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Trial Bay Gaol campground

Arakoon National Park

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Trial Bay Gaol campground.

Getting there and parking

Trial Bay Gaol campground is in the Trial Bay Gaol precinct of Arakoon National Park.

From South West Rocks:

  • Follow Phillip Drive
  • Turn left onto Cardwell Street
  • Continue along Cardwell Street, following the signs to Trial Bay Gaol ruins and campground

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather


  • Parking is available next to your campsite or on the adjacent side of the asphalt road.
  • There is a limit of 1 vehicle per site. Extra vehicles must park in the campground's natural-earth carparks.
  • For walk-in campsites: there is no allocated parking next to your campsite. Campers must park their vehicle(s) in the carparks available.

Best times to visit

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


The wildflowers will be out so it’s a great time to hike the park’s walking tracks. Keep an eye out for the glossy black cockatoos that feed on the seeds of ripe she-oak fruit during spring.


School's out and it's a great time for a family camping holiday – spend your days swimming, snorkelling, fishing and exploring the park's attractions.


Catch the whales on their journey north along the coast.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature


20°C and 26°C

Highest recorded


Winter temperature


12°C and 20°C

Lowest recorded



Wettest month


Driest month


The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day



  • There's a camp kitchen with hot plate, cook top, fridge/freezer, microwave and sink with hot water.
  • A garbage/recycling station is available, as well as a Dump Ezy for caravans (key required).
  • Campers may visit the Trial Bay Gaol and museum for an additional entrance fee


  • Laundry facilities are available
  • PIN codes are required to access the amenities. PIN codes are provided in your booking confirmation email or during check-in at the office. 
  • Day-use amenities have cold showers and toilets and can be accessed without a PIN code


Accessible toilets are available in 4 amenity blocks.

  • Flush toilets

Picnic tables

  • Shelter areas are available

Barbecue facilities

  • Gas/electric barbecues (coin-operated)

Boat ramp

  • There is a 4WD boat ramp off Cardwell Street, Arakoon (open all year round).
  • There is also a concrete boat ramp at Laggers Point (closed 9pm to 7am during NSW and QLD school holidays and during major events).



Drinking water

  • Drinking water is available onsite. Taps are located throughout the park.


Accessible showers are available in 3 amenity blocks.

  • Hot showers
  • Cold showers

Electric power

  • Power is available on powered campsites with most also including water and sullage
  • Main, Beach Front and Terrace amenity blocks have lights and power points
  • The Sea Front amenity blocks have lights only
  • Little Bay amenity blocks (not in a campground) have no power
  • Please note that power points are not to be used for recharging car batteries

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

All caravans and camper trailers must have drawbars to the road for emergency evacuation.

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.

Boating safety

If you're out on your boat fishing, waterskiing or just cruising the waterways, read these paddling and boating safety tips.

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.

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 Plus 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).

Mobile coverage may be available for Telstra and Optus customers.

Paddling safety

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


Disability access level - hard

  • Wheelchairs can access most areas within the park, assistance to the beach is required. 
  • Most campsites are wheelchair accessible, with parking next to campsites. 
  • Wheelchair accessible toilets are available in four amenity blocks.
  • Wheelchair accessible showers are available in three amenity blocks.



A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters.


  • Amplified music is not permitted
  • Please do not tie ropes, clothing, towels, hammocks or camping and fishing equipment to the trees.

Camp fires and solid fuel burners

Fires are prohibited at this campground, including cookers using wood or open flame. Please bring your own gas barbecue.



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.

Please contact the Trial Bay Gaol Visitor Centre office in advance to notify us if you intend to visit with a certified assistance animal.


NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

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