Northern/Central Coast NSW Road Trip

Submitted: Sunday, Apr 26, 2015 at 15:47
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First up, thanks to everyone who gave advice about raising a Jayco the other week. I'm happy to report we waited and are now the proud owners of a Swan Outback! Now we've just got to get the car sorted for towing - wahooo!!!

Now,we are planning a bit of a road trip in September along the NSW coast between Brisbane and Sydney. What are your favourite places to camp along there that are also dog friendly, and preferably have some sort of swimming at the campsite and allow camp fires? Friends we are going with also have a Jayco swan but not the outback model. Happy to set up for a few days and find some 4WD tracks nearby for some fun too. So, hit me with your fav places and I'll look them up and do some research.

Cheers!
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Reply By: GezzaMate - Sunday, Apr 26, 2015 at 15:48

Sunday, Apr 26, 2015 at 15:48
I should mention we are also travelling with kids - ages between 7 and 10.
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Reply By: Notso - Sunday, Apr 26, 2015 at 16:38

Sunday, Apr 26, 2015 at 16:38
If you are planning to free camp along the way I suggest you download the Wiki Camps App. It has detailed info on camps and other areas, you'll find comments and photos as well.
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Reply By: Member - William B (The Shire) - Sunday, Apr 26, 2015 at 17:00

Sunday, Apr 26, 2015 at 17:00
Hi,
I have recently spent a couple of days at Wollondilly River station, just south of sydney. 1.5 hours

Wollondilly River station

On the river, bush camping and dogs and fires allowed.

Owner can be a bit gruff but dont let that deter you.

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Follow Up By: Member - William B (The Shire) - Sunday, Apr 26, 2015 at 17:20

Sunday, Apr 26, 2015 at 17:20
Sorry just read post again....

"Northern/Central Coast."

Maybe a little bit too South.

Sorry.

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Reply By: Member - Mark (Tamworth NSW) - Sunday, Apr 26, 2015 at 17:07

Sunday, Apr 26, 2015 at 17:07
There are some great places in Yuraygir NP, (Illaroo, Station Ck, Pebbly Beach) but being a NP they are NOT dog friendly, ticks all your other boxes trhough, has good nearby 4WD tracks

http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/Yuraygir-National-Park/Illaroo-campground/camping

IF you definitely want dog friendly beach side but not in a caravan park, I think you may struggle. There are some decent caravan parks between Grafton and Coffs which permit dogs, but they are caravan parks.

Otherwise I suggest you look at some of the Private campgrounds on grazing properties which exist along major coastal rivers such as the Clarence River.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Sunday, Apr 26, 2015 at 19:31

Sunday, Apr 26, 2015 at 19:31
A few places I know of, though not sure if they tick all your boxes?

Iluka, Arrawarra(about 10 kms north of Woolgoolga) and Diamond Head.

When I was a kid we used to camp at a place called Maitland Bay, up the coast fron Sydney. Think it may be N/P now, and not even sure you can drive there?

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Reply By: mountainman - Sunday, Apr 26, 2015 at 19:44

Sunday, Apr 26, 2015 at 19:44
Blacksmiths beach.
sand can be extremely soft at times.. but a great spot to camp.
around the newcastle area
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Reply By: Member - Alan H (QLD) - Monday, Apr 27, 2015 at 07:13

Monday, Apr 27, 2015 at 07:13
Coopernook State forest ticks all boxes except swimming. It is free and easily found off the highway. Wikicamps will help.

Alan
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Reply By: bockstar1 - Tuesday, Apr 28, 2015 at 08:24

Tuesday, Apr 28, 2015 at 08:24
Plomer Road from Port Macquarie up to Crescent Head affords some nice spots. Also check out Sandon Bluff just near Brooms Head. Trial Bay Gaol at Arakoon (South West Rocks). There's also some places around Smokey Cape and just a little south of Hat Head.Diamond Head south of Bonny Hills is nice, head north from Harrington along the coast.

Honestly, you could spend months travelling from Sydney to the GC, stopping at every little place along the way.

Enjoy
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