Our bylaw allows campers whose vehicles are not self-contained to stay in 18 areas, and tenting is allowed in six of those. People who use these sites must move on after one night (except at Bascule Carpark).
Each of these places has a 24/7 public toilet and a designated site for vehicles (and tents), to make sure there is room for other users. These sites are very popular so ensure you have a back-up plan in place in case the site is full. Staying outside the designated area can result in a $200 fine.
Vehicles that are certified self-contained may stay for up to 3 nights at many of the 18 designated sites specified above, as well as any other public place in the district where camping and parking are not prohibited. They must use their onboard facilities and be considerate of other road users and residents.
This year the prohibited areas include the grass over flow carpark at Ocean Beach between 19 December 2020 and 15 January 2021. During this time the designated site in the main Ocean Beach carpark remains open.
Our ambassadors and enforcement team will be monitoring our priority sites, which are mainly coastal, to ensure people are aware of the rules and to move campers on if required. Visits will be early morning and late evening to support compliance.
Remember: camping is prohibited in 38 places, make sure you don’t stay at one of them! If you are planning to camp in a public place check your plans against our rules first.