It may have only just rolled over to spring but if you want that prime site for a summer weekend with all your friends then you should be booking quick smart. To help with your selections, we’ve compiled a list of five east coast campsites that feature the best of summer beachside camping. Starting from down south: Pretty Beach, Murramarang National Park on the south coast of NSW.
Most visitors who camp on the south coast are coming from Sydney, so the decision is often between time in the car verse time at camp. The further south you travel the more it feels like you’re escaping the clutches of the city. But if you’re only going away for a few days then you don’t want to spend the majority of that time driving there and back.
Pretty Beach is three and a half hours south of Sydney and one of those campgrounds that satisfies almost every requirement. The campsite sits on a headland, nestled behind some trees that offer protection any nasty weather. There’s a grassy knoll filled with lazing roos that leads down to a pretty little beach (hence the name) that forms its own bay. There’s a few good surf spots around the corner, some nice walking trails, and a town nearby for any coffee or bakery hits. You don’t need to leave the campsite though: the office sells ice and the obligatory ice creams. There’s also powered sites for those who require it.
Pretty Beach sits inside Murramarang National Park so bookings are run by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. Also in that park is Pebbly Beach, which has a bigger reputation because of a population of beachgoing roos, but we think Pretty Beach wins overall.