I bet you have never heard of Lake Conjola right? I’m not surprised! Despite living in Sydney all my life, I only discovered this little gem last year myself. Lake Conjola is about 2 ½ hours drive south of Sydney near Ulladulla and is the perfect place for a weekend escape with a group of friends. It is by no means a bustling metropolis, in fact if you blink you are likely to miss it, but there is a serene beauty to the place that makes it very attractive to those looking to escape the city for a spell. There are plenty of activities of offer for those that want to partake, but the real draw for me is doing not very much at all. Read on for all the details …
Where To Stay in Lake Conjola
Accommodation is not exactly abundant in Lake Conjola and if you are looking for a 5 star brand name hotel you are in the wrong place. We chose to stay at Active Holidays Big 4 given they could easily accommodate our group of 20. I should point out that accommodation in summer sells out quickly and we booked this almost a year ahead to secure our spot given our numbers. We had 4 lagoon cabins in a row which was great for socialising with friends, which is exactly what this weekend was all about. The park itself has plenty to keep the kids amused (& the big kids!) with an impressive pool and water park, two jumping pillows, a golf course and tennis courts all on site. We made great use of them all. The big draw card is the proximity to the lake, so stand up paddle boarding, kayaking and fishing we all part of each days adventures. The kids were fascinated by the native wildlife and daily visits from friendly kangaroos and lorikeets was a special treat. The cabins themselves were quite functional with two bedrooms (a double bed in one and four bunks in the other), a small bathroom and a compact kitchen/living/dining area. The outdoor deck also housed a gas BBQ that was in constant use during our stay.
Things To Do
Lake Conjola itself doesn’t have a lot to offer other than water activities so you are going to need to jump in the car if you are looking for something different. There are quite a number of wineries in the area and we chose Cupitts, primarily because they also brew craft beers on site. The restaurant was very popular on a sunny Sunday and the views through the vines across the valley were picture perfect. Of course we grabbed a couple of take aways before we left to enjoy with dinner 🙂 We also popped into nearby Milton and spent an hour or so browsing through the handful of boutiques in town. I picked up a watch and a chunky pendant and The Enabler grabbed some boutique beers for her man, mostly chosen because we have never seen Doss Blockos anywhere else ever. There is also a day spa if you fancy a little pampering.
Where To Eat
Given we had a kitchen in our cabin, we chose to eat in or BBQ for most meals. I love to cook and I whipped up an Italian feast for the of us on the first night. I prepped the lasagne at home (in foil to save on washing up!) and transported it down. The cabins have convection microwaves rather than full ovens so I needed to use the ovens in three cabins and shove the garlic bread in around them. I made the pasta fresh on site as it does not warm up very well and I did have a little trouble keeping the heat with a temperamental burner to deal with, but we got there in the end. If that’s not your thing the Lake Conjola bowling club is within walking distance and has a courtesy bus that will literally drop you at your cabin door. We didn’t visit this time but we have in the past. We grabbed a quick bite of lunch at the Angler’s Cafe on the recommendation of a local before driving home. Our burgers were OK (they forget the cheese and the bun was a bit burnt), the chips were acceptable but the highlight was the chocolate milkshake which was pretty damn good. We also picked up some treats from The Milton bakery while we were in town. I do have a soft spot for a vanilla slice! I don’t drink coffee but one of our group highly recommends Coffee Guild in Milton if you need a fix.
So when will you be planning your next trip to Lake Conjola?
Until Next Time …
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