The bigest problem is that your not the only one wanting to know where on the Central Coast you can camp thats
2). By a river, beach or lake.
Most of these spots are like camping in the middle of a Westfield shopping complex, not my cuppa tea
A nice spot, although VERY popular is at Patonga beach. It's located with the ocean on one side and the lagoon on the other, very nice, but like I said if you don't like neighbours within 5m of you when camping you may want to give this one a miss.
Another nice spot, not quite as populated but still popular (especially with trailbikes
), is up in the Wadigan mountains. There are numerous sites that can be camped in, my personal favourite is The Pines, and although the road can be a little rough, can be accessed by conventional two wheel drive.
A not so known about camp site is a caravan park (not sure of the name) thats near Mount White. If you head towards the intersection that joins the F3 on/off ramp with the old Pacific Hwy (near the old shop/pub), one of the smaller roads that lead off the intersection (heading SW), winds it's way down a reasonably steep decline, down to the banks of the Hawksbury, also accesible by conventional two wheel drive. Nice big grassed open camp ground right next to the river.
There's a few camp sites, although not next to river/lake/ocean, back inland from the coast. We usually travel to Wisemans ferry and instead of turning left to get on the punt, continue onwards towards St Albans (dirt road mosly but ok with two wheel drives), from there theres a dirt track that winds its way through a NP, not 100% sure which one. Anyway theres a couple of grassed camping sites with, from memory, amenities ??
Tip: Once camp is set up, travel along the same dirt road further till you get to a T intersection (tarmac), turn right and travel for another kay or so, there's a beaut hanburger joint out in the middle of nowhere, can't remember the name of this place either, geez Im good
. Great burgers !!!, think it's something like Jerry's place or something ??
My favourite is a little more north, inland a little from Raymand Terrace, a State Forest called Chicester, not so well known about, has a river (more like a stream), only the one camp site, although it's big enough to house twenty + parties.
Hope this helps, just don't go telling too many ppl