Not quite ready to go back to work? We don’t blame you. Weather like this is perfect for a sneaky weekend escape. The kids are son break, after all. So, pack up your caravan with the essentials and head out to enjoy some of our favourite caravan-friendly campgrounds near Newcastle, New South Wales, filled with all kinds of summer activities that everyone in the family can enjoy.
1- Banksia Green Campground
Calling all beach bums, this is the campsite for you! Located behind some beautiful dunes, this spacious spot would be a perfect fit for your Royal Flair caravan. Little shade is provided here, so best bring some extra sun coverage. Don’t forget to also pack your bathers or your fishing gear, because you will only be a short walk away from the beach. Also, be on the lookout for dolphins in summer, and for humpback whales in the winter.
If the surf is too strong, the area is also home to internationally recognised wetlands, filled with animal life and ready to for you to explore by boat. As your day starts to wind down, use the barbecue facilities available to cook up a storm with one of our easy recipes before being lulled to sleep by the soft sounds of the waves.
2- Stewart and Lloyds Campground
If you’re a family of fishers, look no further than Stewart and Lloyds Campground. Nested between the lower Myall River and the National Park’s southern beaches, this site only an hours drive away from Newcastle. Be sure to pack everything you will need before you head off though, because this is one of the most remote campgrounds in the area.
Start your trip by parking your caravan amongst the beautiful trees. Then, throw your fishing line towards the water at one of the many surrounding beaches, lakes and rivers. If you’re lucky, you might catch some Bream, Whiting, Flathead or Australian Salmon. Take a break from your full day of fishing by exploring Dark Point Aboriginal Place – an important cultural site for the Woromi people with scenic coastal views across to Broughton island. Finally, finish the evening by chucking your catch onto a barbecue and surround yourself with friends and family. We couldn’t dream up a better day.
3- White Tree Bay Campground
For a quieter spot, head to White Tree Bay Campground. Located beside Bombah Broadwater also in Myall Lakes National Park, this peaceful setting is perfect for all the birdwatchers out there. Just a short drive north of Newcastle, you’ll be surrounding yourself with the majestic paperbarks and an amazing medley of birds. Most of the flat grassed sites run along the edge of the lake, where you will also find convenient picnic and barbecue facilities. If you can get the kids to stay quiet for a moment, you might just hear the call of the Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo or Currawong from your caravan.
Bombah Broadwater also attracts a range of migratory birds, so keep on the lookout for Gannets diving towards the water as they go fishing for some lunch. The nearby Old Gibber Road/Mining Road Fire Trail is also great for mountain bikers and hikers alike, if you need more action and adventure injected into your trip away from home.
4- Korsmans Landing Campground
If you’ve got a boat or canoe ready to be launched, Korsmans Landing campground and its tranquil waterways is the place to be. Spend your days swimming, boating, fishing or paddling at Two-Mile Lake while enjoying the stunning views. Easily push off your boat from the wharf or ramp and start your boating adventure in the vast waterways. Note that the swimming area on the southern side of the campground is much shallower – and great for the younger kids.
Back at the campsite, your Royal Flair caravan will be surrounded by the eucalyptus and paperbark trees and may even be visited by the Eastern Grey Kangaroos that love to graze in the area or wallabies that wander around in the night. If you ever run out of supplies, fret not. Just jump in your boat and motor down to Buladelah for a tasty lunch at the local pub and some grocery shopping at the IGA.
5- Freeman’s Campground