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As Covid-19 restrictions are lessening, it’s time to hit NSW roads in a campervan. However, it is important to take note of NSW travel guidelines, do’s, and don’ts before you hit the open road for your much-awaited campervan road trip.
Restrictions have eased in New South Wales, making it possible for you to travel with caution. It feels terrific to get back on the road, even with the changes. Yes, you need to be more cautious, plan, and make bookings for campgrounds, but at least you can get out there and enjoy the open road.
The following must be adhered to for camping in NSW campgrounds, including national parks.
• It is mandatory to make an advance booking for all campgrounds and campsites in national parks.
• Any locations, previously available without bookings, now require reservations.
• The change protects visitors and prevents the spread of Covid-19.
• Travellers from interstate can visit NSW for a holiday (this reopened June 1, 2020).
• Travellers from interstate need to adhere to the rules of the home state when they return.
• Travellers must practice social distancing.
• Good hygiene is necessary.
• Public gathering rules limit capacity to 10 people.
• Screening for any illness, including fever and other Covid-19 symptoms, is requested but not demanded.
Anyone who is showing symptoms should self-quarantine and cancel any holiday plans. There is still a request for people to take extra care about vulnerable people, to get tested if symptoms appear (even if mild), and to follow NSW health advice. Restrictions information is ever-changing, and you can check the FAQs to make sure you are updated on all the changes.
Benefits of Travelling in a Campervan
The best part about renting a campervan is it helps to maintain the social distancing rules while on the road and in campgrounds. Unlike hotels and motels, where you are staying close to other travellers, camping ensures you have your space. Hotels and motels are also restricted in the capacity they can serve, whereas campgrounds offer more distancing between motorhomes.
Campervans are self-contained, allowing you to cook your own meals and using camper facilities instead of public areas.
New South Wales offers more than a hundred National Parks and other camping destinations. Covid-19 may affect which parks and campgrounds are open, as well as whether you need to make a booking before your arrival. To help you plan for your next rental campervan holiday, here are some suggestions.
South Coastal Camping:
North Coastal Camping:
• Tweed Heads
• Port Stephens
• Coffs Harbour
Family Camping Destinations Around NSW
Families, whether you have toddlers or teens, can also enjoy campervan rentals near the beaches, rivers, or National Parks. Many of the family-friendly parks offer playgrounds, pools, and game rooms. However, you will need to check on which parks are open and what amenities they offer during the Covid-19 restrictions.
• Racecourse Beach Tourist Park
• Big4 South Durras Holiday Park
In Country NSW, consider visiting Dubbo and staying at Discovery Parks Dubbo. They offer a variety of campsites for motorhomes, tents, and villas. When the Taronga Western Plains Zoo is open again, it will be the perfect place to camp.
Top 10 National Park Camping Destinations
If you prefer staying in National Parks, here are the top ten parks in NSW with plenty of different activities to offer.
1. Lane Cove
2. Blue Mountains
3. Sydney Harbour
4. Ku-ring-gai Chase
6. Myall Lakes
Any one of these National Parks offers beaches, water features, and solace. Whether you want to spot whales or hike to a waterfall, the top ten NSW national parks offer plenty of activities. Enjoying the rainforest or horseback riding around the Snowy Mountains is possible when the national parks are open and accepting reservations.
Top Caravan National Park Camping Destinations
The following are National Parks offering caravan camping, by region.
• Trial Bay Gaol –Arakoon National Park, includes free park entry, camper sites, swimming, and fishing. Trial
Bay Gaol is also a historical site, with admission to see the old jail, including a view from the sentry’s lookout.
• Diamond Head Campground – Crowdy Bay National Park—there is an entry fee into the park.
• Woody Head Campground – Bundjalung National Park – park entry fees apply.
• Crowdy Gap Campground – Crowdy Bay National Park – entry fees do apply.
• Depot Beach Campground – Murramarang National Park—free park entry, with swimming, snorkelling, and fishing amenities.
• Murramarang National Park Beach Campground – camper sites available, free park entry.
While enjoying the South Coast, consider visiting the Killer Whale Museum, Ben Boyd National Park, Coolangatta Estate, and Mogo Zoo.
Sydney and Surrounding Areas
• Lane Cove Holiday Park –Lane Cove National Park – motorhome and tent camping allowed. Park fees apply.
• Bungoinia Campground – Bungonia National Park – there are park entry fees, plus bushwalking, caving, and hiking.
• Village Campground – Hill End Historic Sites – a caravan camping destination with free park entry.
• Gambells Rest Campground – Morton National Park – a small campground for motorhomes and tents, they offer ten locations, and park entry fees apply. There are cycling trails too.
Bugonia is a great place to enjoy the Greater Blue Mountains Drive, see magnificent views from Adams Lookout or picnic at De Kerrilleau. Nearby is Morton National Park and the Bees Nest Nature Preserve.
For those who might want bush campsites consider the following:
• Royal National Park
• Uloola Falls Campground
• Heathcote National Park
• Lake Eckersley campground
• Marramarra National Park
Many of the above locations offer waterside views, with plenty of amenities and hiking. Outback NSW also offers Broken Hill Tourist Park, Living Desert Reserve, and Mutawintji Park.
As the restrictions are constantly being updated, we will try our very best to keep you updated on travel and how you can enjoy the open road.
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