TRAVEL

Take your time ex­plor­ing the NSW mid north coast cam­per­van trail.

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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.

Wild life

The area has plenty of birds and marine crea­tures.

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