Who wouldn't want to sleep under starry skies and wake up here? Keep in mind though, there are very few free camping sites in the Shoalhaven and following bushfires and COVID-19 it's even more important to book online or by phone. 

Never fear, however, you may still find a coastal campsite with our many holiday parks. Plus we're the experts in riverfront camping, with several options on the grassy banks of the Shoalhaven River. For Summer and Easter you’ll need to plan well in advance because popular South Coast camp spots book out fast. If you can, plan an adventure with a guide to cap off your rewilding adventure or spend your last night in a luxury glamping experience.

 

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Camp by the River, then Day Trip to the Beach

Wake up by the river in your own camp or let someone build it for you! The Shoalhaven River and Kangaroo Valley offer the most variety with a few more on the Clyde River. Coolendel, is particularly favoured for its beautiful grassy grounds and Shoalhaven River frontage and you don't even have to set up your tent if you book a glamping stay with Flash Camp, it will reopen on August 14! Pet-friendly, Grady’s Riverside Retreat also offers dirt surfing on mountain bike trails. Closer to town you can stay at sleep to the sounds of the Shoalhaven Zoo animal family at the Shoalhaven Zoo Camping Reserve or stay at North Nowra Riverfront Caravan Park (Shoalhaven Ski Park). Please note Bendeela in Kangaroo Valley is currently open between 8am and 5pm for day visitors only.

Be a conscious traveller

We love having you here and want you to have a great time, so here are some tips if you are heading our way especially during the summer! Our best advice is to plan ahead and book your stay before you arrive so you don't end up camping where you are not allowed, our rangers regularly patrol beaches and camping grounds. Slow down on the roads and be respectful of our communities, our environment and its animals. Remember, party like your grandmother's next door! For more information, call our Visitor Information Service to have a chat with a real, local human who has all the expert knowledge to guide you along your journey.

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Camping by the Beach

Waking up beside the seaside is a pretty amazing way to start your holiday but we don't want it to end in a fine! We've got dozens of well-priced holiday parks along our 120-kilometre coastline, from Shoalhaven Heads to North Durras. While this is one of the more expensive camping options over summer, it still won't break the bank and you're rewarded with beachfront access, fabulous facilities and perhaps some outdoor pizza or movie nights too. Explore camping sites, caravan sites, cabins and safari tents. See the full list below and make sure you book ahead! Our beach carparks are quaint and tiny and it's part of our charm, but they're not official places for overnight stays. So even if you're tempted please don't park up on our beaches, treating them kindly is what keeps them so unspoilt and that means no fires too.

Camping in National Parks

Bookings are required for all National Parks campgrounds and cabins as of June 1, 2020. Before your visit, you should check the webpage for your chosen area and call NPWS on 1300 072 757 if you are unsure. You can also check the alerts page for closures of nearby walks and picnic areas. At Meroo National Park you can stay beside the sea at Sunburnt Beach and Termeil Point. The iconic Pretty Beach and Depot Beach in Murramarang National Park are also open. 

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Showground Stopovers

Van lifers and caravanners can stopover at any one of three showgrounds in the Shoalhaven, each with a dump point. Berry Showground is one of the best in Australia, with a pool, historic buildings, cosy camp kitchen, shady areas and a great location that is close to Berry's Queen Street and train station. Please note there are no tent sites. Prices at Berry range per person per night from $13 (unpowered) to $16.50 (powered) per night. Call the Shoalhaven Visitors Centre during business hours on (02) 4421 0778 to book. Nowra Showground has elevated views of the Shoalhaven River from Hanging Rock, and front row access to Ben's Walk and the grottos and forests that line this part of the Shoalhaven River. Nowra Showground has showers, and no tent sites, and prices range from $12 per person, per night (unpowered) to $15 (powered) per night.  At Milton Showground Camping Area you can take the dog, pitch the tent on the grassy grounds and enjoy great facilities. Call the Shoalhaven Visitors Centre during business hours on (02) 4421 0778 to book. The eateries and delights of Milton are a short walk away, and the beaches a quick trip in the car. Sites per site, per day are $21 (unpowered) - $26 (powered).

Remote Camping Spots

Escaping into a remote area is a great way to switch off from the world and really unwind but it's crucial to plan ahead to ensure your chosen site is open. Although we have many State Forests, Yadboro is the only one set up for camping but is closed at times so please check with Forests Corporation NSW before you leave on your trip. Nestled by the Clyde River, Yadboro Flat is a popular dog-friendly free camp, so make sure you get in early to secure a spot. If you like being remote, there are a couple of other free camps National Parks you could check out, Long Gully in Budawang National Park which is open with online bookings. Blue Gum Flat Campgrounds in Morton National Park remains closed. Long Gully is the place for experienced trekkers and Blue Gum Flat for fishing and mountain biking. Online bookings are necessary and you’ll need to arrive prepared. Hot tip: 4WD is recommended for these ones!

Camping on an off grid holiday in the Shoalhaven
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Ulladulla Beach
With views across Ulladulla Harbour and only minutes from shops, cafes, restaurants, beaches and fishing spots, Ulladulla Headland Holiday Haven offers something for everyone.
Bendeela Camping and Picnic Area
Bendeela is a rustic camping ground and picnic area set in natural bushland on the banks of the Kangaroo River arm of Lake Yarrunga (Tallowa
Green Patch beach, Booderee National Park
Green Patch camping area is located in beautiful Booderee National Park at Jervis Bay. Booderee offers a wide range of activities in a pristine natural
Coolendel Bush Camping
Coolendel is an idyllic setting located on the beautiful Shoalhaven River, 30 kilometres west of Nowra. Enjoy two and a half kilometres of river frontage
Culburra Beach - Splashpad
Culburra Beach Holiday Park sits at the northern end of Culburra Beach, with direct access to the beach the park is a great destination for
Currarong
On the northern tip of Jervis Bay Marine Park, nestled between the creek and the beach in the sleepy coastal town of Currarong you will
Looking through the trees out to sea on sunset. Photo:John Yurasek

Set amongst the beautiful spotted gums native to the area, the location is perfectly idyllic for a weekend away. Once you’ve set up your tent,

Don Hearns Cabins
Don Hearn's self-contained cabins are located at Cunjurong Point in the Shoalhaven. The cabins are ideally suited as a quiet holiday for couples or a
Camping at Gradys Riverside Retreat Burrier
Grady's Riverside Retreat is set on 17 acres amongst the peaceful bank of the Shoalhaven River surrounded by trees, shrubs, nature and a beautiful clear
Kayaks
If you are looking for a quiet caravan or camping holiday in the bush, on the creek and away from traffic noise... then book Jervis
Absolute Waterfront Villas
Jervis Bay Caravan Park is a well maintained, unspoilt, privately owned park on a crystal clear waterway accessing Jervis Bay. A unique feature of the
Joalah Holiday Park

Joalah Holiday Park is the place to go to get away from it all, and enjoy some of the finest features on the South Coast

Kioloa Beach Holiday Park
Located on the NSW South Coast halfway between Batemans Bay and Ulladulla, Kioloa Beach Holiday Park offers you the delights of a relaxing family holiday
Lake Conjola Waterfront Holiday Park
Lake Conjola Waterfront Holiday Park is a heritage listed park which has been situated on the shores of Lake Conjola.
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Bring your own tent or caravan to Lakeside Cabins and Holiday Village, or stay in one of the brick cabins which overlook Swan Lake and

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