If you’re tired of keeping up with the rat race in Sydney and need a relaxing, quiet retreat but you can’t afford to take the time off work, these top 5 places to camp from Sydney have got you covered. These quick getaways from the bustling city will leave you reenergised to get back to your busy work week.

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Cockatoo Island

The perfect place for a romantic weekend getaway with your significant other. Cockatoo Island is a great place to stay just away from the inner city, with lots to see and do without actually having to go camping in the bush. Pre-erected tents right by the water have all your needs already taken care of, with excellent views of the harbour. Within the tents there are mattresses, linen, towel, sun lounges, cushions and lanterns. Just a quick ferry trip from Circular Quay, Cockatoo Island offers the perfect solution for campers who hate camping.

Lake Macquarie

Take up residence right on the edge of the creek in a cabin or at the campgrounds at Lake Macquarie. With full amenities at just $29 a night for powered sites and a mere $12 a night for an unpowered site, nothing beats it. Enjoy a sail, swim, bushwalk or rock climbing activities before heading out to the nearby Hunter Valley Wine Region.

Berowra Creek

At just $23 a night for unpowered sites, Berowra Creek is great value for money. North of Hornsby, the campsite sits among a forest of gumtrees, including peppermint, scribbly, blackbutt and blue gums. The creek itself is just near the campgrounds so you can stroll down for a family picnic and let the kids play on the playground and ride on the included bike track.

Patonga

Pearl Beach’s more relaxed cousin, Patonga is situated between a calm beach and a creek to switch between. With powered sites $50 a night and unpowered $40 a night, Patonga offers the perfect place to stay in your campervan or caravan or even in your own little tent when weather permits. Hire kayaks or a tennis court if you’re feeling energised, or even head out on a bushwalk in Brisbane Water National Park.

Eden

Nestled between Aslings Beach and Lake Curalo, Eden is approximately the half way point between Melbourne and Sydney, so it’s the perfect camping spot if you want a weekend getaway to really feel out of the hustle and bustle of the inner city. Enjoy whale watching and simply relax and recharge your batteries at the beautiful beach before you head back to the real world.