From your Coledale accommodation the village can easily be traversed in a few minutes but its offering are rich. The Coal Coast restaurant has a flair and funkiness and offers vegan dishes. With a light filled setting and pastries calling your name from the marble bar. The cellar next door has an impressive wine, cider and beer selection. Coledale RSL offers beverages at the best prices in town and Schnitzels that could feed a family. You can also explore the ocean baths and rock pools which are considered some of the most beautiful on the coast. Be sure to pop into the Coledale markets (fourth Sunday of every month) for artisan gifts and yummy food.
There are three options in terms of accommodation in Coledale;
Coledale Camping Reverse: A beautiful and surprisingly well organised camp ground it offers absolute beach front views, hot showers, a camp kitchen and even electric BBQ's.
Coledale Holiday Homes: If camping doesn't appeal you can of course check out Emerald + Aqua, Airbnb or Stayz which have a great range of holiday homes. The bonus of holiday homes that are private and offer the chance to experience life like a local.
Coledale BnB's: There are couple of BnB's in Coledale that are run by locals and offer comfortable accommodation.
- Groceries: The closest supermarket is in Thirroul so if you don't fee like starting your holiday at the supermarket we recommend bringing what you need.
- Sunglasses and sunblock: Always a must as you are likely to spend the whole day out and about in the sun.
- Large brimmed hat: Don’t end the day with a red face and painful sunburn.
- Water bottle: Reduce plastic and be prepared for where ever the day takes you.
- Beach Towels: You often can’t take towels from hotels or holiday homes to the beach so it’s best to bring your own.
- Camera: I know every ones uses their phones now. But the beach and coastline are breathtaking so take some shots you might actually want to frame. Otherwise Instagram the hell out of everything.
- Comfortable shoes: Include a cool pair of sandals for wandering around, thongs for the beach, hiking boots and runners. A thigh busting run along the coast will earn you all the cake you want to eat.
- Swimsuits galore: more than one pair so you can shake it up a bit and let them dry out between swims.
- Beach toys: Coledale beach is made up of rock pools and a pebbly shore which offer great props for fantastic sand castle building
- Books: There isn’t a book shop in sight until you hit Wollongong so bring your own. There is a news agent in Thirroul that has a great selection of magazines
By car from Sydney CBD it will take you about 1 hour and 25 minutes.
From Parramatta about 1 hour and 19 minutes.
On the train from Sydney Central you are looking about 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Coledale Train Station is on Railway Street and is a 5 minute walk from the centre of the village with a small elevation to get your heart pumping. Once you get here provided you bring your groceries you can walk everywhere. You can’t hire bikes in Coledale but you can contact South Coast Bike Hire and rent some for the day. They will bring the bikes to you (if you hire two bikes the cost is about $45.00 each). If you bring your car there is plenty of street parking available except for on the fourth Sunday of the month when the markets are on.
The options for food in Coledale are limited but wonderful;
Earth Walker & Co General Store and Cafe: The cafe offers wonderful coffee and interesting wholesome food for breakfast and lunch. The general store is more of a gourmet store with a great selection of items for a cheese board or a treat.
Coal Coast Eatery: Offers a modern and fresh menu with lots of vegetaria and vegan offerings - alongside a burger that will have you raving.
Coledale RSL: Open for lunch and dinner Thursday to Sunday this modest looking RSL offers great value and a varied menu that will have something for every member of the family. With an outdoor eating area this is the ideal place to eat with little ones who can run around while parents eat.
Shark's: Offers great fish and chips and burgers for a fast and delicious feed.
Those seeking extensive retail therapy will need to venture to Thirroul or even further to Wollongong. However there are a couple of shopping options in Coledale;
Earth Walker: A branch of the successful 55 Parrotts brand this store features home decor, clothes, jewellery both locally and internationally sourced with a focus on global, Boho and beachy trends. You are sure to find something unique and beautiful in this little store. This is a separate store that is just across the road from the cafe.
Earth Walker & Co and General Store: Stock up on fresh flowers, gourmet goodies and a few choice home wares.
Coledale Markets: Be sure to plan your visit to Coledale around the markets which run on the fourth Sunday of every month. You will find fantastic food, hand made jewellery and clothing, art and retro furniture.
- Walk, run or ride the coastal track; going South you can go all the way to Wollongong or going north all the way to Coalcliff.
- Explore the rock pools and watch the crabs scuttle along while the seagulls swoop over.
- Do some laps in the breathtaking ocean pool surrounded by rock pools on one side and the ocean on the other
- Take a cricket set, football and a picnic and head to St James Park
- Get a surfing lesson as Sharkies Beach and brag that you have experienced one of the best breaks on the coast
The Coledale Local List
Supermarket: IGA or Coles in Thirroul – Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Thirroul.
Butcher: Pure Bred Meats Thirroul – Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Thirroul.
Chemist: Barry Navins Pharmacy – Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Thirroul.
Newsagency: Thirroul Railway Stationers & News agency is on the southern side of the train tracks or
Thirroul Newsagent is in Thirroul Plaza.
Beautician: The Salon offers every treatment involved with perfect eye brows, tanning and waxing