ONLY a short drive from Coffs Harbour you will find some of the best camping spots and day trip destinations which offer families a stress-free and relaxing break.
Bongil Bongil National Park is just south of Coffs Harbour and stretches from Sawtell to Mylestom featuring unspoilt beaches, sweeping coastal vistas, wetlands, littoral rainforests and pristine estuaries await you in this park.
You can go bushwalking, picnicking or boating, and the peaceful estuaries are the perfect place to paddle your own canoe and experience up close the abundant birdlife that the park protects.
The beautiful beaches are important nesting grounds for a variety of wading birds and terns.
Anglers will enjoy Bongil Bongil’s rock, beach and estuary fishing spots.
Yuraygir National Park is 60 kilometres of striking cliffs, rocky headlands, isolated beaches and quiet lake systems, set against a backdrop of forests, heaths, estuaries and wetlands, making Yuraygir the longest stretch of undeveloped coastline in NSW. With more than 200 camping sites available you’ll be hard pressed to find this idyllic area booked out.
Arakoon State Conservation Area is home to Trial Bay Jail (1886), a picturesque ruin which was built as a public works prison but was also used as a World War I internment camp. The jail is surrounded by rocky foreshores and pleasant sandy beaches.
Wander through the jail museum, explore the ruins or relax on the beach. Stroll over Monument Hill to the Little Bay picnic area, or enjoy the spectacular half-day walk from the picnic area to historic Smoky Cape Lighthouse in Hat Head National Park.
There is a camping ground and various creature comforts to titillate the historical adventurer in the family.
The Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water reminds all national park users to plan their trip and when in the parks always carry a map.
For more information about where you can take the family for a camping trip or a day trip visit the DECC’s website at www.environment.nsw. gov.au/parks or phone 1300 361 967 for information.