Best camping spots in the Macleay Valley

This time of year is ideal for camping – the weather is warming up but the nights are still cool enough to rug up by a campfire and watch the stars.

Whether you’re after a secluded hinterland getaway or want to dip your toes in the ocean, the Macleay Valley offers a variety of incentives to get you packing your tent and heading out into nature.

Here are our top picks for camping in the Macleay Valley:


Crescent Head

Now is a perfect time to enjoy the crystal clear Killick Creek at Crescent Head before the summer crowds hit. Crescent Head Holiday Park is perfectly located on the creek, a stones throw from the town centre and the famous Crescent head Point.

Waves Campground on Point Plomer Road offers the perfect natural getaway. Stay in amongst the trees near Delicate Nobby beach to get back to nature (whilst still enjoying a hot shower and a coffee!).

You can also camp in the bush or beside the ocean at the numerous nearby camp grounds listed below.

Surfaris Surf Camp Grounds

271 Loftus Road, Crescent Head

Racecourse Campground

Goolawah National Park, Point Plomer Road, Crescent Head

Delicate Campground

Goolawah Regional Park, Point Plomer Road, Crescent Head
Point Plomer Campground

Limeburners Creek National Park, Point Plomer Road, Crescent Head

Melaleuca Campground

Limeburners Creek National Park, Point Plomer Road, Crescent Head



Hat Head

Hat Head Holiday Park is one of the Macleay Valley’s most popular tourist destinations for a good reason. Located right beside the stunning creek in the sleepy town of Hat Head, this holiday park is a dream location for families, fisherman and nature-lovers.

If you’re after something more secluded, head to the beautiful Hungry Gate Campground in Hat Head National Park.



South West Rocks

 If you’re on Instagram, chances are you’ve seen the famously tropical blue waters of Horseshoe Bay or Trial Bay.

South West Rocks has some of the most spectacular beaches on the coast. It’s also home to the historic Trial Bay Gaol and a town centre complete with fantastic cafes and boutiques (and a wonderful cinema).

Take your pick of the town’s three fabulous holiday parks, Horseshoe Bay Holiday Park, Big 4 Sunshine or the South West Rocks Tourist Park.

Alternatively, go bush and head into the stunning Hat Head National Park to the Smokey Cape Campground or the Trial Bay Campground in Arakoon National Park.



Stuarts Point

Stuarts Point is a family-friendly fishing paradise with plenty of natural beauty.

The Stuarts Point Holiday Park and the Stuarts Point Conventions Centre both offer great accommodation.



Grassy Head

The Grassy Head Holiday Park is a favourite among locals who love the quiet beach, headland walks and uncrowded waves.



There’s nothing like a hinterland escape to calm your tired bones.

Crackenback Campground and Blackbird Flat are both great options for setting up by the river, lighting a winter fire and kicking back for the weekend.



To Stay in the heart of the Macleay Valley’s largest town, try the Kempsey Showgrounds on 19 Sea Street, Kempsey or the Kempsey Tourist Village, 325 Macleay Valley Way.


For more information download Where to Camp on our website.