Basecamp; a great camping option for exploring Jervis Bay

Looking for a quiet, laid back private property as the perfect base to explore the Jervis Bay region?  Basecamp is aptly named, and a really good spot away from the crowds to explore this beautiful region. We stumbled across this gem on our way down the incredibly busy New South Wales coastline south of Sydney, and thoroughly enjoyed our two night stay here.

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Camped at Base Camp
Our setup at Basecamp, right near Jervis Bay

Where is Basecamp?

This private property is located a couple of kilometres off the Princes Highway, on Turpentine Road. It’s got zero road noise, but is only about 12 minutes away from the beach by car, and right in the middle of the Jervis Bay coastline. You can head north all the way around to beautiful places like Honeymoon Bay, or south into the National Park in similar time frames, making it quite literally, the ultimate basecamp.

Moona Moona Creek Coastline
This property is a short drive from Moona Moona Creek

What’s there?

Basecamp is literally just an area large enough to fit 6 decent size camp sites, along with lots of fenced room for the kids to run around, a communal fire pit and a very laid back, bushy vibe.

The owners are putting toilets and washing facilities in, but its been set up as a no fuss, laid back spot to stay for anyone in the area. There’s the perfect amount of sunlight poking its way through the tree top, with plenty of shade too.

A decent amount of room at Base Camp
The sites are decent sized, and there’s spotty shade, which is nice

What’s it like?

Basecamp is just a nice, no frills place to be. It’s central to everything you want to see in the area, has enough sun and shade to be comfortable and the outlook is pretty nice, with natural bush most of the way around. The other families there were really friendly (and the owners are amazing people too), and we had a nice couple of nights.

What does Basecamp cost?

It’s $35 a night to camp here, regardless of whether you’re a couple, or you have 6 kids. On the surface, you might think this seems expensive, but if you look around at your alternatives, its actually very reasonable.

The fact that kids are free is a huge drawcard for the travelling families too, and explains why there were quite a few there when we visited.

What’s worth a visit?

The whole Jervis Bay area is stunning, if you get good weather. You should know that if you drive into the National Park though, you’ll get charged an entry fee (its not part of the NSW national parks pass regime either). Any of the beaches in this national park are beautiful, but we also thoroughly enjoyed Honeymoon Bay, and Moona Moona Creek.

Hyams Beach
Driving past Hyams Beach, where they say the whitest beach sand in Australia is
Honeymoon Bay is pretty epic
Honeymoon Bay is stunning, but very popular
Caves Beach in the national park
Caves Beach in the Booderee National Park

Would we recommend Basecamp?

I was quite unsure when we rolled into Basecamp. It certainly wasn’t my first choice of places to stay, but with the busy school holidays, we were grateful to have anywhere to stay! However, it wasn’t long after arriving that I was very glad we’d stumbled across the property.

Daniel and Kandyl are amazing owners who have two girls that have experienced the travelling lifestyle, and know what its like. We met some great people here, really enjoyed our stay and would happily go back to see more of the area.

Murrays Beach is also stunning
Murrays Beach is amazing in good weather too

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