Just returned from a weekend at Wollondilly station, what an experience.
We were scouting for somewhere to go for Xmas and I had been reading the wollondilly website, met Ina at maitland camp show and all seemed nice so I decided to ring up and enquire about booking for Christmas and thats where it all goes bad.
I ring the camp and get Brian,
Hi mate looking at xmas blah blah how busy is it normally at xmas.How the hell would I know, people come, people dont come.
Hmm, I take stock and think Ok try another tact.
Mate what sorta camping area do you have is it likely to be very crowded at xmas or is there plenty of room on the property.How would I know how busy it is, were do you normally go camping.
I normally camp in the bush and forests.Maybe you better go to the forrest to camp then if you dont like crowds.
Sheeze mate sounds like you dont want people camping there.We do, how would I know how busy it will be.
OOooo'Kay , see ya.
Spoke with my wife she suggest maybe hes having bad day lets go down and check it out.
So off we go, rang the camp ground to confirm somebody would be there as we wouldnt get there until 8/8.30.Well we will have to be now wont we
No worries mate see you then.
We pull up around 8.45, Where the hell ya been
Bit of drama getting in sorry blah blah, no phone coverage to call ahead.
We pay the $48 for 2 nights then Brian says follow me. So off in the dark we go. Brian points out a camp site and says set up there.
We set up camp, light a fire, get dinner sorted kids to bed and a few ales with the wife around the fire, then bed.
Up for breaky make sure the camps set up, right then off to the office to ask some directions maybe a bit of info about the place were we can and cant drive etc, whats on the property, where are the camping areas etc so we can try to plan where we want to stay at christmas.We dont take bookings, I have no idea where I would put you at xmas youll just have to camp where we put ya
Hmm okay, we will go have a look around.
The weather wasnt great in the morning but didnt it turn it on in the afternoon, very strong winds rain squalls and even hail, my girls are still amazed it could hail when the sky was clear. With the strong winds we had burnt a stack more wood than we allowed for so I went for a drive arond the property looking for some wood, had to head of the property then try stopping on a very narrow winding dirt road so I said to my misses better go buy some wood just incase, she went to the office and Brian accused her of already buying 3 lots, he had her confused with another camper I spose, she ended up getting some wood, 10 split bits for $10
Saturday night was a shocker, we had the camper under the tarp and the wind was ripping pegs out of the ground so we had a long night keeping the camp set up.
We could hear the winds ripping through the hills then bang they hit you, unfortunatly the main camping grounds are very exposed to wind.
We spoke to another couple who had similar experiences with Brian, both on the phone and in person so I took heart that it wasnt just me.
Our look around took maybe an hour
All up for us it was a crappy weekend mainly due to the weather but fairly rude owners dont help the experience. Weve camped on several properties before and never struck such rude and unhelpfull owners.
The proprty is divided into 4 main camping areas, 1 to the side of the office, 1 in front of the office and 1 either side of the river near the bridge.
The pick of them would be the one on the river before you go over the bridge, this is a long section maybe 20 mtres wide that runs along the river, scattered trees, grass river side camping, reasonably flat.
The other side of the river is smaller and looks like the cap areas are on an old road,very narrow along the river bank.
The Third one is beside the office, this was fairly rough ground on a dry creek bed, more protected from the weather than any of the other areas but not on a wet river bed and rougher ground.
The fourth where we stayed is a cleared field in front of and below the office, with a dirt track running between, river side camping on 1 side paddock camping on the other. We were on the river bank and as we found out very open to the weather.
They have porta loo style toilets scattered around the property which could do with a hose down but are servicable.
There is next to no firewood on the property (unless you want sticks) except what can be bought, so take in your own.
I wouldnt describe this as bush camping more paddock and river side.
They are very regimented where you camp, they basically say heres where you camp like it or lump it.
There isnt much if anything in the way of 4wd on the place, that we seen and the owner was far from helpfull with directions if there is any.
Fishing from what we seen is pretty much carp, carp and more carp lol.
All in all its not a bad sort of place, but for us we certainly wont be going back there in a hurry.
We found the owners of the place fairly rude and very unhelpful.