Best camping spots near Newcastle

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 camping spots near Newcastle and the Hunter Region.

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

Here’s 5 great camping spots near Newcastle

  1. Signed, sealed and delivered

You can’t beat beautiful Seal Rocks for a great camping getaway.

  • Just over 90 minutes’ drive north of Newcastle, at Seal Rocks you can take your pick from four beaches to swim, surf or fish in.
  • Treachery Camp is a large camping ground where you can just pick your spot, there’s no allocated sites.
  • Facilities at Treachery include a large camp kitchen with gas BBQs, picnic tables and sinks, along with a modern amenities block with hot showers, flushing toilets, baby change table and a laundry.
  • As well as enjoying the beautiful beaches, you can walk up to Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse or in the surrounding Myall Lakes National Park.
  1. Hit the lake

Head to Lake Macquarie Village for a great getaway that’s close to all the comforts of home.

  • Right near the Morriset shops and train station, the convenient location of this camp ground makes for an easy stay.
  • There’s cabin and cottage accommodation, powered and unpowered campsites to choose from, and facilities include a pool and recreation area, BBQ’s, toilets, hot showers and a laundry.
  • Enjoy swimming and sailing, fishing, bushwalking and rock climbing, and there’s a few horse riding places nearby.
  • You can even take your dog along with you to join in the family fun.
  1. Or hit the beach!

Kick back and relax at Delicate Nobby Camping Ground near Crescent Head for one of the most relaxing camping spots near Newcastle.

  • Three hour’s drive from Newcastle, it is a little further to go but the Delicate campground in Goolawah Regional Park is the ideal getaway.
  • This beachfront campground offers 26 powered and 24 unpowered sites, along with backpackers style accommodation.
  • Facilities include a kiosk, BBQ area, hot showers and a camper’s kitchen.
  • Your four legged friend is also allowed here, so bring the dog along.
  1. Enjoy a spot of glamping

For those after a touch of luxury with their camping, head to Myall Shores Holiday Park.

  • Just 90 minutes north of Newcastle and set in the beautiful Myall Lakes National Park, this is a great spot to enjoy all nature has to offer.
  • There’s a range of camp site options to choose from, including waterfront and powered sites, and walk-in unpowered sites.
  • Or for the ultimate camping – or should we say glamping – experience, try their lakeside safari tents, for camping in comfort and style!
  • Interact with local wildlife including kangaroos, wallabies, possums, koalas, and hundreds of bird species.  You can also enjoy bush walking, bike riding, swimming, fishing and the secluded ocean beaches right at your doorstep.
  1. Go to the Tops

Have a tops time at Gloucester River Campground in the Barrington Tops National Park.

  • This picturesque riverside campground has wide open, natural spaces and is a great spot for families and groups of all ages.
  • Set alongside the flowing river, there’s 25 unmarked sites to choose from here. Set your tent up amongst the trees and enjoy swimming, bush walking, and picnicking.
  • You can spot wildlife including pademelons, brush turkeys and lyrebirds, and you’ll hear lots of frogs and owls.
  • Park facilities include BBQs, picnic tables and toilets.