Take your time exploring the NSW mid north coast campervan trail.
IF YOU’RE LUCKY, you’ll have a friend you know you can call out of the blue and suggest something outlandish and they’ll be up for it. Although Ellen and I live in different states, we’ve enjoyed countless camping and 4WD adventures all over Australia. So when she called me on a particularly dreary Melbourne day and expressed the urgency for an east coast camping sabbatical, I knew just the location.
With the camper trailer hooked onto the back of the car, we headed north to the Great Lakes region of the NSW mid north coast. This destination offers an impressive range of camping options, from a subtropical rainforest to beside a peaceful lake lined with paperbark trees or nestled near sand dunes next to a wicked surf break.
As the name suggests, this area is dotted with stunning tidal lakes of crystal clear, calm waters, a safe haven for tinnies, kayaks and standup paddleboards. The lakes brim with flathead, whiting and even dolphins, while flaky paperbark trees shade their grassy edges, a wonderland for goannas, wallabies and water birds.
It’s paradise, especially for those with little kids who like to splash around in shallow, sheltered waters.
However if you need more action, like dropping your tyre pressure and hitting the beach to find a secluded campsite next to an awesome surf break, the Great Lakes has you covered there, too, with a number of 4WD-friendly beaches fringing pristine national parks. Home to the stunning seaside hamlet of Seal Rocks and the larger but equally beautiful town of Forster to the north, this is an idyllic stretch of coast that has been attracting surfers and free-spirited adventurers for years.
Here, you can camp in any number of stunning settings – and also enjoy your morning double latte at one of several sleepy coastal towns. This is camping made easy!
Watery paradise Forster is one of the seaside towns in the Great Lakes region.
The area has plenty of birds and marine creatures.