Experience an exotic safari style riverside bush retreat in Hawks Nest
Sustainability has become the new luxury in travel and the off-grid Myall River Camp at Hawks Nest has some of the best green credentials in the business.
The multi-award winning campground rests on the banks of the Myall River at Hawks Nest, just an hour north of Newcastle, close to stunning beaches and giant sand dunes.
Nature is front and centre at Myall River Camp, with the chance to experience bird and wildlife in a bush setting. In harmony with the natural environment, Myall River Camp has a trio of eco-luxe safari tents, poised on the river’s edge. Think Aussie safari, with uninterrupted views of the Myall River and wetlands from the individually curated canvas hideaways filled with upcycled treasures.
Each solar powered beauty has four poster beds, bathrooms with rainfall showers and botanical toiletries, as well as indoor and outdoor living and dining areas. The tents also come with their own outdoor sofa, making for the perfect spot to unwind, and be hypnotised by the view.
Complementing the tents are two charming tiny houses nestled in a private corner of the camp. Built using recycled corrugated iron, scrap and reclaimed timber, inside each of the cabins are fitted out with pre-loved wares, furthering the reuse and recycle theme. Vintages suitcases were turned into cupboards to store glassware, and antique spoons were repurposed into kitchen door handles, you'll also find a couple of old pennies inlaid in the woodwork – just for good luck!
Featuring their own fire pits, these are the perfect couple's escape.
"When people holiday with us, we want to give the planet a break too. Our solar powered tents and recycled tiny houses allow you to rest in good conscience in sustainable style!" Selina Nichols, co-owner of Myall River Camp, went onto say.
“For us it's all about reconnecting people with nature and each other, through an immersive experience that really honours the beauty of the natural environment.”
The Glamping Tent enclave on the riverfront can be reserved exclusively for larger family and friend groups. Two of the safari tents sleep four glampers and the largest sleeps six. Groups can also book the nearby tiny houses – sleeping two each – and off-grid campsites. These sites are located on the riverfront or in a spacious bushland setting.
Favourite activities across the Camp include fishing, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding (SUPing), bushwalking and boating from the boat ramp. The camp’s sandy, riverfront beach is a favourite spot for families. Selina said,
“We love watching family and friends coming together in this beautiful setting. There’s nothing better than evenings around a fire pit as the sunsets, with the river as a backdrop. It’s simply magic.”
Winning gold at the the 2023 North Coast Tourism Awards for Excellence in Glamping, Myall River Camp has also recently been named a finalist in the 2023 NSW Tourism Awards in the unique accommodation category.
Spotting wildlife is one of the most memorable experiences of any stay, with bottlenose dolphins often being seen gliding up the river in front of the Camp.
"I think the dolphins love visiting us as much as our Campers and Glampers do! There really is nothing better than holidaying in your own backyard when the experience is so unique,” Selina said.
Myall River Camp is a stone’s throw from Myall Lakes National Park with towering sand dunes, stunning offshore islands, forests and glistening white, sandy beaches. The nearby twin-towns of Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest have a laid-back coastal charm and have a wide array of shops, pubs, clubs, eateries and even a championship-rated golf course.