5 Camping Spots Near Good Waves.

20 Jan 2010 2 Share

Aus Day Ideas From The Surfers Travel Guide.

Crescent Head.

Crescent Head.

Planning a long weekend family holiday or quick surf trip this weekend?
The Surfers Travel Guide have supplied Coastalwatch with 5 timely getaway ideas and information.
Hope it helps stimulate you to take a break.
You may head to one of the below, or you may have your own fav spot pegged out depending on the forecast conditions in your region.
Wherever your heading or hanging this weekend, don’t forget to read Ben Macartney’s Dialing In column. BM will be posting a special long weekend update late this Thursday.

– Ben Horvath.

1. Crescent Head – NSW mid north Coast
The Wave:
A peeling righthander that starts at the point and wraps around the beach, it can get really long in the right conditions. First discovered in the mid 1900’s, Crescent has become a famous surf spot. No wonder too, with such beautiful surroundings and a wave that can produce real quality.
Camping:
The Crescent Head Holiday Park is one of the best located camp grounds on the coast with its killer beachfront vista and cruisy feel. There are always families hanging about and it just feels a removed from the craziness. If you want to get further away from it, try the Point Plomer caravan park a few K’s to the south. It doesn’t have the same view but the beach is often deserted and can get incredibly good.
http://www.thesurferstravelguide.com.au/destinationpagelocation.php?id=198

Nice way to be greeted first after a long sleep in a small tent

Nice way to be greeted first after a long sleep in a small tent

2. Yallingup – WA SW coast
The Wave:
A combination of left and rights over reef, which can hold up to 4 metres.
Camping:
The first time I went to this place I was stunned by its location. I stood there drop jaw looking at the waves then behind me at the tents and cabins wondering why the hell I hadn’t stayed here before. Plenty of groms running about and mums and dads wandering up the beach dripping wet after getting smoking waves in front of their tents and vans. It’s a classic Aussie set up with a milk bar and plenty of friendly people. The camp ground understandably gets busy, but there always seems to be a tent spot, def book ahead for the cabins, good prices, just unbelievable location
http://www.thesurferstravelguide.com.au/destinationpagelocation.php?id=147

Mid winter, when the camp ground is empty and a rare chance to get a few uncrowded waves here.

Mid winter, when the camp ground is empty and a rare chance to get a few uncrowded waves here.

3. Pont Leo
The Wave:
There are plenty of waves here, The point, Suck Rock, Crunchy, 1st reef, but you will need some decent size swell. When you do get swell the place can fire
Camping:
It’s not the most secluded of places and certainly it’s no secret, but for families it’s a top little spot to pitch a tent. Plenty of footy’s being kicked around and a great beach to just wander along. However that’s not so interesting for surfers, it’s the waves that you come for. The great thing about camping here, is that you will wake to the sound of Parrots and Koala’s allowing you to get a jump on the day trippers from Melbourne, the place can get busy but definitely worth staying
http://www.thesurferstravelguide.com.au/destinationpagelocation.php?id=67

Pambula

Pambula

4. Pambula Rivermouth
The Wave:
Oh lordy if you ever get to surf this joint when it’s firing you’ll remember it for the rest of your life. What an epic break, but goddamn fickle too.
Camping:
The camp ground can get quite busy but its location is worth it. While you don’t get the view from your tent or van, you are protected from the afternoon easterlies by a great section of bush. There are kangaroos literally all over the place and while you ideally want to get the river mouth breaking, the beach breaks can get pretty good too. I prefer Pambula over Merimbula as it doesn’t get as crowded and has more of a classic Aussie caravan park feel.
http://holiday-hub-beach-resort.nsw.big4.com.au/

No one out, a pretty typical scenario here.

No one out, a pretty typical scenario here.

5. Johanna – VIC SW coast
The Wave:
There are several options for waves here. There is a left point break at the eastern end which is the most consistent. There are also a variety of shifting beach breaks that can be perfect for weeks.
Camping:
This place has changed dramatically over the years from dogs roaming around the camp site and waiting for their owners on the sand dunes while they get their fill of waves and fires at night where you would meet other crew. Now, dogs need to be on the lead and there are no more fires, but I still think this is one of the killer camp grounds in Australia. Incredible waves on the right day and generally pretty quiet. You could also try the Glenaire campgrounds, neat little river running through it with some good fishing options. These places are very exposed to the full force of SW gales from the Antarctic so summer or spring are your best bets here.
http://www.parkweb.vic.gov.au/1park_display.cfm




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