The Ruins campground and picnic area
Booti Booti National Park
All the practical information you need to know about the The Ruins campground and picnic area.
Getting there and parking
The Ruins campground and picnic area is located in Booti Booti National Park.
To get there from Forster:
- Follow The Lakes Way for 15km towards Pacific Palms
- Turn left into the campground
To get there from the Pacific Highway near Bulahdelah:
- Follow The Lakes Way for 45km
- Turn right into the campground
- Sealed roads
- 2WD vehicles
- All weather
Tent and drive-on campsites allow for 1 vehicle to park directly on the site. Tent only campsites provide parking for a maximum of 2 vehicles next to the site. There's limited additional parking within this campground.
Best times to visit
There are lots of great things waiting for you in Booti Booti National Park. Here are some of the highlights.
See the park's magnificent wildflower displays as they bloom across the heathlands.
Swim at the seasonally patrolled Elizabeth Beach or kayak in Wallis Lake while staying at the nearby The Ruins campground.
Visit Cape Hawke lookout to watch whales migrating off the coast.
Weather, temperature and rainfall
15°C and 30°C
5°C and 20°C
The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day
- Campsites are marked, unpowered and suitable for motorhomes, caravans, camper trailers, campervans and tents.
- Rubbish and recycling bins are available at the campground.
- Flush toilets
- Gas/electric barbecues (free)
- Hot showers
Maps and downloads
Disability access level - medium
You might need help to access this area. A wheelchair accessible toilet and shower is available.
- Amplified music is not permitted
- Possession or use of fireworks is not permitted
- Please don't tie ropes to trees. It can cause damage which may lead to tree removal and the loss of shade
- Please be considerate of other campers and keep noise low—noise must stop from 10pm.
- This is a family friendly campground. Visitors displaying anti-social, offensive or dangerous behaviour will be asked to leave the campground.
Camp fires and solid fuel burners
NSW national parks are no smoking areas.
- 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. Day passes are available from the Manning Great Lakes Area Office, Tea Gardens Visitor Information Centre, Bulahdelah Visitor Information Centre and the Hawks Nest Newsagency.Buy annual pass