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There are some stunning places to camp in and around Sydney here are a few for you

 

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Seal Rocks

 

At this beautiful coastal spot three hours from Sydney, you can take your pick from four beaches to swim, surf or fish in. If you're feeling energetic you can walk to Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse and watch the whales meander past, or go for a bushwalk in the surrounding Myall National Park. The campsite has a modern toilet, BBQs, fresh water and sinks for washing up.

Where to stay: Seal Rocks Holiday ParkHow much: Powered sites $45 p/night, Unpowered $34 p/night

Getting there: Driving from Sydney to Seal Rocks takes about three hours (Google Directions)

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Durras Beach

 

This campsite is perfect if you have a foreign friend wanting a true-blue Australian adventure - you'll be camping amongst kangaroos, possums, goannas and a million birds. Probably best to warn them though, as our overseas friends don't seem to realise how freaking huge kangaroos actually are. There's heaps to do here - snorkeling, surfing, canoeing and mountain bike riding as well as an open-air cinema in summer. There are hot showers and wood-powered BBQs to grill the fish you've caught too.

Where to stay: Durras Beach Camping GroundHow much: Powered sites $50 p/night, Unpowered $45 p/night

Getting there: Durras Beach is a four hour drive south of Sydney (Google Directions)

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Coledale Beach

 

Only an hour south of Sydney, this small, grassy campsite is so close to the beach you can almost reach out of your tent and touch the sand. With a glorious backdrop of green hills and all the amenities, including a kitchen with power points, this is a no-brainer for a very relaxed weekend.

Where to stay: Coledale Beach Camping ReserveHow much: Powered sites $40 p/night, Unpowered sites $34 p/night

Getting there: Coledale Beach is an hour and quarter's drive from Sydney (Google Directions)

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Cockatoo Island

 

If you are in need of a romantic escape but are short of time or a bit nervous about going bush, then go 'glamping' at Cockatoo Island. Tents are pre-erected right by the water so you have excellent views of the harbour and the surrounding suburbs. Inside the tents you'll find camping beds with actual matresses and linen, towels, sun lounges, cushions and a lantern. After a sleep-in, wander over to The Canteen for a hot breakfast and a coffee, then on to The Island Bar for cocktails in the sun. Only a short ferry ride from Circular Quay, this is the perfect place for campers who hate camping.

Where to stay: Cockatoo Island Camping GroundHow much: Unpowered sites Sunday - Thursday: $125 p/night; Friday: $135 p/night; Saturday: $148 p/night

Getting there: Jump on a ferry at Darling Harbour or Circular Quay (or stops in between) on the Paramatta or Balmain/Woolwich route to get directly to the island (Google Map)

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Patonga

 

Patonga is Pearl Beach's quieter, down-to-earth sister. With a calm beach on one side of the council-run site and a creek on the other, you can switch between them depending on your mood. If you're feeling recharged from all the salty air, you can hire kayaks or a tennis court, or go on a guided bushwalk into Brisbane Water National Park. Palm Beach is a short ferry ride away if you're in need of shopping and entertainment, and there are hot showers and a laundry so you can spruce up before you go.

Where to stay: Patonga Camping AreaHow much: Powered sites $43 p/night, Unpowered $34 p/night

Getting there: Drive through the Northern Beaches to Palm Beach, then take the ferry across to Patonga (Google Directions)

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Berowra Creek

 

Just north of Hornsby, this site is set amongst the gumtrees - see if you can spot peppermint, blackbutt, scribbly or blue gums. Berowra Creek is very close by so you can walk down with a picnic and skip rocks. This one's great for little ones as it has a bike track and playground.

Where to stay: Crosslands Reserve Camping AreaHow much: Unpowered sites $11 p/night

Getting there: Once your on the north side of the Harbour Bridge, it's about a 45 minute drive up the Pacific Highway (Google Directions)

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Lake Macquarie

 

This site has cabins as well as a camping ground, some of which are right on the edge of the creek. You can find the usual helpful amenities like toilets, hot showers and a laundry, and there is a train station nearby if don't have a car. You can fish, sail, swim, bushwalk or climb rocks to keep you from getting too bored. Horseriding is a popular activity in the area as well, and there are a few places that offer rides along bushland trails. Nearby is the Hunter Valley Wine Region if you decide you prefer a top drop of Semillon over billy tea.

Where to stay: Lake Macquarie VillageHow much: Powered sites $29 p/night, Unpowered sites $12 p/night

Getting there: From Central, take a train on the Newcastle and Central Coast line and get off after 2 hours at Morisset. It takes an hour and a half to drive from Sydney (Google Directions)

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Cox's River

 

Deep in the Blue Mountains, this one's for the hardcore bush lovers. There are pit toilets and water to drink (it has to be treated first) and a few picnic tables. On the plus side, no booking is required and camping is completely free. There are excellent bush trails (but beware of the feral cows) and beautiful spots to swim in the river, which is also an excellent place to catch trout.

Where to stay: Cox's River CampsiteHow much: Free

Getting there: The campground is around 2 hours drive from Sydney. Unless your very good at reading maps, take a GPS and type in coordinates

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Eden

 

About halfway between Sydney and Melbourne, this would be a perfect pit-stop or a good choice if you want to really feel far from Sydney. It is nestled in between Aslings Beach and Lake Curalo, which has an awesome boardwalk. From the beach you can whale watch (or if you are out of season, go to the Whale Museum in Eden's township), go fishing off the rocks or just hang out on the sand. Nice bathrooms, BBQs and an unpretentious atmosphere are included.

Where to stay: Eden Tourist ParkHow much: Powered sites $42 p/night, Unpowered $35 p/night

Getting there: Eden is a six and a half hour drive south of Sydney (Google Directions)

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Lane Cove National Park

 

This is another easy spot for those who are car-less or need an interesting date idea. There's four amenities blocks, a pool, wireless internet (if you need to send a get-me-out-of-this-date emergency email) and fully equipped kitchens. This park has won loads of awards so for don't diss it as too easy. A fun fact for Home and Away die-hards: this is the site they use for Summer Bay Caravan Park.

Where to Stay: Lane Cove River Tourist Park

How much: Powered sites $37 p/night, Unpowered $35 p/nightGetting there: At Central, take a train on the North Shore and Western Line to Chatswood, then change to the Northern line and get off at North Ryde. Walk east down Delhi Rd, turn left at Plassey Road and continue to the end. If you're driving, it's 20 minutes from the city centre (Google Directions)

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Guest Kate

Have to say I absolutely love Eden and if I didn't have children I could easily live there

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Guest LKC

There is also Bonnie Vale in Bundeena, it is a beautiful spot, and although we haven't camped there it is one of our favourite beaches!

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There is also Bonnie Vale in Bundeena, it is a beautiful spot, and although we haven't camped there it is one of our favourite beaches!

Any photos?

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Guest LKC

No, that would mean being organised enough to take the camera! I'll try and remember to take it next time we go.

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No, that would mean being organised enough to take the camera! I'll try and remember to take it next time we go.

Lol I don't go anywhere without mine but I still end up missing out on brilliant shots. We saw an eagle lifting up a dead roo the other day a fantastic sight but by the time I had got the camera out of the bag and switched it on it was long gone

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Guest jess123

Drive / take a bus all the way from Sydney city to Palm beach and then take a ferry to the place called the Basin, great place to go camping but i think they will charge a small fee. but it is a great place for a family to spend the weekend.

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