Best Places to Camp in and around Byron Bay
Want to know where to camp in Byron Bay? From happening hot-spots to tranquil escapes, Coastbeat has you covered…
Reflections Clarkes Beach is a lush oasis with direct access to one of the most photographed beaches in Australia. It’s also an easy 10-minute walk from the cafes, bars and boutiques of Byron Bay, making it an obvious choice for those who want a back-to-nature experience with all the conveniences of town.
Clarkes Beach. Image courtesy of Destination NSW
Located both in the heart of town and on the beachfront, First Sun Holiday Park is right where the action is – perfect for those who want to enjoy Byron’s famous nightlife and buzzing beach scene. The park has fantastic facilities, including two well-stocked camp kitchens and a grassed picnic area overlooking the ocean. It also has direct access to the busiest beach in town – a great place for people watching, taking surf lessons or soaking up the rays.
If you love a family holiday park with all the bells and whistles, head to Discovery Parks – Byron Bay, situated just two kilometres from town. Kids will be in heaven enjoying the park’s brand-new Barrel Waterpark as well as a jumping pillow, swimming pool and tennis court.
Set on a spacious 28 acres of natural parklands with wallabies, echidnas, koalas and native birds, this family-run holiday park prides itself on retaining its bush camping vibe. The park has direct access to both Tallow Beach and a pristine tea-tree lake, with the added convenience of being only a five-minute drive from Byron Bay. It also boasts an onsite café, wellness centre, bike-hire and tourism booking agency – and allows dogs! What more could you ask for?
Byron’s beautiful hinterland is worth exploring. Image courtesy of Destination NSW
Located just five kilometres south of the centre of Byron Bay, Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park is famous for our chilled-out vibe, modern facilities, friendly staff and absolute beachfront location. The park borders Tallow Beach, which is famous for excellent surfing breaks and beach yoga. Suffolk Beach has a range of accommodation, from unpowered sites to luxury cabins and safari tents – all set in an eco-friendly, natural bush environment.
Nestled between the beach and beautiful Lake Ainsworth, Lennox Beach Holiday Park offers a peaceful alternative to Byron’s busier options. The village of Lennox Head has so much to offer – from the therapeutic tea-tree waters of Lake Ainsworth to the world-renowned right-hand break at Lennox Point. There are also plenty of quaint boutiques and excellent cafes to check out.
Feel like roughing it a little? Rummery Park campground is a small but well-equipped spot for camping near Byron Bay and Lismore. Ideal for families, this campground is the perfect place to base yourself if you want to enjoy the many fantastic trails within Whian Whian State Conservation Area and Nightcap National Park. It’s also close to the majestic Minyon Falls, a must-see for waterfall-chasers. The park is well equipped with barbecue and picnic facilities and is a prime place for spotting goannas, kookaburras and, at night, possums.
Minyon Falls, Nightcap National Park. Image courtesy of Destination NSW
The days of Brunswick Heads being a well-kept secret are well and truly over! This small village packs so much goodness in – from fantastic live music at the Brunswick Hotel to top-shelf cafes, a gorgeous picture house and plenty of fun festivals. Reflections Holiday Parks Terrace Reserve has prime position in the heart of town and is also set right beside the crystal waters of Simpson’s Creek, a short stroll along the famous footbridge to the delightful Torakina Beach. It’s a place where you can set up, park the car and walk everywhere.
Broken Head is nothing short of magic – a small pocket of lush rainforest leading to white sandy beaches and plenty of beautiful hikes. This is the place for nature lovers who want to experience the tranquil beauty of the Byron region without the hustle and hype. It also offers some seriously deluxe accommodation options as well as good campsites.
Nestled right in the rainforest at the foot of Mt Warning, this holiday park is also the entrance to the World Heritage listed Mt Warning National Park, or Wollumbin, as the original inhabitants of the land call the mountain. In Summertime, you can take a dip in a mountain stream, relax and listen to the birds or sit around the campfire under the stars. The perfect wilderness experience.
The World Heritage listed Mt Warning. Image courtesy of Destination NSW