fishing, but there are also some great walking trails throughout the property and National Park. The popular coastal town of Huskisson and it’s famed coastline is only 18km away if you feel like venturing out. Or stay put, kick back, and enjoy the slow pace of the bush.
10. Kiah Wilderness Camp, Eden
Just south of Eden, spread out along the banks of the pristine Towamba River is Kiah Wilderness Camp. With three spacious sites all private from one another, it’s a great option for large family groups. All the sites are easily accessed by 2WD and have swimming, kayaking, fishing, National Park trails, birdwatching and more right outside the tent door. Plus Eden is only 12km away – handy for any last-minute essentials.
The owners keep the sites very well-manicured, the composting toilet clean and they offer kayak tours up the river. Books up very quickly for holiday periods, so get in quick!
Campsites west of Sydney
11. Watton Airstrip, Bathurst
Just outside of Bathurst, this rural property was once part of a huge stock station with its own private airstrip. The airstrip has long been retired and grassed over, so it’s all peace and tranquillity now. There are 15 sites, some tucked into private clearings along the river and others in the open paddocks, so plenty of options to suit different group sizes and camping styles. There’s a long drop toilet, but other than that – it’s just you and mother nature. Don’t be surprised if some of the resident horses join you for a dip in the river!
12. Aurora, Blue Mountains
If you’re seeking a peaceful and secluded spot, perfect to hang a hammock and rest, Aurora is a hard-to-beat. Just 2 hours from Sydney, with a 30-minute 4WD entrance track and breathtaking escarpment views along the way, it’s easy to leave the world behind.
Each large, flat campsite is fringed by gumtrees and far from other campers. It’s BYO everything. No facilities here, and what you bring in must leave with you. Well-behaved dogs are welcome but they’re asked to be kept on a lead.
13. Dalli’s Campground, Capertree Valley
Located in the beautiful Capertree Valley, Dalli’s Campground is a great spot for families and group camping. As well as being accessible for all vehicles, it has everything: Flat and spacious campsites, flushing toilets, hot showers, a pizza oven, BBQ with gas supplied, camp kitchen with sink and hot water, and free firewood! Makes for a very easy camping trip just three hours out of Sydney.
It’s also a great base to explore the spectacular region of Capertree Valley, including Garden of Stones, Turon and Capertee National Park.
14. Carinya Station, Lightning Ridge
Looking for a unique camping trip that’ll get your hands wonderfully dirty and enrich your soul? Carinya Station is a 6600-acre farm near Lightning Ridge and offers just that. The owners run Merino Sheep for wool production and they’re happy to show you the ropes! Campers are asked to attend an induction on their first morning which involves a guided tour and provides great insight into the day-to-day running of the property.
The farm also offers incredible Australian landscapes, dazzling night skies and iconic images of life of the land – beautiful for keen photographers and those wanting something completely different to cityscapes and coastal scenes. Whilst there is a hot shower (by donation) there are no toilets, so best to be fully self-contained.
15. Quamby Park Farmstay and Petting Zoo, Young
Quamby Park is a Noah’s arc of friendly farm animals and kids love it. At the foot of the Dananbilla Range, near Young, Quamby Park is a working farm and petting zoo with Damaras and Miniature sheep, Miniature Galloway cattle, horses, donkeys, turkeys, guinea fowl, peacocks and lots of goats! They often have babies to bottle-feed and goats to milk and you’re encouraged to lend a hand, or just enjoy a cuddle.
Two unpowered campsites are spread out on open paddocks, with panoramas of the surrounding Dananbilla State Forest. There’s a shower, toilet block and camp kitchen near the farmhouse, as well as alternative accommodation options including an old school bus and a bunkhouse – great for groups!
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