Where to Camp for First-Time Campers – Treescape – Port Stephens
“If I’m honest, we’re camping snobs – but not the glamping diva’s who demand utmost luxury when experiencing the great outdoors. In fact, the more amenities a campsite has, the less we like it. I guess it feels like cheating.”
We’re more of the Bear Grills hunter-gatherer types. We laugh in the face of fresh running water. We visit the Australian Long Drop without a sniff or a whiff of disdain. We worry not about several days without a shower or dirt in-between our toes & finger nails – all in the name of adventure. But…
We just discovered a little piece of paradise that blends the perfect balance of nature, escapism and a little bit of camping luxury. It’s a perfect place for first-time campers. And this paradise is called Treescape Camping & Accommodation in Anna Bay, Port Stephens, nestled within Koala hugging trees and dramatic coastlines.
I’ll admit that the Visiting NSW team was a little worried about staying at a non-National Park campsite, but Treescape banished any fears within seconds and may well have changed the way we think about camping trips forever.
Treescape Camping 60 Second Review…
Somehow, Treescape manages to maintain the essence of camping culture (freedom, nature, escapism), whilst offering facilities that feel like a near five star resort compared to bush camping. This might have something to do with their thoughtful layout. The camping area is situated at the far corner of the grounds and you only have to be a little strategic with your pitching to feel as though you are a million miles away from the luxuries that await.
Tall Gum trees and wilderness surround the campground (where keen eyes will spot Koalas), with a track leading directly into bush land. And you’ll never believe the stunning vista that’s hiding behind those trees until you take the walk yourself! The magnificent 12-minute stroll takes you through golden sand dunes leading to Samurai Beach – perfect for 4-wheel driving, fishing, surfing or simply relaxing (word has it that Samurai is a National Park ‘Clothing Optional’ Beach – so be sure to keep your eyes distracted on the magnificent coastal views!). A 3 minute drive will take you to a more family orientated One Mile Beach, with gentler waters and patrolling life guards. That’s if you make it to the beach – you might not be able to tear yourself away from the luxury pool and spa…
“It was easy to forget I was camping. Suddenly, I was reclining on a lounger overlooking the crystal clear pool, and although small, it’s perfectly formed – and that’s when I wasn’t treating myself to the hot spa.”
And don’t get me wrong, these were no plastic fantastic run of the mill facilities. They were the type you’d expect when hiring your own private villa in Bali. Manicured lawns, exotic trees and relaxation ahoy. Here, some pictures, because you probably wouldn’t believe me!
Pool Side Facilities
The Visiting NSW team took full advantage of our newfound luxury. We used Treescape’s BBQ to create a lavish feast with friends, burned off some calories with their onsite beach volley ball pitch and cooled down in the aforementioned pool.
“Then, when we felt we needed to return to nature, we strolled to our pitch and left the world behind us to listen to the sound of wild birds calling and wildlife stirring (after a nice hot shower, of course!).”
“So there you have it – maybe we will go all Glamping Diva after all, and perhaps even stay in one of their gorgeous cabins next time, because there will be a next time. And I know one thing, if we had overlooked Treescape because it was not a National Park Campsite, we would have missed out. And you can take our word for it, we are, after all, camping snobs…”
· Pool and heated spa
· Games & equipment
· Tennis Court
· Camp Kitchen
· Close to spectacular surfing beach
· On site laundry facilities available
· On site parking
Things to Note
* It looks like Treescape has big plans for their campsite – there is some work currently going on around the grounds (dec 2015), but none of which are obtrusive. Note: A second visit sees this site very busy during holidays.
Things to do in the Area – Links
- Visit One Mile Beach – less than 3 minutes drive from Resort
- Learn to Surf at One Mile Beach
- Go Bushwalking & Mountain Biking
- See the Famous Stockton Beach Sand Dunes
- Suitable areas for Recreational 4WD
- Enjoy a Horse RidingSession
- Try Camel Riding across the Dunes
- Take a 4 Wheel Drive Tour
- Go Sand Boarding in the Southern Hemisphere’s Largest Sand Dunes
- Go Fishing, Snorkelling & Diving
- Enjoy Dolphin & Whale Watch Cruises or Tick Off the Bucket List & Swim with WILD Dolphins
Treescape Camping and Accommodation
- Where: 562 Gan Gan Road
One Mile Beach, NSW 2316
- 1800 822 200
- +61 2 4916 3500
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Angharad Thompson Rees
Founder and Editor of VisitingNSW, she’s always succumbing to wanderlust – discovering adventures and simple pleasures in her surrounding world.