Get back to nature, and get out of the house by going on a camping trip. Around Australia, and specifically New South Wales there are an abundance of outdoor camping areas, from the beaches in the South Coast, to the National Park lands of the Blue Mountains.
Three hours North of Sydney is the stunning Seal Rocks, a small coastal village located between Newcastle and Port Macquarie. This beautiful area is untainted by tourism, with a lack of accommodation being the catalyst. Camping at Sugarloaf Point will be one of the most sensational experiences of your life with a stunning 1800’s lighthouse and 360 views of the water. Venture down to the many surrounding beaches or go into town and explore some of the most interesting beaches on the Mid North Coast.
The stunning Lake Macquarie area is a short two hour journey from Sydney. It can be reached by train, saving those car kilometers. Most areas around the lake are residential, with the best campground at Toronto. Paradise Palms Carey Bay is a great place to wind down for the weekend.
Sticking to the environmentally friendly nature of camping, grab an unpowered site and set up camp. Or book in a camping package and cook up a barbeque for dinner. The area is full of camp sites, so use your time here to make some new friends and grab a couple of snaps. If you are feeling a little fancier, why not glamp on Sydney Harbour? Packages include: tent, linen, chairs and toiletries.
Royal National Park
Feel like waking up on a beach on the South Coast of NSW? Then take the trek to North Era Campground, one of the few places in Australia you can camp on the beach. Make sure you book ahead for this one, due to the growing popularity of the Coast track, the campground tends to book out quickly. Be aware that this stunning location encourages the responsible deposit of rubbish, with no bins in the vicinity; patrons are asked to take what they bring, and leave nothing behind. If dropping by, check out the incredible Wedding Cake Rock, or take a dip in the Figure Eight Pool, both on the Coast Track.
Getting out of Sydney, and escaping to the Blue Mountains will definitely ground you. There is something unreal about being surrounded by woodlands whilst munching on dinner. Why not sleep under the stars in one of Australia’s most relaxed national parks. Either camp closer to the city at Euroka campground or sleep in the heart of the Blue Mountains at Acacia Flat Campground.
Contributed by Olivia Bourke: Young traveler, writing about each adventure in the hope others will leave their comfort zone, and explore this beautiful planet we live on! She frequently travels with her young cousins, and loves adventuring with kids. Based in Sydney, exploring her own backyard every chance she gets. Check out Olivia on Great Lost, or on Instagram.