1 / 371

Hawkesbury River Rural Campground

· Wisemans Ferry, New South Wales
350 acres hosted by Gordon M.
1 lodging site · 4 Vehicle/Tent sites
Gordon is a Star Host
Star Hosts are highly rated, responsive, and committed to providing incredible experiences.
Creature comforts
Enjoy the comforts of home at some sites—including flush toilets, showers, and a kitchen.
Private sites
100% of recent Hipcampers say the sites felt private.
Amazing views
Hipcampers say this spot has amazing views.
We do this because we believe humans in nature bring out the best of human nature. The 350 acres comprises of native bushland, riverside mangroves and cleared pastures. It is completely surrounded by the Marramarra National Park. The property dates back to early English settlement and is entwined into the Hawkesbury’s rich history. There are a number of activities that can be experienced on the farm including kayaking, bushwalking, fishing, crabbing (in warmer months) and boating to name a few. These campsites suit self-contained campers who bring their own camping toilet/shower and drive 4WD or AWD vehicles. It's not advisable to use a 2WD vehicle to come along our road due to it's condition, we are currently waiting for Hornsby Council to repair and maintain the approach road to the property. knowing I've highlighted my concerns about the road allows me peace of mind that guests have been informed. We have a toilet and warm shower available if needed up at the farm cottage. The cottage is also for rent which is clean and cosy with two queen sized bedrooms that open out onto the wrap around verandah which over looks the Hawkesbury River. It has a self-contained kitchen with a gas oven and separate island style gas cooktop. The small fridge is also gas but there is a 12v fridge that runs off solar too, the kitchen is equipped with cooking utensils, tea and coffee, oil, salt and pepper and dishwashing liquid etc. There is a nice living and dining area in the cottage with a wood burning fire for heat if needed, firewood is supplied free of charge when renting the cottage. Also there is a large undercover outdoor living area with a barbeque. The cottage is powered by solar so things like hair dryers, microwaves and any high powered electrical equipment can not be used. The battery packs recharge during sun light hours so any mobiles or alike should be charged up during the day. There is a back up generator in case there's a problem so you will always have power one way or another. The cottage comes with it's own private jetty which gives you another means of transport, bring your own boat or arrive by water taxi. There is access to a drinking water supply which comes from a natural spring high up in the sandstone cliffs which can also be shown to you if you don't mind a hike. Arriving by boat or taxi is an option also, as there are a number of water taxi services from Brooklyn who will ferry you to the farm at a cost. Campground 2 is the smaller of the two sites but comes with its own private jetty and water access. It also boasts it's own bathroom, with toilet and shower for exclusive use by campground 2 guests only. Campground 1 is much larger and can be adapted to whatever the campers needs are, it has fantastic views of the surrounding cliffs and is only five minutes walk from the jetty and amenities. Campground 3 has a communale jetty and a boat/jet-ski slip, it consists of three designated campgrounds each holding 8 people. Extras can be added depending on the occupancy of the other sites. The towing of traditional caravans along our approach road is not advised at the moment however we are working on improving that. Rubbish and recycling facilities are also catered for too. We supply fishing gear and crab pots for a small cost, but you have to bring your own bait for both. We also offer a $10 cow feeding experience which the kids love, in fact everyone does. Firewood can be gathered in amongst the trees surrounding the camp sites, but we can supply wood if needed, please see Extras. Enjoy the evenings telling tall tales around the campfire. You may experience a number of animals throughout your stay including native birds, cows, goannas, wallabies and bush turkeys. There are a number of walks in the surrounding area that we can provide information on if you're wanting to explore. On our adjoining property (40 acres) there is an amazingly beautiful waterfall with a little refreshing dip pool at the base. This is obviously only appreciated when there has been some good rain in the area. There are also cafes and pubs in the nearby towns that can be enjoyed plus a fantastic Thai restaurant located just across the river at Spencer. If you are truly looking for a rural camping experience then look no further than the Hawkesbury River Rural Campground, we will do everything possible to make your stay enjoyable. On the southern shore of the Hawkesbury upstream from Mangrove Creek in Haycock Reach. Peter Hibbs (1762-1847) was a seaman who was a member of Governor Phillip’s party which explored the Hawkesbury. In 1823 he was granted 60 acres here. He is buried in the Wisemans Ferry Cemetery at Laughtondale. Reed gives “Cooranggoorah” as meaning “grass tree”. The Aborigines used the gum from these to attach spear heads and for a variety of other purposes. These grasstrees are abundant in much of the Hawkesbury sandstone region. Access by road: Hawkesbury River Rural Campground is approximately a 1 hour and 50-minute drive from Sydney CBD, a 2-hour drive from Gosford or a 3-hour drive from Newcastle CBD. The road is sealed for the most part except for the last 3 km’s which is unsealed and can be rough at times. Arrival before dark is advised. Access by water: Hawkesbury River Rural Campground is approximately a 35-minute boat ride from Brooklyn Marina and Hawkesbury River Train Station. You may take your own boat or catch a Water Taxi which we can help organise. Hawkesbury RIver Rural Campground 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.
Natural features
River, stream, or creek
Select a site
Filter by
Loading sites...
Wisemans Ferry, New South Wales, AustraliaTraditional, ancestral territory of Dharug First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Gordon M.Joined in October 2021
Response rate: 100%Response time: Within 4 hours
103 Ratings · 93 reviews
Phill P.recommends
November 28, 2023
Hawkesbury River Rural Campground 3
5 ⭐️
Despite the weather we had an amazing time, beautiful spot, Gordon was an incredible host, can’t wait to go back for a long weekend.
Alex C.recommends
November 26, 2023
Hawkesbury River Rural Campground 1
Our new go to camp spot
Gordon is an absolute legend! Very accommodating! The property is amazing, so big, very isolated, stunning views and great facilities. The facilities are immaculate, as were the well maintained sites. Amazing remote style camping right I. The water and only an hour and a half from Sydney cbd! Will be our new regular weekend away spot!!
Jennifer S.recommends
November 19, 2023
Hawkesbury River Rural Campground 1
Great Campsite & Great Host
What a fantastic campground only to be outdone by the host Gordan himself. First and foremost, the drive to the camp site is where the journey begins. Campers should take the opportunity to enjoy ride and soak in the scenery. Additionally, the campsites itself with picturesque view of the cliff on one side and a bountiful view of the river on the other. The sites are lush with green grass so you dont have to worry about mud when it gets a little wet. Secondly, the facilities were outstanding with hot showers, really clean toilets and water supply readily available. My family and friends with young children was very comfortable throughout our stay. Finally, the best part of the campsite was Gordan's hospitality. He is the perfect host, we have been to several camping grounds in the past and Gordan and his family are by far the best host. Gordan and fam made sure we were well looked after, recommendations on what area of his land to visit and ensured we had easy access to all the facilities his beautiful acreage had to offer. 1000% would recommend and no doubt will be back with plenty of visits to come in the future.
Trista C.recommends
November 18, 2023
Hawkesbury River Rural Campground 2
The campsite is beautiful, we would definitely be coming back if that’s ok. Gordon, the host is very nice and friendly. Such a great weekend getaway camping experience for us all 😁
John Y.recommends
November 18, 2023
Hawkesbury River Rural Campground 3
Fantastic place, fantastic hosts, fantastic people. Came with my son & two of his mates and Gordon made it such a memorable experience, thank you. I’m already planning our next visit. There’s something here for everyone. Could not recommend the experience more highly. Thanks again.
Polly G.recommends
November 14, 2023
Hawkesbury River Rural Campground 1
Gordon’s property is stunning and really well spread out so that it gives the illusion that you have the place all to yourself. He’s a generous host and we will definitely be back.
Campers also viewed...
More camping spots nearby
Things to do nearby

Safety partners

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.