Meroo Head campground

Meroo National Park

Affected by closures, check current alerts 

Book now

Overview

Meroo Head campground has beachside campsites, with opportunities for swimming, snorkelling, surfing, fishing, walking, mountain biking and whale watching.

Accommodation Details
Number of campsites 25
Camping type Tent, Don't mind a short walk to tent
Facilities Picnic tables, carpark, toilets
What to bring Drinking water, cooking water, firewood, fuel stove
Price Free. There are no camping fees at this campground but a $6 booking fee applies.
Bookings Bookings are required. Book online or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757.
Please note
  • This campground has a limited number of sites
  • Camping is restricted to designated sites only
  • This is a remote campground, so please make sure you arrive well-prepared.
Book now

Meroo Head campground is a picturesque camping area, just moments from the beach. The unsealed road through the forest to get here also makes it a great mountain biking destination.

Just a 150m walk from the campsite and you’ll step onto a beautiful sandy beach where you can enjoy swimming, snorkelling, surfing, fishing, beach walking and exploring the rock pools. Go exploring around Meroo Lake or wander up to Meroo Head lookout for some amazing coastal views.

It’s a great spot for birdwatching and whale watching and in spring the wildflowers are spectacular. You’ll see rare orchids and pink flowering blueberry ash with the towering eucalypts as a striking backdrop.

Get cosy at night around the campfire and listen to the waves crashing nearby. Wake up to see the first rays of sunshine rise over the ocean, filling the sky with vibrant oranges and pinks then transforming it into a heavenly blue.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/campgrounds/meroo-head-campground/local-alerts

Bookings

Operated by

Park info

  • in Meroo National Park in the South Coast region
  • Meroo National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

See more visitor info

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Meroo Head campground.

Getting there and parking

Meroo Head campground is in the Meroo Head precinct in the southern part of Meroo National Park. To get there:

  • Travel south on Princes Highway from Ulladulla
  • Approximately 15km south of Ulladulla turn left on to Meroo Point Road
  • Follow for approximately 3km until you arrive at a fork in the road
  • Take the right fork and travel about 600m to Meroo Head carpark at the end of the road.
  • Two walking tracks (sign posted) provide access to the campground, and sites are 50m–250m from the carpark.

Road quality

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Parking is available at the end of Meroo Point Road, a short walk from the campground.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Meroo National Park. Here are some of the highlights.

Autumn

Enjoy the serenity on the water while paddling a canoe or kayak in one of the park's coastal lakes.

Spring

Escape your busy city life and spend a night at one of the beachside camping areas.

Summer

Head to Termeil Beach or Pot Holes Beach for a day of swimming, surfing and beach fishing.

Winter

Rug up and take in spectacular coastal views from Nuggan Point walking track.

Facilities

  • All campsites are suitable for tent camping, and are numbered with boundaries marked by logs and fences. Site sizes are variable but are generally 10m x 10m and have a maximum of 6 guests.
  • There is no power in the campground.
  • Shops are located in Tabourie (3km), Burrill Lake (12km) and Ulladulla (14km).
  • Water is not available at this campground.
  • There are no shower facilities at this campground
  • Rubbish bins are not available, please take rubbish with you when leaving.

Toilets

  • Non-flush toilets

Picnic tables

Picnic tables are provided at Meroo Head picnic area and Termeil Beach picnic area.

Carpark

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Beach safety

Beaches in this park are not patrolled, and can sometimes have strong rips and currents. These beach safety tips will help you and your family stay safe in the water.

Camping safety

Whether you're pitching your tent on the coast or up on the mountains, there are many things to consider when camping in NSW national parks. Find out how to stay safe when camping.

Please camp within the marked spaces at this campground. There is a high risk of falling trees and branches, especially in times of high wind.

Fishing safety

Fishing from a boat, the beach or by the river is a popular activity for many national park visitors. If you’re planning a day out fishing, check out these fishing safety tips.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

Paddling safety

To make your paddling or kayaking adventure safer and more enjoyable, check out these paddling safety tips.

Accessibility

Disability access level - hard

  • The toilets are wheelchair accessible

Permitted

Camp fires and solid fuel burners

  • Fires are permitted and must be located within the marked boundaries of numbered campsites. There are no camp fire facilities provided.
  • Limited firewood available on site. You are encouraged to bring your own firewood or fuel stove.

Prohibited

Chemical toilets are not permitted. Please use toilet facilities provided.

Chainsaws are not permitted

Generators

Pets

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Nearby towns

Batemans Bay (32 km)

Batemans Bay is a bustling coastal town with majestic seascapes. It's located on the estuary of the Clyde River.

www.visitnsw.com

Bawley Point (3 km)

Some of the beaches around Bawley Point are popular with surfers looking for the best waves along the coast. But there are plenty of other beaches where you can swim, picnic or simply watch kangaroos enjoying the surf.

www.visitnsw.com

Ulladulla (15 km)

Ulladulla is close to several wonderful national parks. Morton National Park, to the west, is home to Pigeon House Mountain, a local landmark which is a popular climb. Murramarang National Park, between Ulladulla and Batemans Bay, has beautiful coastal walks, beaches and camping sites.   

www.visitnsw.com

Learn more

Meroo Head campground is in Meroo National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Amazing wildlife haven

Blueberry ash (Elaeocarpus reticulatus), Meroo National Park. Photo: M Makeham

Meroo and Termeil Lakes are listed in the National Directory of Important Australian Wetlands and stand out for their abundance and diversity of mammals and frogs. The park also has at least 12 threatened wildlife species, including significant populations of the nationally endangered green and golden bell frog. As you explore the coastline keep a lookout to spot dolphins and whales off the coast. Thee's also excellent opportunities for birdwatching at Meroo. You'll see ducks, swans, pelicans, honeyeaters, superb blue wrens and pied oystercatchers. You might also spot sea eagles or an osprey soaring overhead. And if you're really lucky, you might even see a pair of hooded plover. There are less than 25 pairs known to occur in NSW, and the Meroo, Termeil and Willinga Lake entrances are prime breeding habitats for this vulnerable species.

  • Meroo Lake walking track Wrap yourself in the tranquillity of calm coastal waters at Meroo Lake walking track. Enjoy paddling, swimming, fishing, birdwatching and walking in a pristine natural landscape.
  • Tabourie Lake Tabourie Lake is a beautiful coastal lake ideal for fishing, paddling, windsurfing, swimming, walking and birdwatching.

Pristine natural landscapes

Meroo Lake, Meroo Lake National Park. Photo: Michael van Ewijk

The coastal lakes, foreshores and wetlands you'll find in Meroo are outstanding examples of pristine natural environments. Only 10% of NSW estuaries remain in such a natural condition. This unspoilt landscape supports endangered ecological communities like the swamp oak floodplain forest and bangalay-banksia dry forest and helps to protect vulnerable plant species such as the tangled bedstraw and leafless tongue orchid.

  • Meroo Head lookout walking track You can’t miss the spectacular coastal views from Meroo Head lookout walking track. It’s an easy walking track and a great place for birdwatching and whale watching.
  • Nuggan Point walking track Go walking or mountain biking on this easy trail. Enjoy breathtaking coastal views, fishing, whale watching and birdwatching at Nuggan Point, then stop at Meroo Beach for a swim.

Rich Aboriginal culture

Meroo Lake, Meroo National Park. Photo: M Jarman

Meroo National Park forms part of the traditional lands of the Budawang and Murramarang tribes, who are part of the Dhurga language group. Meroo Lake has important spiritual significance for local Aboriginal groups because, along with other lakes in the region, it is connected to the Pigeon House Didthul creation stories that connect them with their country and ancestor spirits. The park is rich with archaeological sites including shell middens, open campsites, artefact scatters, stone arrangements, rock shelters and a burial site.

  • Giriwa walking track Discover Aboriginal cultural heritage along Giriwa walking track, in Meroo National Park. Enjoy the natural beauty of Burrill Lake, near Ulladulla, then stop for a picnic, swim or kayak.

Education resources (1)

Meroo Head campground, Meroo National Park. Photo: Michael van Ewijk