Where are the best family camping destinations in NSW to go camping, glamping or stay in a cabin or villa within 3 hours of Newcastle? There’s so many to choose from depending on your budget and camping comfort level. Here’s a list of more than 50 camping spots and holiday parks suitable for families in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, the Hunter Valley, Port Stephens, Central Coast, Sydney, Mid-North Coast and Port Macquarie.

We are blessed in this region with some spectacular and varied scenery. No matter if you prefer the beach, river or valley, the city or country, there’s a campground or holiday park for you. For those who prefer a more rustic back to nature campgrounds like the National Parks campgrounds, we have those too as well as the more resort-style holiday parks. And if we’ve missed one of your favourites, email us and we’ll add it to the list.

Find a family-friendly campground or holiday park near you.

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Newcastle

Newcastle Holiday Park and Camping

NRMA Stockton Beach Holiday Park

Location: Stockton, NSW

Reservations: https://www.nrmaparksandresorts.com.au/stockton-beach/

Located a short ferry ride to Newcastle CBD, Stockton Beach Holiday Park provides a relaxed beach family holiday. Metres from patrolled Stockton Beach, the park includes children’s playground and a large recreation room with pool table and arcade games. Ideal for a staycation. From here, stroll along the Shipwreck Walk out to the breakwater.

Features:

  • Accommodation includes tent sites, van sites and a variety of villas
  • Children’s playgrounds
  • Close to beach and harbour

Lake Macquarie

Lake Macquarie Holiday Park and Camping
Photo credit: Lake Macquarie Holiday Parks, Swansea Holiday Park

Belmont Lakeside Holiday Park

Photo credit: Lake Macquarie Holiday Parks

Location: Belmont South NSW

Reservations: https://lakemacholidayparks.com.au

Enjoy views of the lake from almost every site at this holiday park. If your family are water-lovers, this is the place for you with direct access to the lake for fishing, swimming and windsurfing. Blacksmiths Beach is a 5 minute drive.

Features:

  • Accommodation includes powered and unpowered tent sites, van sites, ensuite cabins, 2-bedroom cabins and 2-bedroom villas
  • Swimming pool, children’s playground and recreation room
  • Pet-friendly camping all year long
  • Boat-launching facilities
  • Free Wi-Fi

Blacksmiths Beachside Holiday Park

Photo credit: Lake Macquarie Holiday Parks

Location: Blacksmiths NSW

Reservations: https://lakemacholidayparks.com.au

A 200 metre walk to Blacksmiths Beach, this caravan park is for families who love the beach. Whether you’re swimming or surfing at Nine Mile Beach or hanging out with little ones at Grannie’s Pool, this is a great spot for a relaxed family beach holiday.

Features:

  • Accommodation includes powered and unpowered tent sites, van sites, ensuite sites, 1& 2-bedroom cabins and 2-bedroom villas
  • Solar-heated swimming pool with shallow area for little ones
  • Children’s playground with slide, swings and climbing structure
  • Pet-friendly camping available outside peak season
  • School holiday activities for kids including discos, arts and craft
  • Free Wi-Fi and Foxtel

Swansea Lakeside Holiday Park

Photo credit: Lake Macquarie Holiday Parks

Location: Swansea NSW

Reservations: https://lakemacholidayparks.com.au

This holiday park feels more like a resort with loads of family-friendly facilities. Located lakeside on Lake Macquarie, you’ll enjoy great views of the lake from waterfront villas and camping sites. If you enjoy the beach, Blacksmiths Beach and Caves Beach are only a 5-minute drive. The larger 3 bedroom villas are great for large families or those holidaying with friends.

Features:

  • Accommodation includes powered and unpowered tent sites, van sites, ensuite sites, budget and non-ensuite cabins and 2 & 3 bedroom villas
  • Large resort-style swimming pool
  • 18 hole mini-golf course, basketball court and tennis court
  • Children’s playground with slide, swings and climbing structure
  • School holiday activities for kids including discos, arts and craft
  • Free Wi-Fi

Wangi Point Holiday Park

Photo credit: Lake Macquarie Holiday Parks

Location: Wangi Wangi NSW

Reservations: https://lakemacholidayparks.com.au

If you want a more relaxing, back to nature camping experience, stay at Wangi Point Holiday Park. It’s ideal for those who want to go fishing, boating or bushwalking.  

Features:

  • Accommodation includes powered and unpowered tent sites, van sites, ensuite sites, ensuite cabins and 2 bedroom villas
  • Fenced children’s playground with slide, swings and climbing structure
  • Toast marshmallows on community fire pits for use in winter
  • Foxtel and free Wi-Fi

Hunter Valley

Hunter Valley Holiday Park and Camping
Photo Credit Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Association

Ingenia Holidays Hunter Valley

Location: Cessnock NSW

Reservations: https://www.ingeniaholidays.com.au/hunter-valley/hunter-valley-1

Enjoy the best of the Hunter Valley by staying in this central location. Close to the wineries, this campground offers fun for the whole family.

  • Accommodation includes powered tent sites, cabins and 2 and 3 bedroom villas
  • Swimming pool
  • Jumping cushion & giant chess set
  • Thai restaurant on site
  • Pet-friendly camping available but check with park prior to booking
  • Close to attractions in Hunter Valley

NPWS Bangalow Campground

Location: Martinsville NSW

Reservations: https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/campgrounds/gloucester-river-campground-picnic-area

Enjoy nature with your family at this rustic campground surrounded by tall blue gums and blackbutts. During your stay, hike the Gap Creek forest walk or walk to Monkey Face lookout for a spectacular view. It’s a more traditional camping experience with non-flush toilets and you’ll need to bring your own water supply.

  • Tent camping, camper trailer and caravans
  • National Park entry fee charged per day
  • Nearby walking tracks

NPWS Gap Creek Campground

Location: Martinsville NSW

Reservations: https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/campgrounds/gap-creek-campground

For more intrepid campers, enjoy camping at this remote campground. It’s a peaceful setting in Watagans National Park. From here, you can hike the Gap Creek forest walk to the Gap Creek waterfall, always impressive after heavy rains. It’s a more traditional camping experience with non-flush toilets and you’ll need to bring your own water supply.

  • Tent camping, camper trailer and caravans
  • National Park entry fee charged per day
  • Nearby walking tracks

NPWS Mountain Arm Campground

Location: Moruben NSW

Reservations: https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/campgrounds/mountain-arm-campground/visitor-info

Only accessible by 4WD, Mountain Arm campground is a peaceful and remote rustic camping site within Yengo National Park. There’s fun for the whole family. Swim in the shallow creek, walk along the Yango Walking Track or go mountain bike riding on the Mount Yengo loop trail. It’s a more traditional camping experience with non-flush toilets and you’ll need to bring your own water supply.

  • Tent camping, camper trailer and caravans
  • National Park entry fee charged per day
  • Nearby walking tracks

Wine Country Tourist Park

Location: Cessnock NSW

Reservations: https://winecountrytouristpark.com.au/

A small family-owned holiday park, Wine Country Tourist Park offers value accommodation in the heart of the Hunter Valley.

  • Accommodation includes powered tent and slab sites, 2 bedroom cabins and 3 bedroom cottage
  • Swimming pool
  • Pet-friendly camping available at manager’s discretion
  • Close to attractions in Hunter Valley

Barrington Tops

Barrington Tops Holiday Park and Camping
Lostock Dam Caravan Park

Lostock Dam Caravan Park

Location: Lostock NSW

Reservations: https://lostockdamcaravanpark.com.au

Tucked away in a valley is this camping spot on the Paterson River. Favoured by those who prefer a more traditional campground, this is one to visit to be immersed in nature. Pitch a tent or bring the caravan and enjoy the serenity. There’s lots for kids to do that don’t involve screens like spotting platypus in the still pools.

  • Accommodation includes powered and unpowered tent and van sites.
  • Amenities block
  • Basic playground
  • Bring boogie boards or tubes to float down the river and navigate the shallow rapids
  • Nearby is Lostock Dam for fishing, boating and kayaking

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Riverwood Downs

Location: Monkerai NSW

Reservations: https://www.riverwooddowns.com.au

Stay riverside at Riverwood Downs, a rural 750 acre property in the foothills of the Barrington Tops. This is where you go to get away from it all and reconnect with nature. There’s lots for families to do including bushwalking, swimming in the river, riding a tube down mini rapids and gathering around a campfire at night. Popular with groups of friends and family enjoying a weekend away in the country.

  • Accommodation includes powered and unpowered tent and van sites, cabins and 2 bedroom cabins
  • Swimming pool, half-court Tennis
  • Horse riding, canoe hire
  • Licensed restaurant, the Barrington Bar and  Grill open most days for breakfast, lunch and dinner

NPWS Gloucester River campground

Location: Invergordon NSW

Reservations: https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/campgrounds/gloucester-river-campground-picnic-area

There’s lots to do for families at Gloucester River campground including swimming, walking, and picnicking. This campground located alongside the Gloucester River is for those who appreciate wide open natural spaces. During your stay, enjoy swimming in the river, spotting local wildlife like brush turkeys and lyrebirds and exploring Sharpes Creek walking track and Gloucester River walking track. It’s a more traditional camping experience with non-flush toilets and you’ll need to bring your own water supply.

  • Tent camping, camper trailer and caravans
  • National Park entry fee charged per day
  • Nearby walking tracks

NPWS Woko campground

Location: Dewitt NSW

Reservations: https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/campgrounds/woko-campground

Situated alongside the Manning River, this National Park campground has plenty of space. It’s a top spot for those who enjoy walking, swimming and floating along the river on a lilo. It’s a more traditional camping experience with non-flush toilets and you’ll need to bring your own water supply.

  • Tent camping, camper trailer and caravans
  • National Park entry fee charged per day
  • Brush Turkey hiking track begins at the campground

The Steps Barrington Campground

Location: Bindera NSW

Reservations: http://www.thestepsbarrington.com.au

The Steps features free-form riverside camping in camping zones so it’s great for groups of campers with their own tents and trailers. If you have some family members or friends who prefer the comforts of a self-contained holiday house, they can book Riverview Cottage while you book the neighbouring campzone. Glamping is also available by booking ahead with a professional glamping provider.

There’s lots for families to do including swimming at swimming holes, paddling river rapids in a kayak, canoe or surf mat or mountain biking through the trails of the cross-country mountain bike park.

  • Accommodation includes tent, trailer, caravan camping (no powered sites), glamping and self-contained holiday home.
  • Onsite amenities include hot showers, flushing toilets plus filtered river water for drinking and cooking
  • Onsite mountain bike park with 3.5km of cross-country trails, pump track, bridges and berms

Port Stephens

Port Stephens Holiday Park and Camping
Photo Credit: Destination Port Stephens

Big 4 Ingenia Holidays Soldiers Point

Location: Soldiers Point NSW

Reservations: https://www.big4.com.au/caravan-parks/nsw/north-coast/ingenia-holidays-soldiers-point

There’s tons of family fun to be had at Big 4 Ingenia Holidays Soldiers Point with pools, playground and indoor toddler area. You’ll have to convince your kids to leave to explore Soldiers Point and its beautiful beach.

  • Accommodation includes powered tent and slab sites, ensuite camping and tent sites and 2 bedroom cabins
  • Kids playground
  • Jumping pillow and giant chess board
  • Games room and indoor toddler playground
  • Outdoor pool and waterpark
  • Indoor heated swimming pool
  • TV & video room

Big 4 Koala Shores Port Stephens Holiday Park

Location: Lemon Tree Passage NSW

Reservations: https://www.big4.com.au/caravan-parks/nsw/north-coast/koala-shores-port-stephens-holiday-park

Located waterfront at Lemon Tree Passage, BIG4 Koala Shores Holiday Park offers lots for families to do. Named because of its resident koala population, look out for koalas nearby in this bush setting.

  • Accommodation includes powered tent and slab sites, ensuite camping and 2 bedroom cabins, 2 bedroom villas and spa suites.
  • Kids playground
  • Jumping pillow and putt putt golf course
  • Volleyball and half-court tennis courts
  • Resort-style swimming pool

Fingal Bay Holiday Park

Location: Fingal Bay NSW

Reservations: https://www.beachsideholidays.com.au/our-holiday-parks/beachside-holidays/fingal-bay-holiday-park

Located directly opposite to beautiful Fingal Bay Beach, you’ll be sure to have a great holiday.

  • Accommodation includes tent and van sites, ensuite sites, 2 bedroom cabins, 2 & 3 bedroom villas and 3 bedroom cottage.
  • Kids playground
  • Resort style pool
  • Recreation room
  • Pet-friendly at certain times of year.

Halifax Holiday Park

Location: Nelson Bay NSW

Reservations: https://www.beachsideholidays.com.au/our-holiday-parks/beachside-holidays/halifax-holiday-park/our-facilities

If you want to be close to calm waters in Port Stephens, stay at Halifax Holiday Park. It’s between Little Beach and Shoal Bay Beach. It’s also just a 15 minute walk to the shops and restaurants of Nelson Bay.

  • Accommodation includes powered tent sites, motorhome sites and 2 & 3 bedroom beach villas.
  • Kids playground
  • Pet-friendly at certain times of year.

Ingenia Holidays One Mile Beach

Location: One Mile, NSW

Reservations: https://www.ingeniaholidays.com.au/one-mile-beach/

Located right on the beach at beautiful One Mile Beach in Port Stephens, this holiday park over 15 acres offers a range of accommodation for different budgets. There’s also lots of keep kids busy as well as the nearby beach. From here, it’s a 5 minute drive to Anna Bay and a 10 minute drive to Nelson Bay.

  • Accommodation includes powered tent, van and motorhome sites and 1, 2 & 3 bedroom cabins and villas. The Holiday House, a 4 bedroom house for those who need more space.
  • Kids playground, jumping cushion, tennis court and mini-golf.
  • Swimming pool.
  • Games room and kids club.
  • Pet-friendly at certain times of year.

Middle Rock Holiday Resort

Location: One Mile NSW

Reservations: https://www.middlerock.com.au

Located on One Mile Beach, there’s a range of accommodation options at Middle Rock Holiday resort ranging from camping sites to 3 bedroom townhouses. This holiday park caters to the needs of parents and kids alike. For kids, there’s a swimming pool, jumping pillow playground while for parents, there’s a cafe and bar. If you don’t feel like cooking, you can order breakfast, lunch or dinner at Rockpools.

  • Accommodation includes powered and unpowered camping sites, motel rooms, studios, bungalows, 2 bedroom villas and three bedroom townhouses.
  • Resort style pool with water slides
  • Undercover jumping pillow and playground
  • Children’s activities during school holidays

Shoal Bay Holiday Park

Location: Shoal Bay NSW

Reservations: https://www.beachsideholidays.com.au/our-holiday-parks/beachside-holidays/shoal-bay-holiday-park

If you want to stay in Shoal Bay, this is a great spot. Across the street is the calm Shoal Bay Beach. From here, you can hike up to Tomaree Point or cycle out to Fingal Bay or into Nelson Bay. You’re also just a 2 minute walk from the shops and cafes of Shoal Bay.

  • Accommodation includes powered tent, van and motorhome sites and 1 & 2 bedroom cabins and villas. For those who want to try glamping, stay in a safari tent. Also has The Beach House, a 4 bedroom house for those who need more space.
  • Kids playground.
  • Half-court tennis and basketball court.
  • Pet-friendly at certain times of year.

Great Lakes

Mid North Coast Holiday Park and Camping

Banksia Green campground

Location: Bombah NSW

Reservations: https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/campgrounds/banksia-green-campground

Situated near Bombah Broadwater on Myall Lakes, this National Park campground offer back to basics camping. It’s non-flush toilets, wood barbecues and bring your own water supply. Local activities include beach fishing, swimming and bush walks.

  • Tent camping, camper trailer and caravans
  • National Park entry fee charged per day

Big4 Great Lakes at Forster-Tuncurry

Location: Tuncurry

Reservations: https://www.big4.com.au/caravan-parks/nsw/north-coast/great-lakes-at-forster-tuncurry

Enjoy a fun family holiday at Big4 Great Lakes at Forster-Tuncurry. There’s lots to keep kids happy in the park as well as being a short walk to town. Situated lakefront, it’s ideal for those who want to go fishing, boating, kayaking or stand up paddleboarding.

  • Accommodation includes powered camping sites,ensuite sites, safari tents, studio bungalows, 1 & 2-bedroom cabins and 2 & 3 bedroom villas.
  • Heated lap pool and heated family pool and waterpark
  • Toddler pool and playground
  • Kids playground and jumping pillow
  • Onsite cafe Great Lakes Cafe.
  • Private boat ramp access
  • TV & video room and library

Big4 Happy Hallidays

Location: Hallidays Point

Reservations: https://www.big4.com.au/caravan-parks/nsw/north-coast/happy-hallidays

This much recommended park is a favourite with families due to its amenities. You’ll have problems getting kids to leave as it’s the ultimate family holiday destination with a resort pool,

paddle pool and indoor pool as well as playgrounds, and kids activities keep you as busy as you want to be! Great spot to go with a group of friends or family members as there’s a variety of accommodation.

  • Accommodation includes powered grass, slab and ensuite sites,  family studios, 2 bedroom bungalows, 2-bedroom cabins and 2 bedroom villas.
  • Solar heated and indoor pool
  • Toddler pool and playground
  • Kids playground, jumping pillow, mini-golf
  • Train rides on red train “Happy 01”
  • Softfall kids nook with ballpit
  • Kids club available during school holidays
  • Tennis court, basketball and netball ring
  • Bocce, Giant Chess Board and games room
  • TV & video room and lending library

The Ruins Campground – Booti Booti National Park

Location: Booti Booti NSW

Reservations: https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/campgrounds/the-ruins-campground-and-picnic-area

Situated on Wallis Lake, this well-equipped National Park campground is a popular spot. It’s a top spot for those who want to explore local beaches and swim, walk and fish. Nearby beaches include Seven Mile Beach and Elizabeth Beach. Unlike some other camping spots, this campground offers drinking water, hot showers and flush toilets.

  • Tent camping, camper trailer and caravan sites
  • Picnic tables and barbecue facilities
  • National Park entry fee charged per day
  • Easy drive to Pacific Palms

Mungo Brush Campground – Myall Lakes

Location: Mungo Brush NSW

Reservations: https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/campgrounds/mungo-brush-campground

Situated on the beautiful Myall Lakes, this National Park campground is a popular spot. It’s a top spot for those who enjoy fishing, walking and kayaking. It’s a more traditional camping experience with non-flush toilets and bring your own water supply.

  • Tent camping, camper trailer and caravans
  • National Park entry fee charged per day
  • Boat ramp

NRMA Myall Shores Holiday Park

Location: Bombah Point NSW

Reservations: https://www.nrmaparksandresorts.com.au/myall-shores/

Prefer your camping less rustic? Stay at NRMA Myall Shores Holiday Park. Situated lakefront within Myall Lakes National Park, it’s a top spot for a relaxing getaway or water sports holiday. Either pitch a tent or stay in your caravan or choose a safari tent or luxury villa, there’s a range to suit every budget and preference. Relax at the park or enjoy swimming, fishing, bush walking or biking outside your door.

  • Accommodation includes powered and unpowered camping sites, safari tents and 2 bedroom villas.
  • Resort style pool.
  • Fully licensed Myall Shores Cafe.
  • Children’s activities during school holidays.
  • Free wifi and Foxtel.

Reflections Holiday Park – Hawks Nest

Location: Hawks Nest, NSW

Reservations: https://reflectionsholidayparks.com.au/park/hawks-nest/

Close to town and close to Bennetts Beach, this quiet caravan park gives you the best of both worlds. It’s a fun beach holiday yet still close to cafes and shops.

  • Accommodation includes powered camping and slab sites and a variety of cabin styles from standard to deluxe.
  • Volleyball court and kids playground
  • Next door is Hawks Nest golf course

Reflections Holiday Park – Jimmys Beach

Location: Hawks Nest, NSW

Reservations: https://reflectionsholidayparks.com.au/park/jimmys-beach/

Located in a natural bushland setting, Jimmys Beach Holiday Park provides a variety of accommodation to chill out and relax by the water at Jimmys Beach.

  • Accommodation includes powered and unpowered camping and slab sites, cabins, 2 & 3 bedroom villas and glamping beach tents.
  • Dogs are permitted on sites during Off Peak and Shoulder Seasons only.

Reflections Holiday Park – Tuncurry Beach

Location: Tuncurry

Reservations: https://reflectionsholidayparks.com.au/park/tuncurry/

This well-situated holiday park is 150 metres from Nine Mile Beach and 100 metres from Tuncurry Rockpool. From here, it’s a short walk to Tuncurry Bowlo and shops. It’s a great spot for water activities including swimming, surfing, fishing, diving and sailing.

  • Accommodation includes powered camping and slab sites and a variety of cabin styles from standard to deluxe.
  • Kids playground and tennis court.
  • Dogs are permitted on sites during Off Peak and Shoulder Seasons only (sites only).

Reflections Holiday Park – Seal Rocks

Location: Seal Rocks, NSW

Reservations: https://reflectionsholidayparks.com.au/park/seal-rocks/

The untouched village of Seal Rocks is where you go for a laidback holiday. Located across the street from Number One beach, this is a place to recharge and reconnect with your family. Go for a surf or swim at the beach or enjoy a hike up to Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse.

  • Accommodation includes powered sites, standard and deluxe cabins, premium villas, and glamping beach tents.
  • Kids playground and giant chess set

Smugglers Cove Holiday Park

Location: Forster

Reservations: http://www.smugglerscove.com.au

For some family fun, stay at this nautical themed holiday park. Set on 20 acres of sub-tropical gardens, this park is located in Forster with direct access to Pipers Bay.

  • Accommodation includes powered and unpowered grass, slab and ensuite sites, bures, cabins,  2-bedroom cottages and 3 bedroom luxury cabins.
  • Two swimming pool complexes including toddler pool, spa and sundeck
  • Playground and swings
  • Volleyball court, basketball hoop and mini golf
  • Children’s program available during school holidays
  • Peglegs Function Centre and restaurant (open during Christmas, Easter and Sept/Oct school holidays)

Treachery Camp

Location: Seal Rocks

Reservations: https://www.treacherycamp.com.au

Ideal for those large groups of family or friends who want to get away, Treachery Camp offers its guests an unspoilt coastal retreat. Situated on 38 acres behind Treachery Beach and surrounded by Myall Lakes National Park, this is a place to enjoy nature. The beach is known for its surf breaks and great fishing. It’s also a short distance to the Seal Rocks Lighthouse.

  • Accommodation includes free form camping (no allocated sites) with an amenity block, 2 bedroom cabins and studio cabins.
  • On-site cafe Tim’s on Treach open during school holidays and weekends (closed over winter).
  • Beach Lodge accommodates up to 45 people in twelve separate bedrooms and is ideal to be booked for a large group of friends or family.

Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie Holiday Park and Camping

Diamond Head Campground

Location: Laurieton NSW

Reservations: https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/campgrounds/diamond-head-campground

Camp beachside at Diamond Head campground. This beautiful campground is one of the most popular spots to stay in Crowdy Bay National Park so book ahead. It’s a great spot for a back to nature family stay with plenty to do. Enjoy a swim at the beach, explore rockpools or hike the  4.8km Diamond Head loop walk.

  • Accommodation includes unpowered marked sites suitable for motorhomes, caravans, campervans, camper trailers and tents. Also walk-in camp area (150 metres from camp area)
  • Although there’s outdoor beach showers and flush toilets, you’ll need to bring your own drinking water supply.

Flynns Beach Caravan Park

Location: Port Macquarie NSW

Reservations: http://www.flynnsbeachcaravanpark.com.au

Stay near Flynns Beach at this small family-owned holiday park in Port Macquarie. Surf, swim or walk along Flynns Beach.

  • Accommodation includes powered and unpowered camping and caravan sites, studios, and 1 & 2 bedroom cabins.
  • Swimming pool.

Ingenia Big 4 Bonny Hills

Location: Bonny Hills NSW

Reservations: https://www.ingeniaholidays.com.au/bonny-hills

There’s loads of families to enjoy at this 5 acre holiday park. It has direct access (2 minutes to Rainbow Beach.

  • Accommodation includes powered camping and caravan sites, safari tents, studios and 1, 2 and 3 bedroom cabins.
  • Resort style pool with water splash park and tipping bucket
  • Toddler and heated pool area
  • 18 hole putt putt course and jumping cushion
  • Children’s playground
  • TV and games room
  • Children’s activities during school holidays.

NRMA Port Macquarie Breakwall Holiday Park

Location: Port Macquarie NSW

Reservations: https://www.nrmaparksandresorts.com.au/port-macquarie

Camp right in the middle of Port Macquarie at NRMA Port Macquarie Breakwall Holiday Park at this well-situated spot. Near to Town beach, city centre and the Hastings River, you can leave the car parked for your entire stay if you want.

  • Accommodation includes powered and unpowered camping and caravan sites, studios, and 1 & 2 bedroom cabins.
  • Resort style pool.
  • Children’s playground
  • Children’s activities during school holidays.

Reflections Holiday Park Bonny Hills

Location: Bonny Hills NSW

Reservations: https://reflectionsholidayparks.com.au/park/bonny-hills/

It’s all about the beach at this 5 acre holiday park. It has direct access (2 minutes to Rainbow Beach and is perfect for a laidback holiday.

  • Accommodation includes powered camping and caravan sites, safari tents and 2 bedroom cabins
  • Children’s activities during school holidays
  • Dog-friendly at certain times of the year

Reflections Holiday Park North Haven

Location: North Haven NSW

Reservations: https://reflectionsholidayparks.com.au/park/north-haven

Want a quieter holiday? Check out this peaceful and spacious 12 acre holiday park. Close to the river and beach, it offers lots of opportunities for water-based activities.

  • Accommodation includes unpowered and powered camping and caravan sites and 2 bedroom cabins.
  • Children’s playground
  • Dog-friendly at certain times of the year

Central Coast

Central Coast Holiday Park and Camping

Big 4 Ingenia Holidays Lake Macquarie

Location: Mannering Park NSW

Reservations: https://www.big4.com.au/caravan-parks/nsw/hunter/ingenia-holidays-lake-macquarie

Big 4 Ingenia Holidays Lake Macquarie offers a waterfront location on the southern end of Lake Macquarie. Kids will enjoy the jumping pillow and pool as well as water activities on the lake.

Features:

  • Accommodation includes powered tent sites, cottages, cabins, 2 bedroom villas and a 2-storey, 2 bedroom waterview villas.
  • Children’s playground with slide and climbing structure.
  • Salt water pool
  • Giant jumping pillow

Budgewoi Holiday Park

Location: Budgewoi NSW

Reservations: http://cchp.com.au/budgewoi-holidaypark/

Enjoy the lake and the beach when you stay at Budgewoi Holiday Park. It’s a relaxing spot facing Lake Munmorah yet it’s short walking distance to Budgewoi Beach. There’s plenty to keep kids happy while you enjoy the serenity of this relaxing park.

Features:

  • Accommodation includes powered tent sites and 2 bedroom cabins.
  • Children’s playground and jumping pillow
  • Foxtel and free Wi-Fi
  • Free school holiday activities
  • Pet friendly sites

Canton Holiday Park

Location: Toukley NSW

Reservations: http://cchp.com.au/cantonbeach-holidaypark/

Explore Tuggerah Lakes at Canton Holiday Park. Located near Canton Beach, this lakeside spot offers a variety of activities for families while still being close to the cafes and restaurants in  Toukley. Enjoy watersports, hiking through surrounding parkland or go surfing at nearby Norah Head and Soldiers Beach, a short drive away.

Features:

  • Accommodation includes unpowered and powered tent sites and 1 & 2 bedroom cabins.
  • Children’s playground and jumping pillow
  • Foxtel and free Wi-Fi
  • Free school holiday activities
  • Pet friendly sites

Frazer Campground at Munmorah State Conservation Area

Location: Munmorah

Reservations: https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/campgrounds/frazer-campground

It’s old school at Frazer Campground with only tent camping allowed. But why do you need anything else with Frazer Beach less than a 50 metre walk. Spend your holiday swimming and surfing. If you’re after calmer water than the beach, take the family to the lagoon.

Features:

  • Accommodation is unpowered and unmarked and suitable for tents only
  • Cold showers, flush toilets and bore water available. Bring your own drinking water

Norah Head Holiday Park

Location: Norah Head NSW

Reservations: http://cchp.com.au/cantonbeach-holidaypark/

Located near the historic Norah Head Lighthouse, this family-friendly holiday park offers lots of fun for young and old. Swim either at the on-site swimming pool or at nearby Soldiers Beach or Norah Head Beach.

Features:

  • Accommodation includes unpowered and powered tent sites, ensuite sites and 1 & 2 bedroom cabins.
  • Resort style swimming pool
  • Children’s playground and jumping pillow
  • Foxtel and free Wi-Fi
  • Free school holiday activities
  • Pet friendly sites

NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Resort

Location: Umina Beach NSW

Reservations: https://www.big4.com.au/caravan-parks/NSW/central-coast/nrma-ocean-beach-holiday-resort

Enjoy a fun family getaway at NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Resort. It’s full of fun activities to kids occupied. Located directly on Umina Beach, you can swim at the beach or at the resort style on-site pool. There’s a variety of accommodation available including Safari Tents for those who want to try glamping.

Features:

  • Accommodation includes unpowered and powered tent sites, ensuite sites and 2 bedroom cabins, 2 & 3 bedroom villas plus Safari tents.
  • Resort style swimming pool and toddler pool plus splashpark
  • Children’s adventure playground
  • TV & video room
  • Half-tennis court
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Kids activities during weekends and holidays

Toowoon Bay Holiday Park

Location: Toowoon Bay NSW

Reservations: https://cchp.com.au/toowoonbay-holidaypark/

Located south of The Entrance, Toowoon Bay Holiday Park offers a relaxed quiet campground. It’s close to town yet far enough to feel like you’re on holiday. There’s nearby beaches at Toowoon Point and Shelly Beach. For those with little ones, swim at nearby Little Beach which enjoys calmer conditions due to the breakwall at Toowoon Bay. Golfers will appreciate the nearby eighteen-hole Shelly Beach Golf Club just south of the holiday park.

Features:

  • Accommodation includes unpowered and powered tent sites, ensuite sites and 1 & 2 bedroom cabins.
  • Resort style swimming pool
  • Children’s playground and jumping pillow
  • Foxtel and free Wi-Fi
  • Free school holiday activities
  • Pet friendly sites

Patonga Camping Ground

Location: Patonga

Reservations: https://www.centralcoast.nsw.gov.au/recreation/leisure/patonga-camping-ground

Pitch a tent or bring the trailer and camp at the mouth of the Hawkesbury River surrounded by Brisbane Water National Park. It’s adjacent to both the beach and creek. Spend the days swimming, kayaking, fishing or bushwalking. From the campground, you can walk round to Patonga Pub.

Features:

  • Accommodation includes unpowered and powered grassed sites.
  • Kids playground
  • Boat ramp
  • Tennis court

Sydney

Sydney Holiday Park and Camping

Cockatoo Island

Location:  Sydney Harbour, NSW

Reservations: http://www.cockatooisland.gov.au/stay

Camp at Cockatoo Island and wake up to views of Sydney Harbour. This iconic destination accessible via a ferry is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and is the world’s first urban waterfront campground. You can either BYO your tent and camping gear or stay in one of the pre-erected tents. Even better is a deluxe waterfront two-bedroom tent. All campers have access to toilets, hot showers and a communal kitchen featuring sheltered facilities.

Features:

  • Accommodation includes camping sites, apartments and heritage holiday houses.
  • Two cafes on Cockatoo Island, both of which are family-friendly venues licensed to serve alcohol.
  • The island’s vending machines contain small snacks and cold drinks, small sundry food items are available for purchase from the Visitor Centre and a range of meal and barbeque packs are available for pre-order.
  • Harbourside basketball court & novelty sized chess board
  • Movie screenings on every night featuring all ages movie at 7pm.

Lane Cove River Tourist Park

Location: Lane Cove

Reservations: https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/campgrounds/lane-cove-river-tourist-park-caravan-park

Enjoy nature in northern Sydney in this holiday park near Lane Cove National Park. From here, you can enjoy bush walking. Walk through the Lane Cove National Park section of the Great North Walk.

Features:

  • Accommodation includes unpowered and powered tent sites, camper trailer and caravan sites.
  • Also cabins and a luxury style safari tent available to book in the tourist park
  • Cafe / kiosk
  • Swimming pool and paddling pool
  • Camp kitchen and electric barbecues
  • Kayak and go kart hire
  • Free Wi-Fi

NRMA Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park

Location:  Narrabeen NSW

Reservations: https://www.nrmaparksandresorts.com.au/sydney-lakeside/

Located between Narrabeen Beach and the lagoon at Narrabeen lake lagoon, this beachfront holiday park gives you the best of both worlds. Swim, surf, kayak or fish from this idyllic lakefront location. It’s also a short walk to the North Narrabeen rockpool. Explore the best of the Northern Beaches from this location including Palm Beach and Barrenjoey Lighthouse to the north and Manly to the south.

Features:

  • Accommodation includes unpowered and powered tent sites, ensuite sites, dorm style rooms, studio, 2 bedroom cabins and 2 bedroom villas.
  • Children’s playground and water park
  • Kayak and go kart hire
  • Free Wi-Fi

The Basin Campground

Location: Lane Cove

Reservations: https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/campgrounds/the-basin-campground

If you’re looking to camp in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, this is the only place you can do it. With views of Pittwater, it’s one of Sydney’s most popular beach camping spots. It’s an experience just getting to the campground as there’s no car access to The Basin campground. You’ll need to arrive by water taxi, boat or ferry or else it’s a steep 2.8km walk to the campground from the carpark.

Features:

  • Accommodation includes unpowered and unmarked tent sites
  • Cold showers, flush toilets and drinking water available
  • National Park entry fee charged per day

Any campgrounds we should add? Email Newy with Kids with your recommendations.

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