Rolling Solo books out Merimbula holiday park to host annual women's camping event

From left: Dara, Valda and Maureen from the Lions Club of Pambula Merimbula preparing dinner for the Rolling Solo event on Saturday May 2. Pictures: supplied.
From left: Dara, Valda and Maureen from the Lions Club of Pambula Merimbula preparing dinner for the Rolling Solo event on Saturday May 2. Pictures: supplied.

A group of women who travel solo all over Australia, many of them grey nomads, have come to Merimbula to spend seven days camping and caravanning over the Sapphire Coast.

Members from the group called Rolling Solo have travelled from far and wide to visit the beachside location with some having travelled from as far as Western Australia and Far North Queensland.

Others have crossed the Bass Strait from Tasmania to attend the week long event.

Around 4000 women connect online but often meet up for camping or caravanning trips all around the country.

Creator Michelle Lang said she started the group back in 2015 after wanting to find like-minded ladies who enjoyed hitting the open roads, camping under the stars and admiring the sunrise.

The NRMA Merimbula Beach Holiday Resort is hosting 340 women from Wednesday April 28 until Wednesday May 5 and Merimbula has been on their list for some time.

130 members from the Rolling Solo group were provided with a cooked breakfast of bacon and egg rolls.

130 members from the Rolling Solo group were provided with a cooked breakfast of bacon and egg rolls.

Rolling Solo was supposed to come to Merimbula last September and was particularly keen to spot whales during the migration season, but had to postpone due to COVID-19.

"The events are planned well in advance and so during the planning stages of the event the bushfires were on and so I thought we could come and help out the town.

"Our goal is simply to camp together but the town benefits from having our annual event there too," said Ms Lang.

But the events aren't just a meet-up, they're educational too.

Merimbula small businesses such as handcrafters, cheesemakers and woodworkers were invited to run workshops at the event.

The women will also run car and tyre workshops with a local tyre business.

Otherwise they can take bike riding trips, play golf or go out for lunch or dinner if they so choose.

There are also activities like yoga and rock and roll dancing classes.

The Lions Club of Pambula-Merimbula was tasked with providing 210 of the women with an evening meal of barbecue sausages, peas, mashed potato and gravy on Saturday May 2.

"The park has been abuzz with activities for these ladies, including cheese making, succulent striking, bingo and many other activities," said Ric Vanderbom from the Lions Club.

The Lions Club also provided a breakfast of bacon and egg rolls on Monday May 5 to 130 of the campers.

Lions Club members providing breakfast for Rolling Solo event on Monday May 3.

Lions Club members providing breakfast for Rolling Solo event on Monday May 3.

"All groceries were purchased from Woolworths in Merimbula and our club received a substantial discount on goods," said Mr Vanderbom.

So far the women have enjoyed the town. "It's a lovely town with beautiful scenery, great community spirit and support," said Ms Lang.

The group are a diverse bunch, with single women, partnered women and widowed women. Their ages vary from about 45 years of age to women close to their nineties. But they all have one thing in common, their drive to travel and see the country in their tents, caravans or motorhomes.

Women register to be part of the Rolling Solo group and receive access to a private app which allows them to organise meet-ups and other smaller events such as bushwalking or camping trips.

This story Lions Club provides meals for booked out caravan park hosting Rolling Solo first appeared on Bega District News.