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Patonga Camping Ground NSW

Patonga Camping Ground is in Brisbane Waters National Park, located between Patonga Creek and Patonga Beach. Visitors to Patonga come for the natural surroundings, tranquillity and just to get away from it all as there is little in the way of organised entertainment. The idyllic surroundings, spectacular views, and secluded atmosphere make it the perfect spot to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Best of all, its only a 1.5 hour drive north of Sydney.

Activities

Patonga is at the mouth of the Hawkesbury River, surrounded by Brisbane Waters National Park. Patonga Camping Ground is alongside the calm waters of Patonga Creek and directly adjacent to Patonga Beach, making it the perfect spot for boating, fishing, swimming, and other water activities. There are several popular bushwalking tracks that offer spectacular views of Patonga, the Hawkesbury and the surrounding national park. Bird life is abundant, and the national park is home to an array of wildlife. Within walking distance of the camping ground is Patonga Beach Tavern & Bistro, which has a deck with views overlooking the water. Patonga town has a general store, seafood shop, and the Bakehouse Art Gallery. A ferry service operates daily from Patonga public wharf, offering day trips to nearby Palm Beach.

Types of accommodation

  • 36 powered sites
  • 46 unpowered sites, some next to the creek

How to get to here

By car: Take the Gosford exit from the F3, and follow the signs to Woy Woy. Once at Woy Woy, head towards Umina, where you will see signs for Pearl Beach and Patonga. Patonga is about a ten minute drive from Umina.
By ferry: Hawkesbury River Ferries service operates from Palm Beach daily for day trips to Patonga

Best time to visit

Patonga is great to visit all year round, although it gets chilly in the winter months. The camping ground books out well in advance in the summer holiday periods, and is busiest on the weekends. The quietest time to visit is during the week in non-school holiday times.

Facilities

Ameneties block is available, Coin operated laundry facilities, BBQ facilities, children's playground, boat ramp, tennis courts for hire, separate amenities for disabled guests

You should bring

It is difficult to hire recreational equipment at Patonga. Bring canoes, surf skis, fishing gear, bikes etc. or arrange to hire from nearby areas prior to your stay.

Patonga history

The area around Patonga was part of the home of the native Guringai people. Patonga provided rich sources of fresh water and food, and the name Patonga is the Aboriginal name for oysters.

The first land auction within Patonga was recorded in 1837. By the beginning of the 20th century, there were some permanent residents at Patonga - some of their descendents still live in the village. At this time there was no road access. Most people arrived by ferry, rowed from Brooklyn or walked the track from Umina via Pearl Beach.

Patonga grew rapidly during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Fish were plentiful and it was possible to live quite cheaply. It also became popular as a weekend get-a-way from Sydney and local dances and parties provided the entertainment of a holiday resort.

The road through to Patonga was built at the end of the 1930s and made the town more accessible. But it has still retained part of its remote feeling and village atmosphere. People still make their living from fishing, and visitors come to relax and enjoy the amazing scenery. 

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Park facilities
• Baby facilities• BBQ• Boat ramp
• Disabled access• Kids playground• Tennis court
Accommodation types
• Powered site• Unpowered site
Accommodation features
• Washing machine and dryer
Experiences
• Bird watching• Fishing• Nature, parks and wildlife
• Walk trails