To make the most of our long weekends and spend less time discussing where to go, Mark and I chuck the names of a few camping destinations into a hat, and let the sorting hat predict our weekend.

Lost for ideas? Here are a few of our favourites to keep on the back-burner.

1. Treachery Camp, Seal Rocks

Treachery Camp is about 266km away from home. Surrounded by the Myall Lakes National Park, there are plenty of bush walks to do and birds to see.

2. The Ruins, Forster

The Booti Booti National Park camp grounds are approximately 275km away from home. With cabbage tree palms, paperbark trees and whale watching in winter, anytime of year is a great choice.

3. Trial Bay, South West Rocks

This one might be far from Sydney, at 448km from home, but with Trial Bay Gaol and the Smoky Cape Lighthouse, Trial Bay has plenty to see and do.

4. Honeymoon Bay, Beecroft Peninsula

This one is located in Jervis Bay, approximately 22km from home. With some neat fishing and snorkelling opportunities, this spot on the south coast is a must.

5. Turon River, Turon National Park

Whether you want to go four wheel driving through rivers and mud pits, or you just want to sit back and relax at the Diggings Campground, Turon River is always a good time.

6. Kangaroo Valley

If you’ve got a kayak, pop it on the roof of your car and set off with the Kangaroo Valley in your sights. Be sure to make room for a hammock and the tent – with so many river-side campsites around, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to picking where to hang the hammock in the evening.

7. Warrambungle National Park

Take on the Breadknife and High Tops walk (14.5km, grade 4) in one day, and in the evening look up at the starts – this is Australia’s only Dark Sky Park.

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