Want a nice camping / caravan / cabin getaway close to Sydney?
You don’t need to drive far from Sydney to get a fantastic camping site.
Here on the Central Coast, we really are blessed with stunning lakes, bushland and beaches.
Whether you set up in the bushland near the beach or in a holiday park with full facilities, you’ll find great things to do. Hike, kayak, swim, surf or fish.
There are many places to camp on the Central Coast. These 10 spots below are the best places I know. Also, campers and caravaners highly recommend them.
Do you like BIG4 holiday parks? Check out Umina Beach Resort & Holiday Park. It's a top caravan park on the Central Coast.
Accommodation vary from unpowered camping sites to glamping tents to lovely villas.
You can relax while kids are having a great time at the resort pool, water park, jumping pillows, playground, games room, tennis courts, and of course the superb Ocean-Umina Beach. Take surfing lessons. The small waves are ideal for that.
Also, one of the largest playgrounds on the Central Coast is located up the road and there’s a lovely cafe beside.
Patonga Camping Ground is located at the mouth of the Hawkesbury River in Patonga and it’s considered one of the best campsites near Sydney. It has a creek on one side and the beach on the other and it’s surrounded by Brisbane Water National Park.
Kids love swimming in the creek and you can kayak upstream. Bring fishing rods, it’s a must. Walk along the beach to Patonga Pub and bushwalk to Warrah Lookout.
Facilities at this camping site include a kids playground, tennis court, showers, barbecues, boat ramp, laundry facilities. Campfires are permitted in an enclosed and elevated (20 cm above ground) fire pit from April-August. Many people camp there to so it gets pretty busy especially in peak times.
I didn’t want to add The Palms at Avoca on this page at first since there are no campsites. But I put it here at the end because it's a great park with lovely cabins and villas and there is a nice resort-pool. There also have a limited number powered caravan or motor home sites.
There are 3 nice camping sites in Bouddi National Park, all beside a beach...
Facilities at this camping site include drinkable water, flush toilets, cold shower, picnic tables and barbecues. The campsite is accessible by car and is wheelchair accessible.
Sleep with the sound of the ocean at Little Beach Campground in Bouddi National Park.
Six campsites sit in a secluded cove surrounded by littoral rainforest. Little Beach Campground is one of the most popular camping spots on the Central Coast so remember to book ahead.
There is no vehicular access – you must carry food and water and walk 750 m along a walking trail. Or sleep overnight while walking the 8 km Coastal Walk.
There is a picnic table, barbecue and non-flush toilets at the camping site. The beach is popular for surfing and fishing.
If you are looking for a remote camping site, Tallow Beach Campground is the place to go. Access to the campsite and surfing beach is a 1.2 km walk-in through a steep but easy walking trail in Bouddi National Park.
Enjoy fishing, surfing and bushwalking in Bouddi, and retreat to the serenity of nature while listening to the waves crashing on the beach.
There is no vehicular access to the camping site, no drinking water, and no amenities except non-flush toilets.
There are 2 great camping spots in Munmorah State Conservation Area, all beside a beach...
Camp in a tent-only campsite in the bushland of Munmorah State Conservation Area.
Frazer Campground is a mere 50 m walk to Frazer Beach, a popular beach for surfing and swimming. The beach is patrolled during Christmas and Easter school holidays. The camping site is also close to walking tracks: Palms circuit track and Mooney Beach trail.
The campsite is accessible by car and facilities include showers, toilets, barbecue and picnic table.
Freemans Campground is in the bushland of Munmorah State Conservation Area near Birdie Beach.
Surf, or enjoy nude bathing, at Red Ochre Beach on the northernmost section of Birdie Beach and swim at Lakes Beach between the flags. Walk the Moonee Beach trail or Palms circuit track.
The camping site is accessible by car. Facilities include toilets, showers, drinking water, barbecues and picnic tables.
Budgewoi Holiday Park is in a nice location beside a lake. It has spacious sites and some of the cabins overlook the water. Visitors enjoy the relaxing location of the campsite by the lake.
Kids enjoy the jumping pillow and the small playground. You can walk to Birdie Beach and cycle on the bike path along the river and the lake. Dogs are welcome on powered sites. The only downside at this camping site is the lack of a pool. But the nearest patrol beach is a short drive away.
Kids will have a great time on the jumping pillow and in the pool at Toowoon Bay Holiday Park. Dogs are welcome here and there’s a dog-friendly beach down the walking path. So, you can holiday with your whole family.
This old-school camping site is run by the Council and it contains cabins, some with ocean views, and powered and unpowered sites. The campsite is located between the family-friendly Toowoon Bay Beach and beautiful Shelly Beach. If you like golfing, head to Shelly Beach Golf Club and enjoy the views of the Pacific Ocean.
Enjoy swimming, fishing, prawning and kayaking at Dunleith Tourist Park. Walk across the bridge to The Entrance to be entertained with family activities, restaurants, pelican feeding and cycling. Gaze at the most beautiful sunsets. Children can play in the shallow water.
The friendly staff will help you set up your van on the site with a tractor to allow the best view. This camping site is located beside The Entrance channel and Tuggerah Lake.
Camp and wake up to a new adventure in the wilderness of Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures on the Central Coast. Try horse riding, squad biking, abseiling, laser skirmish, kayaking, and pony lead riding for children.
Bring your tent, hire a tent or a tepee, or sleep in an Eco Cabin. The camping sites are unpowered, and they are scattered on the edge of Popran Creek, in which you can have a dip. You can bring your kayak.
Facilities include hot showers, toilets, picnic tables and wood-fired barbecues. Bring your own firewood or buy at their shop.
Prepare for the adventure!
Two campgrounds are in Dharug National Park in the bushland...
Tucked in Dharug National Park and 2 km from the Hawkesbury River, Mill Creek Campground is a perfect base for bushwalking and cycling.
Walk the 1.6 km Grass Tree circuit loop with your children, the longer 11 km walking track or visit parts of the Old Great North Road. Wake up to wildlife and see wombats.
The campsite is accessible by car. There are barbecue facilities and toilets and the camping site is fully wheelchair accessible. You need to bring your own drinking water and food supply.
Ten Mile Hollow Campground is a welcome overnight campsite for those walking the World Heritage-listed Old Great North Road in Dharug National Park and wanting to rest their weary legs after a day’s walk. It’s a walk-in camping site and there is no vehicular access.
Facilities include barbecues, drinking water and toilets. No need to book, the campsite is free.
Note: all these Central Coast campsites can get busy during the peak season so remember to book ahead.