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Reccomendations for cheap coast get aways

By ThatUniStudent - 23 June 2011 11

Exams for first semester are over, so it is time to do what every good uni student at ANU does over the break, get the hell out of Canberra. Being of low income, this means a road trip down to the coast with some friends in the cheap old student-mobile. So I’m looking for some cheap places to stay.

I’d prefer something better than just parking beside the road. So how about some good free or cheap places to stay or things to see along the south coast and north up to Newcastle?

We’re thinking of checking out the Fitzroy Falls, Congo Beach, Moruya Beach, the fish and chip shop at Surf Bay and the view from Cambewarra Mountain. I’ve never been north of Sydney, so I don’t know what’s worth looking at up there.

The Demographics of the students include 3 international students, 1 Aussie, 1 Kiwi. All not into night clubs. 3 non drinkers, 2 drinkers. All pretty keen on photography. 4 have never been outside of Sydney or Canberra in Oz.

Yeah, pretty much all geeks. Our idea of cheap is tent camping or less than $30 a night per person beds.

Thanks in advance.

What’s Your opinion?


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Reccomendations for cheap coast get aways
Henry82 6:51 pm 23 Jun 11

You could easily get a place on the central coast (like avoca) for $500/wk, which includes 5 beds, kitchen, family room with power, tv etc In the scheme of things, its not a lot, and you have hot showers and a warm bed at the end of everyday.

dtc 5:09 pm 23 Jun 11

Depot Beach – camping (and cabins if you want, not too expensive). Its almost like camping in the middle of the bush but with hot water Beautiful beach, wildlife etc. Photography heaven (if you like nature photos). The small number of houses there all cost $1m+, so you can pretend to be a millionaire for a few nights.

There are several fantastic camping grounds at Jervis Bay – some drive in, some require a bit of a hike (hence will be completely deserted during winter mid week).

braddonboy 4:02 pm 23 Jun 11

Head down to Bettangabee Bay in the Ben Boyd National Park south of Eden. It’s got the lot. Good bushwalking, fishing, swimming if you have a mind, good campsites with fire places; undercover BBQ’s, water tanks, drop toilets, plenty of wildlife and good photo ops. And at this time of the year you would just about have it to yourself. Back up the track from there is another great campsite, Salt Water Creek, which is just about right on the ocean. Normal national park fees apply of $7/car/day and $10/person/per night camping.

Watson 3:35 pm 23 Jun 11

ThatUniStudent said :

Watson said :

I love camping at the South Coast in winter, provided it doesn’t rain too much of course. But it doesn’t sound like you’re set up for camping, or you would’ve mentioned that yourself?

Oh yeah, we have plenty of camping gear and tents. No shortage of that stuff. If anything, we can access far too much of it. Never, ever, ever taking a camp kitchen camping again. Who needs a sink when you can use any old tap?

Ah! I’m almost reluctant to recommend it because I want to keep it all to myself, but Mystery Bay primitive campground is just gorgeous in winter. Spend a week there last year July and we were pretty much the only ones there. Saw some whales from the beach (with the binoculars). There’s some caves to explore and a beautiful interesting beach. There’s Tilba Tilba for a nice lunch and some tacky souvenirs and the national park next door to explore. You can buy firewood from the ranger or (usually better quality) wood from the local farm when you turn off the highway. You’ll need lots of it! The ranger would probably also be grateful if you would help clear the walking track of fallen trees, but the wood would be pretty wet after all the rain.

If you like camping in National Parks, Gillards Beach in Mimosa Rocks NP is the best beach campsite ever. I’ve never been anywhere where you camp that close to the beach and the campsites are nice and private. The wildlife is incredibly cheeky. Possums, wallibies and bush rats will be trying to steal your food any way they can. The other campsites in the park are recommended too – especially Arraganu. Picnic Point is the only one I haven’t been.

If you want to stay closer to home though, you could try Moruya primitive campground, near the Moruya airport (1 plane a day max!). I’ve been meaning to check that one out for ages. Nice location and cheap. Both that one and Mystery Bay will charge about $12-14 per night for 2 people, I believe.

As for the tap: why use a tap when you have the ocean! Best dishwasher ever. 🙂

Enjoy!

Waiting For Godot 3:20 pm 23 Jun 11

I don’t have any “reccomendations” for cheap coast “get aways”, but I might be able to help you with some recommendations for cheap Coast getaways.

ThatUniStudent 2:14 pm 23 Jun 11

Watson said :

I love camping at the South Coast in winter, provided it doesn’t rain too much of course. But it doesn’t sound like you’re set up for camping, or you would’ve mentioned that yourself?

Oh yeah, we have plenty of camping gear and tents. No shortage of that stuff. If anything, we can access far too much of it. Never, ever, ever taking a camp kitchen camping again. Who needs a sink when you can use any old tap?

Watson 1:53 pm 23 Jun 11

I love camping at the South Coast in winter, provided it doesn’t rain too much of course. But it doesn’t sound like you’re set up for camping, or you would’ve mentioned that yourself?

FD10 1:12 pm 23 Jun 11

Just drive and stop wherever you want to. It’s not like there is a lack of campgrounds up and down the coast. Calling yourself geeks I’ll assume you have smartphones, so just search for campgrounds on your phones (just google “camping Jervis Bay” or whatever the name of the place is you want to stay, and google will tell you where they are).

You can probably get cabins in some campsites for just as cheap as camping anyway.

KB1971 12:20 pm 23 Jun 11

Go & buy the campsite book from the camping shop. 1000’s of places right up & down the coast to camp for free.

Snarky 11:36 am 23 Jun 11

I should add that property quality varies, but, so long as the essentials function more or less, on holidays it really doesn’t seem to matter. Some of our best holidays have been in houses so run-down we’d never consider living in them as well as places so luxurious we’d never be able to afford to buy them! It’s the company that’ll make or break it.

Snarky 11:32 am 23 Jun 11

As far as accommodation goes, with a group of 5 consider renting a house rather than camping – on the south coast at least the price is often comparable, and you get a whole house with proper kitchen, bathroom etc. We seem to end up at Bawley Point a lot, which is a small village/town, has approximately 0 (zero) night life but a very good cafe, is quite pretty and only a couple of hours from Canberra. It’s in between Ulladulla and Batemans Bay so if you’re looking for more surf and photo ops it’s not far away (the Bawley beaches are pretty but usually sadly lacking in wave action). We usually go through http://www.southcoastaccom.com.au to find a place.

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