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5 Reasons to camp close to home

family from tentEnjoy a camping holiday in Sydney's backyard.

If you are anything like me, the suggestion “Let’s go camping” brings up mixed emotions.

Making a new year’s resolution to do things outside my comfort zone, I’ve agreed to go camping with the family and now I’m actually beginning to look forward to it! Waking up to birdsong, sitting by a campfire (fire regulations permitting) and just spending time away from life in general sold it to me.

What better place to go camping but right here in the Hawkesbury?

So here are 5 reasons why I'm going to be camping close to home these coming holidays...

1. You don't need to go far away to getaway

Weekends and holidays are short enough without having to spend hours travelling. The Hawkesbury region has some amazing camping and caravanning locations on offer - it's hard to believe that we are only an hour and a half from the heart of Sydney.  A local camping trip can easily fit into a weekend and still gives you enough time to enjoy your surrounds and get home to prepare for the week ahead. The Hawkesbury is surrounded by National Parks and the stunning Hawkesbury River runs through it offering some spectacular scenery and an unlimited array of experiences.

2.  Heaps of camping choice

Options here range from basic free wilderness bush camping in the National Parks to camping on the Hawkesbury River where you can launch your boat or go fishing. There are even caravan parks with full facilities for seasoned travelers or cabins in some for those that aren’t quite ready to sleep under canvas. Keep in mind many of the caravan parks and camping grounds also welcome pets, which means the whole family can go on holidays together.  See our caravan and camping guide to find your best fit. Bookings are essential at most locations including National Parks.

kidsA couple of spots that would be a great place for your initial trips out.

Del Rio Resort at Wisemans Ferry - great if you want river access, lots of facilities, cabin options and things to keep the kids entertained.  Powered and non powered sites.

Mill Creek at Wisemans Ferry - this is in Dharug National Park so sites must be booked on the website prior to arrival.  It's great for bushwalking, wildlife, serenity with sites spread out. Basic toilet facilities and bring your own drinking water.

Upper Colo Reserve - this is run by Hawkesbury City Council and must be booked on the website prior to arrival.  It's great for swimming, wildlife and getting away from it all.  Basic facilities and bring your own drinking water.  Dogs allowed with conditions.

3. Close enough for a late start or early finish 

We’ve all seen and heard those dire weekend traffic reports so holidaying close to Sydney allows you to have less time in the car and more time outdoors. Plus an added bonus is that a quick return home for a child’s forgotten toy or leaving for your camping trip after Saturday morning sport isn’t so unreasonable.   And of course if the weather gets nasty or that cheapo waterproof tent leaks like a sieve then a quick retreat home is easy as. No point having a family mutiny.   Find out how to get here.

family outside tent with fire4. Test out that new gear before a longer holiday

During 2020 there was a marked increase in sales of campers, caravans and camping gear.  And people are spending big money on gear thinking that they will do more trips in the future. Before embarking on your bucket list journey around our wonderful country use a few weekends in the Hawkesbury to test out those inflatable camp mattresses, make sure you know how to put the tent up and to get your groove in your outdoor kitchen. Should something need repair or adjustment, home (or BCF!) is not far away.

5. Discover all that is the Hawkesbury

Hawkesbury is such a great location and there is always something to do.  After a few days at your campsite you may want to explore a little further afield.  From relaxing country drives, bushwalks, getting immersed in the local history, fruit picking and farm experiences, exploring local markets and events, enjoying the local food, wine and art scenes or doing something active and adventurous you'll have a great time.

To find out more head to our Discover the Hawkesbury website you will find lots of ideas to plan your visit or call in to the Hawkesbury Visitor Information Centre for some insider tips from our friendly local staff.

See you soon!