Looking for some inspiration for a low cost weekend trip away? Rent a cheap car from Bondi or your Sydney neighbour and get your mates together for a easy weekend getaway camping near Sydney.
Sydney's Best free camping spots!
1. Acacia Flat Campground - Blue Mountains
Not for the faint of heart, this campground is for the hikers and adventurers only! You can park at Perry’s lookdown or Pierces Pass and then hike from there to this remote campsite. It might sound tough, but it’s worth the effort, and getting a free campsite certainly is a good reward!
2. Newnes Campground - Wollemi National Park
This campsite is about a four hour drive from Sydney. So order your avocado and tumeric smooothie to go in Surry Hills and take Holly's Lancer on a ride.
You may know the story: the ancient Wollemi Pines, thought to be extinct only to be discovered in the 1990’s by a rather intrepid bushwalker outside Blackheath. Do yourselves a favour and see these beautiful trees in all their glory and relive your favourite Jurassic Park moments.
3. Cox's Campground - Coolah Tops National Park
Walking trails, bike trails and BBQs await you are this picturesque camp ground. Set your tent up among the eucalyptus trees for a peaceful night or two away. Make sure to bring your birdwatching book or download an app on your phone for some prime bird spotting opportunities!
4. Humes Crossing Campground - Mount Kosciuszko National Park
If a remote hike to your camping spot isn’t your style, take a look at Humes Crossing Campground on the eastern shores of Blowering Dam near Mount Kosciuszko’s National Parks. With great hiking along the Blowering Cliffs, fishing in the dam and picnic tables in the campground, this is a great spot for families and a group of you and your mates.
At about 4 1/2 hours from Marrickville, why not jump in Louise's Honda CRV and hit the road!
5. Ingar Campground - Blue Mountains
This site only has eight spots, and they can’t be booked! So be sure to arrive early, especially in the summer to snag yours. Nearby to the site is Ingar Creek, which also has a dam for swimming, canoeing or any other fun activities your heart desires. Bring a few torches for some wildlife night spotting: if you’re lucky you might see one of Australia’s cutest marsupials - the sugar glider.
6. Ngarigo Campground - Mount Kosciuszko National Park
Right next to Thredbo River, this camping spot is great for groups wanting to go riding, fishing, hiking or touring on Alpine Way. The spot has picnic tables, BBQ facilities, toilets, but the site is not powered! It does get very cold at this campground as there is no power, so make sure to bring some warm clothes!
7. Swans Crossing - Kerewong State Forest
This is a popular camping spot, with well shaded, free camping sites and simple toilet facilties. The area is quite well sheltered as it is next to a low hill, so it won't be a windy in this camp ground as some of the others. It is also one of the few free pet friendly camping spots near Sydney! It is also accessible with regular 2WD cars.
8. Marramarra Creek Campground
This campground is off Berrowra Creek, and is only accessible by foot or water if you'd like to canoe to it. To access it, follow the easy 3.5km walk along Marramarra Ridge trail to the campsite. You can go fishing, paddle through the mangroves, or just relax with a book and enjoy this secret camping spot in the northern outskirts of Sydney near Horsby.
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