Surf, swim, sleep, repeat. Sound like your kind of break? Then you’ll want to explore the New South Wales east coast – a mecca for lovers of sand, sun, surf and beachfront camping. NRMA Parks and Resorts have eight NSW beachfront properties nestled along the coast, all of which feature the things that make coastal retreats great.
Let’s dive in and discover more about these parks and their idyllic waterfront locations:
1. Arrawarra Beach, Coffs Coast
Picture this: a right-hand point break beckoning you and your longboard from a golden shore. Reeling in bream, whiting and (if you’re lucky) a big fat snapper from Corindi Heads’ rocky shoal. Soaking in the sights and sounds of local nature and wildlife along the Solitary Islands Coastal Walk. And listening to crashing waves as you fall asleep in your swag or bed. Want to bring this image to life? With Arrawarra Beach on its doorstep, more than 110 acres of lush coastal forest surrounding it and plenty of eco-friendly accommodation options (think villas, ensuite caravan bays and camping sites), NRMA Darlington Beach Holiday Resort is an easy pick for your next picture-perfect ocean escape.
2. Merimbula, Sapphire Coast
Escape the crowds and head to Merimbula, located along NSW’s pristine Sapphire Coast. This beautiful holiday destination is lined by five stunning beaches frequented by surfers, swimmers and fishers alike. You’ll find NRMA Merimbula Beach Holiday Resort overlooking the rocky cliffs, natural rock pools and shore of Merimbula’s Middle Beach. Relax in the rock pools during high tide, try and spot migrating whales from the shore or take a walk along the beach before heading back to your beachside cabin, glamping safari tent, caravan or tent for a snooze.
3. Mill Beach, South Durras
Longing for those sleepy, laidback seaside holidays you used to enjoy as a kid? The ones filled with endless days spent playing in the surf, beachcombing and building castles in the sand. Take a trip down memory lane in South Durras, just 15 minutes south of the popular Batemans Bay. A town that still retains all the charm of a small seaside village, it’s home to several secluded beaches including Mill Beach. A protected cove, the beach is renowned for its small waves and rocks with lots of nooks and crannies, perfect for little adventurers wanting to snorkel and play. For beachfront camping, NSW’s NRMA Murramarang Beachfront Holiday Resort has you covered. The resort, which offers prime views of Mill Beach, has a variety of accommodation options to match your idea of “comfort”, as well as three places to dine and a resort-style pool ideal for lounging all day.
4. Myall Lakes National Park, Mid-North Coast
NRMA Myall Shores Holiday Park isn’t exactly on the beach, but its waterfront location makes up for it. Located on the banks of the Bombah Broadwater in the Myall Lakes National Park, Myall Shores is an excellent destination for lovers of water, nature and relaxation. The Myall Lakes National Park is the state’s largest coastal lake system, a series of interconnected lakes and rivers separated from the sea by native bushland. With the lake right by the park and some tranquil beaches a short drive away, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to outdoor activities. Don your hiking boots, helmet and/or your togs and go bushwalking, bike riding, swimming, fishing and more. Just want to relax? Soak up the national park’s spectacular scenery, the resort’s beautiful gardens and the shores of the Broadwater from your villa, safari tent or caravan/camping site.
5. North Narrabeen, Sydney’s Northern Beaches
We’re proud to share that NRMA Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park is the only beachside caravan park in Sydney. Set between beach and lake, the park features modern and comfy villas with views of Narrabeen Lake, fully accessible cabins, and caravan and camping sites overlooking the sea. Surfers will relish this coastal home base, metres from the famous, surfer-luring Narrabeen Beach (and the world-renowned North Narrabeen break). North Narrabeen isn’t just for surfers, though. Anglers can nab a bite from the rocks, inlet or beach, or jump in a tinny and hook a fine catch from Narrabeen’s inshore reefs.
6. Port Macquarie Breakwall, Mid-north Coast
Situated on the banks of the idyllic Hastings River, which connects to Port Macquarie’s Town Beach, NRMA Port Macquarie Breakwall Holiday Park is the caravan and camping park for those seeking absolute water views. Find cabins and caravan and camping sites right opposite the Hastings River breakwall, a delightful spot to catch the sunrise or sunset. A playground, swimming pool and skatepark are also close by, as well as some lovely picnic spots with shade, barbecues and toilet facilities. Meander a mere 100m down the breakwall and you’ll reach Town Beach, a patrolled stretch of coast with open grassed areas and sandbars that attract both waves and surfers.
7. Stockton Beach, Newcastle
Love off-roading? Then make the trip to Stockton Beach. This relaxed coastal holiday hotspot is a four-wheel-driving playground, home to the largest moving coastal dunes in the Southern Hemisphere – the Stockton Sand Dunes. Right behind the dunes and just minutes from the centre of Newcastle, NRMA Stockton Beach Holiday Park features a variety of accommodation options including pet-friendly caravan and camping sites. Roll in, park up, unpack and head out for an adventure on the dunes, which stretch between forest and beach. Looking for other things to do during your stay? Jump on a ferry to Newcastle (located 900m from the park) or head along the foreshore near the ferry terminal for a stroll, where you’ll be able to spot shipwreck remains and the occasional migrating whale. N.B.: Make sure you have a valid Worimi Conservation Lands beach vehicle permit if you plan on traversing the dunes.
8. Umina Beach, Central Coast
With shallow water at the southern end of the beach, small waves in the middle, and the central coast’s largest playground situated just around the corner, Umina Beach is a seaside destination that’s family-friendly. The best bit about this beach, though, is that NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Resort is situated right on its shore. Nestled under leafy green trees, this east coast holiday resort offers a tranquil beachside camping experience just 80 minutes from Sydney. While the resort has a range of villas and cottages, its safari tents, glamtainers (aka glamorous shipping containers) and caravan and camping sites are great if you want to watch both the stars and the sea. Travelling with kids? At the resort, you’ll find a pool complete with a waterslide and water playground, go karts and plenty of activities for bubs through to teens.
Ready to feel the sand between your toes? Book your beachfront caravan and camping holiday with NRMA Parks and Resorts today.