7 of the best camping options in Coffs Harbour

Located roughly halfway between Brisbane and Sydney, on New South Wales north coast, Coffs Harbour is a very popular tourist destination for those wanting a change of pace from city life.

Known for its fantastic beaches, iconic Big Banana and fun-filled amusement park, this coastal destination is surrounded by stunning national park, and also faces the Solitary Islands Marine Park.

As a destination it is also known for its fantastic shopping, award winning cafes, restaurants and bars, and excellent campsites. The latter of which provide terrific accommodation options for the visitor.

If the thought of sleeping under canvas, stargazing under a clear night sky, or immersing yourself in some of the purest air in the state gets your Outdoorsy juices flowing, then this list of 7 of the best camping options in Coffs Harbour is definitely for you.

Whether you are after a rustic, primitive site with no frills, or luxurious glamping accommodation with all the comforts of home, these options provide something for everyone.

Darlington Beach Holiday Resort

The Darlington Beach Holiday Resort is probably the most family friendly of all camping accommodation options in Coffs Harbour.

Nestled within a prime location on the spectacular Arrawarra Beach, the site is surrounded by a lush, verdant subtropical forest that contrasts perfectly with the azure waters of the ocean. 

Featuring swimming pools, waterslides and archery, as well as putt putt golf, a nine hole golf course and an archery range, there is something to do for everyone here. There is even a kids club for the little ones to enjoy.

In terms of accommodation you can choose from a campsite, caravan or safari tent. If you fancy spoiling yourself, you can even splash out on a spacious villa too.

Spot X Arrawarra Beach

Located some 31km north of Coffs Harbour, Spot X Arrawarra Beach is the perfect accommodation option for those who want to be located near the sand.

Offering a campsite on absolute beachfront within the town of Arrawarra, this site is a great base for those who are in to kayaking, sky diving and horse riding.

Its also a very popular spot for beach walking and surfing too, whilst those who would like to learn to ride the waves can take lessons at the Mojosurf Academy.

When not on the beach, guests can chill out on the sun terrace, or enjoy a barbeque at the property’s gardens.

Moonee Beach Holiday Park

One of the nicest pet friendly campgrounds in Coffs Harbour can be found at the Moonee Beach Holiday Park.

Situated close to the spectacular beach, which boasts a pristine, flat and wild landscape, this site offers a prime location just a 10 minute drive to the Big Banana.

A fabulous spot for fishing, on account of it being adjacent to a well stocked estuary, the park is also a popular spot amongst surf and beach lovers. Birdwatchers enjoy opportunities to spot the likes of ospreys, white-bellied sea eagles, and brahminy kites too

As well as a number of accommodation option the holiday park also boasts a playground, toilets, barbeques, picnic shelters, beach showers and a takeaway shop.

Emerald Beach Holiday & Caravan Park

About a 15 minute drive north from Coffs Harbour, just to the south of Woolgoolga lies the Emerald Beach Holiday and Caravan Park.

A fabulous destination for a family holiday, the beach and campground here has a much quieter vibe than other places on the Coffs Coast, which makes for a more relaxing holiday.

The beach is a popular hotspot for surfers who enjoy an excellent local swell, whilst swimming and fishing are regular activities here too.

In terms of accommodation, the park has a number of powered sites for caravanners and campers, as well as a selection of cabins. It also has a swimming pool, water park and really good playground children will enjoy.

Close to the park, there is also a lovely walk you can do that will take you around the ‘Look At Me Now’ Headland, which showcases fabulous coastal views.

Red Rock Holiday Park

The Red Rock Holiday Park is another excellent pet friendly camping option near Coffs Harbour – although you are only allowed to bring your dog here during the off peak season.

Notwithstanding, this fabulous holiday park offers an excellent range of accommodation options including powered and unpowered sites, cabins, cottages and glamping.

Nestled within close proximity to a fabulously stark and untamed stretch of coastline, this old-school holiday park also boasts a wide range of facilities. This includes everything from BBQ’s, boat ramps and laundry to a camp kitchen, WI-FI and a shop.

There are plenty of opportunities for good fishing here too, whilst swimming, snorkelling and biking are also popular.

Sapphire Beach Holiday Park

Tucked away in a tranquil and shady pocket of rainforest just six kilometres from Coffs Harbour, the Sapphire Beach Holiday Park is well known for accommodating its own billabong.

Close to a handful of picturesque beaches which are perfect for walking, sunbathing, fishing and swimming, the family friendly campground also has a playground, putt putt golf and a swimming pool for guests to enjoy.

As well as a selection of campsites, accommodation at the park ranges from basic cabins with kitchenettes to more spacious and well appointed 2-bedroom villas.

Furnished with flat-screen TVs and with bedding provided, they feature full kitchens, as well as separate living and dining areas, ensuite bathrooms and even verandahs.

Roof Garden Glamping

If glamping is your thing then the Roof Garden Glamping option will definitely be right up your street.

The proud winner of the 2019 Australian Sustainability Awards ‘Best of the Best’ category, the campground is perfect for eco conscious visitors who want to reduce their carbon footprint.

Situated within the Jetty Eco Village, on the City of Hope rooftop, the venue features yoga mats, bean bag chairs, Tibetan prayer flags and a fire pit as part of its unique, quirky, yet very enjoyable glamping experience.

Jamie