Wollongong Camping

by Guest

Located just south of Sydney, Wollongong (affectionately referred to as ‘the Gong’) is known for its impressive coastline, and excellent surfing waves. The amazing Grand Pacific Drive which works its way along the coast passes Wollongong and brings in tourists throughout the year. For those who like outdoor activities and adrenaline junkies, there is a wealth of things to do. Surf or learn to surf on the breaks, drive across Sea Cliff Bridge, take to the skies on a tandem hang-glide, hike or bike along the 40 kilometres of trails, go skydiving, sailing, waterskiing, or deep sea fishing. Throughout the year there are plenty of events going on to keep you busy including music festivals and markets. Birdlife, dingoes, meerkats, and koalas inhabit the Symbio Wildlife Reserve. Other places to visit include the Nan Tien Temple, the biggest of its kind in Australia, and the Planetarium.

The landscape here lends itself nicely to camping. Through there are other hotel and guest house options in Wollongong, nothing brings you closer to the landscape and the beaches than camping out under the stars. There are several to choose from across the small town. Here’s a rundown of each campsite in Wollongong and the surrounding area.

Coledale Beach Camping Reserve Campsite

As the name suggests, this small campsite is located on Coledale Beach just a short distance from Wollongong. There are several facilities here, and it is possible to bring your motorhome, tent  or caravan on to the campsite’s pitches. The stunning Grand Pacific Drive goes via the campsite and the nearby Sea Cliff Bridge. Facilities at the site are basic, but they do include a camp kitchen and barbecue. The beach has some excellent breaks for surfing, and the interior behind the camp offers hiking opportunities. Spend your days working on your tan on the beach, going deep sea fishing, watching the dolphins which often come close to shore, swimming in the warm sea, or snorkeling. During the season, it is also possible to see fluking whales from the campsite, a magical experience. For more information, visit the camp’s website .

South Pacific Park Village Campsite

Located just outside Wollongong, the South Pacific Park Village campsite is nestled in a lovely spot on Lake Illawarra. The facilities here are basic, but they still provide barbecues and gas. As well as having pitches for tents, the site also has mobile homes to rent for those looking for a little more comfort and space. Some of the tent pitches offer electricity. There is plenty to do around the campsite including deep sea fishing, spending time on the golf courses, mountain biking, tastings at the local vineyards, or cooling off in the lake or sea and swimming. There are also plenty of waters sports such as sailing, surfing, or wind surfing. If you have a rental car, you can easily access Canberra and Sydney.

Windang Beach Campsite

The Windang Beach Park is not far away from Wollongong and is one of the most popular campsites in the area. They have a number of pitches for tents available throughout the high season. For those looking for a little more comfort, the campsite has several one, two and three bedroom static homes available. These are spacious and include a private bathroom with a spa bath, private covered terrace with barbecue facilities, a kitchenette with washing machine, air conditioning, and beautiful views over the lake. Those camping or bringing their motorhomes can hook up to the electricity available on some of the pitches. Other facilities including barbecue areas, access to washing machines for laundry, a playground for kids, and a ramp for putting your boat into the water. The campsite permits pets on the site. For more information, visit the campsites website .

Bulli Beach Tourist Campsite

The Bulli Beach Tourist campsite has pitches available on the grounds for campers or those bringing there motorhomes. Some of these have electricity should you wish to have power, though they are more expensive. The park also has a variety of cabins ranging from one to three beds. These are ideally placed with views overlooking the water and offer more space for families or groups of guests. These cabins include facilities like private bathrooms, terraces with barbecue equipment, air conditioning, and even washers and dryers. Other facilities at the campsite include a playground for kids, guest laundry, and a function room. The campsite is non smoking and guests are permitted to bring their pets. For more information, visit the campsite website .

North Era Park

The North Era Park is nestled along the coast in a national park, offering spectacular views. It’s very basic, so isn’t that suitable for children. There are no cabins available, and you will need to bring your own tents to pitch. There are no facilities at the campsite, so you will need to bring all your own supplies like food, drinking water, and cooking equipment. This is bush camping at its best. For those who do come, there are some great things to do in the area including hiking, mountain biking, and visiting the nearby beaches for swimming and snorkeling. For more information on the park and the things to do, visit the website .

Wollongong Surf Resort

The Wollongong Surf Resort is great for those looking to surf and to be close to the town. Nestled in many acres of glorious New South Wales countryside, the campsite is located just a couple of minutes from the town. They have many beachfront pitches available for campers, some of which include electricity, though these cost more. They also have a variety of comfortable mobile home cabins which are equipped with private bathrooms, kitchen, and covered private terraces. There is plenty on offer at and around the campsite. Enjoy the indoor swimming pool, use the spas which have a variety of treatments including steam rooms, tennis courts, table tennis, a mini golf course, and a bouncy castle for the kids. You can also hire mountain bikes to ride through the nearby trails, or learn to surf nearby. An excellent choice for kids. For more information, visit the campsites website .

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