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Go sandboarding, whale watching and swim with dolphins just a short drive from Sydney on the NSW north coast

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Sugar Creek Dream. Rainforest Oasis
8 sites · RVs, Tents25 acres · Bungwahl, New South WalesThis property is situated between Smiths Lake and the rainforests of Wallignat National Park. It is a 25 acre property that is home to an abundance diversity of flora and fauna. It's a beautiful spot for birdwatching (or listening), relaxing under the trees with a picnic, chilling in a hammock or going for a day trip to some of the beauty of the surrounding region.Whether you are active or not there is so much here for you. Yes you can surf, hike, horse ride, fish, bike ride. Within 15 mins drive you have the ocean side of Seal Rocks, the Lakesides of Myall Lakes National Park, the forests of Wallingat National Park and so many more incredible places. You can venture out into the madness (particularly around holiday time) but then you can return to the magic and tranquility of your campsite. If you'd like a place where you can chill out, relax, rejuvenate your body mind or spirit, this is the place. A friend once described it as a hundred shades of green. I adore this space and have been blessed with its surrounds and abundance for 20years. My dream has always been to share it with others, hence the name. It is a sanctuary where humans can connect with nature.
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Hakuna Matata Resort, Booral
6 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents144 acres · Booral, New South WalesWelcome to Hakuna Matata Resort! Hakuna Matata means “no worries”, and that is what you will...
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Wootton Arabian Stud Farmstay
5 sites · RVs, Tents86 acres · Wootton, New South WalesA beautiful 86 acre farm in the hills above The Great Lakes (Myall, Smith , Wallis Lakes), 30...
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The Pines Camp
13 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents5 acres · Mount Vincent, New South WalesOur Georgian home sits on 5 acres of beautiful, clean, tidy, open land and is large enough to...
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Mistinthegumtrees BUDGET To LUXURY
7 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents106 acres · New South Wales Campsites are in our lovely small manicured bush garden setting. It's a level, grass/lawn shaded area. There are 3 x 15 amp powered sites. Suitable for small quiet groups/ families. Not suitable for loud partying. The state forest is a short 10min drive away for bush walking, mountain biking and 4 wheel driving. You can enjoy horse riding next door at AAA horse riding I and the beach is a 40 min drive away. We are located close to the Central Coast and Newcastle. (In Cooranbong ) Our camp sites have access to three eco toilets and only one shared shower, rubbish facilities and drinking water. (Campfires) portable fire pits only permitted during the winter months. We also have 2 x 4 star cabins which sleep 15 between them, they are listed separately on Hipcamp. However the guests from both the camp sites and the cabins have shared access to the pool and facilities. Which includes a large under cover patio area. FRIENDLY PETS welcome. Small kitchen with microwave dishwasher and cook top and fridge may be used . Please just clean up any mess you make. For the next guest All cleaning products under sink. WE HAVE 3 DOGS that are people friendly., who love to meet new fury friends , they do have the run of our property . As our property has a lot of maintenance lawns /gardens ; we may use mowers blowers etc , we will possibly maintain between 10 am to 2 pm If needed.
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When everyone went home except me 👌
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Bunyip's Camp
9 sites · RVs, Tents25 acres · Martinsville, New South WalesAt the foot of the Watagan mountains, close to the Watagan 4WD tracks, picnic areas, and bike...
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Looking past the woodstacks to the eco-cabin and the Hunter Valley below
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Callicoma Hill: off grid & surrounded by nature, Hunter Valley
4 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents300 acres · Carrowbrook, New South WalesCallicoma Hill offers bush camping for groups in a forest clearing, an off-grid 10 bed rustic...
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Ben and Kelly's stay with their Pets
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Hodge Lodge Grounds Johns River
10 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents11 acres · Johns River, New South WalesOur property is in Johns River, NSW. 4 hours north of Sydney, half way between Port Macquarie and Taree. A great stop for the night for traveller's between Sydney, Gold Coast, and Brisbane. Hodge Lodge Grounds NSW is on a sealed road and close to the A1 motorway. If you are Travelling the North Coast, Sydney, Central Coast and Northern NSW, Queensland, we may be your new happy place for the ideal o'nite stop. You can drive any size vehicle into our expansive grounds on our heavy duty driveway that leads you to your green space and large camp site. Responsible pet owners -You can bring your pet! We have one cabin so best to check our booking calendar asap. Tiny mobile homes coming soon! Your groups and additional Guests can be accommodated by contacting your hosts to book additional sites for your group. We offer powered and unpowered sites. Stay safe in our gated 11 acre private property. Here you can enjoy your music and social atmosphere, have your wood delivered via 'extras booking' for your evening by the fire pit, and wake up to the sounds of our local birds! Situated between the 3 brother mountains NSW, North Brother, Middle Brother and South Brother. We're located within minutes to the beaches which is ideal for swimming, fishing, surfing and walking the local breakwalls. Crowdy Bay National Park and Middle Brother National Park for those 4WD sporting and adventure enthusiasts. Close to the local townships for shopping, dining and visiting local attractions of Kew, Harrington, North Haven and Laurieton for those keen to enjoy the outdoors.
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The river at 'the river flat'
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Elands TereTulemast EXCLUSIVE SITES
24 sites · RVs, Tents90 acres · Elands, New South WalesGuudji Yiigu Nyiirunang - Birpai for Welcome Everyone! We are only the caretakers of this land for the next generation, and excited to share it with your families so you may enjoy this beautiful NSW destination called Elands. Teretulemast is an Estonian name, it means WELCOME. THE HISTORY OF OUR PLACE as we know it: The Birpai people were the original and will always be the landowners of this area, we respect those past and present who took care of this land and lived amongst it, and hope to care for it until somebody else takes over this place. The property we care for and live on is a ex rainforest, pasture improved as they say and ex cattle farm. It has a mix of cleared acres, rainforest pockets, fresh and free-flowing river running through both sides of the property to swim/paddle in, so many birds, platypus (we never see them just our quiet neighbours do), eel, fish, deer, kangaroos, wallabies (and koalas in the greater Elands area). And of course, BIG open skies to enjoy a campfire under. Short 3 min drive or walk (15 min) or swim (20 min), to Ellenborough falls & much more to see and do or just RELAX! No shops here or speedy internet to get distracted from nature! HOW CLOSE TO THE FALLS ARE WE: We are two driveways away from Ellenborough falls (approx 800 metres) or 20 min swim away, 15 min walk or 3 min drive! A 40 min drive to Tapin Tops National Park, Dingo Tops and the famous Potaroo Falls, and the usual local hangouts like the Rapids & the top of the Falls 5-7 min away. Closest towns, Wingham & Comboyne 45 min away. STUFF TO DO: -Ride your bike along quiet dirt roads with amazing views - give the FLOW trail a go - book the river flat and get exclusive access to the pump track - swimming on your door step, kayaking, air bed down river, inflatables are super fun in our river -play games with your kids outdoors, watch fire flies in October, watch the fire flicker each night with a drink, jump off a tree at the top of the falls (3 min away), exploring and just watching the big sky you get access to now you are out of the city! -Make it a party or a family catchup on the River Flat or Serenity bring your tribe plus the dog! MORE INFO: To see more please just type this into Google or Instagram #teretulemastelands FAQ ON CAMPING HERE: We have improved ALL roads into our property. This doesn't mean two wheels drives won't get bogged, but it will make it easier for dry weather access for most. While we advise 4x4 are better suited all year around.. it is a property, and no tarred road. So on occasions even a 4x4 may need a tow weather turning ugly. But since April 2022, roads vastly improved! And wide access provided through gates making it easier with large camper trailers & caravans, plus solar power installed for lighting and fridge in shed on river flat & fire place working!!! (only happened August 2022 - we are a tad excited to share it with you). - Animal friendly property (ask us for info on this if not just a dog) - River access from all sites (we have 2 main large sites all to yourselves and 2-3 smaller ones all just for you) - fresh water and yes you can swim in it and we drink it! Water tastes sweeter with all natures minerals flowing through it. - Telstra Mobile Reception ONLY (belong, aldi plans) (Most sites, 1-2 bars max - just enough to upload a photo to insta and tag us #teretulemastelands) - HOT shower, toilet, bbq and enclosed shed with tables/chairs/lights/fireplace/fire pits x 2. - Two Toilets; loads of space on SERENITY (next improvements will be hot shower & outdoor kitchen/shed) & a fire pit. _ Equipment for HIRE (tents, comfy beds, chairs, tables, kitchen; gas stove thru to gazebos - even large ones for functions) - just ask us! - River Flat price INCLUDES shed use AND pump track ! Great for functions or out of rain camping fun, includes so much - check out River Flat site for further details AND the new PUMP TRACK! - Campfires YES - let us know if you would like to buy Firewood $150 for a std trailer load (usually will do 3 big nights of fires or a week if saavy) and we will deliver to site ready for your arrival - see Extras for details *no trees to fell for wood sorry - we are trying to grow them here! But help yourself to kindling. :). - REAL Australia - spiders/snakes/ticks be prepared *ask us if need help -ENSURE you leave nothing, take rubbish off the mountain with you please too or we can take it for a cash fee (which helps us pay for petrol and tipping fees as no rubbish bin here)! - The shop on the mountain doesn't hold ICE very often (more bread, milk, post office, some alcohol and ice creams), so please pick up from Wingham COLES or Comboyne IGA! HOT TIP: Organise your Coles pick up from Wingham or Comboyne IGA so you don't even have to pack your food, just simply pick it up when your 1 hour away - we can even hire you an esky or if you are staying on the river flat, no need, it comes with access to our off grid stand up fridge/freezer! Perfect! And don't forget your ICE and petrol at Wingham or Comboyne, last stop!! HIRE EQUIPMENT and SAVE YOUR BOOT SPACE, the environment and your Marriage, plus buying cheap chairs; gazebos you will only throw out anyway. All you need to do once you arrive then is sit down and open a beer, or setup that cheese platter and release the kids and the dog! PARTIES are allowed, but please note: we do need advance notice at the point of booking. It may be a busy weekend with people wanting quiet space on other spots (despite you not seeing them from your exclusive spot will impact their enjoyment) plus add an extra fee depending on the type of function (especially where we are managing cars and people to site), and also be comfortable with paying min $150 for tipping fees (one trailer load to the tip) if you do require us to take your rubbish. We live a long way from the tip and from past experience, large groups can and do make loads of mess, please do not litter our beautiful river and Bulga plateau area. RIVER FLAT shed has crockery, cups and wine glasses; loads of cutlery you are welcome further reduce your waste by using and taking care of. We only ask you wash items up well and put items back after use! FREE OF CHARGE. :). Festivals/Events - talk to us direct. Farm Life Our animals are for our sustainability, but we are happy if you would like to come meet our farm family. Just let us know when you get here and we are happy to organise a time to walk through and feed our many animals. Text also works great to organise these things without you having to leave your campsite! :) Kids love finding the chicken eggs, patting/feeding the elusive naughty goats, the busy horses, and enjoy herding the cows when we need them moved. We have 3 noisy dogs, who love to bark as you drive past.. just while you drive past, but still.. rather a loud farm welcome! If we still have your attention and maybe you are a little excited to investigate further, please review our listings, and please don't be shy in asking us whatever you need! We have had large functions before, some loud, some quiet, some just to enjoy the night sky and others just for the exclusive site.. not wanting to share with anyone else! We want to be sure we are the right place you are looking for so just drop us a line! From Jenny, Lucas and our 3 crazy teens; and the many furry and feathered animals. For more info and photos see our instagram page #teretulemastelands We look forward to hearing from you soon!
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Davrae Park Freecamping sites (no toilet/shower)
12 sites · Lodging, RVs, TentsOxley Island, New South WalesSmall private farm with rural outlook, bamboo plantation, fruit trees and small bush to explore....
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Chapman Valley
106 sites · RVs, Tents6000 acres · New South WalesKnown for it's massive Bush Campsites, 'Chapman Valley' is still Sydney's best kept secret!Picture this. Your weekend escape is relaxed from the very start - the car trip along the scenic winding Putty Road is slow and leisurely as you know you can arrive at any time for the self serve check-in.After signing in, you meander through this Beef Cattle farm, heading to your own designated camping area. A private corner of the property all to yourselves! After setting up camp, and showing off your awesome (of course) campfire lighting skills, you sink back in your camp-chair and listen to ...the bush. And you see ...the bush. Not a single other camper in site. Oh, except the ones you invited with you of course!There they are. The kids running enthusiastically across the open paddock chasing after their footy, with Buster, the family dog happily nipping at their heels."They'll sleep well tonight!" you think to yourself happily, as you sink further into your camp-chair and take a long drink on that ice cold beer.1hr drive from the nearest town (Singleton), "Chapman Valley" is the perfect oasis for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle. There are no nearby shops so be sure to bring everything with you. The property offers over 100kms of bush tracks ideal for walking, push-bike riding or 4WDing. On site-horse riding is available, offering rides ranging from 1hr family rides to full day experienced rides. Check out our website for a full list of offerings.The Communal camping area is within walking distance of our amenities block, which offers flushing porcelain toilets and a hot shower. Bush campsites are fully self sufficient - BYO water & toileting system. All campers are required to take their rubbish home with them as there are no bins on site. Sites available for all vehicle types, from buses and large caravans to fully kitted out off-road vehicles.
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View over the valley with clouds
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Imago Forest - Float in Clouds
5 sites · RVs, Tents200 acres · Carrowbrook, New South WalesImago Forest is a beautiful bush block and biodynamic orchard near Mt Royal National Park. There...
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It’s hard to believe this patch of paradise is just 2.5 hours’ drive north of Australia’s biggest city, Sydney, and around 30 minutes from Newcastle. Home to a beautiful bay twice the size of Sydney Harbour, the Port Stephens region encompasses towns such as Nelson Bay, Anna Bay and Shoal Bay. Swim in crystal clear water at one of Port Stephens’ 26 beaches, go sandboarding down the largest dunes in the southern hemisphere, or book a cruise to swim with wild dolphins or go whale watching during winter. Peruse the clothing boutiques before indulging in a seafood feast at a waterfront restaurant at sunset, or relax with a picnic on the grass along the foreshore.

Stockton Beach

For a fun day out, head to Stockton Beach for a spot of fishing or to explore its famous sand dunes. Book a tour to go sandboarding, 4WDing, quad biking or horseback riding along the dunes, which stretch for more than 30km and reach heights of more than 30m.

Fingal Bay

Take in the area’s natural beauty with a climb to Barry Park Lookout at Fingal Bay, which offers magnificent views of white sand beaches and Fingal Spit, which connects the mainland to Fingal Island. You can also book a cruise to the island and embark on a guided nature walk visiting an Aboriginal fish trap lagoon, Point Stephens Lighthouse and the ruins of the caretaker’s cottage, learning about the area’s fascinating history.

Tomaree National Park

Neighbouring Tomaree National Park is the only place in NSW where you can see outcrops of the acid volcanic rock rhyodacite and is a great place to spot koalas in the wild. It has a range of scenic walks, including the short Wreck Beach walk through coastal angophora forest and the longer Morna Point walk that comes alive with wildflowers in spring. The Tomaree Head Summit walk offers views over the coast and out to Broughton, Cabbage Tree and Boondelbah islands. Check out the historic gun emplacements at Fort Tomaree, which was built during World War II in 1941.

Port Stephens Great Lake Marine Park

Home to many species of dolphins, turtles and fish, Port Stephens Great Lake Marine Park stretches from Birubi Beach Life Saving Club at the northern end of Stockton Beach all the way north to Cape Hawke Surf Life Saving Club near Forster. You can book a cruise from Nelson Bay to go swimming with dolphins or whale watching from June to October, during their annual migration. Or cruise to Broughton Island in Myall Lakes National Park to go snorkelling or swimming in secluded coves and walk amongst a breeding colony of wedge tailed shearwaters. Other places to check out include the quiet seaside town of Hawks Nest, which lies between the Myall River and Hawks Nest Beach, Lemon Tree Passage on Port Stephens' western edge, and Soldiers Point.

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Hipcamp acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past, present and future and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.