Best camping spots near Gosford

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Take a budget 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 to camp around Gosford and the Central Coast.

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

Here’s 5 great camping spots near Gosford

  1. Island dreams

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

  • Camping at Patonga can make that dream come true, for a while at least!
  • 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. One for the nature lovers

Take a camping escape to Australia’s largest horse riding and outdoor adventure centre at Glenworth Valley.

  • Enjoy the unspoilt wilderness and relax in the 200 acre secluded riverfront camping ground. This family friendly location offers authentic bush camping, with unpowered campsites scattered among open fields along the creek.
  • You can park your car at your campsite and facilities include hot showers, toilets, wood-fired BBQ’s and picnic tables.
  • By day you’ll have the fun and adventure of hiking, horse riding, kayaking, abseiling and even quad biking, and chill out by the camp fire in the evenings.
  • You can even avoid the hassle and hire a tent so it’s all there, ready and waiting for you!
  1. Lakeside layabout

Keen fishermen and water sports enthusiasts will love Budgewoi Holiday Park.

  • Set on Lake Munmorah, this is a family friendly spot where you can relax and get away from it all.
  • Powered campsites are priced from just $29 a night, and facilities include amenities blocks, camp kitchen with a communal fridge, BBQs, laundry and a great children’s playground and jumping pillow.
  • There’s even Wi-fi hotspots throughout the park.
  • Your four legged friend can join in the fun here, with pets approved on application.
  1. Beachside bliss

Enjoy the stunning beaches that Norah Head is famous for.

  • Camp at Norah Head Holiday Park and enjoy access to both Lakes and Soldiers Point beaches. You can swim, surf, play in the rock pools or do a spot of beach fishing here to your heart’s content.
  • With powered, unpowered and ensuite camp sites to choose from, park facilities include a resort style swimming pool, playgrounds and grassed areas, a camp kitchen and amenities blocks.
  • Enjoy a walk to catch the view from Norah Head lighthouse.
  1. Hide out in the forest

Camp amongst the tall pines in Olney State Forest in the Watagan Mountains.

  • There’s several different camp sites to choose from in this family friendly forest, including the Pines, Turpentine, Casuarina, The Basin and Olney HQ camping areas.
  • Each provides sheltered campsites set in the native forest. The Pines and Olney HQ have large all-weather picnic shelters, and the Basin Camping area is great for large groups, with easy access to open grassy areas and a flowing creek.
  • Keen bushwalkers can explore trails like The Pines, Abbotts Falls and Rock Lily walking trails which meander through moist eucalypt forests, rainforests and rock pools.