With the onset of spring down under, warmer days, clear skies and cool nights offer an ideal time to discover Australia’s secret campsites and hidden gems of New South Wales.

On Australia’s south east coast, New South Wales has amazing coastal and bush camping spots that remain under the radar and make an ideal getaway. These secret spots with unique locations and easy access to beautiful beaches, stunning national parks and pristine wilderness environments are truly the best in camping locations, and should be on your list of must visit places.

The pet-friendly Mystery Bay Camp Ground near Tilba, is located just moments from the beach. Enjoy this bush camping site and all that Mystery Bay offers — snorkeling in the bay, surfing at the beach, cheese tasting in nearby town of Tilba, and of course the stunning views of Montague Island.

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Camp by the beach and among the banksia trees at Picnic Point campground in Mimosa Rocks National Park. Find the perfect fishing spot, swim in crystal clear waters and enjoy scenic views of the stunning Sapphire Coastline. The serenity is a prized plus.

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For an absolute beachfront experience, Beachcomber Holiday Park at Potato Point is your go-to campground. Heading into Eurobodalla National Park, you’ll camp among kangaroos and wallabies. When you’re done exploring the beautiful beaches and wildlife, you can relax around the communal camp fires.

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Outside of Mudgee in the Wollemi National Park, is the pristine Dunns Swamp. Set on the banks of the Cudgegong River, and nestled among striking sandstone pagoda rock formations, Dunns Swamp is a nature lovers dream. With plenty of walking tracks, canoeing and swimming spots available, you’ll be spoiled for choices on this paradise.

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Camp under the stars and experience a true Australian outback station stay at Corynnia Station near Hay in NSW. On this working farm, you can camp under the ancient black box tree on the edge of a 1,000 acre dry swamp and discover beautiful nature walks, paddock picnics and farm tours.

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The spectacular and secluded Honeymoon Bay at Point Perpendicular on the South Coast allows camping on weekends and during holidays only. Allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, this rustic bush camp site is a true bush camping experience and just moments to the beaches of Jervis Bay.

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Camp in the middle of the mighty Tapin Tops National Park on the North Coast, at Dingo Tops and explore the park’s stunning waterfalls, creeks and relics from the area’s forestry past. Surrounded by ancient rainforests and eucalypt forest, Dingo Tops is a quiet campground where parma wallabies, red-legged pademelons, and koalas are frequently spotted.

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An unknown gem, Lakesea Caravan Park Durras near Batemans Bay has grassy shaded sites with BBQ drums and a campground that is geared up for the more novice camper — offering a camp kitchen with free gas BBQs, fridge and oven. Just moments to Durras Beach and Lake Durras, where you can enjoy surfing, kayaking, fishing and bush walking in the nearby Murramarang National Park.

If you’re looking for more camping and hiking experiences down under, head to Tasmania’s Three Capes Track.