Planning your next beach camping weekend away? If like me you’re trying to pick somewhere that’s near Sydney, but also will help you leave the city firmly behind, then here my 5 favourite places to go beach camping within a 4 hour drive of Sydney.
Drive time: 2 hours 50 minutes from Sydney
Escape the city and head South to Bendalong for a weekend by the beach. Holiday Haven Bendalong campsite is located right on the headland which means you get to choose between an open beach (great for surfing) and a sheltered bay (great for swimming). With a cafe a 5-minute walk away, you won’t need to go far once you’re there. Simply swim, fish, walk and enjoy the natural surrounds.
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2. South Durras
Drive time: 4 hours from Sydney
Travel further South past Bendalong and you’ll be rewarded with a scenic drive as you enter the stunning Eurobodalla Coast. It’s a little further but you’ll feel the hold of the city fall behind you and you enter this amazing stretch of coastline. Including nearby Murramurrang National Park.
Drop into Lakesea Park for a couple of nights and enjoy camping spots within 2 minutes walk of the beach on one side, and the shores of the inlet leading to Durras Lake (great for fishing of getting a kayak or SUP out in the late afternoon), on the other. With a firepit provided with your site, it’s particularly good for longer evenings from April to October. Firewood is available to buy at the campsite’s shop.
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3. Blueys Beach and Booti Booti National Park
Drive time: 3 hours 20 minutes from Sydney
Heading North of Sydney make sure to check out the beautiful Blueys Beach and Pacific Palms area near Forster. This stretch of coastline hosts some of the best beaches so close Sydney in my opinion. Here you get to hop between so many amazing beaches and enjoy Booti Booti National Park. Or pop down to the cafes by Blueys Beach to enjoy a laid-back beach village vibe. All to the backdrop of crystal blue waters and tropical palms. Here it really does feel like you’re a million miles away from the city.
Stay at The Ruins Campground, run by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. It has good facilities (hot showers) and puts you right next to Seven Mile Beach. From here you can take the coastal walk through Booti Booti National Park to Elizabeth Beach and back. Or take the loop walk running alongside Wallis Lake.
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The beach path from The Ruins Campground opens onto Seven Mile Beach4. Seal Rocks
4. Seal Rocks
Drive time: 3 hours 30 minutes North of Sydney
Seal Rocks is only a 20-minute drive from Blueys Beach and has the same stunning beaches and tropical bushland. It’s much quieter than it’s more popular neighbour and with only one general store and coffee cart in the area, you really can switch off over a weekend here.
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5. Port Stephens
Drive time: 2 hours 40 minutes from Sydney
If you prefer being closer to more options for dinner and daytime activities, but still want to camp by a beach, then Port Stephens is the perfect option. Stay at Ingenia Holidays One Mile Beach on the Southside of the Port Stephens penninsula and you get to camp right next to the beach, just the other side of the sand dunes.
With so much to do in the area, you can also take a break from the beach and hire a boat, walk up the Tomaree Head Summit walk for incredible views (a must-do), or head to lunch in Nelson Bay. There’s even Murrays Brewery (an absolute favourite of mine) on the outskirts of town which has a courtesy bus.
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I hope this list helps give you some ideas for your next camping weekend away from Sydney.