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Camden Haven Inlet at sunset aerial view, Australia
Camden Haven Inlet at sunset aerial view, Australia
Camden Haven Inlet at sunset aerial view, Australia

A camping holiday, in the Camden Haven River region avoids the rush of commuter Friday flights and traffic from Sydney to Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour. Camden Haven is a step into a classic weekend break in the country. Camden Haven villages can serve a trim soy latte with the best of them yet there is a country charm and not an entertainment venue in sight. You would need to hop into a vehicle and hightail to Port Macquarie for that. Camden Haven offers the opportunity to maximise a long weekend or perhaps two days in the middle of the week. Get away from the bustle and go camping. Take the pooch, check beforehand it is OK.

And, overseas guests why not try an Aussie classic, a camping holiday downunder. A perfect way to get to know a place, share your holiday experience with locals.

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Reflections Holiday Park , North Haven is dog friendly

A perfect place for the pooch to flog down while you go fishing. Nestled between Laurieton and Camden Head makes for an easy drive from Port Macquarie. Reflections Holiday Parks 12 acres of bushland between the Camden Haven Inlet and Grants Beach. Camp sites range from non-powered tent sites, powered sites, cabins and motels. There is a school holiday programme.

What to do nearby:

  • Williams Beach Street Kitchen and Bar takes the hard work out of cooking
  • Surfing lessons for the kids – half day activity
  • North Wall walk along the beach and regeneration bush
  • Check out Dirawong Reserve

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Bonny Hills Accommodation, Reflections Holiday Park is dog friendly

Yeah for your best friend. Bonny Hills is perched on the cliffs overlooking Rainbow Beach.

A village atmosphere characterises Bonny Hills. Bonny Hills offers summer hospitality with a range of cafes and restaurants, a local Tavern and service station. There is an independent grocer for BBQ snags. Camden Haven waterways are a short 5 minute drive or a short half hour walk. The camp grounds offer non-powered tent sites, powered sites, cabins and motels. There is an indulgent treat with beach tents with private ensuite facilities with bedding and the compulsory BBQ on your private beachside deck. Glamping for families made easy. Enjoy your beach side glamping experience in our all-in-one premium cabins and beach tents. Our deluxe cabins and tents have all the home comforts and amenities to make your holiday even more enjoyable. For further information check out Bonny Hills Caravan Park NSW.

What to do nearby:

  • Learn to surf
  • Chill out and switch the mobile off (perhaps only a few hours at first)
  • Pop into Camden Haven for a leisurely meal

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BIG4 Ingenia Bonny Hills Holiday Park

A superior BIG4 camping ground with numerous accommodation options ranging from comfortable motel style units, chalets, cabins as well as powered and non-powered sites. For kids there is a jumping park, a waterpark, playgrounds and organised school holiday programmes. For further information check out BIG4 Ingenia Bonny Hills Holiday Park.

What to do nearby:

  • BAGO VINEYARDS AND MAZE, Enjoy a family day trip to this scenic venue and get lost in the tangled pathways of the largest hedge maze in NSW.
  • Port Macquarie camel safari
  • Burrawan State Forest is the host of the Old Bottlebutt. Estimated at more than 200 years old, this Red Bloodwood tree is the largest in the southern hemisphere.

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North Haven Cabins & Camping Brigadoon Holiday Park

North Haven Cabins & Camping Brigadoon Holiday Park is shaded with 20 acres of bush. Private waterfront on the Camden Haven waterways, direct boat and jetty ramps makes North Haven another fishing enthusiast holiday destination. Stingray Creek and the Camden Haven Inlet.

What to do nearby:

  • Stingray Creek swim, fish and enjoy
  • Laurieton cafe scene for a restorative coffee
  • School holiday programme from movie nights to tractor train rides

5
Jacaranda Holiday Park

Jacaranda Holiday Park North Haven is a beautifully landscaped park adjacent to the Camden River and an easy stroll to the beach, breakwall, clubs and local restaurants. Accommodation ranges from cabins, villas and excellent campsites for tents, camper trailers, caravans and motorhomes. There is a shaded landscaped swimming pool with a waterfall for kids to safety paddle. The riverside boardwalk encourages guests to explore the district.

What to do nearby:

  • Visit Port Macquarie Koala sanctuary
  • Explore Laurieton heritage museum
  • Enroll kids in one of the many kids programmes

6
Laurieton Dunbogan Caravan Park

Laurieton Dunbogan Caravan Park, Diamond Waters is tucked away in its own private park on the shores of Camden Haven River. The campgrounds adjoins Crowdy Bay National Park. Boat access to Camden Haven makes the camp a favourite spot for fishing buffs. Sites range from non-powered tent sites, powered sites, chalets and ensuite cabins. And pet friendly, pooches welcome to hop aboard your boat for a day fishing.

What to do nearby:

  • Kayak the Camden River
  • Explore Crowdy Bay National Park (spring and wildflowers)
  • Dunbogan Beach is great for walks and you can take your dog unleashed from the Sea view beach access point

 

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Laurieton Gardens Caravan Resort

Fancy being in the heart of Laurieton with its holiday vibe then this is the camping grounds for you. Powered sites for motorhomes, basic cabins and chalets for families wanting private ensuite facilities ranging from 2 bedroom to 3 bedroom options. For further information check out Laurieton Gardens Caravan Resort.

What to do nearby:

  • Laurieton cafe scene is 300m walk meaning catering is not an issue
  • Join a fishing charter
  • Explore Kattering Reserve

 

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Laurieton Lakefront Caravan Park

Laurieton Lakefront Caravan Park guests can choose between Guests have a choice Ten overnight, ensuite cabins, including a disabled / wheelchair friendly cottage overlooking the lakefront, or a self-contained spa cottage, or Shady powered and unpowered camping sites. The boutique caravan park is nestled on the shores l Queen’s Lake. There is guest only jetty and boat ramp facilities as well as kayak and canoe hire available. For further information check out Laurieton Lakefront Caravan Park.

What to do nearby:

  • Queens Lake is home to black swans and birdlife, become a twitcher (bird watcher)
  • Kayak the lake
  • Walk around the lake

 

9
Treehouse Retreat at Diamond Waters

Glamping this is seriously not inflatable mattresses collapsing on you. Lux, eco tree houses overlooking the Camden Haven river. Who said camping and glamping do not go together has not experienced the bells and whistles of indulgent glamping. For further information check out Treehouse Retreat at Diamond Waters – Luxury Retreat Accommodation.

What to do nearby:

  • Explore North Brother Mountain
  • Investigate the kitchen garden where your chef will select for farm to plate meals
  • Reset, revive and leave the mobile in the car boot

The journey is worth it.

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