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Top 22 Accommodation and Camping Options for Bathurst 1000

Monday 16th July 2018
By Cam Donovan
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Are you as excited as we are for this year’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000? The Great Race is less than 100 days away (October 4-7, 2018), so if you’re hoping to witness the best of the best in the V8 Supercars series, you’d better start looking for a place to stay in Bathurst. Sure, you could stay in a hotel, but where’s the fun in that? Why not take the RV for the occasion? There are plenty of campsites in and around the Bathurst area, so you’ll never be more than a stone’s throw away from all the action.

Don’t own an RV? No problem! As Australia’s largest RV sharing community, Camplify has hundreds of caravans, campervans, motorhomes, and camper trailers available for hire. Hiring an RV is the easiest way to experience the camping lifestyle in comfort and without the obligation of owning an RV. Especially as a member of the Camplify community, where you’re guaranteed peace of mind from the second you start browsing our listings to the moment you pull out of the driveway in your newly hired RV.

Now that you’ve got your RV, you’re going to need a place to park it. Don’t worry, we’ve gone ahead and made a list of some of the best RV friendly accommodation and campsites in the Bathurst area.

If being at the centre of all the action appeals to you, there are 8 campgrounds located within the event grounds. These campgrounds are offered by Supercars, but are limited in quantity and therefore in high demand. The reason for this is because only campsites that aren’t renewed by fans from previous years are available. For more information about these campgrounds, campsite rules, and when the remaining sites will go on sale, please visit The Official Supercars Website for more information. 

The 8 campgrounds hosted by Supercars are as follows:

1. McPhillamy Campground

Camping atop Mount Panorama at McPhillamy Campground is a longstanding tradition for many of the diehard fans of the Bathurst 1000, so not only will you have some of the best seats in the house, you’ll also be surrounded by fellow motorsport enthusiasts. Get in quick because this prime position sells out quickly! Find tickets from Ticketek

2. Reid & Sulman Campground

Another campsite located on the mountain, Reid and Sulman Campground is a favourite among those who want to see as much of the racetrack as possible from the comfort of their site. Similar to McPhillamy, bookings go fast for these mountaintop sites, so it’s best to book as early as possible. Find tickets from Ticketek

3. Max Cameron Campground

Can’t get enough of the racing atmosphere? Max Cameron Campground is situated at the bottom of the track, near the food and drink stalls. We’d be surprised if you left Bathurst after staying here without making a friend of two! You’re allowed a maximum of 5 nights here. Find tickets from Ticketek

4. Paddock Campground

If you want to see some of the behind the scenes action, Paddock Campground is for you. Located right behind the pits, you’ll get to see just how fast the mechanics work, as well as sneak a closer look at the drivers. Find tickets from Ticketek

5. Chase Campground

Aptly named, Chase Campground is near the circuit, right by a section of track called “the Chase”. The Chase is a tricky three-turn sequence, known as the scene of numerous rollover accidents over the years. The ground here is rather flat, making it prone to mud; it’s best to choose a hard floor camper here, just to be safe. Find tickets from Ticketek

6. Enduro Campground

The Enduro Campground is uniquely situated to allow you quick access to Conrod Straight, the fastest section of the circuit, as well as the Paddock area for all the behind the scenes action. Find tickets from Ticketek

7. Motorhome Park

Although all of the campsites offered by Supercars are RV friendly, Motorhome Park is only one of two that is powered. It also has larger sites to accommodate even family-sized motorhomes and caravans. And at Motorhome Park, you’ll still be close to all the action by Conrod Straight. Find tickets from Ticketek

8. Harness Racing Motorhome Park

A fully-equipped campground, Harness Racing Motorhome Park is perfect for large motorhomes and caravans, as the entire site is powered and located on a flat asphalt surface. There’s even a restaurant and bar for all of your post-race celebrations. The site is a walkable distance from the circuit, but if you’d prefer, there’s also a free shuttle that runs to and from the track all weekend long. Find tickets from Ticketek

For all of your firewood needs, Valley View Firewood is the official on-site firewood supplier; just put in your order prior to arrival to have your firewood delivered right to your campsite. All of the above Supercars campgrounds are also equipped with toilet and shower facilities.

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The rest of the accommodation and camping options included in this list are a mix of public parks, designated campgrounds, and backyard camping listings:

9. Lions (Berry) Park Campground

A free campground maintained by the Lions Club, the Lions (Berry) Park Campground is the perfect spot for those who are on a budget. There are flushing toilets on-site, and drinking water is also available. If you choose to set up camp here, you’ll only be a 10 minute drive away from the circuit. Just be sure to arrive early, as campsites here are limited and on a first come first serve basis.

Campground Info

Address: On Lions Club Dr in Kelso, east of Bathurst and just off the Great Western Hwy.

10. Chifley Dam Camping Ground

Chifley Dam is another free campground situated just 20 minutes south of the city of Bathurst. If you’re looking for some peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle, you’ll likely enjoy your stay here. Some of the facilities available on-site include drinkable water, flushing toilets, and a picnic area equipped with barbecues. Campsite availability is first come first serve.

Campground Info

Address: 67 Chifley Dam Rd, The Lagoon, NSW 2795

11. Chifley Dam Cabins

If camping isn’t your thing, but you still need a place to park your camper trailer, Chifley Dam Cabins might just be what you’re looking for. Located right on the shores of Ben Chifley Dam just 20 minutes away from Bathurst, these fully self-contained cabins can accommodate anywhere from 2 to 16 people and come equipped with basic cooking facilities. Bookings are required and can be done through their website.

Accommodation Info

Address: Off Chifley Dam Rd, south of Bathurst in the Lagoon.

12. BIG4 Bathurst Panorama Holiday Park

Closeby to the Mount Panorama Racetrack, the Bathurst Holiday Park is jam-packed with everything you need for an unforgettable long weekend. The on-site amenities include a heated swimming pool with a water slide, playground, movie room, games room, camp kitchen, and bathrooms. You can choose from powered and unpowered sites, and you’re in luck if you’ve got a furry friend, as some sites are even pet friendly.

Campground Info

Address: 250 Sydney Rd, Kelso, NSW 2795


13. Sunny Corner Campground

If you really like your peace and quiet, the Sunny Corner Campground is your best bet. Pretty hidden from the main road, but still within a half an hour drive from Mount Panorama, you’ll not likely have to share this space with many others. Given that the campsites here are free and a tad out-dated, the amenities are very basic. Come prepared with your own cooking gear.

Campground Info

Address: On Sunny Corner Rd, approx. 8 km from the Great Western Hwy turnoff, east of Bathurst.

14. Bathurst Showground

Located in the city of Bathurst, Bathurst Showground is a 10 minute drive from all the action. They offer powered and unpowered sites, and toilet and shower facilities are available on-site. Considering its short distance from the event grounds, we recommend booking early if you’re interested in camping here. Booking information can be found on their website.

Campground Info

Address: 1 Kendall Ave, Bathurst, NSW 2795

15. Watton Airstrip

Watton Airstrip is a huge privately-owned property in Watton, NSW, just 25 minutes north of Bathurst. There are a variety of campsites on offer, but they’re all unpowered. Drop toilets on-site, and shower bags are available for hire. Campfires are allowed, as long as you collect your own firewood. Pets are welcome for an additional fee.

Campground Info

Address: Watton, NSW. Please contact the property owner for the exact location.

16. The Hangar

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Located on the same private property as the Watton Airstrip, this “glam hut” is a good option for those who’d prefer not to sleep in a tent. Fully furnished, this hut gives you the feeling of being at home while still staying true to the camping lifestyle — like short drop toilets and shower bags.

Campground Info

Address: Watton, NSW. Please contact the property owner for the exact location.

Website: The Hangar

17. Macquarie Woods Forestry Reserve Campground

Although slightly farther away from the track than some of the other campgrounds, the 30 minute drive to this massive campground is worth it. With about 50 free campsites, there’s plenty of space for you and your friends to set up camp just the way you like. Just bear in mind that the amenities here are pretty basic; the water isn’t drinkable without first boiling, and only long drop toilets are available.

Campground Info

Address: On Macquarie Woods Dr, west of Bathurst off the Mitchell Hwy at Cashens Ln.

18. Blayney Tourist Park

Powered, unpowered, or ensuite sites, the choice is yours. Blayney Tourist Park is located west of Bathurst, about a half an hour drive away from the racetrack. The campsites here are perfect for those who want to camp in luxury. Any amenity you can think of, from BBQs, laundry facilities, and free car washes can be found here.

Campground Info

Address: 1 Quamby Pl, Blayney, NSW 2799

19. Tent City Hire

Fans looking for a hassle-free camping experience focused on fun and socialisation will love the accommodation offered by Tent City Hire. Thanks to the communal set-up, the atmosphere here is like no other campground. Especially when everything is taken care of for you: tent, bedding and linen for hire, breakfast, kitchen facilities, and full bathrooms with hot water.

Campground Info

Address: Tent City Hire is a temporary on-site accommodation facility, so the campground will be located on-site the Mount Panorama Circuit event grounds.

20. Barcoos Farmstays Bathurst

A unique accommodation option, Barcoos Farmstays Bathurst is a farm that offers farm tours and animal-centered activities for families and children, so this would be a great choice for any families looking for an extended holiday before or after the Great Race. The farm is a 15 minute drive from the track, and there are powered and unpowered sites on offer. You’ll also be provided with pretty much everything you’ll need, including drinkable water, flushing toilets, hot showers, and a fully equipped kitchen.

Campground Info

Address: 1080 Trunkey Rd, Perthville, NSW 2795

21. Flat Rock Campground

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A campground with plenty of space, Flat Rock Campground offers free campsites with minimal amenities. There are long drop toilets, and the water here requires boiling before drinking. Pets are also welcome here.

Campground Info

Address: On Mutton Falls Rd, off O’Connell Rd southeast of Bathurst.

22. Tent Town Tents

Tent Town is hosting 10-day accommodation at Kennerson Park for this year’s Bathurst 1000. All of the campsites are unpowered, but you have the option of choosing either the deluxe tents or the RV park where you can park your own motorhome, caravan, or camper trailer. Toilets and showers are available to all guests, as well as a restaurant and bar.

Campground Info

Address: Kennerson Park (Bathurst Greyhound Club). The nearest intersection is Upfold St/Lyal St, Bathurst, NSW 2795.


Is it now safe to say there’s no better choice than taking the RV to this year’s Bathurst 1000? That’s the spirit! We hope you were able to find your perfect accommodation with the help of our list of campgrounds, caravan parks, and cabins in the Bathurst region. And if you’ve found a campground to your liking, but haven’t yet hired an RV, be sure to check out the listings on Camplify for the dream van!

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