Central Coast to Coledale Beach

After managing to turn our motorhome around we departed from Mardi in the Central Coast and headed southwards. We had no real destination in mind however we needed to find a dump point as our cassette was nearly full. Using WikiCamps I couldn’t find a public dump point anywhere near us. It looked like we would have to cross Sydney first and then try the dump point at Picton.

This shortage of public dump points in Central Coast and through Sydney could create a serious problem for anyone not aware that there aren’t any to be found.

We had an uneventful journey to Sydney and, for the very first time, went via the North Connex Tunnel. We have read a lot about the tunnel, especially how expensive it it, however we found it brilliant. It made crossing the busiest city in Australia a piece of cake. The tunnel is tall and two lanes wide with wide shoulders. I reckon it saves about 24 sets of traffic lights from the old route via Pennant Hills Road. We were impressed. We probably won’t be when we get our e-toll account though!

The North Connex Tunnel merges with the M2, then we carried on via the M7 and M5 to reach the Hume Highway. All too soon we were across Sydney and out the other side.

Leaving the Hume Highway at the Picton exit we drove into the little town to find their dump point. A quick stop got that job done and we found a little park where we could make lunch and decide where we were going.

Decision made, we headed off again and followed the Picton Road all the way down the mountain to Wollongong on the South Coast

Our camp for the night was Coledale Beach Reserve. This fabulous campground is run by the Coledale Surf Life Saving Club and is located right on the beach. You really couldn’t be any closer. What a great spot. We managed to get an unpowered grassy site with water and sullage for the great price of $20 per night (with a Seniors discount)

We recommend this great spot but it is extremely popular so it pays to book ahead. We only managed to get a site because someone had to cancel.


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