Recently turning another year older and not wanting to celebrate in the traditional sense of dinner and drinks in the city, and also wanting to finally tick off one of the many activities on the 'to do list' that I had made with my friends almost two years ago; I planned a weekend camping trip to Glenworth Valley and got closer to nature.
Located in the hinterland region of the NSW Central Coast, the journey to Glenworth Valley took just a leisurely one hour drive from the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Despite the relatively short journey we were amazed by the natural beauty that greeted us - lush green valleys, tall trees, open pastures and a meandering creek. The camping grounds are situated on open pastures along the riverbed, and we selected a quaint area set far back near the forest which made the notion of 'bush camping' seem even more real - but with the comfort of knowing that toilets and showers are only a 5-10 minute walk away! The campsites are all natural and unpowered but have BBQs and camp fire sites. There were no available BBQs in our area, but we had fortunately brought our own portable stovetop.
As night fell we attempted to go back to our roots and light a camp fire, but we just simply couldn't get one going. We like to think that this is because the ground and sticks were damp and has nothing at all to do with our fire lighting skills. Nonetheless, we weren't completely left in darkness as all we had to do was look up and see the spectacular showcase of stars in the sky.
Early next morning the sounds of kookaburras, horses and insects awoke us (I guess that's nature for you) and we began our day with an alfresco breakfast—baked beans of course included. The morning was spent with a pleasant bushwalk while the afternoon was a little more adventurous as we all harnessed up and abseiled down a cliff face. Abseiling was a great experience and standing on top of the cliff face offered fantastic views of the surrounding valleys. Now of course if you prefer something a bit more 'down to earth' then Glenworth Valley also offers other activities including horse riding, quad biking and kayaking.