03 Apr Weekend Away: The Farm (Killalea State Park)
Hidden behind Shellharbour and bound by lush rolling green hills lies 265 hectares of pristine coastal reserve, that is Killalea State Park.
Only 1.5hrs from Sydney, it is no effort to drive here for a weekend getaway. It is about 10 minutes north of Kiama, 25 minutes south of Wollongong and about 2.5 hours from Canberra.
I had organised my 29th Birthday as a camping and surfing weekend away here in March. The land is blessed with clear blue waters and multiple mounds of greenery. Not only was the scenery spectacular, we were blessed with endless waves and sunshine.
The coastal reserve features two excellent surfing beaches. The popular Killalea Beach known as ‘The Farm’ is famous with surfers throughout the region. I believe it inherited it’s nickname after a few local surfers used to trudge through farmland to get to the beach. Eventually a small carpark was built, but it is still relatively untouched.
It was declared a national surfing reserve in June 2009. The beaches are not patrolled, however, there are beautifully landscaped picnic areas located in the park with barbecues and public amenities.
As I sat in the surf and took in my surroundings, I couldn’t get over how beautiful it was. Although the South Coast is lush and green, the Farm seemed to elevate this reputation to a whole new level. It reminded me of New Zealand.
The park also features bush and coastal walking trails, and is within hiking distance of Bass Point Reserve and Shellharbour Village.
Killalea boasts a stunning camping area which features unpowered sites and bunkhouse accommodation in an idyllic location. With 53 unpowered sites that are relatively spread out, the campsite is quiet with a good vibe. Noise is not permitted after 9pm.
The sites themselves are generous in size complete with an individual wood BBQ, so don’t forget the marshmallows! The sites continue the lush green theme, posing a nice area to perch your tent.
There is an undercover eating area with electric BBQs to cook and wooden bench seating to devour the smoky camp meals. There is a huge designated communal camp fire pit and the amenities block is close by.
You can only book online, and it’s relatively easy. Click here to book online.
It’s best to bring your own food and cook it within the undercover eating area at the campsite. You can drink water from the campsite.
For coffees and that post surf burger / bacon and egg roll, head to Killalea Park Kiosk located in the picnic area overlooking the Farm Surfing Beach. This is a gorgeous spot to relax and watch the surf below.