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Caravan & Camping
Looking for a simple but exciting holiday adventure that won’t be too expensive and isn’t too far out of reach? Taking a caravan and camping trip in the South Coast of NSW is an easy task especially if you choose to rent a caravan and plan your South Coast trip ahead of time.
Firstly, why haul around a caravan and set camp when you can just drive a car and stay at hotels you may ask? Well, with your temporary home on-the-go, you have plenty more options on where you can spend the night, although you’ll have to plan ahead with what stops you’ll make and what parks to stay overnight! Travelling without the high luxuries of a hotel room means you’ll be closer to nature, have more time to hang about, and can truly enjoy the great outdoors. It ultimately also saves money on accommodation so you can spend it on other activities.
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Exploring The South Coast
Stretching over 600km from the Royal National Park all the way to the Sapphire Coast, the NSW South Coast provides a plentiful pick of 34 different national parks to choose from, and an abundance of pristine beaches and marine resources. The NSW South Coast consists of 6 key regions: Jervis Bay & Shoalhaven, Shellharbour area, Batemans Bay & Eurobodalla, Kiama area, Merimbula & Sapphire Coast, and Wollongong & Surrounds.
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There’s so much to see and do when your caravanning and camping in the South Coast of NSW, which is located less than two hours away from the city of Sydney, making it an easy-to-access area for campers alike. The South Coast is full of ideal places for you to do things such as fishing for mulloway, whiting and bream in Eurobodalla estuaries, kayaking along the sandy beaches of Shoalhaven, bushwalking tracks such as the Bingi Dreaming Track, coastal walks along the Sapphire Coast (where you might spot some whales if you’re lucky!), surfing at some beaches in Kiama, bike riding around Shellharbour, exploring the bushy landscapes of the Minnamurra Rainforest in Budderoo National Park, and relaxing on the white sandy beaches of Jervis Bay.
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Some must do recommendations when camping on the South Coast would include taking the time to explore Jervis Bay National Park in depth (i.e. learning about its history, admiring its white sandy beaches, whale watching, fishing opportunities, forests and spectacular landscapes), hiking in Macquarie Pass National Park, going on the Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures walk (not free, but has great views 30m above ground), swimming with the fur seals at Montague Island Nature Reserve, and reef fishing in Bermagui.
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In addition to all the activities you can do, there are also lots of events in the South Coast which you can check out when you pass through those coastal towns. Down in Kiama there’s the weekly Kiama Farmers’ Market, and there’s also the Wollongong Twilight Markets held on the first Friday of each month. Hang around at events to experience the community vibes!
Spending your holiday with a caravan and camping can be a little rough for some. Luckily for them, ‘glamping’ has become quite a popular concept amongst travellers in NSW. Picture a pre-set up tent that has all the luxuries you need inside. It’s camping, but with extreme comfort. The Escape at Clyde River is a good example of glamping which provides an Australian bush luxury experience.