Our History

Camp Breakaway was conceived in 1982 when members of the Rotary Club in Wyong on the Central Coast of NSW convened a holiday camp for thirty young people with physical disabilities. This camp was held at Strathavon Heritage Resort at Wyong.

Following the overwhelming success of this camp and the realisation of the compound benefits for young people with disabilities, their carers and for the wider community, Wyong Rotary commenced to hold camps each year. For several years these camps were held at Camp Toukley.

The observed need for these respite camps became ever increasingly obvious as time went on, as was the need to have a permanent campsite - specifically designed for the purpose. With that and the vision, dedication and hard work of a large number of Rotary clubs and the Central Coast community, along with generous support from Delta Electricity, the establishment of Camp Breakaway at San Remo was established. The first camp was held in 1989.

Today, Camp Breakaway continues to facilitate these camps on 11.55 ideally situated, picturesque and quiet hectares at San Remo and holds fast to ever enhancing the lives of people with disabilities.

Timeline

1982
First camp held at Strathavon Heritage Resort, Wyong
1989
Moved to San Remo
1993
Breakaway Lodge opened
1994
Hundreds of fire-fighters housed at Camp Breakaway during major bushfires
1998
Tomago detainees erect 320 metre fence around Camp Breakaway site
2000
New adventure course opened
2001
Started High Needs Family Camps
2002
Year of the Outback Camp held in Brewarrina
2003
Introduced Smith-Magenis Syndrome Camps
2007
Hundreds of SES volunteers housed at Camp Breakaway due to major floods
Liberty Swing installed and new laundry opened
2008
Started Young Carers and Siblings Camps
2009
Introduced Kids Only Camps
2010
Jumping Pillow opened
2011
Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation Sensory Trail re-opened