Hipcamp host Natasha W.,
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IMPORTANT PLEASE READ

1. Please let us know if you are bringing a dog/dogs - we have horses & wildlife plus likely other campers close by, so need to be forewarned

2.   If you only have a 2wd car , super wet conditions can make it difficult to access the camping sites. There is off-street parking at the base of the track

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IMPORTANT PLEASE READ

1. Please let us know if you are bringing a dog/dogs - we have horses & wildlife plus likely other campers close by, so need to be forewarned

2.   If you only have a 2wd car , super wet conditions can make it difficult to access the camping sites. There is off-street parking at the base of the track if necessary

If you need to camp out of your 4WD RV (such as a roof top tent), please contact me before booking to ensure those two particular 4WD accessible sites are still available :) and that your vehicle is suitable  

We are on acreage (approx 6 acres) in Otford, backing onto the very southern end of the Royal National Park Sydney/Wollongong.  Sleep under the stars, and to the hoot of our local owls, and yips of the gorgeous feather-tail gliders.   Lovely, peaceful and private in a bushland backdrop but so close & just a walk to famous sites, beaches, cafes and bushwalking.  

Max of 3 camp sites  Each camp site is within shouting distance of each other, so if looking for absolute privacy, please talk to me first. As bookings come through, I assess the number of people booked for a site, and adjust availability on the others accordingly (such as blocking the rest of the day/s to prevent over-crowding)

Our site  is the perfect place to camp in comfort and safety, when taking an overnight rest after the long backpacking trek from Bundeena.

We have firewood available for our cosy camp firepits (one firepit available for each site) - we start each guest group with a courtesy couple of logs.   Then  an extra stash at approx 25kg for $20  - can pre-book or pay on site for extra firewood.  Heaps of kindling around on the forest floor.  Please leave large and rotting logs alone for wildlife.

Fresh townwater available.   

Kitchenette We have a tiny house mobile kitchenette with sink, basic tablewear, microwave, kettle, single hot plate, mini bar fridge & USB ports.   The microwave, kettle & small single hot plate run off a solar generator , so please only one appliance (less than 2000watts) to be plugged in at a time.  You can also use the facility to recharge your mobile phone. 

You'll also find 6 comfy directors chairs stored within the kitchenette

"Nature Calls"  At this stage, every visiting group is provided with a portable Thunder toilet, waste is disposed of correctly at the end the stay, and facilities sanitised.  Please leave the bushland surrounds free of waste. 

QUIET HOURS:

To respect other campers who may be staying,  and our amazing nocturnal wildlife,  our quiet hours are 10pm to 7am, when noise is asked to be kept minimal.  Such an exception would be event times like New Years Eve.   

We have found that camping is a great way to reset your Circadian rhythm - waking and sleeping according to the natural light & darkness , and a drink around a crackling camp fire super relaxing :) 

WHAT TO EXPECT:

 We have horses, poultry, dogs and abundant wildlife so visiting pets must be either caged or leashed at all times.  

As its a sanctuary for wildlife - absolutely No Hunting is permitted.   Wildlife can be loud at times - morning and night, from the wild deer that wander through, to domestic roosters that like to visit.  Its a bit 'farm country and wild bushland' tucked between Sydney and Wollongong

 We hope to soon have a hot shower available, but for now guests must be self-sufficient in that regard or use the beach facilities.

Caravans/large motorhomes cannot access the rear of our property, due the narrowness of the track, but no problem for the many 4wd style camper vehicles.

WHAT'S NEARBY:

- easy walk to Otford railway station,

- easy walk up to Bald Hill lookout (famous for its hang-gliding and view of the Seacliff Bridge).

- walk to Otford Lookout and the start of the many trails through the Royal National Park or the hike down (about 20 to 30min) to Bulgo beach to swim, fish or snorkel.  Be sure to take water & wear comfy shoes

- quick walk to the hidden entrance of  the historic abandoned Otford railway tunnel entrance -its also an interesting and fun way to walk to Stanwell Park beach!

Otherwise its just few minutes drive to Stanwell Park beach and Coalcliff Beach   - all clean and beautiful

- Four km to Symbio Wildlike Park - a lovely day out to see both exotic animals such as cheetahs or more local cuddly koalas and opportunities to hand feed kangaroos and wallabies.  A water theme park will keep the kiddies entertained and cool too

- On the way to Symbio is the beautiful Kelly's Falls - part of the Garrawarra State Conservation area & historic Princess Marina Cliff Walk.  

- Seacliff Bridge - Not to be missed and part of the Grand Pacific Drive along the South East Coast,  Seacliff Bridge is now an iconic Australian landmark.  It beautifully hugs the huge sandstone cliffs around the ocean, and is popular to tourist and film makers alike.

- Cafes - yum!   Easy walk to the Otford Pantry on the corner of Domville Rd and Lady Wakehurst Drive, open weekends for great coffee and pastries, overlooking the ocean.  Then many other cafes in nearby Stanwell Park and Helensburgh

- We are situated in a valley, with the Illawarra train line about 500m to 1km away,  so occasionally you might here a coal train passing,  or more interesting on many weekends the historic Cockatoo Run steam train comes through around 10am and on its return approx 6pm.  If children are at the station waiting to see it,  the drivers usually oblige with a friendly toot of the steam horn.

- Horse Riding - Book ahead for trail rides at either the local Otford Farm in Lloyd Place,  or can drive to Darkes Forest Riding Ranch

- Wodi Wodi track at Stanwell Tops - if you're fit and love a challenging hike, the Wodi Wodi track can take you from the Hanging swamp around and down to Coalcliff.  Water, comfortable shoes and insect repellent (for the odd leach) etc is essential, but the spectacular views at the top and destination make it worth it 

FOOD & PROVISIONS

Helensburgh shopping centre is just 4km drive away.   But if you're hiking on foot from the Royal National Park and would like basic provisions such as milk and bread available on your arrival, please let us know in advance, and we'll do our best to have them here.  We have a generator run mini-fridge in the kitchenette to keep such items cold, if needed.

SYDNEY, WOLLONGONG & BEYOND

Otford is 9km by car to Waterfall, Sutherland Shire,  43 km to George St, Sydney CBD,  25km to Wollongong CBD.    44km to Bondi Beach,  and 53km to Kiama.  All can be accessed by train too.  So the perfect area to set up base camp, whilst exploring greater Sydney, as well as the many beautiful spots within walking distance.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
3 sites
Up to 4 guests per site
Park at listing
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No showers
No wifi
Laundry absent
No hot tub
Camping vehicle details
Water hookup available
Generators allowed
No electrical hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Pull-through site
Max length 0.0 ft
Surface type: loose gravel
Surface levelness: requires leveling
Doesn't accommodate slideouts
Have a question? Send Natasha a message!
  • Check in: After 1PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out

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Activities

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Biking

Easy access to some of Australia's most popular bike rides along the ocean drive

Fishing

Beach fishing at local beaches

Hiking

Great point to access hiking trails through the Royal National Park

Horseback riding

Local horse riding farms

Wind sports

Walk to the famous Bald Hill to watch hanggliders and paragliders

Surfing

Famous surfing beachs - Stanwell Park, Coalcliff etc

Swimming

Wak to Bulgo beach or short drive to Stanwell Park beach etc

Wildlife watching

Beautiful bird, possum, sugar gliders, echidnas, occasional wallaby , or walk to the lookouts for whale watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Otford Acres by the Royal Nat Park in New South Wales.

Beach

Walk to beach & coastal lookouts

Forest

Surrounded by bushland backing to the Royal National Park

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Hipcamper Damien
Damien R.
recommends this listing.
(Arena LHS fits 2 cars/tents)
January 12th, 2022

Very friendly hosts and an abundance of wildlife for the kids to observe including a visit from some deers. Great campfire to relax around once kids are in bed.

Hipcamper Natasha
Response from Natasha, the Host, on January 13th, 2022

Thanks Damien - it was a pleasure to have your family to stay

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Hipcamper Katy
Katy G.
recommends this listing.
(Tent only site)
January 10th, 2022

Our family had a lovely stay on Natasha's property. It was so nice to have a fire and access to so many great walks and beautiful beaches. Natasha was very helpful and informative. She even allowed my children to feed her horses which was a highlight for them. Thank you again for some great memories.

Hipcamper Natasha
Response from Natasha, the Host, on January 10th, 2022

Thanks Katy - all your children were darlings - lovely to watch them having fun

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Hipcamper Keyu
Keyu Z.
recommends this listing.
(Arena RHS - fits 2 cars/tents)
January 8th, 2022

Facilities/ pet friendliness/ ease of access to fireplace

Hipcamper Keyu
Keyu Z.
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(Arena RHS - fits 2 cars/tents)
January 8th, 2022

Natasha was lovely and super accomodating, camping area is within a woodland area with a lot of facilities even power. Would Recommend and camp here again.

Hipcamper Natasha
Response from Natasha, the Host, on January 8th, 2022

Thanks Keyu, we enjoyed having your group stay, and appreciate all your help in reducing the footprint

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Hipcamper Vanna

Beautiful setting and lovely host

Vanna M.
recommends this listing.
(Arena RHS - fits 2 cars/tents)
January 7th, 2022

Natasha is a wonderful host and we loved camping on her beautiful property, despite the rain! We really appreciated the outdoor kitchen and Natasha made sure we had everything we needed. Our little dog loved it too! The property is close to everything but feels a million miles away. It was like staying in the middle of a rainforest. Thank you Natasha, we will definitely be back!

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Hipcamper Natasha
Response from Natasha, the Host, on January 7th, 2022

Thanks Vanna for the kind review - so hope your little family can return!

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Hipcamper Cate
Cate C.
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(Arena LHS fits 2 cars/tents)
January 7th, 2022

Natasha was really friendly, we had a great time at Otford falls. Kitchenette and bathroom well equipped and very convenient and camping site was flat and water free despite heavy rain. A little bit more 4WD driving than expected. Great cafes and beaches in nearby Stanwell Tops.

Hipcamper Natasha
Response from Natasha, the Host, on January 9th, 2022

Thanks Cate - was lovely to have you stay

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Hipcamper Rohan
Rohan C.
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(Arena RHS - fits 2 cars/tents)
January 6th, 2022

Pretty spot but depending on where you are you may not be next to your vehicle. Needs a long drop or a septic system - I spent 18 years in the Army (infantry), so happy to crap in a bucket, just want to know up front.

Hipcamper Natasha
Response from Natasha, the Host, on January 6th, 2022

Thanks Rohan, and yes our new composting toilet has been ordered and hopefully delivered in a few weeks time!

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Hipcamper Richard

Quiet, great host, but penned in

Richard B.
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(Site 4)
January 3rd, 2022

Great spot for a family to share some quality time in a safe space. Great to see the horses, and deer.

Natasha is a great host, and she really cares for the people staying on her land.

But for us we didn’t find much privacy while camping. The main space is great for campervans but it is originally an area used for training horses.

We stayed with our tent in the woodland area, but felt on show as the area was raised above the other campers so felt on stage.

Nice space, but not for us.

Hipcamper Natasha
Response from Natasha, the Host, on January 3rd, 2022

So sorry Richard that it wasn't for you. We might have to look at offering a package, for people to easily book the entire camping area out if wanted.

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Hipcamper Melanie
Melanie P.
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(Arena LHS fits 2 cars/tents)
December 31st, 2021

A feeling and experience of being remote coupled with the convenience of 1 hour drive from Sydney.
We brought tents. I'd call it light touch camping given the kitchenette, running water and proximity to a town with Coles , Cafes etc
We saw a family of deer and heard so many different birds including a few roosters!

Hipcamper Natasha
Response from Natasha, the Host, on January 1st, 2022

Thanks for your lovely review :)

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Otford Park
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