The Cultural Hub of Australia's East Coast
Sydney enjoys a close proximity to many widely renowned National Parks and nature reserves, many of which are only a short bus journey from the city centre. First for families and couples alike would be the Royal National Park, the second oldest national park in the world; that has rainforest, creeks, wildflower meadows, sea-sculpted sandstone headlands and majestic stretches of coastal trails. Bonnie Vale is the most accessible and comfortable camping area; with car parking, hot showers and wood-fired barbecues. It is located near Bundeena on Port Hacking, close to a large sand spit that offers good swimming. Bush camping can be found at Uloola Falls, 5km south to the south of Audley, but is intended for serious walkers on the park's two main long-distance walking trails only. As such on both sites, campers are allowed to stay for just one night.
If wild and rugged come high on your wish list for a camping holiday in Sydney, Marramarra National Park is the place to head. Designated camping grounds are located at Gentlemans Halt and at Marramarra Creek, which is accessible by water as well as on foot.
Overlooking the Hawkesbury River on Sydney's northern outskirts, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park loiters on the shores of Pittwater and Broken Bay with sandstone cliffs and edges of rainforest. The park also has an profligate displays of birdlife, and a rich legacy of rock art left by the Garigal people, for whom the park is named. However, camping is only allowed at The Basin; which has toilets, cold showers, gas barbecues and a small shelter shed - but relatively difficult access makes it difficult for campers with cars. The camp site can be reached via a two-kilometre walk along The Basin Track or by ferry from Palm Beach Wharf. If you don’t mind crowds, Cattai National Park is a good choice for family camping trips during the summer holidays.
Built by convicts in 1821, the beautiful Cattai Homestead is an important part of our colonial heritage. Meanwhile, the Heathcote National Park on Sydney's southern border is a bushwalker's paradise - no roads clutter the park and facilities are limited to a few basic picnic sites and camping is confined to sites at Kingfisher Pool, Mirang Pool and Lake Eckersley. Sydney caters for everything a camping holiday could want, and provides an inexpensive stay close to some of the world’s finest natural beauty.