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17 Beautiful Places To Go Camping Around Sydney

All within a three-hour drive from the CBD.

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1. Patonga Camping Ground, Gosford

Distance from Sydney CBD: An hour and 25 minutes drive.

About 25 kilometres south of the Gosford CBD, this ground offers 36 powered and 45 unpowered camping spots. Go bushwalking in the Brisbane Water National Park, and jump on the ferry to Palm Beach if you feel like a change of scenery.

2. The Basin, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Distance from Sydney CBD: 58 minute drive.

The only place you can camp within the national park, The Basin is great for anyone who likes bike riding, swimming, or native wildlife.

3. Cockatoo Island, Sydney

Distance from Sydney CBD: 21 minute drive.

For $45 a night (or $50 a night on weekends) you can camp out on one of Sydney's most iconic islands. Seriously, could it get better than this?

4. Honeymoon Bay, Currarong

Distance from Sydney CBD: Two hours and 46 minutes drive.

During the summer holidays spots at this camping ground are only available through a ballot system, so sign up and cross your fingers.

5. Glenworth Valley, Peats Ridge

Distance from Sydney CBD: 58 minute drive.

Glenworth Valley is one of Australia's largest horse riding centres. If this is right up your alley, make the most of it by camping for a couple of days.

6. Coledale Camping Reserve, Coledale

Distance from Sydney CBD: An hour and 14 minutes drive.

Perfect for beach-lovers, this is a great area for casual campers who want to eat fish and chips on the sand each night before bed.

7. Crosslands Reserve, Berowra Valley National Park

Distance from Sydney CBD: 47 minute drive.

You can access this park by foot along the Benowie Walking Track. If you want to spend your days bushwalking, this is a great place for you, as it falls on a section of the Great North Walk.

8. Coxs River, Blue Mountains

Distance from Sydney CBD: Two hours and three minutes drive.

This camping ground is a great one for those who are looking to escape the city and get an authentic ~camping in the bush~ experience.

9. Lane Cove National Park, Lane Cove

Distance from Sydney CBD: 21 minute drive.

If you love the idea of camping, but not the idea of tents, this camp ground also offers campervan, motorhome, and caravan camping, which will make your life a whole lot comfier.

10. Booderee National Park, Jervis Bay

Distance from Sydney CBD: Two hours and 51 minutes drive.

There are three different grounds within this national park and each are suited to different size groups, so see how many mates are keen, and then book.

11. Bouddi National Park, Killcare

Distance from Sydney CBD: An hour and 26 minutes drive.

This ground is located right between the national park and pretty Putty Beach. Spend your days swimming, and don't dare leave without watching the sunset from one of the park's lookouts.

12. Royal National Park, Bundeena

Distance from Sydney CBD: 42 minute drive.

Bonnie Vale campground has 74 sites. There's no way you'll get bored camping here, with walking trails and plenty of places to swim.

13. NRMA Sydney Lakeside Park, North Narrabeen

Distance from Sydney CBD: 38 minute drive.

A great place for those who don't want to rough it too much, this park has great facilities, which will be very appreciated by first-timers.

14. Upper Colo Reserve, Hawkesbury

Distance from Sydney CBD: An hour and 32 minutes drive.

Without any mobile reception, this ground is a fantastic place for anyone looking to temporarily escape reality.

15. Newnes Campground, Wolgan Valley Blue Mountains

Distance from Sydney CBD: Two hours and 42 minutes drive.

They don't take bookings at this site, but instead operate on a "first in, first served" basis, so make sure you get up early.

16. Turon Gates, Blue Mountains

Distance from the CBD: Two hours and 56 minutes drive.

Choose your own camping spot along the river, and settle right in. If you're more into the idea of ~glamping~ this retreat also offer their own fancy tents for $160 per night.

17. Glenmack Caravan Park, Kangaroo Valley

Distance from the Sydney CBD: An hour and 57 minutes drive.

Kangaroo Valley is amazing for many reasons, and the Glenmack Caravan Park is definitely one of them. Stroll over to the river and go swimming, or hire out a canoe when you feel like getting active.

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This post previously included a camping spot located in Mimosa Rocks National Park, which is actually more than a three-hour drive away from Sydney.