Hawkesbury River Camping: Six of the Best Campgrounds

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With over 145 kilometres of waterways, creeks, streams and tributaries, the Hawkesbury River courses around Sydney forming one of the most iconic natural landmarks. Steeped in years of history, the Hawkesbury River touches areas as far west as the base of the Blue Mountains and as far north as Broken Bay towards Pittwater.

If a Hawkesbury river camping holiday isn't already on your list of must-visit places in Greater Sydney, it should definitely edge its way to the top asap. This historic river consists of a large expanse of water so you won’t be short of activities to help you explore the area, from visiting quaint villages to bushwalking, kayaking, horse riding, fishing, waterskiing and more. Get ready for one epic family adventure!

Hawkesbury River Camping: Six of the Best Campgrounds

Can I Camp Along the Hawkesbury River?

When it comes to Hawkesbury River camping, this spot is a veritable wonderland for those looking to step away from the creature comforts of home and get close to nature.

With such a large expanse of winding riverside real estate on offer, there’s really something for everyone when camping along the Hawkesbury. Whether you’re after a powered site at a caravan park or a remote creekside campground off the beaten path, you’ll be able to find yourself a slice of paradise along the Hawkesbury River.

1. Del Rio Riverside Resort

Hawkesbury River Camping
The kids will have a ball at the Del Rio splash park!

If you’re looking for Hawkesbury River camping that comes with all of the bells and whistles for the whole family to enjoy, consider booking in at the Del Rio Riverside Resort.

Located on the banks of Wisemans Ferry, this caravan park offers villas, cabins, lodges, powered campsites, unpowered campsites, a water park, a BMX track, a putt-putt golf course and plenty more.

Location: 3004 River Road, Wisemans Ferry
Accommodation prices from $48 per night for an unpowered site.

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2. Percy’s Place Caravan Park

Hawkesbury River Camping
A peaceful city riverfront escape at Percy's. Image via: Destination NSW.

This idyllic caravan park is perched on the quiet banks near Pitt Town, giving campers the peaceful city escape we all yearn for from time to time.

With powered and unpowered sites available, Percy’s Place is perfect for those with a tent or caravan comfortable making do with shared facilities and a love for the great outdoors.

Location: 190 Hall Street, Pitt Town
Accommodation prices from $55 per night for 2 adults.

3. Bielany Campground Colo River

Hawkesbury River Camping
Colo River is another popular spot along the Hawkesbury. 

When it comes to camping on the Hawkesbury River, you won’t find a better place to rest your head after a day exploring the water.

Set up camp just a stone’s throw from Colo River and take your pick of whether to go swimming, fishing or canoeing first. The Bielany Campground at Colo River has a great setup for families with a playground, gas camp kitchen and bathroom amenities.

Location: 213 Upper Colo Road, Wheeny Creek
For accommodation prices, Please phone caretakers Rick and Cassy on (02) 4575 5311.

4. Burralow Creek Campground

Burralow Creek Campground
Burralow Creek Campground

Towards the west end of the Hawkesbury River at the foothills of the Blue Mountains, you’ll find the Burralow Creek Campground.

This is remote bushland camping at its best with much to explore including rainforest gullies, waterfalls and bush walks galore. It’s important to note that this Burralow Creek Campground is located in a national park so it’s best to check out all the rules and regulations for camping ahead of time.

Location: Tabaraga Ride Fire Trail, Kurrajong Heights
Accommodation prices: This is a free campground, however, a non-refundable booking fee of $6 applies to all bookings.

5. Wheeny Creek Campground

Hawkesbury River Camping
Wheeny Creek Campground

If you’re looking for a section of the Hawkesbury River where the water runs a little slower, then head to the Wheeny Creek Campground for a much more steady pace.

Explore the babbling brooks and calm Wheeny Creek by day before falling asleep to the gentle buzz of the natural park's animal inhabitants. As this is more of a remote Hawkesbury River camping experience, be sure to pack everything you need for a stay away from the mod cons.

Location: 1370 Comleroy Road, Wheeny Creek
Accommodation prices: This is a free campground, however, a non-refundable booking fee of $6 applies to all bookings.

6. Mill Creek Campground

Mill Creek Campground
Mill Creek Campground

The Mill Creek Campground is the perfect base for anyone looking to clock in some serious bushwalking time.

Situated in the Dharug National Park, you’ll be able to set up your small caravan, campervan, camper trailers or tent before exploring the beautiful, lush forest surroundings. Once you’ve worked up a sweat, you’ll be able to cool off in the lower Hawkesbury River. Be sure to take some trusty insect repellant as mosquitoes can often be on the hunt in the area!

Location: 174 Mill Creek Road, Gunderman 
Accommodation prices: This is a free campground, however, a non-refundable booking fee of $6 applies to all bookings.

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