Mid North Coast of NSW Free Camping

The Mid North Coast of NSW stretches from Myall Lake in the south to Woolgoolga in the north and is centred around Port Macquarie. This coastal stretch of 300km is a highly livable playground, rich in agriculture, well watered by many large rivers and bounded by the mountains in the west and beautiful sandy beaches along the Pacific Ocean in the east. Life doesn't get much better than in this region.
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Rocks Ferry Reserve Rest Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/rocks-ferry-reserve-rest-area/nsw
Rocks Ferry Reserve Rest Area is a nice clean park on the bank of the Hastings River with a public boat ramp.
Free Overnight CampMaximum 24 hrsDay Rest AreaToiletsAccessibleDrinking WaterMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesFire PlaceBBQBinCaravansLong RigPets WelcomePhoto OpportunityPublic Boat RampRiver Fishing
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area
  • Boat Ramp
  • Fishing Spot

Bulahdelah Golf Club

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/bulahdelah-golf-club/nsw
Bulahdelah Golf Club provides free camping for nomads, just north of town. There is a toilet available 24 hours per day and hot showers are available during opening hours for $5
Free Overnight CampToiletsAccessibleHot ShowersDrinking WaterMobile Phone CoverageTV ReceptionShadeBinCaravansLong RigCamp TrailersTent SitePets WelcomeMealsCold DrinksATMGolf
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Camping Area
  • Restaurant
  • Sit Down Meals
  • Alcohol Licence

Wingham Riverside Reserve

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/wingham-riverside-reserve/nsw
Wingham Riverside Reserve is located at the eastern end of Farquar Street in Wingham. 'Freedom Camping' overnight for self contained vehicles. Free electric BBQs. Toilets are open 24/7. Boating, fishing, swimming, picnic area.
Free Overnight CampMaximum 24 hrsDay Rest AreaToiletsDrinking WaterMobile Phone CoveragePicnic TablesBBQBinCaravansLong RigPets WelcomePublic Boat RampRiver FishingBird Watching
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area
  • Boat Ramp
  • Fishing Spot
  • Place of Interest

Kew Royal Hotel

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/kew-royal-hotel/nsw
Key Royal Hotel provides free day/night stop for pub customers. There is no water available and toilet facilities are only available during pub hours.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaToiletsMobile Phone CoverageCaravansLong RigCamp TrailersMealsCoffee & TeaCold DrinksATM
  • Day Use Area
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Restaurant
  • Sit Down Meals
  • Alcohol Licence

Bulahdelah Lions Park & Boat Ramp

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/bulahdelah-lions-park-boat-ramp/nsw
The Bulahdelah Lions Park & Boat Ramp is across the river from Bulahdelah with level shady spots and a boat ramp.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaDrinking WaterHose Attachment TapMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesFire PlaceBBQBinCaravansLong RigPets WelcomePublic Boat RampRiver Fishing
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area
  • Boat Ramp
  • Fishing Spot

Swans Creek Crossing Camping Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/swans-creek-crossing-camping-area/nsw
Swans Creek Crossing is an excellent place to unwind, with a large grassy camping area in the Kerewong State Forest.
Free Overnight CampToiletsDrinking WaterShadePicnic TablesFire PlaceBinCaravansLong RigTent SitePets WelcomeSwimmingInformation BoardWalking
  • Camping Area
  • Information

Wang Wauk Rest Area

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While this rest area is close to the highway, it is partly protected from noise by some trees. Not bad for a highway rest area. Plenty of room for large vehicles.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaToiletsAccessibleNon Drinking WaterMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesBBQBinCaravansLong RigPets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area

Talawahl Creek Rest Area

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Talawahl Creek Rest Area provides free overnight stop for southbound and northbound traffic and is used by both trucks and other vehicles.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaToiletsAccessibleMobile Phone CoveragePicnic TablesBinCaravansLong RigPets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area
  • Children's Play Facility

Clybucca BP Roadhouse

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/clybucca-bp-roadhouse/nsw
You know what you get when you stop at a BP roadhouse and Clybucca BP Roadhouse is no different. Food is good and the staff are friendly. And the rest rooms are always clean.
Free Overnight CampMaximum 24 hrsDay Rest AreaToiletsDrinking WaterMobile Phone CoverageShadeBinCaravansLong RigPets WelcomeMealsTakeaway FoodCoffee & TeaCold DrinksLPG SwapUnleaded Petrol BowserE10 Petrol BowserPremium Petrol BowserDiesel BowserLPG Bowser
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area
  • Service Station
  • Roadhouse
  • Fuel Available
  • Convenience Store
  • Sit Down Meals
  • Cafe
  • Takeaway Food

Riverside Rest Area Kempsey

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/riverside-rest-area-kempsey/nsw
Riverside Rest Area Kempsey provides a boat ramp and a jetty for those who like fishing. There is a childrens playground, toilets, BBQs and covered tables with shade. There is also a riverside walking path.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaToiletsAccessibleDrinking WaterMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesBBQBinCaravansLong RigNo PetsPublic Boat RampRiver FishingWalkingPhoto Opportunity
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area
  • Boat Ramp
  • Fishing Spot

Burrawan Rest Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/burrawan-rest-area/nsw
Burrawan Rest Area is a pleasant drive-through overnight rest area which is not accessible for trucks and has a substantial bush strip screening it from the highway which reduces the traffic noise.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaToiletsNon Drinking WaterAccessibleMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesBinCaravansLong RigPets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area

Taree Service Centre

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/taree-service-centre/nsw
Taree Service Centre features a caravan parking area, although you have to drive through the retail area to get to it.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaToiletsAccessibleShowersDrinking WaterMobile Phone CoveragePublic PhoneWiFi InternetShadeBinCaravansLong RigPets WelcomeMealsTakeaway FoodCoffee & TeaCold DrinksATMLPG SwapPublic ParkingInformation BoardUnleaded Petrol BowserE10 Petrol BowserPremium Petrol BowserDiesel BowserLPG Bowser
  • Day Use Area
  • Information
  • Service Station
  • Roadhouse
  • Fuel Available
  • Kiosk
  • Restaurant
  • Sit Down Meals
  • Cafe
  • Takeaway Food

Strike a Light Campground

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/strike-a-light-campground/nsw
When the coastal summer heat becomes too oppressive, there is only one thing to do. Head for the hills.
Free Overnight CampShadeFire PlaceNo CaravansNo Long RigsTent SitePets WelcomeSwimmingWalking
  • Campground

Taylors Arm Reserve & Hotel

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/taylors-arm-reserve-hotel/nsw
Taylors Arm Reserve, across the road from the pub, provides overnight stay with toilets, rain water, tennis courts, cricket pitch and barbecue facilities. There is no coverage for mobile phones in Taylors Arm.
Free Overnight CampMaximum 48 hrsDay Rest AreaToiletsShowersBinCaravansPets WelcomeMealsPhoto Opportunity
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area
  • Information
  • Place of Interest
  • Sit Down Meals
  • Alcohol Licence

Kempsey Information Centre & Rest Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/kempsey-information-centre-rest-area/nsw
Kempsey Information Centre & Rest Area provides a grassy shaded picnic area with adequate parking for caravans and large rigs. It is accessed off Lachlan Street and there is a circular drive in the park to enable large rigs to easily exit the area.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaToiletsAccessibleDrinking WaterMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesBBQBinPets WelcomeInformation CentreAboriginal Art
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area
  • Information
The subtropical climate is ideal for fruit growing, cattle raising and market gardens. Timber and tourism are important industries here too.

The major centres of Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie and Taree provide all of life's essentials, so locals really don't need to visit the big smoke for their day to day needs.

Caravan parks abound in this region. They are generally at the upper end of the price scale and there are few RV friendly free camps. Councils in the region seem to be averse to the needs of RV travellers and trying to find a parking spot in Coffs Harbour when towing a caravan, is an exercise in futility. This results in a great deal of lost business for the shops, as travellers, particularly full time nomads, quickly learn to spend their money elsewhere.
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