Bush meets beach on the NSW mid-north coast. Pic:

Like an apology for the smog and bustle two hundred odd clicks to the south, the stretch of coastline between Newcastle and Forster on the NSW mid-north coast is littered with a string of knock out campsites.

The unspoilt stretch between Myall Lakes National Park, Mungo Brush and the endless sandy expanse of Mungo Beach provides a litany of surprises.

With quick and easy access to the calm waters of the Myall Lakes system, as well as the open surf beach on the other side of the campground, visitors really get to have it both ways.

If the family at any point tires of swimming, fishing and driving on the magnificent Mungo Beach, it’s time to bust out the canoe, kayak, tinnie or air mattress (whatever vessel you’ve got at your disposal!) and explore the massive lake system just inland of your camp.

The campground at Mungo Brush caters to all, with provision for bare bones tent and swag camping as well as those with camper trailers or caravans.

The campground’s equipped with all the facilities you’ll need for a comfortable stay and bookings can be made online up to a year in advance.


4WDING is a given out here, with the beach run curving southwest from the south side of Big Gibber Headland along Mungo Beach offering ample space to let your rig spread its wings.

Remember to acquire a permit to drive on the beach – available online and from a number of local outlets.

CANOEING is the best way to explore the myriad coves and bays of the Myall Lakes waterway that’s literally sitting on the doorstep of this campground, but really, any sort of craft will do.

There’s some great fishing for flathead, bream, estuary perch and heaps of other species too, so don’t forget to pack a couple of rods and your tackle box.


LOCATION: 250km north of Sydney, Myall Lakes and Mungo Brush can be reached in just under three hours drive from the CBD in normal traffic.

Access is via the Pacific Highway, John Renshaw Drive and Mungo Brush Road.

CAMPING at Mungo Brush is comfortable and well facilitated, yet still wild enough to be fun. Facilities include barbeques, picnic tables, toilets and a boat ramp, however campers must carry in their own fresh water.

Fees of $12 per adult per night apply and bookings can be made online or by phoning 13000 72757.

FUEL is available on the Pacific Highway, at Newcastle, Port Stephens and Bulahdelah.

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