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The Ruins campground and picnic area

Booti Booti National Park

Overview

Just 20km south of Forster, the well-equipped Ruins campground offers a convenient base for beaches, swimming, walking, and both bird and whale watching.

Accommodation Details
Number of campsites 106
Camping type Tent, Camper trailer site, Caravan site, Camping beside my vehicle
Facilities Amenities block, picnic tables, barbecue facilities, carpark, drinking water, showers, toilets
Please note
  • Sites are unmarked and not powered.
  • Camping permits are required by all groups (families exempt), conditions apply. Applications are available at the NPWS Great Lakes area office.
  • Guests under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult, such as a parent or guardian.
  • Please pay camping fees at the NPWS Great Lakes area office located at the campground during office hours. A NPWS officer will visit your site to collect fees outside of office hours.
  • Keep noise to a minimum after 10pm
Price
  • Peak season: NSW school holidays, December, January and public holiday long weekends. $16.50 per adult per night. $8 per child per night. 
  • Off-peak season: All other times of the year. $12 per adult per night. $6 per child per night.
Entry fees

Park entry fees apply (not included in your camping fees).

Bookings

Bookings are not necessary as the campground operates on a first-come, first-served basis. For campground information, please contact the NPWS Great Lakes (Pacific Palms) office on (02) 6591 0300.

From rugged campers to casual caravaners, the Ruins campground is the perfect spot for nearly anyone. A beautiful open area fringed by cabbage tree palms and paperbarks, it has everything you need, from picnic tables and barbecues to hot showers and drinking water.

But the real charm lies in what’s nearby. Don’t forget your swimmers – whether you prefer the beach or a sheltered lake, both are just a stone’s throw away. Seven Mile Beach offers gorgeous sand and whale watching in the winter. Wallis Lake is perfect for relaxing beneath a tree or launching the kayak for a cool afternoon paddle.

You can even hike along the Booti Hill/Lakeside walking track, which includes scenic lookouts and a direct link to Elizabeth Beach - perfect for surfing and seasonally patrolled. Keep your eyes open for graceful shore birds along the challenging walk.

But if all else fails and you just feel like taking time out relaxing with a coffee and a newspaper, Ruins campground is also an easy drive from cafes in Pacific Palms.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Edward River canoe and kayak trail, Murray Valley National Park. Photo: David Finnegan.

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Operated by

  • Great Lakes (Pacific Palms)
  • 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday (closed public holidays)
  • (02) 6591 0300
  • (02) 6554 0489
  • "The Ruins" Camping Ground, Booti Booti National Park, The Lakes Way, Pacific Palms NSW

Park info

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

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day. The park has coin-operated pay and display machines - please bring correct coins.

    Buy an annual pass.
    • Great Lakes (Pacific Palms)
      (02) 6591 0300
      Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday (closed public holidays)
    • "The Ruins" Camping Ground, Booti Booti National Park, The Lakes Way, Pacific Palms NSW
    • Fax: (02) 6554 0489
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    • Nelson Bay
      (02) 4984 8200
      Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
    • Level 1, 12B Teramby Road, Nelson Bay NSW
    • Fax: (02) 4981 5918
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Tree at The Ruins campground. Photo: Shane Chalker