Want a nice camping 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 deeper in the bush, you’ll find great things to do. Hike, kayak, swim, surf or fish.
There are a few nice places to camp on the Central Coast. These 9 spots below are the best places I know.
Patonga Camping Ground: Book a site
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.
Putty Beach Campground: Book a site
If you like bushwalking, Putty Beach Campground in Bouddi National Park is surrounded by top walking tracks. Put on that backpack and walk the 8 km Coastal Walk, or head to Putty Beach, which is beside the campsite.
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.
Little Beach Campground: Book a site
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 a picnic table, barbecue and non-flush toilets at the camping site. The beach is popular for surfing and fishing.
Tallow Beach Campground: Book a site
If you are looking for a remote camping site, Tallow Beach Campground in Bouddi National Park 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.
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.
Frazer Campground: Book a site
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. Read more on Frazer Campground.
The campsite is accessible by car and facilities include showers, toilets, barbecue and picnic table.
Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures: Book a site
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.
Freemans Campground: Book a site
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.
Mill Creek Campground: Book a site
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: Book a site
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 remote 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.