The sun was shining through the gum trees as we drove along the winding dirt road to Coolendel bush camp. We arrived at the office, greeted by a peacock with his bright tail feathers spread and on display.
Sonia gave us a map of the campsite and explained the all different camp areas and showed us where we could access the rivers and ablutions. We then hopped back in our loaded vehicle (I think we had packed almost everything except the kitchen sink) and explored the property before we decided on the perfect place to pitch our tent.
We settled on ‘Willow Flats’ it was nice and close to river access, not too far from the ablutions and the real winning feature – we were the only people who chose this camping area, so we had the whole place to ourselves (well except for the company of a couple of wombats, wallabies and peacocks).
It was our first time using our new camping gear (full list of what we bought and reviews coming soon) and we were very happy with everything and had a very comfortable stay. See our review of the Luci Inflatable Solar Light here.
Coolendel is right on the Shoalhaven river and is a quick walk from all the different camping areas. There are some small rapids at one section of the river so be sure to bring an inflatable tube or lilo for hours of fun.
We spent our days lazing and swimming at the river and our evening sitting around the camp fire, toasting marshmallows and sipping on wine. All the sites at Coolendel have fire pits where you are allowed to make open fires, they also have an onsite shop which sells all the basic foods and camping supplies such as ice and firewood.
Coolendel is the ideal spot for camping with the family, friends or even a romantic couples escape!