Explore NSW This Season With These Awesome Winter Activities
With over 2,000km of coastline, countryside and desert, New South Wales offers some of Australia’s best winter camping spots. From wild forests to rugged shorelines, postcard-perfect farmland to the spectacular Outback, your only challenge will be deciding which of these incredible destinations to go for.
Throughout the colder months, campgrounds and caravan parks across the state become far less crowded and far more cosy (We’re talking campfires at brekkie, lunch and dinner). So get some crisp fresh air this season with our guide to the top family-friendly winter activities in NSW!
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If you’re a family of adventurers, the Snowy Mountains of NSW will be the perfect winter camping spot. With Australia's five tallest peaks, you can go skiing and snowboarding to your heart’s content before finishing the day with an epic snowball fight or a snowman building competition.
To get here, you can either road trip for six hours from Sydney or cross over to ACT and fly into Canberra before hiring an RV by the airport. Then it’s only a two and a half drive to the mountains! Set up camp in one of Kosciuszko National Park’s fantastic alpine resorts, like Thredbo, Perisher or Charlotte Pass.
Bare in mind that you’ll be camping in freezing weather so while the RV should be nice and toasty inside, you’ll need some quality winter camping gear for any icy outdoor activities.
You’ll find some of NSW’s prime surfing conditions during the colder season! It’s the most reliable time of year for solid east and south swells, with southwest winds blowing offshore.
On the North Coast, tropical currents allow for fun family winter activities that won’t make your teeth chatter. Whether you’re a total novice or a seasoned surfer, the warm waters are perfect for hanging behind breaks as you look out for leaping dolphins and migrating whales. And if surfing isn’t your thing, it’s not too chilly for a relaxing dip or playful splash.
With off-peak camping rates, ocean temperatures of 22° and no summer crowding, this is the ideal opportunity for a family surfing safari in Byron Bay! Find a camping spot by the sand and you might just forget it’s winter.
If you’re a wildlife lover, there’s another reason to go winter camping by the NSW coastline. From May to August, you can watch magnificent humpback and southern right whales as they migrate north.
Your whale-spotting chances stretch the length of the NSW coast, but Jervis Bay National Park enjoys some of the most spectacular vantage points and guided tours in the state. Hop aboard a wonderful whale watching cruise or get even closer to these gigantic creatures with a kayak adventure. Otherwise, scan the seas from land at Greenfield Beach, Bullhole Lookout or Hammerhead Point.
The great thing about camping in winter? Fewer people make for more animals! Wildlife that tends to hide away during the busier seasons comes out to play when the colder months roll in.
Hire an RV from Sydney and head down south for a winter adventure filled with exciting encounters. Families of all ages will enjoy setting up camp beside a troop of welcoming roos at Durras Lake North Holiday Park, before taking off for a cycle below the giant gum trees. You’ll also find a variety of Aussie mammals hanging around Beachcomber Holiday Park by Tuross Lake. As well as kangaroos and wallabies, you’re likely to spot echidnas, bandicoots and even emus!
Park your RV right on the banks of the Darling River at Outback NSW’s shiny new campground, Warrawong on the Darling. Here, you can spend the day fishing without even leaving your campsite! And if you’re lucky, you might spot an ancient fish trap lurking below the water’s surface.
If you’d like an out-of-camp experience, wander down the heritage trails and explore the art, science and history museums in Wilcannia. There’s pretty much winter family activities left, right and centre, so you’ll be entertained for days!
Explore the Long Paddock
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You couldn’t ask for a better time to visit Outback NSW. Its mild temperatures mean great winter camping opportunities for those who’d rather not brave the cold! And there’s no better way to explore this great expanse than a road trip down the Long Paddock.
This 600km route follows the old Cobb & Co. coachways. Along the way, you’ll find unique landscapes, public art installations and information panels sharing historical facts and local myths about everything from headless horsemen to waterless swamps.
Hire an RV like the Off Road Outback Dream and start your journey at aforementioned Wilcannia, soaking up the rich heritage as you pass through various Outback towns. Then carry on alongside Australia’s biggest river red gum forest and eventually you’ll end up at the edge of NSW in the charming twin towns of Echuca-Moama.
As Australia’s proud capital of paddle-steamers, Echuca-Moama boasts a fascinating riverboat history - You can even cruise along the legendary Murray River, passing giant river red gums as you go. Afterwards, celebrate your successful road trip with some delicious local food and drink at one of the area’s many wineries.
For another Outback adventure that doesn’t require camping in the cold, take the Kidman Way. You’ll travel right through the heart of NSW on this rustic inland route. Named after Sir Sidney Kidman, who once held the title of largest landowner in the entire world, this one is for campers with a real love of exploration.
The Kidman Way is full of quaint towns with riveting histories, stunning national parks and tasty bites. Begin your winter camping journey in pretty little Albury and continue on to Jerilderie, which is brimming with old time charm. Next, hit the gas and soon you’ll be greeted by ‘the friendliest town in Australia’ (or Coleambally on Google Maps).
Continue on to the tree-lined streets of Griffith, a regional city known for its Italian heritage and boutique wineries. Then pass through beautiful Hillston and bustling Cobar before your final destination. Resting beside the Darling River, the iconic Outback town of Bourke is known for its tales, folklore and waterfront views.
Families young and old will make unforgettable memories on this awesome camping trip!
This is winter camping’s real time to shine! There is nothing more magical than ending your day of winter activities with a blazing campfire. The colder weather brings lower risk of bushfires, so lots of campgrounds allow you to spark up some flames. You’ll find fire-friendly camping spots across the state, such as Big 4 Yamba on the North Coast, Green Patch Campground on the South Coast, Main Campground at Mungo National Park in Outback NSW, and Treachery Camp at Seal Rocks.
Whether you’ve been tackling the slopes, riding the surf or getting lost in the rich heritage of surrounding lands, you’ve earned the heat - Toast those marshmallows, start that sing-along and snuggle up for a round of storytelling. You can even try out comforting winter camping recipes right by your RV.
So there you have it: Winter activities for the whole family! If you’re ready to get your winter camping trip on the road, Camplify will help you find the best RV for your holiday.
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As a holidaymaker, Camplify helps you find an RV that is perfect for you so that you can experience the joys of caravanning - without having to own one yourself.
Interested? Learn more about Camplify for hirers here.