I had my second camping trip of summer this weekend. It was back down to Coledale.
The campsite is right on the beach and all the facilities where built this time. My friends organised a gang of us and we all headed down Friday night (two night minimum now it’s summer). It’s only over a hours drive away yet you feel a million miles from Sydney.
After a lovely BBQ on Friday night we woke to amazing weather. I spent the morning on the beach and then a few of us ventured to the Helensburgh Tunnels with my new camera.
The tunnels are perfect for anyone who likes to take photos. We ventured a lot further in then last time. It became to muddy so we turned back. I also took the boys to the temple near the tunnels which looks like it is straight out of Asia.
We did call into the Scarborough Hotel for a drink and a snack. If you want a decent table in the beer garden you need to book. It also stops serving food after 5PM.
Back at camp a few games were played before we walked up to Coledale RSL for some pub grub. It was all the usual suspects on the menu and a few extras…everyone will find somthing they like.
A few of the boys went night fishing and the rest of us brought our camping chairs to the beach. We called for breakfast on the Sunday to the Cafe below. I didn’t particularly like my breakfast but MK loved his …I might have been unlucky.
It is another gem to add to the list for a quick cheap weekend away. It is on the list with Kiama.
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.