Escape the ordinary and dive into the extraordinary at Sunburnt Beach Campground. Tucked away amidst the unspoiled beauty of nature, this secluded sanctuary is a mere 250m stroll from the car park. Here, life’s simple pleasures take centre stage – swimming in crystal-clear waters, fishing for your dinner, or hunting for seashells on pristine sands.
And when the spring blooms, you’re surrounded by rare wildflowers and friendly wallabies. The campsites? Spacious. The toilets? Flushing. But fair warning – the journey demands a 4WD. Ready for an adventure? Sunburnt Beach is waiting.
Bendethera Valley Campground
Deua National Park, NSW
Bendethera Valley Campground is a relaxing and secluded spot to stay, whether you’re looking for adventure, relaxation or both. The campground is located in a quiet bushland area and is a great base for any travellers looking to explore the Bendethera Cave. Next to the caves, there’s an ambitious walking track for those who like an adventure – roughly an 8 km round trip, with some challenging terrain towards the end.
The great thing is, Bendethera Valley Campground is also a fantastic place for families: it’s right near the Deua River (perfect for the kids to swim in), and it invites much native wildlife, like Kangaroos, Wallabies – and if you’re lucky – some Wombats in the evening.
Travel in early spring to watch the Bendethera Wattle bloom, or head down any time of the year for a relaxing time away – either way – put it on your list!
For travellers wanting to stay in secluded bushland, Bendeela Recreation Area is the perfect free campground – located at the bottom of Kangaroo Valley, and surrounded by natural forestation.
With access to a range of activities, like bushwalks, canoeing, fishing, swimming and boating – there’s certainly something for everyone!
Keep in mind – this campground offers fresh drinking water and public amenities, but you will need to make a reservation via BIG4 Holiday Parks. f you’re considering heading down the south coast for a rustic camping adventure, check out Bendeela Recreation Area on its own, or pair it with a campervan hire to extend your trip.
Fresh drinking water
Portable gas barbeques permitted
Canoe launching areas
Red Gum Campground, Clyde River National Park
Batemans Bay, NSW
Red Gum Campground is a lakeside free camping spot, located in a remote bush area near Batemans Bay. The campground is very intimate, with just 4 camp spots along the river.
You’ll find many bush trails for walking and bike riding, and of course, the beautiful Clyde River for all things fishing, swimming and kayaking. Like some of our other featured favourites – Clyde River also attracts many rare birds, so don’t forget your binoculars! Besides the rare black cockatoo and sea eagle, you will also be able to catch sight of some wallabies and possums at night.
Red Gum Campground is a great choice for those looking at a night or two away in nature. Make sure to bring your own drinking water and firewood to use at the campsite – we’ll see you there!
Extra parking available
Carrington Falls Campground, Budderoo National Park
Looking for the magnificent Carrington Falls Waterfall? You won’t have to go far – this campground is in prime location to set up camp. Located next to the Kangaroo River, Carrington Falls Campground is a small no-frills campground with access to many trails and lookouts of the falls.
It’s connected to an easy trail up to Izzards Lookout, but for the best view, we’d point you over to the Missingham Lookout and Warris Chair Lookout tracks. Trust us, these longer trails are a bit more challenging, but they’re totally worth it for the front views of the gorges.
Travelling in warmer months? You’ll find a tonne of swimming holes near the campground to cool off in – and in springtime – catch the yellow and red native flowers that bloom in the bloodwood forest.
Just off the Princes Highway, Bodella Forest Rest Area can be found in the Bodalla State Forest near Narooma. This bushland campground is surrounded by spotted gum trees and plenty of easy walking trails through the Bodalla State Forest.
On your way, you’ll uncover designated bike tracks and various walking trails, including the highly-recommended Mummaga Lake Walking Track, which takes you through a circuit of the forest and Mummaga lake. Alternatively, try out the Box Cutting Rainforest Walk: unlike how it sounds, it’s a really enjoyable trail that takes you through moss-covered trees and bird nests all the way through.
Back at your campground, the Bodalla Forest Rest Area also attracts many native animals and birds, making for a perfect overnight stay for your highway travels. It’s a simple and small campground that provides drinking water, toilets and allows you to bring your pets – and if you plan to start your own campfire, make sure to bring your own firewood.
North Head Campground, Murramarang National Park
A short drive from Batemans Bay, North Head Campground is a remote bush camp spot surrounded by nature’s best. The campground is located in a beautiful bushland, home to lots of wildlife including kangaroos, wallabies and birds.
It’s within walking distance to Honeysuckle Beach, known for its crystal-clear water, fishing spots along the rocks and calming sounds of crashing waves during the evening. You can also venture on the Oaky Beach walking track, which will take you through a beautiful bushland and offers swimming and fishing at a remote beach in Murramarang National Park.
The campground is secluded, so make sure to pack everything you need – including water for drinking and cooking.
We’ll catch you there soon!
Swimming & Fishing spots
Meroo Head Campground
Have you ever dreamed of camping near a beautiful beach with endless opportunities for adventure and relaxation? Meroo Head Campground is just the place for you! Tucked away along the stunning coastline, this campground offers an unmatched beachside experience. As you make your way through the lush forest on the unsealed road, you’ll be captivated by the breathtaking ocean view, making it perfect for mountain biking enthusiasts and nature lovers.
There’s so much to see and do at Meroo Head Campground! With the beach only a short walk away, you can spend your days swimming, snorkelling, surfing, fishing, or simply strolling along the sandy shores. Don’t forget to explore the scenic Meroo Lake and head up to Meroo Head lookout for some incredible coastal views. In springtime, the area comes alive with vibrant wildflowers, including rare orchids and pink flowering blueberry ash, all set against the majestic backdrop of towering eucalypts. And if you’re a fan of birdwatching or whale watching, you’re in for a treat!
As the day turns into night, gather around a cozy campfire and enjoy the calming sound of waves crashing nearby. Sleep under the stars and wake up to the mesmerizing sight of the sun rising over the ocean, creating a kaleidoscope of colours in the sky.
Meroo Head Campground promises to be an unforgettable escape, where you can reconnect with nature, create lasting memories, and discover the true meaning of serenity. Don’t miss out on this extraordinary seaside adventure – book your stay at Meroo Head Campground today!
Picnic tables available
Termeil Point Campground
Escape to the captivating Termeil Point Campground, an idyllic haven where the beach and lake converge to create a natural playground for outdoor enthusiasts. This secluded sanctuary offers easy access to Termeil Lake and Termeil Beach, making it an ideal destination for a day of walking, mountain biking, or simply soaking in the beauty of the park.
Nestled on a headland amidst an open forest, with the ocean on one side and Termeil Lake on the other, this intimate campground presents a myriad of activities for all ages. Delight in a refreshing swim at the beach, or embark on a paddling adventure with your kayak or canoe on the serene lake. Test your angling skills with some beach or lake fishing, and don’t forget your binoculars for an exceptional birdwatching experience.
As dawn breaks, gather around the campfire for a hearty breakfast and watch the morning sun filter through the trees, setting the stage for another unforgettable day in this pristine coastal paradise.
Yadboro State Forest, NSW
Discover the serene beauty of Yadboro Flat, a tranquil haven nestled along the banks of the Clyde River. This picturesque spot offers the perfect setting for a relaxing picnic, so grab your blanket and immerse yourself in the peaceful ambience. Don’t forget your fishing gear, as the area is renowned for its thriving bass population.
Yadboro Flat is also an adventurer’s paradise, with activities such as bushwalking, swimming, and four-wheel-drive touring to keep your spirits high. Dog lovers rejoice, as your furry friends are welcome at the Yadboro Flat camping area (though not in the adjoining national park areas).
To reach this enchanting destination, follow the scenic route through Meroo National Park from Ulladulla. For experienced hikers seeking a challenge, embark on the exhilarating 10km trek up to “The Castle.” Be prepared for a steep climb that ascends 800m in altitude – a rewarding feat for those who conquer it. Unveil the captivating charm of Yadboro Flat and create unforgettable memories.
Picnic tables available
Suitable for camper trailers
Whether you’re travelling during the warmer seasons or through the cold, these free camping spots all have something unique to offer. From bushwalks to swimming, these campsites are all highly recommended by travellers for their amazing views, activities and amenities.
Bastian is the Sales & Marketing Manager here at Travellers Autobarn. He holds a Master of Commerce in Marketing and International Business Management, and 20+ years experience in campervan hire, road trips and travel.