From camping to glamping: sleep under the stars on the South Coast

Camping is a great Australian pastime, and offers the ultimate way to reconnect with nature and experience the very best of our great outdoors. It can also be fantastic for wellbeing, and give you an opportunity to truly switch off from the stresses of everyday life.

Many people picture camping as pitching a tent in the wilderness and rolling out a sleeping bag. And while there are many places where you can have this experience on the South Coast, there are many others that fall somewhere between the traditional camping experience and a 5-star hotel.

Otherwise known as “glamping,” those in need of a little R&R may wish to spend a night or two in a luxury bell tent – complete with a comfortable queen bed, Egyptian cotton sheets, and breakfast in bed.

Whether you’re in the mood for super rugged or coastal chic, the South Coast is the perfect place for Canberrans, Sydney-siders and Melbournians to escape for a weekend away. Be sure to book ahead though, as all NSW parks sites now require bookings to keep us safe during COVID-19.

If you need a little inspiration, check out these camping options from Batemans Bay to Central Tilba…

BIG4 South Durras Holiday Park

Surrounded by the forests of Murramarang National Park, the BIG4 South Durras Holiday Park offers caravanners and campers a choice of ensuite sites, powered slab sites, powered and unpowered camp sites.

You can also get a close up view of the native wildlife that make the national park their home. Kangaroos, possums, parrots and wallabies are regular visitors to the BIG4 South Durras Holiday Park.

South Durras has a lot of activities to keep you occupied. Explore the ancient headlands of the Murramarang National park coastline, or see it in an ocean kayak tour with Bay & Beyond Sea Kayak Tours

Bendethera Valley campground

Located a little further inland in the Deua National Park, the Bendethera Valley campground is set on the Deua River and surrounded by dense forest and is teeming with Australian wildlife.

Accessible only by 4WD, this camping ground has an abundance of open space, and is ideal for those looking for a truly peaceful escape in the middle of bushland, with plenty of walking tracks and hiking trails to satisfy your thirst for adventure. The Bendethera Caves Trail is a highlight for the more adventurous trekker.

Dalmeny campground

With sweeping views across the ocean and over the stunning Lake Mummuga up to Eurobodalla National Park, Dalmeny campground is the perfect place to pitch a tent if you’re looking for an absolute waterfront setting.

The operators offer powered and unpowered sites, modern amenities, and a playground. It’s also minutes’ walk from the Dalmeny town centre and local IGA.

Ingenia Holidays Broulee

In addition to camping grounds, there are many South Coast accommodation providers who offer cabins and villas with dedicated sites for camping and caravans – such as Ingenia Holidays Broulee.

Ingenia Holidays Broulee is ideally placed in the heart of Broulee and has its own children’s play area, pool and onsite amenities. It is also minutes’ walk from the beachfront and Broulee shops, cafes and restaurants.

Tilba Lake Camp

Offering an impressive glamping experience, Tilba Lake House and Camp is situated in Central Tilba and overlooks the mountains, Tilba Tilba Lake and the Pacific Ocean.

With luxury bell tents, a heated swimming pool, and hampers featuring local produce you’ll be tempted to sleep under the stars indefinitely.


For more inspiration on where to camp in the Eurobodalla region, see our full list of camping, glamping and caravanning locations.