East Corrimal Accommodation + Holiday Guide
The East Corrimal Accommodation and Holiday guide is a local’s tour of this amazing little coastal village which has a lot to offer. Like most of the villages on the Illawarra coastline Corrimal was born from the mining industry with a colliery opening in 1884 and by the 1900’s the influx of workers and their families built the town and the railway for transportation of the coal. z
The railway however proved a draw card for tourists with over 50,000 visitors recorded in 1905 on public holidays already admiring the stunning coastline and long beaches.
The name Corrimal is a variation on the Aboriginal warrior ‘Kurimul’ a dreamtime story of a warrior who when caught cheating with another man’s wife ran up the hill now knows as Brookers Nose and climbed the tallest tree only to have the husband build a bonfire at the base of the tree.
East Corrimal is a little-known suburb that is emerging as a quiet haven in which to holiday. Largely residential it boasts a long stretch of beach with hardly a soul on it, parklands and a lagoon.
A small cluster of shops houses one of the best cafes in town ‘Frank n Bean’s serving wholesome hipster fare with a cool urban interior.
East Corrimal holiday homes offer a unique chance to live like a local and have access to the sea, lagoon and lifestyle. It’s relaxed pace is truly where time stops and leisure begins.
East Corrimal Accommodation: Where to Stay
Caravans/Camping: Is a tranquil 10 hectare caravan park that is right on the beach. It offers powered and unpowered camping sites as well as 1-3 bedrooms cabins.
East Corrimal Accommodation: What to Bring
- 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: Corrimal beach has a wide expanse of sand for the kids to build a whole fort if they want to.
- Books: There is a book shop at Thirroul and then there isn't a book shop in sight until you hit Wollongong so bring your own.
East Corrimal Accommodation: Getting around
By car from Sydney CBD it will take you about 1 hour and 17 minutes.
From Parramatta about 1 hour and 20 minutes.
On the train from Sydney Central you are looking about 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Corrimal train station is located on Murry Road in Corrimal and is half way between the township and the beach.
East Corrimal Accommodation: Where to Eat
East Corrimal Cafes;
Franks n’ Beans – Brings a bit of a hipster vibe to East Corrimal. Tucked away behind a car park between FoodWork’s and a bakery it is a hidden gem that offers great coffee and fresh interesting food.
East Corrimal Restaurants:
Table426 – offers modern Australian with Italian and Spanish influences. The restaurant is owned by a mother and daughter of Italian descent but with years cooking in Spain hence a Mediterranean style rather than Italian specifically. They also make use of locally supplied seafood and everything on offer is fresh, well presented and generously served.
Gambino’s – offers Italian in all its glory, pizza, pasta and mains are hearty and tasty. They make fresh gluten free pizza bases also so is ideal if you have food allergies.
Manjit’s – serves Indian food with all its flourishes. The service and atmosphere are good and the food is fresh but definitely tailored to a milder palate.
East Corrimal Accommodation: Where to Drink
The Corrimal Hotel – has risen like a Phoenix from the ashes, originally built in 1901 and run as the Corrimal Family Hotel it took on a distinctly non-family vibe as the Palm Court Corrimal. However new owners have swept in and given the whole place a beautiful renovation making it family friendly and a great place to grab food and have a few drinks.
East Corrimal Accommodation: What to do with Kids
Playgrounds: There is a kid’s playground at East Corrimal overlooking the lagoon and in front of the beach. It has recently been refurbished and has a flying fox and a water play section. It is a quite park away from any opportunities for kids pester power but there are no toilets nearby.
There is a special needs playground in the main centre of Corrimal. It is fully gated if you have an escapee on your hands and also features a water play area. There are plenty of shops, bathrooms and food nearby and a steam train in front of it that the kids love.
Northern Bowl – offers ten pin bowling and even has a cosmic disco bowling night should you want to shake up your night time outing with the kids.
East Corrimal Accommodation: Things to know
Supermarket: There is a FoodWork’s on Murray Road in East Corrimal. A Woolworths in the Leder complex on the Princes Highway and a Coles in the Corrimal Park Mall on the Princes Highway
Butcher: Ziems Butchers on the Princes Highway comes highly recommended
Chemist: There is a pharmacy in the Leder Shopping Centre and on the Princes Highway opposite the Corrimal Park Mall
Pizza Delivery: Gambino’s on the Princes Highway does both pickup and home delivery as does Bonno’s Pizzeria which has legendary local status.
Medical Centre: Corrimal Healthcare Centre on the Princes Highway allows you to book online and is completely bulk billed.
East Corrimal Accommodation: Image Credits
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