Best Beach Camping Spots In NSW

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Got young ones who love the beach and spending time in the great outdoors? Love camping as a family? Why not combine the two for your next getaway! 

Peppered across NSW, from North Coast to South Coast, sit campsites that are located either on, or just minutes from, the beach. The whole family will love waking up to the sound of waves, playing in the water for hours on end or just relaxing on the sand and soaking up some vitamin D. 

So, what beaches can you camp on in NSW? Here are our picks for the top 10 best beach camping spots in NSW.

1. Diamond Head, Crowdy Bay National Park

Diamond Head beach camping
Roll out of bed and into the surf at Diamond Head. 
 

Located in Crowdy Bay National Park near Port Macquarie, beachside camping doesn’t come much better than at Diamond Head. You’ll literally be able to roll out of bed and into the surf, and it offers 75 camping sites, an amenities block, picnic tables and BBQs. As long as you’ve got the tent (and all of the attendant paraphernalia that’s necessary for a camping trip—hey, we never said it would be light on the packing front!), you’ll have all you need at this coveted campground. 

And, if your kids are into wildlife—they’ll love getting up close and personal with the resident kangaroos!

2. Woody Head, Far North Coast

Woody Head beach camping
Enjoy days of surfing at the beach on your camping holiday at Woody Head.


Situated just outside Ballina on the far North Coast of NSW, Woody Head campground in the Bundjalung National Park is a great place for a family holiday, boasting a protected sandy beach that’s ideal for swimming and fishing, a boat ramp and a spectacular rock platform. 

There are toilets, showers (amen), BBQ facilities, picnic tables and 94 campsites available, making it the perfect, well-equipped base for your next trip away. Needless to say, the dream of camping by water is brought to life at Woody Head!

3. Mystery Bay, South Coast

Mystery Bay camping NSW
Roomy, unpowered campsites right next to the beach are on offer at Mystery Bay.
 

If you really want to feel a million miles from anywhere and spend some quality time together in nature, the stunning setting of Mystery Bay is for you. Situated near the beautiful Narooma and other South Coast gems to check out, the sleepy hamlet is the perfect choice for swimming, exploring the beaches and rocky coves, surfing and beach fishing.

The campsite operates on a first-come, first-serve basis and offers roomy unpowered sites, cold showers and pit toilets. We did say it was off the beaten track!

4. Little Beach Campground, Central Coast

Little Beach campground central coast
One of the Central Coast's most popular beach camping sites is at Little Beach Campground.


If you're looking for something a little closer to home, Little Beach Campground is just a quick drive to the Central Coast. Nestled opposite the waters of Little Beach, this family-friendly campground offers tent facilities, toilets, barbecues, and drinking water, so it's the perfect opportunity to get off the grid and back to nature in a truly beautiful part of the world.

5. Saltwater Creek, Ben Boyd National Park

Ben Boyd National Park camping
Go off the grid and camp amongst nature at Saltwater Creek Campground.
 

Situated within the Ben Boyd National Park, Saltwater Creek is a small yet popular campground that boasts 14 campsites, toilets, picnic tables and BBQs. It also boasts zero phone reception, which means you can truly unplug with your family. 

Once you’ve set up the tent among the rough-barked apple gums, you can head to the pristine beach for a swim, surf, or spot of fishing. There are several shallow lagoons perfect for the little ones who fancy a paddle, and the nearby bush is alive with wildlife all year round which young’s will love exploring. Camping with kids at Saltwater Creek is a true pleasure.

6. Depot Beach, Murramarang National Park

Depot Beach, Murramarang National Park campground
Wake up to the sound of waves when camping at the beach at Depot Beach Campground.
 

Ideal for a family camping holiday, Depot Beach Campground in Murramarang National Park just 200km south of Sydney is a well-equipped option that is just a stone's throw from the beach.

The idyllic, picture-perfect beach is a great spot to go for a swim, a snorkel or to indulge in a spot of fishing at, and if you’re lucky, you’ll catch a glimpse of the local dolphins that seem to love this part of the coastline too. Wake up to the sounds of waves, and get up early to see the stunning sunrise over the golden sands—camping near Sydney simply doesn't get better than this.

7. Bristol Point Campground, Booderee National Park

Bristol Point Campground
Keen to go camping in Jervis Bay? The Bristol Point campground is a great option.

 

Nestled in the Booderee National Park and amongst the natural beauty of Jervis Bay, the Bristol Point camping area is the ideal spot to base yourselves for a family holiday. And, they cater for larger groups, so you can team up with another family for double the fun!

The national park is infamous for its diversity of wildlife and is a great pick for bird watching, fishing and whale watching. If you’re keener to be in the water instead of in front of it, there’s also excellent swimming, hiking, kayaking and diving opportunities near Bristol Point, making it one of the best beach camping spots in NSW.

8. Picnic Point, Mimosa Rocks National Park

Picnic Point Campground
All-day adventures at the beach with the kids is on the agenda at Picnic Point.
 

If it’s fishing that you and the family are into—look no further than Picnic Point for one of the best camping near water experiences you can find. Nestled beside two stunning sandy beaches, the campsite will have you based just footsteps away from your next catch!

In terms of facilities, there are BBQ facilities, toilets, and a whole heap of natural beauty waiting for you at this beach camping spot!

9. Honeymoon Bay, Jervis Bay

Jervis bay camping
Lap up the calm waters of Honeymoon Bay when beach camping in Jervis Bay.
 

Another Jervis Bay gem, Honeymoon Bay is a picturesque inlet that is perfect for holidaying families. Camping is permitted on weekends and school holidays, however, is closed from Monday to Friday.

This back-to-basics campground is more than made up for by the breathtaking beauty that surrounds it from ocean to bush. The crystal-clear waters are perfect for little feet that are learning to paddle, while the stretches of white sand offer an idyllic location to play the day away. 

10. The Basin

The basin beach camping
A nature-filled getaway is on offer at The Basin beach campsite.


Get ready to really get away from it all when camping at The Basin. Nestled in the Ku-ring-gai National Park, the basin is one of the most popular beach camping sites for families and for good reason. The remote location means you can really get away from the hustle and bustle, and the kids will love spending hours in the water or exploring the nearby lagoons and bushland. Access to The Basin is best done via a water taxi or the Palm Beach Ferry. You can park and West Head and walk but it's a steep 3-kilometre track. 

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