Our Top Camping in New South Wales

Camping in New South Wales is varied and awesome. Seaside, bush and city - here are our picks of sites that are too good to miss.

For us, a campsite will usually be classed as a favourite due to its natural features or uniqueness. Othertimes we'll find one that stands out simply because it is cheap amongst many expensive alternatives. If you read the description, you'll figure out why we've included it in our selection.

Virtually all of the sites we have listed are readily accessed by your average car and caravan.

Please be aware that any pricing given is indicative only, and was current during 2008.


Geehi Campground - Kosciuszko National Park

We've broken the listings up into:

  • Free Camping in New South Wales
  • Cheap Camping in New South Wales (less than $10 per site for a family)
  • Good Value for Money Camping in New South Wales
  • Not less than $10, but good value due to close proximity to towns/cities, attractions or campsite features.

  • Unique Camping in New South Wales
  • This includes sites that may not be cheap, but are worthwhile due their uniqueness or special features.

  • Good Roadside Camping in New South Wales
  • Staying roadside is not generally the goal of a camping trip, but a means to an end. In an effort to save money en-route to a destination, we often find ourselves camping by the side of a road for a night here and there. Some of these roadside stops are better than others, so here we list some sites that we have actually enjoyed (not just endured!)

  • Sydney - City Camping

Free Camping in New South Wales

1. Pamamaroo Lake, Menindee Lakes - 100km SE of Broken Hill.

Menindee Camping: Kilometres of free waterfront campsites beside Lake Pamamaroo, 16km NE of Menindee. Shaded sites, toilet available, bins provided, fires allowed, great fishing, stunning views, and oh so peaceful...


Campsite at Sunset - Lake Pamamaroo

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NOTE: Especially during drought periods, but also at other times, the lakes unfortunately may be drained dry, and so be much less desirable for camping (as was the case during 2015).

2. Terramungamine Reserve - 10km north of Dubbo.



    We received the following e-mail from Dubbo Council on 30 May, 2012:
    "Can you please remove Terramungamine Reserve from your list of free sites? Council is restricting camping at this site on behalf of the Traditional Owners (Wiradjuri)."

  • Close to Dubbo to access attractions including the wonderful Dubbo zoo.
  • Toilets, but no showers. Fires allowed.
  • Peaceful location by river.

3. Cascades - Wadbilliga National Park (43km east of Cooma)

  • Beside the Tuross River. Short bushwalk to Cascades Falls.
  • Safe, shallow river access not far from the campground.
  • Picnic tables & fireplaces provided.
  • Pit toilets, no showers.
  • Plenty of wildlife in this beautiful bush setting.

Cheap Camping in New South Wales

1. Boyd River - Kanangra-Boyd National Park (park is 50km south-east of Oberon).

  • Camping free, but $7/vehicle per day entry fee to park.
  • The majestic Jenolan Caves are located just outside the park boundary.
  • Delightful bush setting, with toilets, picnic tables and fireplaces.
  • Fantastic bushwalking and mountain-biking with breathtaking scenery.
  • Photography and trout-fishing are other popular hobbies worth pursuing here!

Good Value for Money Camping in New South Wales

1. Thredbo Diggings - Kosciuszko National Park (20km south-west of Jindabyne).


  • Free camping, but $16/day vehicle pass to Kosciuszko NP, ($27/day from start of June long weekend to end of Oct long weekend).

    Passes which cover all national parks in NSW for a year are available for $190, individual park passes are much cheaper. See which NSW parks charge daily entrance fees and get information on purchasing annual passes.

  • Beautiful, pristine, peaceful surroundings.
  • Pit toilets, no showers, some fireplaces.
  • During winter, easy access to downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing.
  • At other times, easy access to magnificent bushwalking, including the summit of Mount Kosciuszko, and exhilerating mountain-bike riding.
  • Gorgeous alpine scenery, including abundant wildflowers (mainly Jan-March).
  • Swimming & fishing

2. Geehi - Kosciuszko National Park (31km south of Khancoban).


  • Free camping, but $16/day vehicle pass to Kosciuszko NP, $27/day from start of June long weekend to end of Oct long weekend. (See above for link to passes).
  • Beautiful, pristine, peaceful surroundings.
  • Massive campground, pit toilets, no showers, some fireplaces.
  • Good trout fishing and walking (visit old huts).
  • Swimming in river.

  • Unique Camping in New South Wales

    1. Coolendel - On the Shoalhaven River, west of Nowra.

    • Fantastic bush setting, with direct access to the Shoalhaven River. Very peaceful.
    • Hot showers and flushing toilets in clean amenity blocks.
    • Large grassy sites spread over 5 different camping areas (some closer to the river than others). Fires allowed.
    • Lots of animals: kangaroos, possums, goannas, wombats and a huge variety of birds.
    • Canoeing/kayaking, swimming, access to safe rapids for swimming down on floating devices.
    • Bushwalking, bike riding.
    • Expensive: $16-$25/Adult and $10-$12/child per night (Depending on peak/shoulder/low season).
    • Windy, unsealed road to access Coolendel.

    Good Roadside Camping in New South Wales

    1. Warri Camping Reserve - 13km north west of Braidwood.


    • Free camping, beside the Shoalhaven River (swimming, fishing).
    • Access to Braidwood, Canberra and Batemans Bay.
    • Toilets, picnic tables, fireplaces, pets ok.

    Sydney - City Camping

    It is challenging to find good, cheap camping accommodation around Australia's capital cities, but look no further in Sydney. The best we've found is:

    Lane Cove River Tourist Park Lane Cove National Park, Plassey Road, Macquarie Park (North Ryde).


    What we love about it:

    • 10km from Sydney city centre
    • Reasonable rates: $36/night for a powered site, children < 10yrs free. ( >10yrs, $10/night)
    • 20min bus ride to city. Bus stop 900m from park, with buses running very frequently. Ticket options include:
      • One-way ticket $4/adult
      • Daily Day Tripper ticket (includes all city buses, trains & ferries) - $16/adult, $8/concession.
      • Weekly Pass (full week of unlimitied travel on standard buses, trains, ferries) - $43/adult, $21.50/concession.
      • Family Discounts. With 1 full-priced adult, pay for a full-price ticket for 1st child and any other children are Free.

    • Great facilities and activities within the park:
      • Free nightly guided animal spotting and star gazing (weather dependant)
      • Boat and bike hire available for use within the park
      • Good bushwalking and bike riding paths
      • Communal camp kitchen, lounge/TV room and clean amenity blocks
      • Outdoor pool and playground

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