Easter Weekend Escape Ideas

With the Easter long weekend just around the corner, what better opportunity to leave the phone behind and sneak away to one of the many National Parks within easy striking distance of Newcastle.

Whether you’re after a weekend of adventure, romance or just some time away from the city on a budget, there are many hidden gems for you to explore that are closer than you think!

So while you’re busy packing all your adventure and survival gear, here is Urban Insider’s Top 5 easy camping getaways for your back to nature Easter.

The Ruins Campground, Booti Booti National Park

The Lakes Way

Booti Booti, 2428

Phone: (02) 6591 0300

From rugged campers to seasoned caravaners, The Ruins Campground is the ideal spot for a relaxing getaway. A beautiful open area fringed by cabbage tree palms and paperbarks, it has everything you need, from picnic tables and bbq’s to hot showers and drinking water. But the real charm lies in what’s nearby.

With Seven Mile Beach and Willis Lake both within walking distance you can spend your weekend kayaking, surfing, fishing and swimming. If you’re not a water baby, take a stroll along the Booti Hill walking path or drive into Pacific Palms and browse around the shops or enjoy a coffee.

Located 20km south of Forster,  this is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy your Easter weekend.

Gloucester River Campground, Barrington Tops National Park

Gloucester Tops Road

Gloucester Tops, 2422

Phone: (02) 6538 5300

If you love wildlife and large natural spaces Gloucester River Campground could just be the Easter escape you’re looking for. Located on the eastern side of Barrington Tops National park this ground allows you to set up camp right on the river and seriously relax and unwind. Your days will be extremely peaceful either swimming in the river, fishing, birdwatching  or exploring the Gloucester River Walking Track and Sharpes Creek Walking Track.

There are picnic tables, non-flush toilets and wood barbecues ( be sure to bring your own firewood ) available to you. This is a remote campground so make sure you arrive well prepared with all your food and water. Gather up your friends and family and bring it back to basics this Easter.

Treachery Camp

166 Thomas Road

Seal Rocks, 2423

Phone: (02) 4997 6138

If you’re after a nature getaway with the perks of camping in comfort Treachery is the perfect place to spend your Easter weekend!

Located on 38 acres behind Treachery beach, surrounded by the beautiful Myall Lakes National Park is Treachery Camp;  a phenomenal coastal retreat. This very popular camping destination works on a free form basis, there are no allocated campsites as such, but bookings are essential. The campground is equipped with gas bbq’s, hot showers, large tables, washing up sinks, washing machines and dryers.  Another added bonus of this particular ground is they allow small campfires - wood can either be brought with you or purchased at the reception. To fill your days you can relax on the beach, go bush walking or visit the beautiful Seal Rocks lighthouse.  If camping is not your thing, there is also a range of cabins and lodges available for hire.

Frazer Campground (Munmorah State Conservation Area)

Frazer Beach Road

Lake Munmorah, 2259

Phone: 02 4972 9000

If the idea of falling asleep to the sound of crashing waves tickles your fancy, then Frazer Campground is the ideal escape for you this Easter! Located just 50m from Frazer Beach, Frazer Campground makes for the perfect base to swim, surf, snorkel or fish. Although the beach is patrolled over the Easter holiday there is also a lagoon nearby if you prefer to take a dip in comfort of calmer waters.

The facilities include picnic tables, gas/electric barbecues, flush toilets and  cold showers. Only bore water is available so it’s a good idea to bring your own drinking water with you!

Mungo Brush, Myall Lakes National Park

Mungo Brush Road

Mungo Brush, 2423

Phone: (02) 6591 0300

Mungo Brush is a popular campground located roughly 100km north of Newcastle near Hawkes Nest. There are plenty of campsites so you are bound to find one that meets your needs. Bookings operate on a first come, first served basis so be sure to get in early to secure your site. With electric barbecues, toilets and picnic table scattered throughout the ground, you can comfortably set-up for a quiet weekend away (although be sure to bring drinking water as there is only bore water supplied at the grounds).

There are several walking tracks within easy access of the Campground including Mungo Rainforest Walk, Tamboi Walking Track and Mungo Walking Track. Mungo Brush is located right on the lake and within a stones throw of the beach; a perfect opportunity to canoe, swim or launch your boat and explore the Myall River.

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