Trial Bay Gaol campground
Arakoon National Park
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
- Sealed roads
- 2WD vehicles
- All weather
- Parking is available next to your campsite or on the adjacent side of the road.
- There is a limit of 1 vehicle per site. Extra vehicles must park in the 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 During the spring, when the she-oaks produce fruit, glossy black cockatoos come in to feed on the ripe seeds .
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
20°C and 26°C
12°C and 20°C
The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day
- Campsites are marked, with some powered sites available.
- Campsites are suitable for a range of camping including tents, camper trailers, campervans and caravans.
- 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
- Flush toilets
- Shelter areas are available
- Gas/electric barbecues (coin-operated)
- 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).
- Trial Bay Kiosk Restaurant is a short walk from the campground.
- Drinking water is available onsite. Taps are located throughout the park.
- Hot showers
- Cold showers
- 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
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
- Ropes, clothing, towels and any camping or fishing equipment must not be attached to trees.
Camp fires and solid fuel burners
Please bring your own gas barbecue.
NSW national parks are no smoking areas.