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Fern Gully

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· Mandalong, New South Wales
40 acres
5 sites
5 Vehicle/Tent
Camp on a grassy site overlooking the dam.  The property is 40 acres of beautiful bushland, backing on to the Olney State Forest.  There are some great areas for hiking, bike riding, bird watching and more. Morisset just 10kms away and 7 kms from the M1 motorway. There is plenty to do in the Morisset area including visiting the pretty Gap Creek Falls in the Watagans National Park or kayaking around beautiful Lake Macquarie, Australia’s largest coastal saltwater lake. Set on the western foreshore of Lake Macquarie, which has the bush in its backyard. Find a patch of shade for a picnic in Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area where you can spot kangaroos and other wildlife. The saltwater lake is a haven for sea turtles and dolphins and you might see sea eagles and kookaburras, too. Just 1.5 hours drive from Sydney!
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Mandalong, New South Wales, AustraliaTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Les M.Joined in March 2021
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84 Ratings · 64 reviews
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Keith W.recommends
January 28, 2023
Site 4 orchard
Very friendly host, good choice of campsites. Great spot to avoid the crowds on holiday weekend
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Josh Y.recommends
January 26, 2023
Site 8 - Fern Gully
Nice spot, great hosts, we only stayed for the night as a stopover but it was everything you need for a camp spot. Fire pits were loaded and ready to go also.
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Kerry C.recommends
January 25, 2023
Site 2 - Fern Gully
Beautiful setting. Boris the Maremma was most welcoming 😀
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Jenny S.recommends
January 25, 2023
Site 2 - Fern Gully
Beautiful spot to stop. Quiet and easy. Loved the local dog. Easy to get to from highway We had two 8 meter vans and got in ok.
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Elmarie H.recommends
January 7, 2023
Site 8 - Fern Gully
Lovely peaceful sites and friendly host. The sounds of nature is absolutely adding to the peaceful feel. We stayed only one night as we were passing through.
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Andrew C.recommends
January 7, 2023
Site 8 - Fern Gully
Such a beautiful spot and Les was so welcoming and accommodating! We will definitely come here again!
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Shelley T.recommends
January 6, 2023
Site 3 - Fern Gully
Lovely, helpful host and lovely sites. Easy access and heaps of privacy. Beautiful spot with heaps of birds around and very quiet. Watch the potholes on the main road on your way in but worth the drive. 😊
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Wondering C.recommends
January 4, 2023
Site 1 - Fern Gully
Lovely hosts, increadible dog Boris. Tranquil forest vibes, 25 min from Munmorah state conservation park. Which is awesome and has wonderful beaches
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Nathan T.recommends
January 4, 2023
Site 4 orchard
Great camping spot. Les was a great host and made our stay very welcoming.
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Johanna P.recommends
January 2, 2023
Site 8 - Fern Gully
Great place to tent, quiet place, only for camping, campfire in the middle of the forest.
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Jessica B.recommends
January 2, 2023
Site 8 - Fern Gully
Les was super nice and welcoming to his property. He put us in a spot which was super pretty and out of sight from other campers as one of my kelpies can be a bit scared of bigger dogs. Really great as there was heaps of shade under the trees and nice breeze, you wouldn't of known how hot it actually was. Dogs loved being about to sniff and explore the scenic bushland.
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Amy S.recommends
January 1, 2023
Site 2 - Fern Gully
Awesome place. Amazing people Pets allowed Fireplace already made up Super clean
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James H.recommends
December 30, 2022
Site 1 - Fern Gully
Lovely stay at Fern Gully. Les was very friendly and super helpful. Thanks.
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Blanka K.recommends
December 29, 2022
Site 4 orchard
Les is a perfect host. He always makes sure that you get the perfect site for your setup. He even made me a new site to give us the best experience! Boris is the resident dog, he is very friendly and likes to meet all the guests. I loved this property. And so did my dog! He was allowed offlead and he loved every minute of it. And the best part are all the trees. There was nice natural shade and breeze, you wouldn't even know how hot it really was.
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Sally T.recommends
December 23, 2022
Site 3 - Fern Gully
Paradise!!
Absolutely beautiful spot! My second visit. One of my favourite Hipcamp places so far. A beautiful & peaceful place with a gorgeous view of the forest & dam. Safe place for a solo camp. Loved having it all to myself! My little dog loved having heaps of space to wander too. Lovely host & a cute, friendly dog. Huge fire pit, perfect for fire cooking. Close to the shops if you need anything, & there’s a dump point nearby at Morriset Showgrounds. Highly recommend this gorgeous place!! Will definitely keep coming back!
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Liv P.recommends
December 20, 2022
Site 4 orchard
Loved it - we'll be back
Loved it so much we stayed an extra night. Beautiful setting, birds galore, loads of space, Les was a great host! Boris the dog was beautiful. Enough Optus reception for texts. We stayed in a bigger grass/tree area closer to the road at the left of the property. Thanks Les!
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Sally T.recommends
November 20, 2022
Site 2 - Fern Gully
Gorgeous spot!
Gorgeous spot! Loved having the place to ourselves & our little dogs loved being able to run around off lead. Tonnes of space on our site, with a beautiful view of the dam with lilies. Very safe & peaceful. Loved the big fire pits, plenty of room for cooking. Lovely host, & the beautiful dog was gorgeous & super friendly. Really easy to get to, & only 10 mins from the shops if you forget anything. Will definitely be back again!
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Jessica K.recommends
November 20, 2022
Site 2 - Fern Gully
Gorgeous
Beautiful Spot, really friendly owners, dog on property was just so sweet and placid, Les is working on the campsites and the place is only going to get better. Really enjoyed the time there, would go again 🙏 Thank you for having us!
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Alana L.recommends
November 18, 2022
Site 4 orchard
We stayed at Les' property for 1 night and it was great! The site we stayed on was secluded and there was only two other groups of campers there at the same time as us, but we barely saw them! Our site was next to the road but it wasn't noisy at all. The site was beautiful, full of trees which added to the privacy. We had our dog with us too and he loved it! Les has a very friendly dog on site called Boris. He's a biiiig dog, a Maremma I believe, but he is a friendly giant! He even came down to our camp and played with us and our dog for about an hour. We had a self sufficient campervan (shower, toilet, bed etc) 7 meters in length and it was easy for us to get down to the site. Les is very friendly and welcoming! If we are ever out that way again, we will definitely be staying at his place.
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Kara J.recommends
November 14, 2022
Site 3 - Fern Gully
Hidden gem
Had a lovely overnight stay at Fern Gully, wish we could have stayed a few more nights. We had a great spot for our 19’6 van. Beautiful property, the kids enjoyed the campfire and the friendly dog, Borris.
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Callan B.recommends
November 14, 2022
Site 4 orchard
Beautiful spot tucked away on minutes from the M1 motorway. Plenty of space. Great for the kids who loved the friendly giant Boris.
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Chris C.recommends
November 13, 2022
Site 2 - Fern Gully
Great spot, easy to find 10mins off the M1. Les was great, friendly and happy to let you choose from several camp sites on his property. Big old Borris the golden retriever was also very friendly and happy to hang around.
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Paula J.recommends
November 7, 2022
Site 2 - Fern Gully
Fantastic tent camping
Absolutely lovely! Marvellous host in Les. Really nice spots with lots of space, pretty views and awesome fire pits. We would stay again! Highly recommend.
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Reece B.recommends
November 5, 2022
Site 1 - Fern Gully
Camping
Such a nice place to camp and the host was great would recommend
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Emma D.recommends
October 31, 2022
Site 3 - Fern Gully
Les was happy as Larry to help us find a prime spot. By a little pond with relatively good privacy from others on the lot. Boris was a gentle giant. Would be back!
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Melinda C.recommends
October 31, 2022
Site 1 - Fern Gully
Serenity with a friend named Boris
Fern Gully is an incredible place to camp, it’s only 1.5ish hours from Sydney, 20-30 minutes to the beaches yet you feel miles away. Les is easy going and happy to have a chat, his dog Boris is super friendly and got along great with our Labrador. We did an overnight stay, there were around 4 other groups set up but it felt like we were there alone. We camped by the dam which was serene, but we definitely needed the aeroguard. We would return in a heartbeat!
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Taylor K.recommends
August 21, 2022
Site 1 - Fern Gully
I absolutely loved my 2night get away at Les’s property. I could have easily spent a few weeks there - set up amongst the most serene bush views, a fire and a cuppa. Thoroughly enjoyed my chats with Les and having cuddles with Les’s dog Boris. Looking forward to coming back!
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Morgan R.recommends
August 13, 2022
Site 4 orchard
Fern Gully was great for us for a quick stopover but would also be great for a longer stay. It was easy to find (gps was spot on; look for a fern gully sign on the right side of the road) and there was plenty of space with fire pits available. Les the host was friendly and accommodating to our late arrival. We were also happily greeted by a big fluffy dog! :)
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Rosie V.recommends
June 13, 2022
Site 1 - Fern Gully
Nice spot
Nice spot camping next to a pretty dam. Les has done a great job creating camping spots on his property. Les is friendly and helpful. Easy access to central coast sight seeing.
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Michael D.recommends
June 4, 2022
Site 1 - Fern Gully
Great Break from the Rat Race!
Les was the nicest and most friendly host you could ask for. Made sure we had plenty of wood and showed us the beautiful property. Boris the big friendly dog was awesome too. The property was quiet, spots are secluded and despite there being a few dams on the property we didn’t see a single mozzie! Peaceful shady camping with a fire. Perfect!
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