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Escape Sydney for the Weekend: Carasel Towbar Top 4 Hidden Camping Gems

Posted by Bob Newman on Jan 24, 2014 - 0 Comments

Want to get out of Sydney but don’t like dealing with airports? Hitch a caravan or trailer to your towbar and take to the road instead.


Image via NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Itching to fulfil what feels like an insatiable wanderlust but don’t want to waste your time with flights, long lines at immigration and the annoying jetlag? How about hitching a caravan to the back of your car and getting on the long winding road to the great outdoors? If you’re stuck on camping spot ideas, here are a few of our favourites not far from our front door.

Lane Cove National Park

This one is for those wanting the great outdoors but who don’t want to go too far outside. A hop, skip and a jump out of the city centre, Lane Cove offers powered and non-powered, grassy or concreted campsites to suit your every camping whim. Don’t dismiss it as being the easy way out, though – the site has won a tonne of awards so you know it’s the real deal.

Where is it? Lane Cove River Tourist Park, about 20 minutes from the CBD.

How much does it cost? Powered sites, $39 per day for 2 adults. Unpowered sites, $37 per day for 2 adults. ‘My First Time Camping’, $90 per day for 4 people (includes tent, stretcher beds, table and chairs).

Cox’s River

If you scoffed at the suggestion above, maybe Cox’s River is more up your alley. Located deep within the Blue Mountains, this camping spot boasts excellent places to swim and fish, plus some excellent bush trails. There are pit toilets and drinkable water sources – however, it needs to be treated first.

Where is it? Cox’s River Campsite, about 2 hours from the CBD.

How much does it cost? No camping fees apply.

Bouddi National Park

Situated near Gosford, Bouddi National Park offers everything you could want in a campsite. There are diverse landscapes to point your iPhone camera at – beaches, steep cliffs, rainforest and heathland abound. Go for a hike, a swim, or just take in the view – you’re in no rush.

Where is it? Tallow Beach Campground, about an hour and a half away from the CBD.

How much does it cost? $20 per night for 2 people, $10 for each extra person.

Royal National Park

Just like Lane Cove, the Royal National Park is the getaway for those who don’t want to get too far away from home. Just south of Sutherland Shire, you could drive to the park after work and still have time for a dip before the sun sets (at least, while daylight savings is still in effect). That said, you’ll need to be well prepared before you set up camp as it is a remote area and there is no available water.

Where is it? Uloola Falls Campground, about 45 minutes from the CBD.

How much does it cost? $10 per night for 2 people, $5 for each extra person.

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