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.
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
2007 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