A couple of weeks ago now I packed up the car and hit the road last minuet for a camping trip with a friend. We did not want to travel far but needed a break from the city.
I asked one of my camping pro friends and she suggested Coledale Camp Site so we decided to check it out.
I keep all my camping stuff in a big plastic box and clean it after every use…this was extremely handy this weekend. We set off Saturday morning and I threw the plastic box, table and tent into the car.
The drive was easy and scenic. We merged onto the coastal road and winded through lots of small coastal towns until we hit Coledale. The campsite is right on the beach and has all the basic facilities you would need. The campsite is close to the RSL and the town making it a short walk for a drink or dinner.
It was extremely windy when we arrived. We set the tent up battling the wind and then headed into the town for lunch. Most of the cafes stop serving at 2PM but we did eventually find one in Thirroul called Revive 2515. The cafe does sandwiches cakes and wraps. We grabbed a sandwich and got a cake to go. There is also a Coles in Thirroul were we grabbed some last minuet things.
The rest of the night consisted of making dinner a walk on the beach and a fair bit of wine! On the Sunday we ha d a quick breakfast at Earth Walker which very tasty. Then back in the car with a pit stop we planned. We stopped in Helenburgh to see the abandoned train tunnels.
There are three tunnels in total. I would recommend wearing good shoes as it is extremely muddy. The tunnels are super creepy but make for good photos they look like they have come right out of a American horror movie.
Any of these towns around Coledale are ideal for a weekend escape with your tent. From the inner west it took us just over a hour to get there it was short and pretty drive. It was cold but we had enough blankets to keep us warm and a hot shower in the morning to warm us up.
What to do this weekend?
The days are getting shorter and the beach is no longer a option to pass the day. Just put a few idea’s below on what you can do during the winter weekends. Ill add more each week.
Sydney by Kayak – This is where I did the sunrise Kayak trip with a coffee. They have many trips for you to book on to. Just remember your hat and jacket its a bit cold out on the water.
Doggie Rescue – Become a volunteer walker for $10. If you have a car you can head up there on the weekend between 11AM-2:30PM to walk a pup. Its also not far from Palm Beach and even though its colder now its still a great location for a walk and some lunch.
Vivid – It is Vivid soon and I will be writing a separate blog about all the activities to check out. I have just booked on to a Vivid Cruise through GroupOn there are lots of deals on there at the moment.
Cocktail Week – Next week lots of bars are celebrating cocktails with tastings and classes. They have events on the weekend and during the week.
Cinema with a Twist – Golden Age Cinema is my favorite cinema in Sydney. It plays all sorts of movies and has a very small screening room. Before the show you can grab a drink and bar snack in the lounge before taking your drink into the cinema. Its a very small cinema much more personal viewing experience and cost about the same as going to a big chain cinema.
Here are a few things to check out I shall add more each week! Just adding a few photos of the city I took on my walk home from work. Sydney is very camera friendly
My last blog was about our time spent in South West Rocks…I thought I might try a few additional post about how we did it on a budget. Also decided to refer to my boyfriend as MC because boyfriend was getting used far to often.
We were both on budgets for the camping equipment as we do not know if we will use it that often and we have a trip home coming up as well as skiing to book. We bought everything from Kmart and I can not fault it. Below is a list of everything we used.
The only thing we needed which we didn’t have was a proper cool box. The sun did come out and a lot of our food went off before we could use it.
Equipment we bought for the trip
- Tent – $109 We bought a 4 person tent which was a pop up. So easy to put up and down. It was also high enough for you to stand in. I did love our side windows as well, it was nice to see the sea in the morning.
- Foam Mats – $10 These are used outside the tent so you can take your shoes off and not drag dirt or sand inside.
- Portable Gas Stove – $20 We made diner and two breakfasts on the stove, it was brilliant easy to use.
- Fleece Blanket – $18 This blanket really kept us warm at night and it made the tent look so homely having it at the foot of the bed during the day.
- Gas for the Stove – $4 For three cans, we used two over the weekend.
- Egg Carrier – $4 We only had a few casualties on the way up.
- Pot Pan – $10
- Frying Pan – $20
- Air Bed – $29 We got the biggest one which didn’t fill up the tent but gave us plenty of room and stayed inflated for a long time.
- Pump – $6 Key for the bed.
- Plastic Box – $25 I have stored nearly everything in this box and it made it easier to transfer everything up to the campsite.
- Pillow – $8 It is shaped like a log and this may have been purchased for a cute factor.
- Lantern – $30 MC bought this from Aldi. Very handy little purchase that had two small flash lights fold out of the lantern.
- Pocket Knife – $10 Also bought from Aldi.
- Table – $19 Well you don’t want to eat and cook on your knees.
Other things we already had /took from home
- 2 camping chairs
- Bed sheet
- Plates /Cups/Mugs/Cutlery
- Small cool box with two ice packs
- Bin Bags
- Bottles of Water
- Chopping board
***Also download CamperMate app onto your phone it shows you all the campsites around Australia and breaks them down into price ranges.Lots of not so well known free sites on the app. ***
Coming out of Christmas me and my friend had decided to move out of our house shares and find a apartment for just the two of us. I had not idea how hard it would actually be to secure one.
We spent many weekends trailing around the area going to open houses with about 50 other people as well. Both of us are on a working holiday visa and that always seemed to be a disadvantage when speaking to the real estate agent. After 3 failed applications I decided to look on gum tree and rent through a private landlord. We showed up to the viewing with all our paper work ready and spoke to the land lord for a while. We both fell in love with the small unit. After a anxious week of waiting it was confirmed that we had been offered the rental agreement.
A few things I learnt from the whole experience;
- Contact the landlord before the viewing to see if you can get the paperwork early
- Fill in the paperwork.
- Have all your ID proof copied.
- At the viewing you can then present all your application complete making a good impression.
- Keep in contact with the landlord to show you are keen and ready to move as soon as possible.
- If you are on a holiday working visa you will probably have more success through a private landlord then a real estate agent.
It was very much worth the wait though to have our own two bedroom unit. Filling it with furniture has been hard but we have got there through some very good friends lending us their muscle and Ute’s.
The building has a roof terrace with a view of the city and I am obsessed with the view at sunset!
So much time to think whilst farming I’ve decided to start thinking and planning my next adventures!
I would love advice on best places to visit, hidden gems and any advice on the trips below would be amazing. Please leave advice in the comment box.
*5 nights in Dubai
*1 month in South America
*2 months in New Zealand!
Please comment with all your tips… Keep getting itchy feet to plan my next adventure!