The next big camping trip is in NSW it seems. We’re here to give you a list of free camping NSW sites you should take a look at part of your planning. We have scoured the interwebs for all the best information on the best list of free campgrounds around NSW.

Feel free to comment and suggest any campsites we should at to this already fantastic list. We have looked for a mix of different experiences. If you’re after some wilderness we’ve got it, if you want some beach action, we’ve got that too. Enjoy our list of free camping in the great state of New South Wales.

Ellenborough Reserve Campground

RATED 4.5/5 – Check Google Reviews

A very popular free camping NSW site, 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 NSW travels around Australia. The wet periods also make for a fairly boggy ground, so be warned.

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.

Ngarigo Campground

RATED 4.6/5 – Check Google Reviews

A super picturesque spot in the alpine region on the banks of the Thredbo River. What does this mean? Well with such a high elevation it can get super cold, in fact during winter months its common to get snow.

An amazing spot and perfect for large groups as its quite a large camping ground. If you are into outdoor activities this is the perfect spot for you, where you will enjoy mountain biking, fishing and of course hiking through the alpine plains through Kosciuszko National Park.

For fishing enthusiasts, you can go fly fishing for brown and rainbow trout. They are the common catch along this river region. There is also plenty of wildlife in the area and if you’re lucky, morning fishing one day you might get a glimpse of some platypus.

For the less enthusiastic, you can always jump into your car and drive to the top of the alpine area, to experience the amazing scenery and views on offer from the national park.

As stated earlier it can snow in the region and makes a great base camp for those looking to get some skiing in as well. So for the avid skier for free camping NSW, it makes for the perfect spot.

Details about Ngarigo camping site

  • Location on Google Maps from Sydney
  • Distance from Sydney: 5 Hours 14 mins – 485 kms
  • Alpine Way, Kosciuszko National Park NSW 2627
  • Close to Forest and alpine region.
  • Access: sealed roads, snow chains just in case of snow
  • Suitable for: Tents, caravans, camper trailers, big rigs
  • Facilities: Toilets, BBQ, firepits, picnic tables, shaded
  • Pet-Friendly: No

Mann River Free Camping NSW

RATED 4.7/5 – Check Google Reviews

This is another on the list which provides everything that nature has to provide. It features super close riverside camping in a traditional Aussie bush setting. It is the perfect spot to keep the whole family entertained and busy.

It is located just east of Glen Innes, not too far from the Great Dividing Range. Judging by the review profile it seems an amazing spot for the perfect camping bush holiday or just a stop on your road trip around Australia.

For lovers of wildlife, this is a great spot as you are definitely going to spot eastern grey Kangaroos, wallabies and possibly wallaroos. It is also quite the haven for reptile and you are most likely to spot a blue tongue lizard, lace monitors and eastern water dragons in the surrounding areas.

A perfect spot for the summertime as you can go for a dip in the refreshing banks of the river. There is also an impressive hike up to Tommys Rock lookout. The views are definitely worth the effort.

Details about Mann River Free camping NSW site

  • Location on Google Maps from Sydney
  • Distance from Sydney: 7 Hours 33 mins – 684 kms
  • Broadwater Bridge (Mann River), Hanging Rock Rd, Coombadjha NSW 2460
  • Close to bush and rivers.
  • Access: sealed roads.
  • Suitable for: Tents, caravans, camper trailers, big rigs
  • Facilities: Toilets, BBQ, firepits, picnic tables, shaded
  • Pet-Friendly: Yes with conditions

Bendella Recreation Area

RATED 4.6/5 – Check Google Reviews

Bendella is a very popular camp area which is not too far from Sydney, just 150 km’s south of Sydney. It is a very big camping ground and area and makes the perfect spot for large groups of people.

It is based right near the banks of the Kangaroo River. It is ideal for people looking for a relaxing time in an environment which provides beautiful scenery and the relaxation of the river. Get your dose of nature here!

As for thing’s to do. It’s a great spot for recreational activities. For the avid canoeist, you can do your thing on this river. Obviously there is the swimming you can do in the river. It is also known for its particularly good fishing.

This campsite has a special group of friends that live in the area. It is very common to find a group of Bare-nosed wombats. So it’s best to take special care when driving in the area of the furry friends that inhabit the zone as well.

As noted it is a very popular spot, so on holidays and long weekend be sure to arrive early to get an ideal spot.

Note: This picnic area may be closed during times of flooding or access to Lake Yarrunga is restricted when Tallowa Dam is spilling. Check their official website for any notifications on this.

Details about Bendella Recreation Area Free camping site

Tooloom Falls Free Camp Grounds

RATED 4.5/5 – Check Google Reviews

Tooloom Falls is quite the magical spot and a super-easy campground to find when using Google maps. If travelling from up north the drive from the Gold Coast area along the Mount Lindsay Highway is quite spectacular as well.

This spot has quite an amazing view, the campground itself has a direct view of Tooloom Falls itself. There is somewhat of a majestic feel to falling asleep to the sounds of a waterfall.

Each campsite has make do fire pits with some of the campsites having actual legitimate open fires with BBQ plates to cook on.

In the dry season, it can become a little dusty as there can be a lack of grass in the area. It is recommended to bring extra tarps to cover floor areas.

The campsite and surrounding areas is a boon for wildlife. Expect to see wildlife such as possums, cockatoos and echidnas. With that said also be cautious of snakes in the area as well especially around banks of the creek.

It is the perfect spot during winter as it doesn’t get too cold at night and in the summertime makes for a great spot to cool down in the water hole. There are plenty of opportunities to do hiking in the area also.

Details about Tooloom Falls Free camping NSW site

Meroo Head Free Camp Grounds

RATED 4.6/5 – Check Google Reviews

Truth be told I was struggling to find a free camp site which was near the beach in NSW. Well after some time here I have found which looks to be an amazing spot on the south coast of the NSW, just 240kms out of Sydney.

Meroo Head is a knockout spot for views and to be a stone’s throw from the beach is amazing. The only drawback, in this case, buy the sounds of it, this does not seem to be suitable for anyone with a caravan or trailer. Alas if you have a tent handy you can set up at this super cool spot.

Meroo head with a combination of forest and beach makes for a perfect spot for those who like outdoors with a combination of beach activities and going out for a swim on a hot day. The beach is also a great spot to get some snorkelling and even surfing. For the less enthusiastic, a calm and relaxing walk down the beach is an option. Check out the rock pools and you might just spot a crab or two.

Not so far is Meroo Lake and you can also go for a hike up to Meroo Head lookout which has amazing coastal views of the area. Also, a great sport to get some wildlife action in as well, with plenty of bird watching. Also, a great spot to get somewhat watching, not far from the shore it is common to see a pod of whales.

For the flora lovers, there is also plenty to look at in the area. Apparently, in the springtime, the wildflowers are spectacular. You will also find pink flowering blueberry ash as well as rare orchids. For some contrast, you will also find the huge eucalypts as part of the forest which are also breathtaking.

What an amazing opportunity this is, to camp for free and take inn the sounds of the forest and the crashing waves as you go to your slumber. Get up in the morning for the sunrise over the ocean and take it all that nature has to offer.

Details about Meroo Head Free camping NSW site

Brou Lake campground

RATED 4.8/5 – Check Google Reviews

Free beach camping in NSW must be a thing of the past as there are little to no locations to do this. Thankfully I found another camping ground which is super close to the beach at Brou Lake campground.

Brou Lake campground as the name suggests is nestled between Lake Brou and the ocean, specifically Jemisons Beach. It is located in Bodalla which ins on the far south coast of NSW. In a forest location there are plenty of outdoor activities to get on, obviously hiking and checking out the area is one of those.

It is also ideal for swimming, with the lake positioned on one side and the ocean on the other side. Great spot for the family as the kids will love a swim and for the adults it’s an ideal spot for fishing in the lake or ocean. Other activities you can have a crack at include surfing, canoeing or kayaking.

Go for a sunset walk along the sandy stretch and sometimes if you are lucky enough you might just get to see some dolphins on your stroll. Other wildlife in the area include potaroos.

For supplies in the area, you are not too far from both Narooma and Bodalla town centres. Thankfully the site itself is also friendly to both caravans, camper trailers and of course tents.

Details about Brou Lake Free camping NSW site

  • Location on Google Maps from Sydney
  • Distance from Sydney: 4 Hours 33 mins – 339 kms
  • Brou Lake Rd, Bodalla NSW 2545
  • Close to beach, bush and lake.
  • Access: unsealed roads.
  • Suitable for: caravans, camper trailers, Tents
  • Facilities: Toilets, picnic tables
  • Pet-Friendly: No

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