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Our top picks of campsites on the NSW South Coast

Pebbly Beach, Murramarang National Park, South Coast © Destination NSW

The South Coast of New South Wales is nature at its best. The uncrowded sparkling beaches, remote bushland and quiet coastal towns play host to some of the best surfing, swimming, fishing, diving, hiking and four-wheel driving in the country. So what better way to get back to nature and explore what the South Coast has to offer than by heading off on a camping trip? 

Here are nine of the best camp spots to add to your bucket list.

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1. Coledale Beach

This grassy camp spot is nestled between the rolling green escarpment and the sparkling ocean in the northern suburbs of Wollongong. It’s a council campground with 42 sites that run straight onto a beautiful surfing and swimming beach. Enjoy the serenity of the ocean and access to cute cafes, iconic Seacliff Bridge and weekend markets right in your back pocket. Make sure you book online in advance as it can fill up fast, especially on weekends, and they don’t take walk-in visitors. 

  • Facilities: Toilets, hot showers, drinking water, power. No fires. 
  • Suitable for: All vehicle types

2. Green patch

Green Patch, Jervis Bay
Greenpatch, Jervis Bay © Dee Kramer Photography

Tucked into the southern end of Jervis Bay, this campsite is the ideal spot to explore the famed white beaches and crystal waters of this world-renowned area. The protected waters are perfect for stand-up paddle boarding, snorkelling and swimming. There are even some friendly locals (in the form of kangaroos) that cruise around the campground! Sites are booked online in advance and are randomly allocated. 

  • Facilities: Toilets, hot showers, drinking water, BBQs, open fire pits.
  • Suitable for: All vehicle types.

3. Termeil Point

The coast between Batemans Bay and Ulladulla is jam-packed with pristine beaches, peaceful forests and stunning views and Termeil Point combines the best of them all. The campground sits atop the headland surrounded by trees with Termeil Lake on one side and the beach on the other. The headland location means that no matter the weather, you’ll always find a protected spot from the wind. There are limited spots so make sure you book well in advance on the national parks website. 

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  • Facilities: Toilets, open fire pits. 
  • Suitable for: 4WD when wet, all vehicle types when dry.

3. Bendalong

Washerwomans Beach, Bendalong
Washerwomans Beach, Bendalong © Destination NSW

Bendalong Holiday Haven is perfect for groups with varying levels of camping experience and comfort levels. The park covers most of Bendalong headland and accommodation options range from cabins near the entry, all the way to primitive bush camping on the far end of the headland. It’s got beginner and advanced surfing beaches, bushwalking, whale watching vantage points, a huge water playground and jumping pillow for kids (and adults let’s be honest), a boat ramp, resident kangaroos and local stingrays who cruise around the bay on the northern side. It truly has something for everyone. 

  • Facilities: Toilets, hot showers, drinking water, BBQs, power, playgrounds. No fires. 
  • Suitable for: All vehicle types.

4. Potato Point

Technically known as “Beachcomber Holiday Park”, this spot gets its local name from the nearby beach village of Potato Point. With absolute beachfront sites surrounded by the stunning Eurobodalla National park, this spot is sure to capture your heart. It’s also a fully self-sufficient eco-tourism business that runs entirely on solar power so your weekend getaway will be easy on the planet too. And if all that doesn’t entice you, maybe the in-built communal woodfire pizza will. Yummo. 

  • Facilities: Toilets, hot showers, drinking water, open fire pits, power, BBQs. 
  • Suitable for: All vehicle types.

5. Mystery Bay

Mystery Bay Rocks, Eurobodalla
Mystery Bay Rocks, Eurobodalla © Destination NSW

Spend a couple of nights exploring this dreamy campground and you’ll never want to leave. Unmarked sites are scattered across the headland in among the trees so you can browse around for your perfect secluded spot. There’s a stunning protected beach within walking distance and epic surfing beaches are only a five-minute drive. There’s no need to book, just turn up, find a spot and the caretaker will come around to find you. It’s perfect for a last-minute getaway.

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  • Facilities: Toilets, cold showers, drinking water, fire pits. 
  • Suitable for: All vehicle types.

6. North Head

Perched at the southern end of Murramarang National Park, this bushy oasis is an ideal summer campground. You can laze away days at the beach or explore the rock shelves then head back to the shady campground to escape the heat. Sites are open and flat and the campground is surrounded by magnificent towering gum trees. Camping here makes you feel remote and connected to nature, all the while being only a 20-minute drive from the town of Batemans Bay. 

  • Facilities: Toilets, open fire pits.
  • Suitable for: All vehicle types.

7. Mimosa Rocks NP

Mimosa Rocks National Park, Tanja
Aragunnu Walking Track, Mimosa Rocks National Park © Destination NSW

It’s impossible to choose the best out of the four campgrounds in Mimosa Rocks National park. The four spots are Aragunnu, Picnic Point, Middle Beach and Gillards, from north to south. Each is surrounded by lush bushland with a front-row seat to deserted South Coast beaches. This national park is perfect for bushwalkers, surfers, or anyone wanting to escape into nature.In short, they’re all epic, so you’ll just have to visit and pick your favourite for yourself! 

  • Facilities: Toilets, fire pits. 
  • Suitable for: All vehicle types.

8. Bittangabee

Ben Boyd National Park, Green Cape
Bittangabee Bay in Ben Boyd National Park, Green Cape © Destination NSW

This remote campground at the very southern tip of New South Wales will have you feeling like you’re perched at the end of the world. The camp is settled on the southern end of Bittangagabee Bay and has a calm, turquoise cove to swim and snorkel in. This campsite is also a stop on the iconic Light to Light walking trail so you might see some weary walkers setting up camp – or why not give the walking trail a try yourself? The camp is a perfect launching point to explore the surrounding national park, watch for whales in winter, visit the historic town of Eden and see the iconic Green Cape lighthouse. 

  • Facilities: Toilets, non-drinking water, BBQs, fire pits. 
  • Suitable for: All vehicle types.

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