Best places to camp by the beach in NSW

Kangaroo at Diamond Head Campground Crowdy Bay National Park

Not one but two Barrington Coast campgrounds have made it onto this list of top campgrounds by the beach!

DIAMOND HEAD, CROWDY BAY NATIONAL PARK

Diamond Head Campground lies in the sand dunes behind Diamond Head on the far northern shores of the Barrington Coast in Crowdy Bay National Park.

Apart from admiring the kangaroos that laze about the campground, the swimming options are superb and there are several rewarding walks through coastal woodlands and heathlands. Walkers will be keen to conquer the 4.8-kilometre Diamond Head loop, which takes in swamp mahogany and paperbark forests, as well as loads of coastal panoramas.

The gravel road access is fine for 2WD vehicles and the campground is suitable for caravans and motorhomes too. Among the facilities are cold water showers, toilets, barbecues and picnic tables.

If you prefer a less-busy campground then you’ve come to the right place, nearby you can also stay within earshot of the ocean at Indian Head Campground, Kylies Beach Campground and Kylies Hut Walk-in Campground (for a vehicle-free camping experience).

Pre-booking is essential for these campgrounds.

BROUGHTON ISLAND, MYALL LAKES NATIONAL PARK

Broughton Island lies off Dark Point near Hawks Nest on the southern shores of the Barrington Coast. You’ll need a boat to get there but it’s totally worthwhile as it’s the only spot in New South Wales where you’re allowed to sleep among a sea bird colony.

You’ll wake up surrounded by wedge-tailed shearwaters. The campsite is at Little Poverty Beach and there’s only room for five tents, so you can enjoy the island’s pristine beaches and walks without having to worry about crowds – even in the height of summer.

Of course, the limited numbers also mean it’s crucial to book in advance and facilities consist of toilets only – be prepared to boat everything in with you, including drinking water.


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