A very popular free camping NSW site is Ellenborough Reserve Campground, just a stone’s throw inland from Port Macquarie. Due to its location can get super busy during holiday periods.

The campsite is quite a large and level site. It is definitely suitable for all types of camping including bigger caravans. There are also some really cool spots away from caravans for people using tents and wanting some seclusion from the crowd.

There is an area which has come cover from potential rain which has some picnic tables and some barbecues. These are fueled by fire, so be sure to bring some of your own wood to get your bbq going.

This is a great spot for swimming as it is at the intersection of the Ellenborough and Hastings Rivers. Apparently, it is also a good spot for fishing, so anglers be prepared for a day of fishings.

The main attractions to this area would be the amazing waterfalls that can form part of a hike from the campsite or a short drive. The two main waterfalls to check out are Ellenborough Falls and Rawson Falls.

For some extra nature love, you can also check out Biriwal Bulga National Park. If you are travelling with kids, you can visit Bago Maze and Timbertown Wauchope. 

Also, note that it can be prone to flooding so be sure to check the forecast if you’re planning this cute little spot on your free camping travels around Australia. The wet periods also make for a fairly boggy ground, so be warned.

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Details about Ellenborough Reserve camping site

  • Location on Google Maps from Sydney
  • Distance from Sydney: 4 Hours 34 mins – 408 kms
  • Narrawong Forest, Mount Clay MTB Trail, off Boyers Rd, Narrawong
  • Close to Forest and rivers
  • Access: sealed roads
  • Suitable for: Tents, caravans, camper trailers, big rigs
  • Facilities: Toilets, BBQ, firepits, picnic tables, shaded
  • Pet-Friendly: Yes
  • Tips: Make sure to treat water before drinking.

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