Camp at Meroo National Park
Get There: Turn left onto the unsealed and easy-to-miss Meroo Point Road about 20 kilometres south of Ulladulla, and follow the track to the end.
Cost: Free, and no bookings are required.
Camping in Australia can sometimes be super lame, with holiday parks charging extortionate prices to plonk you metres away from a pesky family with loud, snotty-nosed kids. But at Meroo Head, camping returns to its roots. After rattling down a dirt road for a couple of kilometres, you’ll discover a bunch of exquisitely tranquil bush sites where you can have a crackling fire and be lulled asleep by the sounds of frogs and possums rather than bogans playing drinking games. Best of all, the campsites are moments from a beach riddled with rockpools. If you can brave the forests of seaweed, there is great snorkeling to be found, and if you head south you’ll find one of the most picturesque coves you will ever stumble upon, where the sand is blanketed in shells.
We recommend waking up at the crack of dawn to watch the sun rise over the sea from the mini rocky peninsula. So much serenity. Facility-wise, there are two non-flush toilets, but there’s usually no dunny roll, so make sure you BYO. If you are a bit of a princess when it comes to bathroom visits, you can camp a little further north at Termeil Point or Sunburnt Beach campgrounds, which are equally as beautiful but have flush toilets and require an earlier turn off: 14km south of Ulladulla onto Blackbutt Road. Happy camping!
Gemma Clarke is the editor-in-chief of Global Hobo. She spends her time contracting tinea in foreign countries, taking afternoon naps in her van and drinking red wine through a (bamboo) straw.