The best spots to go Camping in Sydney

Crosslands Reserve camping

Camping at Crosslands means you won’t even know you are still in Sydney

Looking for a cheap Sydney stay-cation or maybe you are visiting and love the outdoors? Then camping is a great, budget holiday option. With so much natural beauty in and around Sydney we are lucky to have some super amazing campsites that won’t break the bank.

Best of all these guys are all within 60km of the Sydney CBD and there are also options that are public transport friendly.

1. Cockatoo Island

Cocktaoo Island Camping

The amazing views and history make Cockatoo Island a special place to camp, Image credit: Cockatoo Island

Cockatoo Island is surely one of Sydney’s most interesting places to visit.  With the most amazing views and history to boot, we were super excited that they have recently announced you can now bring your own tent to their campsite. Whilst it isn’t the cheapest spot on our list to camp, it is likely to be the most memorable. Spend the day exploring the history of the island and the night enjoying the city-scape and the sounds of Sydney Harbour lapping at the shore. If you aren’t campsite ready they also have deluxe campsites which are all set up and ready to go!

Cost: $45.00 per night mid-week rate, with additional people $12.50 per night (deluxe sites extra)
Facilities: All campers have access to toilets, hot showers and a communal kitchen featuring sheltered facilities. These include barbeques, boiling water, fridges, microwaves, a vending machine and seating for up to 50 people.
Address: Cockatoo Island, Sydney NSW 2000
Accessible by public transport: The island is only accessible by ferry
More info: cockatooisland.gov.au/waterfront-campground/
Good to know: there are rules around alcohol on the island so make sure to check them out before you head here

2. Lane Cove National Park

Lane Cove National Park Camping

Lane Cove National Park is close to the CBD and accessible by public transport

Lane Cove National Park is the closest land based camping to the Sydney CBD. This well run campsite offers a scenic bushland setting as well as great amenities. Enjoy bushwalking, open fires, picnics in the National Park and you can even have a splash in the swimming pool!

Read our blog to find out more about Lane Cove National Park.

Cost: From $41.00 per night (includes two adults), plus $6.00 per night for children over 5. Additional park entry fees apply.
Facilities: Powered and unpowered sites, hot showers and toilets, laundry, picnic tables, free barbeques, kiosk and shaded swimming pool
Address:  13 Plassey Road, North Ryde NSW 2113
Accessible by public transport: Yes
More info: lanecoveholidaypark.com.au
Distance from CBD: 15km

3. NRMA Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park

Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park

You can explore Sydney’s Northern Beaches while staying at the NRMA Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park

Located just 40 minutes from the Sydney CBD and right cross from the beach the NRMA Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park is a great option for first time campers or for those who just want fun in the sun. Visitors can also enjoy the beautiful lake which is right at the front of the park.

Cost: From $50.00 per night for unpowered site
Facilities: Amenities, playground, camp kitchen, kids’ water park and games room and undercover BBQ area.
Address: 38 Lake Park Road, North Narrabeen NSW 2101
Accessible by public transport: Yes
More info: nrmaparksandresorts.com.au/sydney-lakeside/
Distance from CBD: 29km

4. Crosslands Reserve

Crosslands Reserve camping

Pure serenity at Crosslands Reserve

Tucked deep in the valley at Hornsby Heights, Crosslands Reserve is a popular spot with locals and those looking for an easy weekend away. Enjoy bushwalks, canoeing and swimming (when conditions permit). Sites are walk-in tents sites only.

Read our blog for more details on Crosslands Reserve.

Cost: $27.00 for two people per night
Facilities: free electric barbecues, toilets (no showers), children’s playground and bicycle track and picnic tables
Address: Somerville Road, Hornsby Heights NSW 2077
Accessible by public transport: No
More info: hornsby.nsw.gov.au/crosslands-reserve
Distance from CBD: 40km

5. The Basin Campground

The Basin Pittwater Native animals

You’ll get up close to wildlife at The Basin Campground, Image Credit: NSW National Parks

The Basin Campground is only accessible via ferry or a steep 2km walk in. But you will be rewarded with a fantastic campground full of amazing wildlife including wallabies, kookaburras, lyre birds, ducks and even some native reptiles! Situated right on the water the campground is perfect for swimming and water activities. Facilities include (cold) showers, camp kitchen, toilets, barbeques, tables and vending machines,

Cost: $34.00 per site (includes two adults), extra child $8.50 per night (over 5 years), Additional park entry fees may apply.
Facilities: Amenities block, picnic tables, barbecue facilities, drinking water, public phone, showers and toilets
Address: Basin Trail, Ku-Ring-Gai Chase NSW 2084, however it is most easily accessed via ferry from Palm Beach
Accessible by public transport: Yes
More info: nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/the-basin-campground
Distance from CBD: 45km to the ferry port
Good to know: Food vending machines are on-site

6. Cattai National Park

Cattai National Park Campground

The campsites at Cattai National Park and peaceful and secluded

Cattai National Park campground is located along the Hawkesbury River. This secluded park has a peaceful campsite located along the river (although you cannot see the river from the campground). There are loads of free activities to enjoy including fishing, canoeing, exploring the historic homestead and you can even enjoy a swim off the little sandy beach area. You may even be lucky enough to spot a wallaby or kangaroo while you are here.

Check out our blog for full details on Cattai National Park and Cattai Homestead.

Cost: $24.00 per site (includes two adults), extra child $6.00 per night (over 5 years). Additional park entry fees apply.
Facilities: Amenities block, picnic tables, barbeques, showers and toilets
Address: Caddie Road, Cattai NSW 2756
Accessible by public transport: No
More info: nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/cattai-national-park
Distance from CBD: 60km
Good to know: Bring drinking water

7. Bents Basin Campground

Bents Basin Campground

Enjoy a flat, grassy campground at Bents Basin, Image Credit: NSW National Parks

Bents Basin Campground is a popular cheap Sydney camping spot due to it’s lovely flat, grassy camp areas. The campground is situated on the water of ‘Bents Basin’ which is great for swimming, fishing and canoeing. The campground has great facilities including bathrooms, picnic tables, barbques, drinking water and power. Enjoy the scenic track which leads to a lookout.Sites are suitable for tents, trailers and caravans.

Cost: $34.00 per site (includes two adults), extra child $8.50 (over 5 years). Additional park entry fees apply.
Facilities: Amenities block, picnic tables, barbecue facilities, carpark, drinking water, public phone, showers, toilets and power
Address: 525 Wolstenholme Ave, Greendale NSW 2745
Accessible by public transport: No
More info: nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/bents-basin-campground
Distance from CBD: 68km

Do you know anywhere else to go camping in Sydney?

 

 

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