There's nothing more restful than the sound of waves gently breaking on the sand nearby. In no particular order, here are the best spots for camping by the beach in the Barrington Coast.

1. The Ruins Campground - Booti Booti National Park

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Located 15 km south of Forster, The Ruins Campground is well equipped and a convenient base to explore nearby beaches, swimming, walking and whale watching activities. From rugged campers to casual caravaners, The Ruins is the perfect spot for nearly everyone. A beautiful area fringed by cabbage tree palms and paperbarks, it has everything you need, from picnic tables and barbecues to hot showers and drinking water. Whether you prefer the beach or a sheltered lake, both are just a stone’s throw away. Seven Mile Beach offers gorgeous sand and whale watching in the winter. Wallis Lake is perfect for relaxing beneath a tree or launching the kayak for a cool afternoon paddle.

  • Closest beach: Seven Mile Beach at Tiona plus more at Pacific Palms
  • Bookings essential
  • Camping Type: All non-powered sites; tent, camper trailer, caravan, camping beside vehicle
  • Amenities: Picnic tables, barbecue facilities, carpark, drinking water, showers, toilets
  • Dogs are not allowed.

For more information and to book: NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service

2. Reflections Holiday Parks Tuncurry Beach

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Flat, dog-friendly and with direct access to Nine Mile Beach and the famous Tuncurry Rockpool, Reflections Holiday Parks Tuncurry is an idyllic spot to slow down, chill out and spend time in stunning surrounds. Whether you’re looking to wet a line in the waterways of Wallis Lake, or simply need some quality beach therapy, Reflections Holiday Parks Tuncurry is a beautiful place to feel the sand between your toes, smell the salt in the air and feel your cares melt away.

  • Closest beach: Nine Mile Beach at Tuncurry
  • Bookings essential
  • Camping type: All powered sites. tent, camper trailer, caravan, camping beside vehicle
  • Amenities: Barbecue facilities, camp kitchen, children's play equipment, laundry facilities, tennis court, showers and toilets
  • Dogs are permitted during off peak and shoulder seasons on sites and selected cabins. Please call the park directly to book.

For more information and to book: Reflections Holiday Parks Tuncurry

3. Crowdy Gap - Crowdy Bay National Park

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A good spot for group camping trips, pitch your tent or park your caravan at Crowdy Gap campground, between Crowdy Head and Diamond Head. The beach is just a short walk away. Set up camp among the banksias and pink-barked angophoras, inhale the fresh coastal breeze, and unpack your swimmers for a beachside camping holiday. It’s an easy walk through lush rainforest and sand dunes to Crowdy Beach. Spend your days diving into the clear blue waves, fishing, and walking the golden beaches. As the sun sets, gather together and cook up your catch over the barbecue. A place of significance to the local Biripi aboriginal people, shell middens are dotted through the dunes, indicating this was an area of plenty for fish, shellfish and wallabies.

  • Closest beach: Crowdy Head Beach
  • Bookings essential
  • Camping type: All non-powered sites. tent, camper trailer, caravan, camping beside vehicle
  • Amenities: Picnic tables, barbecue facilities, carpark, showers, toilets
  • Dogs are not allowed.

For more information and to book: NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service

4. Lani's On The Beach, Old Bar

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Lani's On The Beach is the only tranquil seaside beachfront caravan park in Old Bar. Most of Old Bar beach is now leash free, making Lani's the perfect dog-friendly accommodation for the whole family. For those who choose to travel with their own caravan, motorhome or RV, large spacious sites are available with the option of a few sites with their own personal bathroom. For the tent camper who wants that beachside camping experience, there are large grassed sites are waiting for you.

  • Closest beach: Old Bar Beach
  • Bookings essential
  • Camping type: Powered and non-powered sites are available; tent, camper trailer, caravan, camping beside vehicle
  • Amenities: Laundry facilities, camp kitchen, barbecue facilities, carpark, showers and toilets.
  • Dogs are allowed

For more information and to book: Lani's On The Beach Old Bar

5. Treachery Campground - Myall Lake National Park

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Located amongst the pristine littoral rainforest of Myall Lakes National Park, this campground offers the perfect base for those seeking a getaway filled with surfing, swimming, fishing and other coastal activities. Close to Seal Rocks village, you have bushwalks, bird watching, whale watching and relaxation right at your tent door.

  • Closest beach: Treachery Beach and Lighthouse Beach
  • Bookings essential
  • Camping type: All non-powered sites; tent, camper trailer, caravan, camping beside vehicle
  • Amenities: Hot showers, toilets, laundry facilities, camp kitchen and barbecue facilities
  • Dogs are not allowed.

For more information and to book: Treachery Camp

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