Crosslands Reserve is near Hornsby, a suburb in Sydney’s north. The camping area can be accessed by car, or by walking in via the Benowie Walking Track, part of the Great North Walk. The reserve is set amongst beautiful peppermint gums, blackbutt, scribbly gums and blue gums.
There are several places to camp and sleep under the stars in Sydney, some very close to the city. Other camping grounds in Sydney are out in national parks in the suburbs. Most of them provide the opportunity to experience sleeping in the bush. Those that don’t, such as Cockatoo Island and Coledale, are right on the water.
While not a wilderness experience, camping in the middle of the harbour, with the boats passing by, is an experience that should not be missed. There is a lot to explore on the island, and the location itself makes it ideal to sit and relax and enjoy the city views.
This beachside camping spot is located south of Sydney in the small town of Coledale, and is managed by the Coledale Surf Life Saving Club.
The Basin offers a unique camping opportunity with only boat or hiking access to the camp ground. Located on the foreshore of Pittwater and only an hours drive north of Sydney, The Basin is one of Sydney’s camping hot spots for summer with ample swimming and shaded areas to escape the heat. Only a 15 minute ferry ride from Palm Beach Wharf, this secluded paradise offers hiking, fishing, swimming, Aboriginal engravings and a lot more.
Nestled in the western suburbs of Sydney, Bents Basin is situated along the Nepean River, and offers an ideal place to camp, swim, canoe, picnic or just laze around.
Situated at the northern end of the Royal National Park, Bonnie Vale Campground offers endless activities for the whole family including fishing, hiking, playing on the tidal sand flats, swimming and more.
Tucked away a short bus ride from Chatswood is the Lane Cove River Tourist Park, located in the Lane Cove National Park in the suburbs of Northern Sydney. It is probably the closest you’ll get to camping in the bush close to Sydney.