Submitted: Monday, Jan 03, 2011 at 07:22
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We are hoping to spend a couple of months on the south coast. Would love any recommendations- we like having a campfire(conditions permitting), don't need toilet or showers, and sometimes like electricity. Not just looking for free camping but hate the caravan park cement slab & side by side regimentation. Your thoughts and advice would be appreciated.
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Reply By: Member - Richard L (VIC) - Monday, Jan 03, 2011 at 08:06

Monday, Jan 03, 2011 at 08:06
Hi we don't have a lot experience in that area, we stay mainly in Vic, but also enjoy the same style of camping. Last summer we stayed at Mystery Bay which we enjoyed, bush style camping but with plenty of others for the kids to play with. It was quite quiet considering the amount of people there although I suspect that there was nosier parts so choose your pitch carefully.
We also stayed at a camp just on the border at a place called Wallagaraugh River retreat, camped on the river and had the choice of power or not, can't remember what either cost though.
Will watch this thread with interest as we are always on the look-out for places to stay.
We always take our dog so this makes the whole idea of camping so much harder!

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Follow Up By: SDG - Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 00:45

Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 00:45
Mystery Bay quietens down after New Years, when most go back to work.
Will cost $25.00 per night two adults
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Reply By: blue one - Monday, Jan 03, 2011 at 08:28

Monday, Jan 03, 2011 at 08:28
Try Saltwater creek in Ben Boyd National Park which is just south of Eden. It lines up with your preferences and it's a magic spot.
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Reply By: Rangiephil - Monday, Jan 03, 2011 at 08:37

Monday, Jan 03, 2011 at 08:37
You will be lucky to get a spot in any National Park down there during the school holidays.
I recall going down a couple of years ago and the locals stake out their spots 2 weeks before Christmas and then occupy their tents etc on boxing day.
Regards Philip A
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Reply By: vk1dx - Monday, Jan 03, 2011 at 10:12

Monday, Jan 03, 2011 at 10:12
An extract from the contents of the book "4WD Touring - South East NSW . . . " by Craig Lewis and Cathy Savage.

Pigeon House Mountain,
No Name Mountain Trail
Monga National Park
Tallaganda Forest Tour
Deua National Park
Hanging Mountain
Tuross River Run
Wadbilliga Trail
The Postman's TRack
Wolumla Peak
Cow Bail TRail
Exploring the Far South
Blue Waterholes, and
Back way to Talbingo

We have done a few and I would think that the best would be for you to get a copy of the book and the Hema South East NSW map. Take them with you and you can change you mind whenever you wish and maybe try a bundle.

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Reply By: Member - Alex B - Monday, Jan 03, 2011 at 15:55

Monday, Jan 03, 2011 at 15:55
HI Didausat,
a couple of our favourite spots are:
Gillards Beach camp ground in the Mimosa Rocks National Park, north of Tathra.http://www.Merimbula.com.au/pages/mimosa-rocks-national-park/

Green Patch Camp Ground in the Booderee Nat Park at Jervis Bay.

And as mentioned above : 'Salt Water Creek' camp ground in the Ben Boyed National Park.

Hope you enjoy these spots as much as we have
Alex B.
Enjoy everyday, make your own luck & help a few along the way.

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Reply By: Member - Vince M (NSW) - Monday, Jan 03, 2011 at 18:13

Monday, Jan 03, 2011 at 18:13
Have lived in/on the south coast for most of my life, but need more information
1) are you in a 4wd (soft or hard)
2) are you towing (camper or van)
3) are you travelling up or down or staying in one spot & doing short trips
4) etc...
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Follow Up By: didiaust - Monday, Jan 03, 2011 at 19:24

Monday, Jan 03, 2011 at 19:24
Thanks Vince

1. 4x4 Mazda BT50
2. Caravan ( not 4x4)
3. travelling down then back - staying short or long periods depending (a) if he catches fish & (b) if we like the spot

He likes ludrick fishing best but is happy catching anything but a cold

Will also have a canoe & small motor

Would like to have access to shower water within reasonable distance

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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Monday, Jan 03, 2011 at 22:46

Monday, Jan 03, 2011 at 22:46

We camped at Bitangabee for 3 nights in the Ben Boyd National Park in 2009 - we had a kayak, and it was easy to cart the kayak down to the beach and the nice sheltered cove adjacent the camping area. Good campground, but cost $27 a night per couple incl vehicle.

Saltwater Creek campground was full, and Bitangabee was empty when we were there.

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Follow Up By: didiaust - Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 07:30

Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 07:30
Thanks Phil

Just need the water for our showers - don't want to cart water for miles back to camp

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Reply By: SDG - Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 00:49

Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 00:49
Hot showers are available at Narooma information centre. Also have wheelchair access showers. $2.00 per person. No time limit. Thats not to say you can waste the water though.
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