It’s rare to find a holiday as cheap or as satisfying as the humble camping trip.
Unfortunately the days are all but gone where you can pitch a tent anywhere in the bush but in the beautiful Hunter Valley there are still plenty of places to safely and comfortably sleep under the stars.
Tracking down the perfect camp site is easier said than done though, so we’ve gone out to find the best camp sites in the Hunter Valley region.
Gloucester River camp ground
So it’s a bit of a hike away from the major centres but you’ll find everything you need at this spot, about 40 kilometres south-west of Gloucester. You don’t need to be a rugged outdoors type to pitch a tent here and you’ll find plenty of facilities to make your stay nice and comfortable. Gloucester River campground offers riverside camping, swimming, walking, and picnicking, ideal for families and groups in Barrington Tops National Park.
How could you go past it, really? In the north of the Hunter again, Barrington Tops needs no introduction. There are plenty of sites to set up camp here before you strap on the hiking boots and head out to explore the famous wilderness. Immerse yourself in the World Heritage-listed rainforests of Barrington Tops National Park. Easy walks, overnight hikes, great picnic, fishing and camping spots await.
Bangalow Road camping area
This gem is located just 30 kilometres from Newcastle in the Watagans National Park. It’s both free and rustic but unfortunately you will have to leave the dogs at home. Here you’ll find wood fires and some basic facilities set among the incredible gum forests the part is known for. Access can be tricky if the weather isn’t great so if you don’t own a 4WD it will pay to keep an eye on the rain forecasts. Bangalow campground at Watagans National Park provides a relaxed getaway for the family or adventure camper.
Blue Gums camping area
If you’re among the slightly more adventurous then Blue Gums might be for you. It’s a good idea to bring a 4WD because access can be tricky for normal cars if the weather hasn’t been perfect for a while. It’s in the Yengo National Park so dogs are no no but horse riding is all ok. For the bushwalkers, this is a great spot to set up your base camp. Blue Gums campground is a tranquil, secluded camping spot. Bring your mountain bike and explore the rugged wilderness. At night, relax under the stars by a warm campfire.
Big Yengo Homestead
In the Yengo National Park again, this one is a winner for anyone interested in a bit of history, bird watching or soaking up nature. There’s plenty to do around here for the outdoors types and, honestly, we think you’d be best of planning multiple trips. There really is that much to discover.