Camping down the South Coast of NSW

By Ola Endress

After my last camping trip travelling up the North Coast of NSW to Byron Bay (see previous entry), I couldn’t wait to set out on my next adventure. As we only had 4 days to spend, we wanted to go somewhere far from Sydney that would give us enough time to get out there and to come back home. We had such a good time, the plan as usual was to have no plan. We try to find hidden places that not everyone knows about and these are the beautiful places we found

Recommended route from start to finish


First Stop - Kiama Blow Hole - 2.5 hours from Sydney

Second Stop Mollymook Beach

Third Stop Pretty Beach

Why Pretty Beach? – It is so beautiful with white sand, bright blue water and very little people around. You can see kangaroos roaming around and the waves are good for surfing.  I highly recommend camping here – its free! we were going to but we needed to get to Batemans Bay. If I go again next time, I will definitely be camping here and its out in the bush with no electricity – perfect camping spot!

Recommendations:

– Camping out in the bush right in front of the beach!
– Look around for some Kangaroos.
– Bring your surfboard and go surfing.

Forth Stop Pebble Beach

 You can camp here, out in the middle of nowhere again with no electricity. The beach itself isn’t pebbly unless you walk far across to the other side of the beach. Its a beautiful beach with great surroundings of bush, trees and wildlife.
 

Pat a wild kangaroo!
 

Recommendations:

– Use a 4WD to go to pebble beach if you are driving through the national park because the roads have massive dips, holes and is unstable.
– Pat a kangaroo, they are very friendly!
– Another great camping spot!

Camping Spot - Batemans Bay

We were running out of daylight and needed a place to set up camp. We stayed at another tourist park called the BIG4. It was perfect as it was only steps away from the beach.
Beautiful town with many things to see and do. The beaches are beautiful, not quite as beautiful as the beaches at the next location. Many things to do such as snorkelling, canoeing, shopping, go to the local zoo, play some golf etc.

 

Camping cost – $65 per night, again this is quite expensive as this was during school holidays.

Recommendations:

– Hire a canoe and paddle out to the caves in the middle of the ocean.
– Go to the Mogo zoo and hold a snake.
– Visit the carnival and try to win back money you lost on toys by playing on the 20c gambling table
– Walk along the beach and watch the sunset.

Next stop – Jervis Bay- Approx 1 hr 45 mins from Batemans bay

Recommendations:

– Go to Hyams beach, this is where you will see beautiful water and nice white sand
– Go exploring in the HMAS national park in Jervis Bay, it won’t let you down and beware of Kangaroos that jump out at you from nowhere.

Last camping spot – Beecroft Weapons Range National Park – Approx 45 mins from Jervis Bay
 

We found a camping spot that you can camp in with no electricity, no power no nothing! just out in the bush with all the dangerous wildlife and a tent! This was by far my favourite camping spot for the trip and I will keep going to this place, again and again.

We found a camping spot that you can camp in with no electricity, no power no nothing! just out in the bush with all the dangerous wildlife and a tent! This was by far my favourite camping spot for the trip and I will keep going to this place, again and again.
 

Recommendations:

– If you are scared of snakes (red bellys and brown), scared of spiders (funnel webs and red backs) then I do not recommend staying here, although I was disappointed not to see any! you are in the middle of a national park and there is nothing around you but bush!

– Stay at the Honeymoon Bay camping spot like we did as you are steps away from a beautiful lagoon, where there are exotic fish, the deadly blurring octopus and more!

– Get all your food you need before you get to the camp site at the general store about 20 minutes away from the national park as the roads again are really bumpy and you don’t want to make a number of trips to the shop and back.

On the way home! 
Fitzroy Falls in Meryla State Forest  – Approx 50 mins from Beecroft Weapons Range.

This waterfall is stunning however it is quite tricky to get to and you really need to be careful you don’t fall down with the waterfall because you could plunge to your death. It is fun and you get a really nice outlook of the national park.

Last Stop – Carrington Falls – Approx 10 minutes from Fitzroy Falls , 2hrs from Sydney.

Thanks for reading! and I hope you will go to some of these places if you ever head down South =)

Until the next adventure!
Ola xx

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