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Trial Bay Gaol campground

Arakoon National Park

Overview

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Trial Bay Gaol campground is right by the beach and perfect for a family camping holiday. Bring your caravan, motorhome or tent for a weekend of swimming, fishing and fun.

Accommodation Details
Camping type Tent, Camper trailer site, Caravan site, Camping beside my vehicle
Facilities Amenities block, picnic tables, barbecue facilities, boat ramp, cafe/kiosk, carpark, drinking water, showers, toilets, electric power
Price
  • Rates and availability are displayed when making an online booking
  • A minimum nightly rate applies which includes the first 2 occupants
  • Only 7-night (Saturday to Saturday) block bookings are available during NSW and QLD school holidays
  • Peak season: December, January and school holidays (excluding winter). 
  • Shoulder season: February to the start of Easter school holidays. 
  • Off-peak season: Rest of year.
Please note
  • Check in after 2pm, check out before 12pm.
  • All campers must check in to the office on arrival and late arrivals must contact the office during business hours. Fees apply for late check outs.
  • Sites near the boat ramp may experience some early morning noise from 4am during January to April as fishermen gather for marlin season.
  • Mermaid Pools is near this campground but is not recommended for swimming. Large waves wash over the area and visitors can be swept off the rocks.
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Trial Bay Gaol campground offers campsites for tents, caravans and camper trailers in an enviable position beside Front Beach.

Pack your snorkels, swimmers, fishing rod, walking shoes and surfboard, because you’ll have time to use all of these when you’re enjoying this delightful campground and picnic area. And if you’re too tired after a day exploring the park to cook up a feast, treat yourself to a meal at the Trial Bay Kiosk Restaurant. It's the ideal place for families to take a weekend break in the beautiful Arakoon National Park.

Thinking of going in winter? Make sure you take your binoculars - Arakoon is a great place to see whales making their annual migration north. And even better in spring as they make their way south hugging the coast and resting with their calves in Trial Bay, just off the campground.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

 

Get Wild About Whales in Port Macquarie

NSW national parks around Port Macquarie have the best vantage points to see whales during their annual migration, which takes place from May to November. Plan your next coastal adventure on the Wild About Whales website.

Little Bay, Arakoon National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

 

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Hand holding a phone with NSW National Parks app on screen. Photo: Branden Bodman/DPIE
Looking along the beach near the campground. Photo:Debby McGerty