We’re down in the big smoke this weekend, camping in the Lane Cove National Park. With one pair of shorts and a short-sleeved top, packed reluctantly, I was well prepared for a cold three nights. However, Sydney had other ideas and the weekend has been mild with sunny days and the nights warmer than home, further north. If Sydney wants to defy the BOM (Bureau of Meteorology) forecasts you won’t hear any complaints from us but I was grateful for my shorts and short-sleeved top.
We set a record this trip, getting the camper trailer set up in under an hour, complete with awning and walls. Question is, will we ever do it in the 15 minutes the salesman spruiked the day we purchased our trailer – our home away from home.
Just the two of us this weekend and I miss the friendship and catch ups around the camp fires of two weekends ago. We have read a lot, done some writing and enjoyed walking the trails around the camp site. Of course there are the nightly walks around the camp ground to see what vehicles the new arrivals are travelling in and to continue our research for our own caravan (one day).
No trouble reaching our 10, 000 steps on Saturday. The tracks we wandered guided us through scrublands, bush, squiggly gum stands and fern gullies – a photographer’s dream. Where the bush track winds up to the road, which it does in several places, the road is shared by cyclists and runners. I thought there would have been more families enjoying the proximity of a national park within a few kilometres of such a major city.
This is one of the largest camp grounds we have stayed in and yet one of the quietest which is surprising given it lies beneath the flight path of Sydney’s airport and is less than one kilometre from a major road. The park caters for every variety of campers from those who walk in and pitch their tent, campers, camper trailers, caravans, fifth wheel rigs as well as sites allocated for those who are sleeping in their vehicles. The last category of campers is something we have not experienced in a camp ground before. There is also a large number of cabins.
Despite the variety, the grounds are quiet and well-maintained and beautifully set out. Expensive at $40 a night for a powered site for off-season. Something we’ve not seen before is how the categories of camper vehicles have been allotted different parts of the camp ground. The camper trailer sites in one location, unpowered tents in another, powered tents somewhere else again and so on.
A great break away and all within two hour’s of home.