Somehow, i still really don’t know how, we were conned/convinced into camping at Lane Cove National Park, on the outskirts of Sydney on a long weekend, during the Festival of Vivid. I know we are crazy idiots, but booked we were and so on Friday afternoon after a late finish at work we did the crazy pre-trip madhouse runaround getting the entire house it seems jammed into the camper, and hitched on up.
We hit the freeway not too long before dusk, and we weren’t too far down the M1 before it started to rain. Two of my least favourite things when towing – dark and raining.
We arrived at the park – Lane Cove River Tourist Park – having made our way without any issues (thanks Google) about 7.30pm. The rest of the crew were already set up and onto their first drinks. The sites (and park actually) were much larger than we expected with lovely concrete pads and well maintained sites, making for an easy drive onto and unhitch situation, which was very welcome.
The two tall lads helped us fiddle around with the awning and get it up nice and quickly in the rain, and we too were also standing around with a drink in our hand.
Saturday morning we woke to the sounds of planes taking off from Sydney Kingsford International Airport, and rain on the roof.
The weather was not playing kindly with us, and when you’re in the city and the weather is awful what does one do? Costco! Yep we headed off for our first visit to Costco.
Having spent the good part of the morning wandering around, we grabbed some lunch goodies and headed back to camp.
We spent the afternoon sky watching trying to determine if our plans to head into the city for Vivid were sound or not. In the end we decided to chance it and headed off for an adventure to the city.
North Ryde train station is only about 700m up the road from the park, so we headed off on foot to the station.
Hopefully the sunset as we arrived at the station was a good sign.
With the zappy zaps (Opal Cards) sorted we didn’t have to wait long before the train arrived to take us to Circular Quay via Wynyard.
We headed to Fortune of War, where we had (thankfully) pre-booked a table for dinner.
We followed the Vivid Light walking trail which led us under the bridge and spectacular views of the Opera House and Luna Park, and then down the path to the water near the bridge.
We then followed the waterfront all the way back to the train station.
Due to some construction on the waterfront the pathway leads back up into the beautiful Rocks.
Given it was a long weekend – albeit, wet and cold – we were really surprised at the lack of crowds around for the evening, which made for an easy and pleasant night especially for the kids.
The views back to the Bridge and up towards Circular Quay from the Passenger Terminal.
As the night was getting late, and the little feet a little tired we started to make our way towards the train station, so i was grabbing a few shots along the way.
With a few tired little (and big) people we made the trek back to the park on the trains.
North Ryde Station really is pretty cool!
I made a little video of our Vivid adventure …
Sunday morning the weather still wasn’t really playing nice with us but we did glimpse some blue sky.
With a hearty breakfast in our bellies, and what looked like a clearing sky we tempted fate by bundling all the kids up in their wet weather gear and heading off on a bush walk.
We kinda let the kids decide (but also pushed for the shorter Weir walk) 🙂
The walk was pretty easy, the first part was a small decline down some stairs and then mostly flatish walk along the river edge – it is a truly stunning part of the city.
You have no idea how close to the city you really are when you walking through the park.
As we made our way back to camp i made a little video of the walk.
Whilst it didn’t really rain – a few sprinkles here and there – the weather wasn’t really pleasant enough to do too much, so by sunset we all had the cabin fevers setting in, so we decided to walk the park before settling in for the night.
We were so impressed with the facilities of the park, how clean and tidy everything was and really everything about the park. If you have too (or want too) camp in the city, this is most definitely the place to do it.
A few more pics of our sites.
As we usually do we ate like kings and even had beautiful Costco apple pie ( i even indulged a little on the Gluten feast).
Monday morning saw dry skies after some late night downpours, which meant we were all able to pack up dry which is always a good end to a camping trip.
Thanks to all the crew for an awesome weekend despite the weather! Can’t wait for the next trip.