We were a little reluctant to leave our camp at Coledale Beach. It’s such a fantastic campground. The only thing we’d like to see would be a dump point. Not having a dump point means we had to use the toilets in the amenities block and I really prefer not to do that. That’s why we bought a motorhome with an ensuite! However the amenities at Coledale are kept spotless and caretaker Nicole ensures the whole campground is beautifully maintained.
We packed up and headed northwards so we could cross the famous Sea Cliff Bridge. It’s only 5km north of Coledale and in no time at all we were crossing the amazing bridge. It’s a marvel of engineering the way the bridge is built out from the cliff. Once across we managed a u-turn and came back across heading south. Check out the pics.
Heading south we got onto Memorial Drive. This amazing freeway takes you all the way through the city of Wollongong. It’s a wide divided road with multiple lanes on each side. It made for easy driving.
We decided to take the exit into Shellharbour and we visited the Stockland Shellharbour shopping centre. It’s huge! We were able to park the motorhome in a large carpark that had plenty of room. We bought some groceries and wine, had a delicious lunch and generally window shopped.
We continued southwards to the lovely coastal town of Kiama and arrived around 4pm. We’ve been to Kiama many times previously but I can’t recall ever staying there. Richard can remember staying in Kiama as a child but it was a long time ago and the town had changed significantly.
We’d booked a powered site at the Easts Beach Big4 Caravan Park as the weather forecast was for rain for the next few days and we thought it would be good to have a comfortable site to relax in while it rained.
Easts Beach Big4 is a huge park set on over 14 hectares. It is on the site of an old dairy farm and has been in the East family for over 85 years. The park is still run by the family today. The original farm house continues to be lived in by members of the family.
My parents stayed at Easts Beach on their honeymoon. They too went on their honeymoon with a caravan. My mum recalls that the park was still a working dairy farm then.
The park now has a mix of permanent holiday vans, a variety of cabins, powered sites, some with ensuites, and unpowered sites. There are multiple amenities blocks and camp kitchens. We were allocated a beach front site and we couldn’t have picked a better one if we’d tried. Sitting under our awning we had a great view of the beach and could watch the waves crashing on the rocks.
The park is beautifully maintained and has a fast flowing creek running though it. Being a Big4 it has all the usual activities such as a jumping pillow, swimming pools, adventure playgrounds, a splash park and a well equipped games room.
We quickly set up camp on our lovely spot, had a walk around the park, checked out the beach then settled in with a glass of wine and some nibbles. This is the life!