Budget camping spots near Sydney for the ultimate cheap break

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Take a budget camping break without the long drive

Camping is the ultimate budget holiday. A chance to relax, unwind and unplug from digital devices and daily life for a while.

The good news is, you don’t have the hit the road and drive for hours. There’s loads of fabulous places budget camping spots that are close to the Sydney CBD.

So grab your sleeping bag and tent, and let’s go camping!

Here’s 5 great budget camping spots near Sydney CBD

  1. Island dreams

We all sometimes dream of running away to live on an island.

  • Camping on Cockatoo Island can make that dream come true, for a while at least!
  • Right in the middle of Sydney’s stunning harbour, this is a glamping experience that lets you enjoy hassle-free camping just a stone’s throw from Sydney city.
  • The perfect romantic or family escape, it’s perfect for those short on time. Take a short ferry ride from Circular Quay, and you’re there!
  • Your tent is all ready to go for you, kitted out with camp beds, linen, cushions, a lantern and even sun loungers.
  • You’ll camp right by the water with gorgeous views of the harbour and surrounds.
  1. Seaside serenity

Just a short ferry ride across from Palm Beach, you’ll uncover one of northern Sydney’s best budget camping secrets – Patonga.

  • This camp-site is run by the Central Coast Council and features a calm beach on one side and a creek on the other.
  • The tranquil park has 36 powered and 45 unpowered grassy sites. Facilities include an amenities and laundry block, children’s play area, electric BBQs, a boat ramp and a great fish and chips shop nearby.
  • There’s tennis courts and kayaks available for hire, so you can do as little or as much as you like!
  • Grab the Patonga Camping brochure for full details.
  1. Budget camping in the city

You don’t have to go too far to enjoy a camping adventure in Sydney.

  • Lane Cove National Park is just a 20 minute drive or a short train ride and walk from the Sydney CBD.
  • The Lane Cove River Tourist Park has over 200 sites, including some suitable for caravans and camper trailers.
  • The facilities at this award-winning park include several amenities blocks, power, camp kitchens, BBQs and picnic tables, a café and kiosk and even Wi-Fi.
  • This is a great spot for those who want to camp in the bush, without leaving the city!
  1. A home among the gum trees

Just a little north of Hornsby you can camp amongst the gum trees at the Crosslands Reserve Camping Area.

  • Set near Berowra Creek in the Berowra Valley National Park, this beautiful natural setting will make you feel a million miles from anywhere.
  • Enjoy an authentic camping experience, with no showers or power.
  • This is a great spot for families, as it has a bike track and a children’s playground.
  • For full details read the Crosslands Camping conditions.
  1. Riverside relaxing – for free!

If you’re after a hard core, back to nature budget camping experience, head to Cox’s River Campsite in the Blue Mountains.

  • This free campsite is accessible by 4WD, or a short walk from your car.
  • There are pit toilets and picnic tables, and some fabulous bushwalking including the spectacular Six Foot Track.
  • Enjoy swimming in the river, or a spot of fishing.
  • Just 2 hour’s drive from Sydney CBD, this is the perfect spot to get away from it all.

If you’re in need of a quick and easy cash loan to stock up on new camping gear, just give the City Finance Sydney CBD Branch a call on (02) 9212 2267 or apply on our website!