Camping is an all time favourite for many families and the kids love the experience. This has been one of the things on our to-do list for quite some time and finally we got around to planning our first camping trip. I know that buying the camping gear can seem quite daunting at first but actually it was easier than we thought. You can take a look at our checklist here.

Our first time Camping at Wollongong Surf Leisure Resort

We were extremely lucky to get a last minute Easter booking at one of the top resorts in Wollongong, NSW. Wollongong Surf Leisure Resort on the beach has everything you could possible want and it’s in a fantastic location with great bush views.

Facilities include washing machine and dryers, bbq’s with seating and lighting, car parking right outside your camp site, plenty of sporting facilities like mini golf, outdoor tennis, indoor tennis table, bike hire, indoor pool, spa and steam room free to use for all guests staying.

tennis courts

tennis courts

The staff were extremely friendly and very helpful and made us feel welcome.

Our campsite was neat and tidy and we had lots of room to spread out. As it was our first time camping we were not sure what a powered site looked like and when we arrived we saw the power unit was a fair distance and we really needed an extension lead (something that’s now been added to the checklist for next time). The power usage is shared with the site next door.

We managed to get out tent pitched within an hour and it was actually fun setting up. You can check out our tips on how to set up a tent.

Our Camping tent all set up

Our Camping tent all set up

We had a couple hours spare to explore before sunset so we decided to hit the beach (2 minute stroll down from the campsite) the beach is beautiful, so clean and quite with nice views of the city. The waves were big, amazing to watch but not ideal for swimming.

Relaxing on the Beautiful soft white sand and crystal clear waters at Wollongong Surf Leisure Centre

Relaxing on the Beautiful soft white sand and crystal clear waters at Wollongong Surf Leisure Centre

Beautiful sunset photo taken at the beach coastline of Wollongong

Beautiful sunset photo taken at the beach coastline of Wollongong

We decided to make the most of the facilities; after all we were only there for one night. We hired the tennis courts; they charge $6 per hour which is really all you need to have a good game. After the game we decided to go for a swim. The pool size is very big and clean with 2 spas and a steam room.

The amenities block houses very clean hot showers and toilets and even a bath tub. You do need a key to get in though and you are given one when you  check-in. You don’t need to queue in the morning to use the toilets as it’s a huge block and you even have your own private cubicle to shower and change.

To say I’ve never slept in a tent before the experience was okay, It could have been better had we not forgotten to bring the pump for the air bed. We ended up sleeping on a mattress with no air in cold temperatures so some padding on the floor would have been more comfortable. I’ve added Foam camping mats to the checklist for next time. Although sleeping in the tent wasn’t the most exciting part, the experience of late night bbq’s, camp food, campsite, beach etc. was a great experience and totally fun and relaxing way to spend your holiday. I would definitely go back again.

Must See Attractions

If you are like us heading from Sydney to Wollongong and are taking the Grand Pacific Highway, then we recommend stopping at Bald hill lookout at Stanwell Park. It is one of Australia’s most popular lookout points. The views are breathtaking and also a major hand gliding point. Bald hill overlooks the sea cliff bridge which extends along the Grand Pacific Drive.

Sea Cliff Bridge - view from Bald hill lookout point

Sea Cliff Bridge – view from Bald hill lookout point

Bald Hill Lookout at Stanwell Park

Bald Hill Lookout at Stanwell Park

Alternatively if you are going via the motorway another great lookout point is Sublime Point Lookout. This Spectacular lookout has awesome views over Wollongong and is a must see.

The next morning we headed out to explore Wollongong. The first stop was Stuart Park. You could spend the entire day here it’s just an awesome park. Parking is plenty and lots to do. It is situated right on the Beach and surrounded by the tall pines trees.

Stuart Park

Stuart Park

stunning views from the beach at Stuart Park

stunning views from the beach at Stuart Park

The park has bike paths, a huge playground, large grassy areas, BBQ & picnic areas. At the far end of the park near the playground is the lagoon which is great for small kids and also kayaking.

Huge Playground at Stuart Park

Huge Playground at Stuart Park

Lagoon which is great for swimming and kayaking

Lagoon which is great for swimming and kayaking

Opposite the lagoon is the Lagoon seafood Restaurant. Parking and disabled access are readily available.

Before heading back to Sydney we took a drive to the Wollongong Lighthouse. Wollongong lighthouse and Stuart Park is a must see attraction when visiting Wollongong. The views are simply stunning with great views along the coast.  A lot of tourists come here so parking can be hard to find.

Wollongong lighthouse is a must see attraction when visiting Wollongong.

Wollongong lighthouse is a must see attraction when visiting Wollongong.

Has anyone else camped at this resort before? We would love to hear what you thought about it.

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