Camping: The ideal antidote to modern life
Camping immerses you in nature, resetting your body’s natural rhythms and giving you more energy to tackle your modern life back home.
It’s also very satisfying – setting up camp, tending a fire and catching your own dinner are all challenges that most of us don’t get to do every day.
We are blessed with nine unspoilt national parks with numerous and diverse camp grounds to choose from. The ‘roughing it’ scale slides from remote and intimate bush camping to luxurious, lagoon-side safari tents. You can also take your pick from 25 caravan and RV parks in or near our towns. These hubs are conveniently set up with everything from shops to water parks but still with the outdoors at your fingertips – exactly what camping is all about.
Waratah Gully camp ground is a rare find in that it is small and intimate and in one of the last remaining pockets of old growth Eucalypt forests in New South Wales. The eucalypts tower above the granite boulders and there are two beautiful walking tracks to entertain you by day. Pheasants Peak (4 km return) has views west to the Snowy Mountains and south along the coastline. Myanba Gorge is the same distance and overlooks the cascading Myanba Creek. This inland bush camp has four large sites, big enough for caravans or camper trailers, and isn’t far from the regional town of Bombala for supplies.
If a hot shower and amenities are comforts you just can’t do without then head to Hobart Beach in Bournda National Park just north of Merimbula. The camp ground has over 60 sites on the shores of Walagoot Lake and is surrounded by secluded beaches, walking and cycling trails. Book ahead, this place is popular in summer!
Camping is at its easiest in luxury safari tents. Tanja Lagoon Camp is around 12 kilometres north of Tathra and has just three sites, one of them accessible by wheelchair. The camp has direct access to Middle Lagoon, Tanja Lagoon and walking tracks through Mimosa Rocks National Park. Each safari tent is raised on a hardwood deck with lagoon views, ensuite and kitchen.
Coastal camping is all about beaches, lagoons and estuaries. On the southern end of the Sapphire Coast there’s no going past Bitangabee Bay in Ben Boyd National Park. It’s friendly for caravans and campers too. The campground overlooks the bay, which was once a small, sheltered port to service the building of nearby Green Cape Light House in 1883. As a result there are several ruins to discover among the natural wonders and three excellent walking trails. The first and shortest will take you around the little bay, past ruins and through old eucalypt forests, temperate rainforest and soaring red rock headlands. Heading south, the Green Cape Light House is a medium grade nine kilometer walk through eucalypt forests, heathland and headlands. Heading north, you can go all the way to Saltwater Creek, another popular camping site in the park.
Nestled among the spotted gums and almost halfway between Tathra and Bermagui is the Aragunnu camp ground in Mimosa Rocks National Park. With 50 sites and room for camper trailers, Aragunnu is the second biggest camping ground on our coast. The area’s Aboriginal heritage sets these grounds apart from the rest and you can learn why on the Mimosa Rocks Walk (1km) which includes the park’s biggest midden and stunning coastal scenery. You have a choice of campsites – beach side, on the grass under the shade of coastal mahogany or an elevated beachside spot.
Tathra Beach Family Park | Big4 Tathra Beach Holiday Park | Tathra Beach Holiday Village | Bermagui Tourist Park (Zane Grey) at Bermagui | Tween Waters Caravan Park in Merimbula | Merimbula Beach Holiday Park | Discovery Holiday Park at Pambula Beach | Big4 Eden Gateway Holiday Park | Garden of Eden Tourist Park | Eden Tourist Park |Sapphire Valley Holiday Park.
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Country Side Caravan Park at Kalaru | Wallaga Lake Park | Ocean Lake Caravan Park at Wallaga Lake | Regatta Point Holiday Park at Wallaga Lake | Sapphire Sun Eco Holiday Park near Eden| Twofold Bay Beach Resort near Eden| Merimbula Lake Holiday Park | Merimbula RV/Caravan/MotorHome Park.
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Sapphire Coast walks, drives and National Parks – click here
National Parks and Wildlife Services camp grounds – click here
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