Want to reconnect with nature surrounded by stunning landscapes and views? And would you prefer to be close to amazing restaurants, wineries, and things to do at the same time? Then you should think about camping in the Hunter Valley.

The Hunter Valley is one of the lushest, most beautiful areas in all of Australia. And one of the best ways to enjoy this bounty is with nothing between you and nature but some canvas.

If you’re planning your next camping trip in the Hunter Valley, then here’s a guide to the best places to pitch your tent.

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1. Gap Creek Campground

Located around an hour from Pokolbin in the Watagans National Park, this picturesque campground is unpowered and fairly remote, so you will need to be well-prepared before your stay. It’s ideal for tent or camper trailer camping, as well as anyone with an intrepid spirit.

This area is home to a wide variety of birdlife and also boasts a rainforest walking track to Gap Creek Falls that will probably be the highlight of your visit.

2. Wollombi Tavern Campground

The Wollombi Tavern Campground offers the best of both worlds. It’s a beautiful natural area in the Wollombi Valley, with views and wildlife. And it’s also close to the Wollombi Tavern for easy meals in a classical Australian pub environment.

Camping is free at this campground and there are toilets but no showers, so make sure you’re ready to rough it.

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3. Devils Hole Campground

Located in the Barrington Tops State Conservation Area, this campground is one of the highest in Australia. It’s nestled in the centre of a cold-climate woodland and offers a range of unique wildlife.

You will have to make a booking before camping at this campground, but the beautiful views across the Barrington wilderness will more than make up for the trouble.

4. Wine Country Tourist Park

If you’d prefer to be closer to the action while camping in the Hunter Valley, then this is the campground for you. It’s just 10 minutes by car from Pokolbin and is an ideal base for exploring all of the Hunter Valley’s best restaurants and wineries.

Family-owned, this campground is ideal for families with kids who need to be entertained because it’s close enough to the Hunter Valley to give you easy access to activities like horse-riding tours.

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5. Finchley Campground

If you’re looking for a secluded camping spot that still has lots to see and explore, then the Finchley Campground is for you. Located in the Yengo National Park, it’s close to interesting sites like the Finchley Aboriginal Area and Finchley Cultural Walk and Finchley Trig, with its incredible views.

There are four campsites with toilets at this camping ground but there are very few extra amenities, so it’s best for self-sufficient campers

6. Gloucester Holiday Park

This holiday park has options for every kind of camper. It has tent sites, cabins, a bunkhouse, and powered sites and is located at the foot of the Bucketts Mountain Range. It’s also close to the Barrington Tops National Park, the closest world heritage area to Sydney.

Surrounded by 20 acres of natural bushland, this is the perfect campground for hiking and bird watching. The park also has its own pool and recreational facilities to keep you busy during your stay.

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7. Camp on Allyn

This new campground is south of East Gresford and offers brand new facilities on a working cattle farm on the Allyn River. It’s privately owned and is a paid site with a range of facilities from toilets to a dump site and power.

You’ll need to book to secure a campsite at Camp on Allyn but it has a warm and friendly vibe that’s hard to pass up.

8. Callicoma Hill Eco-Cabins

If you want to go camping in the Hunter Valley but you’re concerned about the environment, then check out the Callicoma Hill Eco-Cabins This unique offering is located at Mount Royal in the Barrington Tops and has bunkhouse, eco-cabin, and bush camping options available.

Nestled in a quiet area about an hour from the Hunter Valley Vineyards, this campsite is completely private and has absolutely amazing views.

9. Junction Pools Campground

This is one of the best sites for remote camping in the Hunter Valley. It’s located inside the Barrington Tops National Park on a plateau area that’s home to a lot of unique Australian wildlife.

This is the type of campground that’s only for diehard campers who want to be alone in nature, swim in pristine mountain streams, and stare at millions of stars every night. You should also make sure to hike the Aeroplane Hill walking track to see the best that these wetlands have to offer.

10. Williams River Holiday Park

This is the best of comfortable, convenient camping in the Hunter Valley with modern amenities like a BBQ area, toilets, and power. Located in a peaceful area right on the river in Clarence Town, the surrounding natural area is beautiful. And while you’re there, you’ll have nearby Clarence Town to explore when you want a break from the rural setting.

The Takeaway

Camping in the Hunter Valley is a truly unique experience. You can spend your nights out in nature, enjoying mountain views, and your days visiting wineries and dining at famous restaurants.

And if you need a little break during your camping trip, you can always book a stay at the Crowne Plaza and enjoy a comfortable bed with luxury amenities at your fingertips.