Live in the city and 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.
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!
Facilities include picnic tables, toilets, barbecues and unpowered sites. There's plenty of space. This campground is approximately a five hour drive from Sydney! It's a bit of a drive, but is a great free campsite for families.
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.
9. Blackbird Flat Reserve Campsite
The Blackbird camping ground is a large, grassy area right beside the Macleay River, and will give you ample opportunities for swimming, fishing and relaxing!
Tank water is available, but bring drinking water. The camps facilities include a pit toilet, shelter shed and a covered wood barbecue. It is a pet-friendly campground as well, but make sure to enquire first to confirm.
To get to this campground, head to Armidale Road in Bellbrook, NSW. To get in touch, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call on (02) 6563 1555.
10. Ben Halls Campground
Located in the Weddin Mountains National Park, this camping site received its name from the 19th century bushranger. Activities in the area include touring the former goldmining town Grenfell, and the local Henry Lawson museum.
The campground facilities are also wheelchair accessible, has toilets, picnic tables and gas barbecues. You will need to bring drinking water so be sure to prepare before you head off.
11. Bummaroo Campground
Located in Abercrombie River National Parj, this campground is only three hours drive from Sydney. There is amply opportunity for wildlife here, with native birds and wallabies to be seen. The campground does have drop toilets, however you'll need to bring your own drinking water and pleae make sure to take your rubbish with you. Nearest towns to the campground are Taralga and Oberon.
12. Boyd River Campround - Blue Mountains
If you're still wanting to head to the gorgeous Blue Mountains, why not camp in the Kanangra-Boyd National Park, which can be accessed by crossing the mountains, and is deep in the heart of the bush. If you're coming from the Katoomba or Lithgow direction, you'll also have to drive past the Jenolan Caves on the way. Make sure to stop in here to see some spectacular caves and glow worms. Be aware, the road out to Boyd River is a pretty windy drive!
Once you get to this remote campgroun, you'l have the peace and quiet you are looking for. If you think you may be a louder group be aware there are noise restrictions at this campground so please be respectful of your fellow campers and the native wildlife by keeping it quiet.
Because it is a remote site, make sure to prepare before you arrive, and bring some extra batteries for the camera! Wombats, wallabies, sugar gliders, possums and kangaroos will sometimes be joining you in the campsite.