New South Wales

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Urbenville Forest Park, New South Wales image Jenny Woodley
Budget Campsite

2 free camps and budget showground at Urbenville, New South Wales

Isn’t it wonderful when a small country town offers not one, but two FREE camp areas and a budget site? Urbenville Forest Park is on the northern town boundary, bordered by Clarence Way and Tooloom Creek. This special area is south of Woodenbong and the Queensland border. It is surrounded by waterfalls, national parks and state forests. Jenny Woodley shared photos in our Facebook group “I Love Camping Australia WIde”. Jenny said “nice little free camp just out of Urbenville in N.S.W. Toilets, firepits and an abundance of birdlife.” The park is pet friendly with picnic tables, shade, mobile reception

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Sandon River - Image credit Cathie and Allan Bromwich
Beaches & Coasts

National Park gem: Sandon River, New South Wales

Sandon River – Image credit Cathie and Allan Bromwich Budget priced camping with million dollar views. And there are toilets! Not flushing, but when you are in a National Park campground, with wildlife, as well as countless beaches and waterways surrounding you, who cares?This peninsula is a favourite for my NSW nephews. Right on the Sandon River mouth, you have river on one side and protected ocean on the other. Brooms Head village is 12.5km away and there is 9 km of gravel road to the campground, which varies in condition. At times it may not be suitable for some caravans or vehicles. Check

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Lake Lyell, New South Wales - Image Cathie and Allan Bromwich
Budget Campsite

Waterside fun: camp at Lake Lyell, New South Wales

Lake Lyell is a picturesque recreational lake, great for camping, water skiing, 4WDing, swimming, canoeing. Fish for rainbow trout, brown trout, Australian bass, Macquarie perch, goldfish and redfin. All this and only about two and a half hours from Sydney, on the outskirts of Lithgow! It has unpowered sites at budget prices. Pet friendly, it is suitable for tents right through to Big Rigs. There are toilets and showers, water, mobile coverage, picnic tables, firepits, BBQ and you can purchase gas onsite at the kiosk. Although close to the road – there are great views! Facilities include kiosk, boat ramp, amenities

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Secret Lake Retreat, New South Wales
Budget Campsite

NEW LISTING: Secret Lake Retreat, New South Wales

Budget priced, pet friendly, modern amenities, big rigs, fishing, swimming – here’s a new camp that has the lot! Secret Lake Retreat officially opened for December 2021, and is live in the Camps Australia Wide App. Situated north west of Lawrence, in the Clarence Valley, on the NSW north coast, west of Yamba. There are over 800 acres of bushland to explore and a gorgeous 60 acre private lake! You’ll find sandstone outcrops, waterholes, seasonal creeks and no nearby neighbours, a perfect destination for a relaxing retreat. So new, not all sites have been fully levelled. With unallocated sites, just

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Belllingen Showground, New South Wales
Camping

Updates for Bellingen Showground, New South Wales

We’ve updated price ranges for the Camps Australia Wide App – please aware Bellingen Showground is no longer budget priced. Rates increased this month  for powered and unpowered sites, includes amenities. Under 5s are free. Bellingen is a beautiful town in the mid NSW coast region, and the showground is close to shops and the river. It is pet friendly (pets on leads) and glamping is now available, too. It has accessible amenities and room for Big Rigs. Glamping is available at Bellingen Showgrounds with Stylish Camping Co Bellingen is in the mid NSW coast region – a beautiful town

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Brooms Head Caravan Park, NSW - image Shannon Steuerwald
Beaches & Coasts

Absolute beachfront:  Brooms Head Caravan Park, New South Wales 

Have you been to Brooms Head on the NSW North Coast? What a beautiful location, and only 20 minutes drive from the Pacific Highway!  Brooms Head Holiday Park has room for Big Rigs, there’s a playground and boat ramp – a great spot for fishing and swimming. And as you can see from the video below – magical views! You just can’t get any closer to the beach – choose from spacious hilltop cabins, beachfront camping and van sites. The park was pet friendly in low season, but it is now pet free. With five amenities blocks, cabins and villas,

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From our visit in January 2020 - the National Park is currently closed
Immerse Yourself In Nature

Wollumbin National Park, New South Wales closures continue

From our visit in January 2020 – the National Park is currently closed The chains at the top of MT WARNING have been removed in the currently closed Wollumbin National Park (Courier Mail). Having grown up in the NSW Tweed Valley, I remember these chains well – they helped climbers reach the rocky summit – in the final leg of a 4 km hike up to the top of a mountain, where you could view Australia’s first sunrise of the day. The formerly known Mount Warning National Park was shut last March “to comply with COVID-19 rules on public gatherings and

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NSW Bretti Reserve
Free Camping New South Wales

A free camp that the cows love as well: Bretti Reserve, NSW

This is a beautiful camping and picnic area located in a serene environment. Although the facilities are basic, Bretti Reserve features large open spaces and a flowing river that makes for a refreshing swim. The river is frequented by birdlife and don’t be surprised if a few cows graze close to your site! The site has toilets, fireplaces, shade and access for a big rig; the maximum stay is one month. There are no showers and taps, however you can drink water from the river if you boil it for at least 15 minutes. If you have packed your canoe, you

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