Free camp at the popular Bodalla Park Rest Area
Bodalla Park Rest Area & Free Campground is just off the Princess Highway, a short distance inland from the coast, less than 10 minutes from Dalmeny and about a 50 minute drive south of Batemans Bay.
Camp in the shade beneath huge trees, either in a tent on the grass or in one of the many gravel campsites suited for caravans and RVs. There’s even a disabled park and campsite.
Bodalla Park is a lush campground and a great place to stay that has toilets, drinking water and a hiking trail to the nearby Lawlers Creek & Lake Mummuga, which is a great spot for swimming and fishing.
There are a bunch of different grass areas that are perfect for camping in a tent, then a plenty of individual sites where you can reverse in a caravan or drive through.
Picnic tables, small shelters and fire pits are placed throughout the the park. Having that, the toilets and drinking water alongside phone reception makes Bodalla Park Rest Area a great free campground to spend the night or several.
Spend your your morning relaxing at the campground and exploring the nearby creek and lake, then head to the nearby swimming beach or surf beach at Dalmeny, which is less than 6 kms away.
Bodalla Park Campground Facilities
For a free campground, the facilities at Bodalla Park Rest Area are great.
There are two drop toilets that are regularly restocked with toilet paper, multiple shelters, loads of picnic tables, fire pits and the best thing about the place (other than the phone reception) is the drinking water that’s available in the centre of the campground.
The cost of Bodalla Park having so many great things about it is that it gets super busy, even on weekdays outside of peak season, but don’t let that put you off. There are lots of places to set up camp or park the caravan and even when every single site is taken, you’ll notice people will then just set up just about anywhere, even double parking, as long as cars can still drive through and exit the place.
While you’re staying at Bodalla Park Rest Area & Campground, take a nice and easy walk down to Lake Mummuga via a short trail.
It’s about 1.3 kms to get out to a nice swimming spot when you can easily enter the water from a rocky area. Either then walk back to the campground the way you came from, or loop around via a 4WD track.