45 Ryries Rd, Lawrence, NSW

0499 732 738 (0499 SECRET)

This is a place for an old-fashioned camping holiday with modern amenities, where lasting memories are made. Well behaved dogs are most welcome too.

Secret Lake Retreat is a small family-run business that provides lakeside and bush sites for swags, tents, caravans, motorhomes and anything in-between!

With over 800 acres of bushland to explore, a gorgeous 60 acre private lake, abundant wildlife, sandstone outcrops, waterholes, seasonal creeks and no nearby neighbours, this is the perfect destination for a family holiday or a relaxing retreat.

We are a primitive camp and most sites have not been fully levelled. Individual allocated sites are described when booking. With unallocated sites, just choose your own spot.

You will see a huge variety of native birds and other wildlife.  See our gallery.

Whether you are lazing about camp, kayaking, bushwalking, mountain bike riding or bird-watching, Secret Lake Retreat offers as much, or as little, activity as you could want.

We are located in the Clarence Valley between Byron Bay and Coffs Harbour and inland from Yamba. The region has large sections of untouched coast line, pristine bushland, mountains, beaches, lakes, white water rapids and more - it has it all really! There is so much to do and see in the area. Make us your base to explore.

The village of Lawrence has a lot on offer with the well-renowned Lawrence Tavern and Lawrence General Store covering your basic needs just 10 minutes’ drive from us. For those who need a barista-made coffee or a counter meal - you can get that and more!

The larger Scottish-themed town of Maclean is a short (free) ferry trip over the Clarence River and well worth a visit.

Get back to the simpler life and come see us here at Secret Lake Retreat.



Locate us


Easy to find … hard to leave!

Secret Lake Retreat, 45 Ryries Road, Lawrence (off Pringles Way).

You can approach west from Summerland Way or east through Lawrence. 24-hour ferries cross the Clarence River at Lawrence and Ulmarra.

Once on Ryries Road, you will cross a cattle grid, please watch out for kangaroos in the first paddock. Follow the numerous signs pointing you towards Secret Lake.

Roads to the campground are all-weather and can be accessed in a regular car. Infrequently, we get some minor flooding although it passes very quickly.

Some campsites are best accessed by SUV or 4WD if there has been a lot of rain. Please call ahead if you have any questions.

  • From the North: (Casino)Take Summerland Way to Pringles Way (72.8 km) and turn left on Pringles Way. After 8km you are at the start of Ryries Road. Turn right onto Ryries Road and follow our signs.
  • From the South:(Grafton) take Summerland Way to Pringles Way (38 km) and turn right on Pringles Way. After 8km you are at the start of Ryries Road. Turn right onto Ryries Road and follow our signs.
  • From the East:(Pacific Highway/Yamba/Maclean) follow the signs to Maclean, cross the McFarlane bridge over the Clarence River, travel 10.7km and use the free Lawrence Car Ferry (24 hours) Turn right at the T intersection onto Richmond St (Pringles Way). After 10.8km you are at Ryries Road. Turn Left onto Ryries Road and follow our signs.

Secret Lake Camp Locations 

 Booking Notes

Our booking system allows up to 6 individuals per site (max 2 adults). However, all people, campsite setup and vehicles have to fit on the one site (for unallocated that is 140 square metres … say approximately 12m x 12m). Please take that into consideration when deciding how many sites you might need.  If you have any specific requests around this, please don’t hesitate to contact us. If you are travelling in large groups or for any unique situations, please contact us.

Pricing Guide Per Night

         Total people per site including children = 6
Each site price includes 2 adults = $25
  Children between the ages of 5 - 17 = $5
    Children between the ages 0 - 4 are FREE

Note: Surcharge of 20% per site between 24-12-2022 - 16/01/2023, 06/04/2023 - 11/04/2023  

Unallocated Lake Front Location

This is away from the main camp but with a long lakefront access. Some level sites. No camping closer than 10m to the water’s edge. You can access the lake from this area but are a distance from the amenities block, pontoon and complimentary kayaks. Ideal for fully self-contained campers who want some space. The water’s edge can be a bit muddy but there are sandy beach areas to sit on and/or swim out from. Fire pits (old truck rims) are available for your use. Bins are located throughout the campground.

Unallocated Hill Side Camp Location

A little further to walk to the lake but not that far to the amenities block. The bush and lake views are great. Levelled sites available, this area is suitable for tent setups. Fire pits (old truck rims) are available for your use. Let us know if there is not one where you need it. Bins are located throughout the campground. Trees: These unallocated sites are in a bush setting. Please set up your camp to avoid the possibility of a falling branch.

Allocated Lake Front Camp Location
Situated close to the amenities. All sites have some slope (some more than others) and require levelling blocks for camper trailers and campervan/caravans. Slopes are specified in each site’s notes when you book. Sites are a generous 120-150m2 in size and most are a herringbone shape to give everyone a good lake view and easy access. Some sites are drive through. These allocated sites are close to the pontoon and communal fire-pits. There are numerous bins for you to dispose of your rubbish.



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