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Diamond Head Campground, Crowdy Bay NP, NSW

Diamond Head Campground

The Diamond Head Campground in Crowdy Bay National Park NSW is one of our favourite campground stays with it’s stunning beach, roaming kangaroos and wildlife plus the great facilities available while camping.

From Laurieton in New South Wales, the Diamond Head Campground is approx a 10km drive on gravel road which was a little corrugated but we did it easily in our Winnebago Motorhome.

A little further past Diamond Head Campground are Indian Head Campground and Kylies Beach Campground which are also located within Crowdy Bay National Park.

Diamond Head Campground - Crowdy Bay National Park

Diamond Head Campground Facilities

There is a good amenities block which includes toilets and cold showers for the use of campers.

We cooked on the excellent covered BBQ’s that are in place at the Diamond Head Campground which is near the amenities area and close to the beach.

Bins are available so please be sure to use them and keep the area clean.

Our campsite at Diamond Head Campground
Camping Diamond Head

A dump point is in place to suit Caravans, Motorhomes and campers with portable toilets.

You can take your 4WD onto the beach, a permit is required from Port Macquarie – Hastings Council before driving on the sand.

The beach has good surfing available along with swimming, snorkelling and fishing. There are some great walking trails looking out over the rocky cliffs and further along to other beaches.

Diamond Head

Approx half the sites have good sun for your solar, if it is important for you check out the sites when booking for the best access to the sun.

Diamond Head Campground has no drinking water available so you will need to bring all your own water for drinking with you.

Are pets allowed at the Diamond Head Campground?

Crowdy Bay is National Park so dogs are not allowed and all pets are not permitted.

Drone view of Diamond Head Campground
Kangaroos around our campsite

Generators are also prohibited from use while camping at Diamond Head.

Fires are permitted but only in a fire pit able to be hired for $10 or if you have one that is off the ground.

There are lots of kangaroos all around the campground, they are calm and used to humans but always remember they are still wild animals.

During migration season Humpback Whales can easily be spotted as they make their way north before coming back again.

5 Essentials – 4WD Accessories

  1. 4WD Recovery Tracks will get you out of most situations, especially in sand. We bought a pair of these generic branded tracks that have worked well whilst other brands include the Australian made TRED or the Australian Designed and made MAXTRAX 4wd Recovery Tracks.
  2. For our 4WD we went with this EDECOA 1500 3000w Pure Sine Wave Inverter which has been excellent value and works great.
  3. I’m a massive fan of my Victron IP65 15a Battery Charger. I use it often to give batteries a boost and it really is an essential part of my tool kit.
  4. When camping my Kings 200w Solar Blanket gets a lot of use and works really well. Only downside is it doesn’t work with Lithium batteries.
  5. Brass Tyre Deflators are a fast and easy way to lower your tyre pressure to your desired level. Perfect for when you are hitting the beach.
Overview of Diamond Head Campground
Campground is right on the beach

We had phone coverage with both Telstra and Vodafone networks so accessing the internet was fine during our stay.

There are no powered sites at the Diamond Head Campground.

You will need a NSW National Parks pass to enter Crowdy Bay National Park.

Cost to stay is $12 per adult per night. Children aged 5-15yo are $6 each.

Our stay was 16-19th November 2018.

Diamond Head Campground Contact Details:

Phone: 1300 072 757
Address: 763 Diamond Head Road, Diamond Head, New South Wales
Website

How to get to Diamond Head Campground?

The best way in to the campground is from Laurieton just to the north. There is less unsealed road to drive when coming from Laurieton.

From the main street in Laurieton take Bold Street to the south and over the bridge on to Diamond Head Road.

Follow Diamond Head Road which becomes gravel for approximately 10kms until you reach the campground to your left.

What is there to do while staying and camping at Diamond Head?

North Haven

North Haven is a gorgeous small town with the river, the Camden Haven Inlet, flowing past to the mouth where it meets the ocean.

On one side is the open beach and the other is the North Haven Breakwall which is great for fishing.

You’ll also likely see other marine life like dolphins swim by.

This is a really beautiful beachside town with a slow pace and easy going vibe which we love.

Laurieton
Amazing views from Laurieton Lookout

Laurieton

Laurieton is close by to North Haven and has the best access road to Diamond Head Campground.

North Brother Mountain

Take the drive up to North Brother Mountain in Dooragan National Park and take in the incredible views from the Laurieton lookout.

The scenery is truly awesome and you can see all the way to Port Macquarie.

The drive up is steep and Caravans are not permitted however we did it easily in our 8 metre Winnebago Motorhome.

Laurieton Riverwalk Markets
Checking out the Laurieton Riverwalk Markets

Laurieton Riverwalk Markets

The Laurieton Riverwalk Markets are on each 3rd Sunday of the month and are interesting with all the crafts and products available.

We got lucky and were there the day it was on but some rain stopped the fun.

Laurieton United Services Club

A great place to stop and enjoy dinner and a show is the Laurieton United Services Club. It’s located overlooking the Camden Haven Inlet and is a great place for a local night out.

Another tip from a local we got was to try the Delizioso Italian Wood Fired Pizzas. We ordered one and took it back to our Motorhome and it was devine.

I’m salivating now as I think back to the night we ate this delicious pizza.

Port Macquarie

The major local town of Port Macquarie is a short drive from North Haven and with great beaches and walks plus all the facilities of a bigger town you would expect.

Port Macquarie Koala Hospital

During your visit go and see the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital.

These guys do such an amazing job of looking after injured and sick Koalas which come to them.

Book in a visit to the Koala Hospital and enjoy learning all about Koala’s and how this amazing team look after the Koalas before returning them back to the wild.

Feeding supplements at the Koala Hospital

Things to take with you when exploring Crowdy Bay National Park

Other great places to stay in the region:

Pin – Diamond Head Campground!

Diamond Head Campground

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Have you stayed at the Diamond Head Campground? If you have discovered this awesome campground, tell us about your experience in the comments.

Safe travels   

Kev & Adele
Indefinite Leave

We are Adele & Kevin, an Aussie couple from Brisbane in Queensland Australia who have embraced our adventurous spirit and ventured out to explore the world around us. We had spent so much time overseas we decided it was time to see our own truly amazing country and we needed to take some time to see everything it has to offer.

Our Aim is to inspire others to travel and help design the greatest adventure they can experience.

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Photography and Socials

Our camera equipment we use for all of our photos and videos are:

Samsung Note 10 Plus Phone – http://ebay.us/9vMXEH – Most of our photos are simply from our phones. The Samsung phone cameras are pretty insane. Our phones have 512gb storage in ours but the 256gb in this one is heaps. We have sourced this one which is approx $500 less than we paid for ours.

Samsung s21 Phonehttps://ebay.us/QAdwva – this looks an insane camera within a phone. We have friends and our son who own one and it seems quite extraordinary with their camera quality. If you’re after a new phone this is what I’d be looking at.

Canon 800dhttps://ebay.us/Q0UV1z – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.

Nikon Coolpix p1000https://ebay.to/37cORUV – We have the Nikon P900 and this is the new model. The zoom lens is unbelievable and so awesome when travelling and you want to capture photos from a distance.

Lenses

Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/3nx5pyG  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots. Canon 24-105mm lenshttps://ebay.us/br9MeO This is my all round, everyday use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.

Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/33xYeht – I use this one a lot for long range shots.

Sigma 10-20mm lenshttp://ebay.us/zWvfuI  – My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

Our Go Pro 9 Hero Black – https://ebay.us/6CQOVC  –  is an awesome piece of equipment. I use this for all underwater, action video and some general use. Buy here brand new and great value.

Mavic Pro Platinum Drone – https://ebay.to/2ARPxTo  This is an absolute ripper of a drone. The Fly More Combo will provide you with everything you will need. I use this for all my aerial footage and this price is well below other retail stores.

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Coledale Camping Reserve, Coledale NSW

Coledale Camping

The Coledale Camping Reserve is a fantastic location for beach accommodation.

Coledale is approximately an hour drive south of Sydney in NSW and is run by the Coledale Surf Life Saving Club.

All the fees go to supporting the local surf club.

Aerial view of the Coledale Camping Reserve
Coledale Camping Reserve

Coledale is a small town, just 18kms north of Wollongong in NSW.

The population of Coledale is just 1,260.

There are 2 beaches in Coledale with Sharkeys Beach to the south and Coledale Beach to the north of the township.

Recently the Coledale SLSC featured in a Dulux Commercial and they ended up getting the Club painted by Dulux.

Coledale Camping Reserve Amenities

The Coledale Camping area offers toilets and showers plus there is access to drinking water also.

BBQ’s are onsite perfectly facing the beach and are a great spot to enjoy cooking lunch or dinner with amazing views.

A Dump Point is also available at Coledale Camping ground.

We had excellent Telstra and Vodafone coverage during our stay.

Coledale Camping Reserve Campsite
Coledale Surf
The ocean pool near Coledale Camping Reserve

The views when camping at Coledale are fantastic looking out over the ocean and you can see Humpback Whales as they pass on migration during season.

A short walk down the beach and you will find a Rock pool perfect for swimming safely.

Are pets allowed at the Coledale Camping Reserve?

The Coledale Camping Reserve is not pet friendly and therefore dogs are not permitted.

Camping the NSW South Coast is a little restrictive for travellers with pets as a number of camping grounds are located in National Parks or some campgrounds simply do not allow pets for other reasons.

Read more: Travelling Australia with our dog MACKS

Rocky outcrop alongside Coledale Beach
A drone view of Coledale Camping Reserve and Coledale Beach
Coledale Beach Camping

Cost to stay at Coledale Camping Reserve

Cost to stay is $25 per night unpowered, we received $5 off with our National Seniors Card. Powered sites are $35 per night.

Update December 2020: Cost to stay is $25 a night unpowered and $30 powered during off peak for 2 people. During peak season availability is limited but prices are $38 a night unpowered and $45 powered per night for 2 people.
Update January 2022:
Off-Season Powered Week Nights $30 pn/Weekends $36 pn (2 night min. Fri/Sat) for 2 people
Peak Season Powered $45 pn/$315 per week for 2 people
Off-Season Unpowered Week Nights $25 pn/Weekends $30 pn (2 night min. Fri/Sat) – 2 people
Peak Season Unpowered $38 pn/$266 per week for 2 people
Seniors Card discounts apply

Coledale Beach
The magnificent Sea Cliff Bridge
Sea Cliff Bridge

Coledale Camping Reserve was the perfect base for exploring nearby Sea Cliff Bridge and the Figure 8 Pools in the Royal National Park!

The maximum stay at the Coledale Camping ground is 28 days. Call before you arrive, it is often very busy.

Our stay was 4-5th February 2019

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Contact details for Coledale Camping Reserve:

Phone: 02 4267 4302
Address: 686 Lawrence Hargrave Dr, Coledale NSW
Website: https://www.coledalebeach.com.au/coledale-beach-campsite/

Beachfront views at the Coledale Camping Reserve

How to get to Coledale Camping Reserve:

From the Princes Highway make your way to Lawrence Hargrave Drive to Coledale.

Once in Coledale look for the Coledale Camping area on the beach side of the road.

5 Essentials – Camping Accessories

A good Tent or Swag is the first decision for going camping. We like the Coleman Tent from Tentworld or the Wanderer 7 Man Tent from BCF. For a Swag, we were so close to buying the Kings Double Swag from 4WD Supacentre .

We like our BCF Wanderers Camping Chair which gets a lot of use as we travel Australia.

No more lugging around a huge BBQ and gas bottle now that we have a brilliant Gasmate Dual Burner Butane Cooktop from Tentworld

A good Portable Fridge Freezer we have found to keep the beers cold and steaks frozen are the Kings 70 L Fridge Freezer in the budget range, the Waeco 75L Dual Zone Fridge Freezer or the ever popular and long lasting Engel 75L Fridge Freezer.

A good quality Hand Held UHF is ideal and I like this Uniden UH750 5 watt UHF for long range and quality. The 5 watt range will give you maximum distance, especially if you need help!

What else is there to do while at Coledale Camping Reserve:

The amazing Sea Cliff Bridge

Sea Cliff Bridge

Take the drive to see the amazing and scenic Sea Cliff Bridge. The bridge was completed in 2005 after the original road was closed due to rock falls.

It is one of only 7 bridges of it’s kind in the world.

The Sea Cliff Bridge is 665 metres long and is an incredibly picturesque drive with stunning ocean views.

You can park and take a walk along the bridge and enjoy the viewing platform.

The spectaacular Figure 8 Pools
Adele chilling in the Figure 8 Pools

Figure 8 Pools

The Figure 8 Pools are located in the nearby Royal National Park.

A walk through the Royal National Park brings you to a beautiful beach before a walk across rocks brings you to the Figure 8 Pools.

The rock pools are amazing and the nearby beach is stunning. Stay safe when visiting the Figure 8 Pools.

Do your research and on the right day in the appropriate conditions it’s a fantastic location to enjoy.

Read more: Exploring Figure 8 Pools, Royal National Park

The Bald Hill Lookout
Bald Hill Lookout

Bald Hill Lookout

The Bald Hill Lookout is the best place to view spectacular sunsets and incredible views over the local region.

From the lookout you can also see the Sea Cliff Bridge, spot Humpback Whales or the hang gliders that often use the area.

Things to take with you when exploring Coledale

Coledale Weather

The best months to go camping at Coledale are January and February. Average temperature is approx 26°C.

Coldest months are July and August with temperatures averaging 10°C. Most rainfall is usually during February and March.

Coledale weather during our stay in February 2019 was a little wet and overcast some days

Other great places to stay in the region:

Pin – Coledale Camping Reserve

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Have you been camping on the beachfront at Coledale? Tell us about your Coledale Camping experience.

Safe travels   

Kev & Adele
Indefinite Leave

We are Adele & Kevin, an Aussie couple from Brisbane in Queensland Australia who have embraced our adventurous spirit and ventured out to explore the world around us. We had spent so much time overseas we decided it was time to see our own truly amazing country and we needed to take some time to see everything it has to offer.

Our Aim is to inspire others to travel and help design the greatest adventure they can experience.

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Photography and Socials

Our camera equipment we use for all our photos and videos are:

Samsung Note 10 Plus Phone – http://ebay.us/9vMXEH – Most of our photos are simply from our phones. The Samsung phone cameras are pretty insane. Our phones have 512gb storage in ours but the 256gb in this one is heaps. We have sourced this one which is approx $500 less than we paid for ours.

Samsung s21 Phonehttps://ebay.us/QAdwva – this looks an insane camera within a phone. We have friends and our son who own one and it seems quite extraordinary with their camera quality. If you’re after a new phone this is what I’d be looking at.

Canon 800dhttps://ebay.us/Q0UV1z – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.

Nikon Coolpix p1000https://ebay.to/37cORUV – We have the Nikon P900 and this is the new model. The zoom lens is unbelievable and so awesome when travelling and you want to capture photos from a distance.

Lenses

Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/3nx5pyG  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
Canon 24-105mm lenshttps://ebay.us/br9MeO – This is my all round, everyday use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/33xYeht – I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lenshttp://ebay.us/zWvfuI  – My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

Our Go Pro 9 Hero Black – https://ebay.us/6CQOVC  –  is an awesome piece of equipment. I use this for all underwater, action video and some general use. Buy here brand new and great value.

Mavic Pro Platinum Drone – https://ebay.to/2ARPxTo  This is an absolute ripper of a drone. The Fly More Combo will provide you with everything you will need. I use this for all my aerial footage and this price is well below other retail stores.

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Black Rocks Campground, Bundjalung National Park, NSW

Black Rocks Canpground

Black Rocks Campground is in the Bundjalung National Park in northern NSW approx a 40km drive south from Evans Head.

The beautiful NSW Coastline town of Yamba to the south is approximately an hours drive away.

An easy short stroll from your campsite at Black Rocks Campground to the beach and you quickly know where they got the name from.

Beach in front of the Black Rocks Campground
Black Rocks Campground beach

The rocks are what is called Coffee rock, a name given to sand that has hardened and formed over many thousands of years. It is a beautiful beach with stunning contrasts from the rock formations.

4WD Access from Black Rocks Campground

Access to the beach from the campground by 4WD is not possible but you can drive there from Iluka which is a bit further south.

Jerusalum Creek
Our Black Rocks Campground Campsite
Black Rocks Campground

The road in to the Campground includes approx 15kms of dirt road however it is in pretty good condition and we had no problems driving in with our 2WD Motorhome.

Black Rocks Campground Facilities

The campground has drop toilets and BBQ’s and each site includes a fire pit and clothesline. All sites are unpowered.

There is No water available at the Black Rocks Campground, you will need to bring your own. A dump point is available.

Telstra and other mobile phone reception is available at the Black Rocks Campground.

Looking down on the Blacks Rocks Campground
Fire pits are provided
Camping at Black Rocks Campground

Are dogs allowed at Black Rocks Campground?

Black Rocks Campground is in the Bundjalung National Park and therefore no pets are allowed.

Read more: Travelling Australia with our dog MACKS

The cost to stay is $24.60 for 2 adults per night. It is now $6 for children aged 5-15yo and you will need a National Parks vehicle pass which is $8 per day or we bought a 12 month pass for $65.

Our stay was 19th-21st October 2018.

Other great places to stay in the region:

5 Essentials – 4WD Accessories

  1. 4WD Recovery Tracks will get you out of most situations, especially in sand. We bought a pair of these generic branded tracks that have worked well whilst other brands include the Australian made TRED or the Australian Designed and made MAXTRAX 4wd Recovery Tracks.
  2. For our 4WD we went with this EDECOA 1500 3000w Pure Sine Wave Inverter which has been excellent value and works great.
  3. I’m a massive fan of my Victron IP65 15a Battery Charger. I use it often to give batteries a boost and it really is an essential part of my tool kit.
  4. When camping my Kings 200w Solar Blanket gets a lot of use and works really well. Only downside is it doesn’t work with Lithium batteries.
  5. Brass Tyre Deflators are a fast and easy way to lower your tyre pressure to your desired level. Perfect for when you are hitting the beach.
Looking down the beach at Black Rocks
BBQ's and toilet are available at the Campground
BBQ’s & toilets at Black Rocks Campground

Contact Details and How to Book for Black Rocks Campground:

Phone: 1300 072 757 from 7am to 7pm each day
Website

How to get to Black Rocks Campground:

Just 2kms south of Woodburn, turn east off the Pacific Highway to Tuckombil Rd. At the T junction turn right and follow Tuckombil Rd until it bends left in to The Gap Rd.

Follow The Gap Rd for 20kms on sealed road at first before it becomes gravel.

By driving to the conditions you will have no issues, we did it easily in our 2wd Motorhome.

Check out other great spots for: Camping NSW North Coast

Kev perched up on the edge of the Black Rocks

What is there to do at Black Rocks Campground?

Fishing

Go fishing along Ten Mile Beach. There’s lots of great surf fishing in the region.

Remember you will need a NSW Recreational Fishing license.

Jerusalum Creek

A short walk will also take you to Jerusalem Creek nearby where you can swim and fish or take an 8km walk to discover it’s full beauty.

Stunning Black Rocks Beach

Whale Watching

During Whale watching season you can see them swim by. Some will come in quite close to the beach as they splash and play.

Iluka and Yamba

Visit Iluka and Yamba which are both close by and enjoy a great day exploring these 2 fabulous small coastal towns.

Yamba

Things to take with you when exploring in and around the Black Rocks Campground

Best time to stay at Black Rocks Campground

A great time to go camping at Black Rocks Campground is during Winter and Spring. You can enjoy camping in the winter sun in August as it is one of the driest months along with September and October.

Keep you eyes out for whales as they are returning from their migration during Spring.

The average Summer temperature range is 20°C and 26°C with the temperatures in Winter averaging 12°C and 21°C.

Beautiful sunny days during our camping stay at Black Rocks in late October

Check out these other great blogs:

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Have you been camping at the Black Rocks Campground? Tell us about your Black Rocks Campground experience.

Safe travels

Kev & Adele
Indefinite Leave

We are Adele & Kevin, an Aussie couple from Brisbane in Queensland Australia who have embraced our adventurous spirit and ventured out to explore the world around us. We had spent so much time overseas we decided it was time to see our own truly amazing country and we needed to take some time to see everything it has to offer.

Our Aim is to inspire others to travel and help design the greatest adventure they can experience.

____________________________________________________________________________

Photography and Socials

Our camera equipment we use for all of our photos and videos are:

Samsung Note 10 Plus Phone – http://ebay.us/9vMXEH – Most of our photos are simply from our phones. The Samsung phone cameras are pretty insane. Our phones have 512gb storage in ours but the 256gb in this one is heaps. We have sourced this one which is approx $500 less than we paid for ours.

Samsung s21 Phonehttps://ebay.us/QAdwva – this looks an insane camera within a phone. We have friends and our son who own one and it seems quite extraordinary with their camera quality. If you’re after a new phone this is what I’d be looking at.

Canon 800dhttps://ebay.us/Q0UV1z – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.

Nikon Coolpix p1000https://ebay.to/37cORUV – We have the Nikon P900 and this is the new model. The zoom lens is unbelievable and so awesome when travelling and you want to capture photos from a distance.

Lenses

Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/3nx5pyG  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
Canon 24-105mm lenshttps://ebay.us/br9MeO – This is my all round, everyday use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/33xYeht – I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lenshttp://ebay.us/zWvfuI  – My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

Our Go Pro 9 Hero Black – https://ebay.us/6CQOVC  –  is an awesome piece of equipment. I use this for all underwater, action video and some general use. Buy here brand new and great value.

Mavic Pro Platinum Drone – https://ebay.to/2ARPxTo  This is an absolute ripper of a drone. The Fly More Combo will provide you with everything you will need. I use this for all my aerial footage and this price is well below other retail stores.

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Illaroo Campground, Yuraygir National Park, NSW

Illaroo North Campground

For Minnie Water Camping, the Illaroo Campground, Yuraygir National Park comprises of 2 options, the Illaroo North Campground and Illaroo South Campground. Our stay was in the Illaroo North Campground.

Only 14.5kms from the Illaroo Campground is Wooli on the NSW North Coast and it is also not far to Grafton which is under 52kms away.

The road in is bitumen to the turnoff with the last 2kms on dirt road which had many potholes when we were there. Take it easy and you will have no issues. We were able to access the Illaroo Campground in our Motorhome without any real difficulties.

Illaroo

Illaroo Campground Facilities

Facilities at the both the Illaroo Campground North and South are fairly basic. Bins are available and there are toilets. A BBQ overlooking the beach is also available at the Illaroo North Campground.

Our site was quite large and most sites come with a fire pit. A permanent communal fire pit with surrounding seats is located next to the covered BBQ shelter. Naturally, fires are not  allowed when there are bans are in place.

There is no Telstra Phone coverage at Illaroo North Campground however Optus does work here.

Illaroo North Campground
Illaroo Campground fire pit and bbqs

Are pets allowed at the Illaroo Campround?

The Illaroo Campground is located in the Yuraygir National Park and therefore pets are prohibited. We were able to stay at the Illaroo North Campground in NSW as we had sadly farewelled our Golden Retriever MACKS prior to exploring the NSW North Coast.

Read more: A Tribute to MACKS the Best Dog I’ve ever known

Illaroo Campground

Cost to Stay at Illaroo Campground

Cost to stay is $12 per adult per night. Children are $6 per night. Visitors are $8 per day.

Also you will need a NSW National Parks vehicle pass for $8 per day or we have the Annual Pass for $65.

Our stay was 24th October 2018

5 Essentials – 4WD Accessories

  1. 4WD Recovery Tracks will get you out of most situations, especially in sand. We bought a pair of these generic branded tracks that have worked well whilst other brands include the Australian made TRED or the Australian Designed and made MAXTRAX 4wd Recovery Tracks.
  2. For our 4WD we went with this EDECOA 1500 3000w Pure Sine Wave Inverter which has been excellent value and works great.
  3. I’m a massive fan of my Victron IP65 15a Battery Charger. I use it often to give batteries a boost and it really is an essential part of my tool kit.
  4. When camping my Kings 200w Solar Blanket gets a lot of use and works really well. Only downside is it doesn’t work with Lithium batteries.
  5. Brass Tyre Deflators are a fast and easy way to lower your tyre pressure to your desired level. Perfect for when you are hitting the beach.

Contact Details for the Illaroo Campground

Phone: 1300 072 757 or 13000 PARKS
Address:
Illaroo Road, Minnie Water, New South Wales
Website:

How to get to the Illaroo Campground

Turn left from the Pacific Highway onto Eight Mile Lane. Follow Eight Mile Lane which then becomes Wooli Road. Keep right and continue for another 28kms before turning left at Minnie Water Road.

Travel along Minnie Water Road for approx 6kms to Minnie Water Village and follow the signs to Illaroo Campground.

Turn left at Illaroo Road and in just over 2kms turn right at Illaroo Beach Access Track and in 90 metres you will arrive at the Illaroo North Campground.

Check out other great spots for: Camping NSW North Coast

Illaroo Campground North campsite

Things to do in Illaroo

Brooms Head

Brooms Head is a great spot to visit and is in close proximity to the Illaroo Campgrounds.

The large lagoon at Brooms Head makes a great swimming spot for children and the rockpools are fascinating to explore and cool off in.

Lined with Norfolk Island pine trees, there is plenty of shade for a picnic by the beach at Brooms Head.

If you are a keen hiker, it takes 7- 8hrs to do the Brooms Head to Illaroo18km coastal walk and that’s just one way. 

Rockpools at Brooms Head
Cooling off in the rockpools at Brooms Head

Minnie Water

Minnie Water is a quaint little village and one of the oldest fishing towns on the NSW coast.

The southern reef provides good anchorage and shelter for the southern half of the Minnie Water Beach whereas the northern end up towards Rocky Point has the full force of the ocean.

The reserve near the north end is a good spot for a picnic and this section of the beach is patrolled through the Summer holidays by surf life savers.

The Wooli River
The Wooli River

Wooli

Wooli is a tiny town with water on both sides which gives it a real island feel. The Pacific Ocean is to the east and Wooli River to the west and south.

It is a very popular spot for fishing catering for both estuary and beach fishing. As well as fishing, the estuary is also great for kayaking and paddleboarding.

Wooli also attracts surfers all year round and it is a good place for spotting whales from May to November.

Depart from the Illaroo Campground and take the 14km walk around to Wooli. Meander along the beaches and rocky outcrops and you may even spot an endangered coastal emu if you are lucky.

Things to take with you when exploring around Illaroo

Track to the beach from Illaroo Campground North
Track to the beach from Illaroo Campground North

Other great places to stay in the area:

Pin – Illaroo Campground

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