Twin Beaches campground

Marramarra National Park

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Overview

For a remote camping getaway close to Sydney, hop in your boat and make your way up the Hawkesbury River to Twin Beaches campground in Marramarra National Park, near Berowra.

Accommodation Details
Camping type Tent, Remote/backpack camping
Facilities Barbecue facilities, toilets
What to bring Drinking water, cooking water, firewood, insect repellent
Price Free. There are no camping fees at this campground but a $6 booking fee applies.
Bookings Bookings are required. Book online or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757.
Please note
  • This campground is only accessible by boat
  • This campground has 2 camping areas located 400m apart
  • Sites are unmarked and unpowered
  • This campground has small riverfront camping and is suitable for groups
  • This is a remote campground, please arrive well prepared.
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Tucked away in the northern outskirts of Sydney is Twin Beaches campground, a remote and peaceful part of Marramarra National Park that’s only accessible by boat. Drop your anchor and pitch your tent by the river for an authentic bush camping experience.

Spend your days fishing, swimming, paddling or boating on the calm waterways. Nearby you’ll find historic Bar Island with its old church ruins and cemetery filled with headstones of European settlers.

If you’re feeling energetic, take the boat upstream on Marramarra Creek to Marramarra Creek campground which is the starting point for the Marramarra Ridge to Smugglers Ridge walking track. It takes you across beautiful sandstone ridgetops down to the creek, where you can reward your efforts with a refreshing swim.

There’s plenty of opportunity for birdwatching at Twin Beaches campground, so don’t forget to pack your binoculars. You’ll see black cockatoos and white-bellied sea eagles soaring above the river. Goannas can also be found wandering through the campground, between the Sydney red gum and sheoak trees.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Current alerts in this area

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Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/campgrounds/twin-beaches-campground/local-alerts

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All the practical information you need to know about Twin Beaches campground.

Getting there and parking

Twin Beaches campground is in the southern area of Marramarra National Park near Berowra Waters. It’s only accessible by boat. Public boat ramps are located at Mooney Mooney and Berowra Waters.

From Mooney Mooney (Deerubbun Reserve boat ramp):

  • Follow the Hawkesbury River upstream for about 8.5km to the mouth of Berowra Creek
  • Twin Beaches campground is on the right (western shore) of Berowra Creek.

From Berowra Waters (Dusthole Bay boat ramp):

  • Follow Berowra Creek downstream for about 10km to the Hawkesbury River junction
  • Twin Beaches campground is on the left (western shore) of Berowra Creek.

Twin Beaches campground has 2 camping areas located 400m apart. The south camping area is larger and easier to access when tides are low.

Parking

There’s no parking or vehicle access to this campground. Access is by boat only.

Facilities

  • Water is not available at this campground
  • There are no rubbish bins at the campground, so please take all rubbish with you when you leave.

Toilets

  • Non-flush toilets

Barbecue facilities

  • Fire rings (bring your own firewood)

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Boating safety

If you're out on your boat fishing, waterskiing or just cruising the waterways, the safety of you and your passengers is paramount.

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.

Fire safety

During periods of fire weather, the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service may declare a total fire ban for particular NSW fire areas, or statewide. Learn more about total fire bans and fire safety.

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 + 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).

Paddling safety

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

River and lake safety

The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.

Accessibility

Disability access level - no wheelchair access

Permitted

Camp fires and solid fuel burners

Camping

Camping is permitted on the flats behind the beaches.

Fishing

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

Prohibited

Gathering firewood

Pets

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.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Learn more

Twin Beaches campground is in Marramarra National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Darug country

Sandstone cave, Marramarra National Park. Photo: John Spencer

Marramarra is part of the traditional lands of the Darug Aboriginal people. Their use and respect of the land can be found in isolated corners of the park. The surviving Aboriginal sites, which provide the only indications of traditional life in the area, are of special importance to local Aboriginal communities. Cave art, rock engravings, grinding grooves, middens, scarred trees, and other occupational deposits and stone arrangements are all part of Marramarra. 

Exploring the land

View of the Hawkesbury River, Marramarra National Park. Photo: John Spencer

In the early days of the new colony, Hawkesbury River was a major communication route and supported an active river-based community. European exploration began as early as 1789 when Governor Arthur Phillip took his second trip up Hawkesbury River and camped at Gentlemans Halt. By 1884, there was a small community at Gentlemans Halt and a provisional school had been established; you can still see the foundations of a road and a wharf from this era. Other reminders of European historic heritage include remains of orange orchards along Marramarra Creek and the foundations of a hut, stone walls and a well at Big Bay.

Is it a bird?

Flannel flowers (Actinotus helianthi), Marramarra National Park. Photo: Michael Jarman

Marramarra is home to a great diversity of animals and birds, making it a great place for wildlife spotting and bird watching. You're likely to spot a white-breasted sea eagle, swamp wallaby, possum or kingfisher in your travels. If you're lucky, you might come across some of the more uncommon animals found here such as rails, gang-gang and glossy black cockatoos, and red-crowned toadlets.

Plentiful lands

View of the Hawkesbury River, Marramarra National Park. Photo: John Spencer

The sandstone ridges and deep gullies of Marramarra support a wide range of environments. Experience salt marsh and mangrove forests on the shores of Hawkesbury River, to tall open forest and ridge-top woodlands. In spring, the bush turns into a brilliant display of colour as the wildflowers burst in action. Discover the unique plant life and help preserve it – why not participate in the bush regeneration volunteer programs in the park?

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Marramarra National Park. Photo: John Spencer/NSW Government