Hipcamp host Chris O.,
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Premium and exclusive natural camping. Our property is located on the beautiful Karuah River in the picturesque Monkerai valley. The river is a fresh mountain river running from the foothills of Barrington tops. Most of the year the river is lovely and clear and ideal for swimming canoeing floating on airbeds fishing photography or just enjoying. There is also some really ni

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Premium and exclusive natural camping. Our property is located on the beautiful Karuah River in the picturesque Monkerai valley. The river is a fresh mountain river running from the foothills of Barrington tops. Most of the year the river is lovely and clear and ideal for swimming canoeing floating on airbeds fishing photography or just enjoying. There is also some really nice bike riding and walking opportunities around the valley although you will be on gravel roads and we are only 25 min drive from the popular Dungog mountain bike park.

You are likely to see a variety of birdlife other wildlife including black and white cockatoos ducks some lizards, occasionally wallabies, echidnas and if you are lucky a Platypus or two.  Since July  21 we have started to see platypus again in the river frequently which is great news.

You will have your campsite completely to yourself with no other camper near you . Privacy, tranquility, relaxation and just enjoying nature is waiting for you. 

Spring like conditions are hear already with the river looking beautiful and clear. All campsites are perfect for having a campfire and bring your telescope as you’ll be amazed at the stargazing at night with no light pollution.  Ideal for self-contained vans, camper trailers, medium motor homes, tents or swags, its up to you. There are no toilets so only suitable if you have your own toilet facilities and take away all waste when you leave. 

 Gloucester Dungog and historic Stroud village are  nearby as well as Barrington Tops National Park.  We have only recently offered our property for guests and we are sure you will enjoy it far more than a crowded traditional caravan park or campground.

We do now also have some limited bags of firewood for sale at $20 a bag. These are heavy bags of very dry local Hardwood. You can also collect firewood along the river banks yourself or bring your own firewood in if that is easier and more convenient for you.

In addition and most importantly it is our understanding currently that to be coming to our property all adults need to be double Covid vaccinated. We are, all of our neighbours are and we think it’s the right thing to do by the local community so you understanding and compliance is appreciated.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
4 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Park at listing
Wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Pets allowed
No toilet
Amenities
Potable water available
No kitchen
No showers
No picnic table
No wifi
Pack it out
Laundry absent
Camping vehicle details
Generators allowed
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Pull-in site
Max length 45ft
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: grass or field
Surface levelness: flat
Have a question? Send Chris a message!
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 88%

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Activities

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Horseback riding

We don’t have horseriding on our property however it is available in the area.

Paddling

The river is ideal for a canoe or sit on top type watercraft.

Swimming

For most of the year the weather is beautiful for swimming. Can be too cold in the winter but generally lovely through the warm...Read more

Whitewater paddling

There are small rapids in the river which can be fun in the kayak or canoe or surf at. However after rain the river can rise a...Read more

Wildlife watching

Quite a variety of birdlife live around the river with different species seen from early morning through till sunset. Wallabies...Read more

Biking
Fishing
Hiking

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at The Platypus Pool - Karuah River in New South Wales.

Forest

At the top of the Momkerai Valley last areas of forest that are in the foothills of the beautiful Barrington tops national park...Read more

Mountainous

A day trip from the farm takes you right up onto the top of Barrington tops which is 1500 m above sea level. Beautiful in the w...Read more

Field

Fronting the river in our paddocks or fields if you like. Lovely and green for most of the year but it is Australia and can get...Read more

River, stream, or creek

Camping right on the banks of the lovely river is certainly one of the major upsides of staying on our property.

Swimming hole

All of our campsites are right on the banks of the river with easy access for summer swimming. Caution is always required went ...Read more

Farm

Ours is a working farm running organic beef cattle. If we have time we are happy to show you around and introduce you to some o...Read more

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Hipcamper Duncan

Quiet and peaceful beside the river

Duncan H.
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(Dispersed site)
November 22nd, 2021

Lovely quiet and peaceful spot by the river. Chris is a great host & gave us a tour of the property including meeting some very young calves (my wife & daughter love baby animals!).
Note there is limited mobile reception at the campsite (good for a digital detox; a little tricky if you need to be contactable) but you can go for a short walk or drive to get solid reception.
We have already booked a return visit....

Hipcamper Chris
Response from Chris, the Host, on November 22nd, 2021

Hi Duncan, I really enjoyed meeting you and your family and being able to share some time to show you some of our cattle and new baby calves. Thanks for your kind review and look forward to seeing you again on you next visit in early 2022. Cheers, Chris

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Hipcamper Leroy

River camping par excellence

Leroy M.
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November 21st, 2021

Magical riverside escape with wildlife, swimming and plenty of space.

Hipcamper Chris
Response from Chris, the Host, on November 26th, 2021

Hi Leroy, was nice to see you guys up here again and to bring the family this time. I’m pleased you enjoyed your stay and it was great that you got to see some Platypus 👍😀. Hopefully will see you again sometime in the future. Cheers Chris

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Hipcamper Ben

Epic spot

Ben H.
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November 21st, 2021

Amazing spot and a great host, Chris mate it easy with no fuss directions. Once we arrived Chris greeted us and showed us to our site, along with some helpful tips on what to do and see around his property. The weekend was a perfect getaway. Can’t recommend this place enough, will definitely be back. Thanks Chris

Hipcamper Chris
Response from Chris, the Host, on November 26th, 2021

Hi Ben Lovely to meet you guys and pleased you enjoyed yourself. I’m sure next time you visit Will be better for bass fishing as this time is a little bit too early in the season. Anyway looking forward to seeing you and your family Again in the near future. Regards Chris

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Hipcamper Zachary

Incredible place to stay!!

Zachary W.
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November 5th, 2021

This was an absolutely incredible state. One of the best weekends I’ve had in a long time. The location is to die for it’s so beautiful and so private. Chris is an incredible host who gives you all the space in the world but also is very thoughtful and makes sure your all set up and give you know your way around.
He gave me a tour of this glorious property so I could really get out and explore. My dog had the best time as well.
This is suitable for anyone who really wants to relax in nature’s true beauty and or who really wants a fun adventure.
I cannot wait to come back !! Chris is a legend !!

Hipcamper Chris
Response from Chris, the Host, on November 7th, 2021

Hey Zac, what can I say mate. That’s a awesome and glowing review which is greatly appreciated😀. Thanks, and really pleased that you enjoyed yourself so much.. Angus and I enjoyed meeting you and Lucy too and we do hope that you can bring the family back up for a visit in the not too distant future. All the best and see you soon. Cheers Chris.

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Hipcamper Sarah

Tranquility at its best.

Sarah M.
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November 2nd, 2021

Absolutely beautiful!! A peace of paradise ❤️ Will definitely be back.

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Hipcamper Chris
Response from Chris, the Host, on November 5th, 2021

Hi Sarah, it was lovely to meet you guys and I’m really pleased you enjoyed your stay. You guys are pretty close by so any time you feel you need a weekend escape just let us know and would love to see you back up there. Cheers Chris.

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Hipcamper Alison

Beautiful property

Alison S.
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October 31st, 2021

Beautiful property. Wonderful host. Good communicator. Lots to see and do on the river.

Hipcamper Chris
Response from Chris, the Host, on November 5th, 2021

Thanks Alison,. Always a pleasure to have you and your friends come and stay so I will see you again soon and if not before at your Easter visit. Cheers

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Hipcamper Amy

Relaxation at its best!

Amy H.
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October 24th, 2021

Chris was so friendly and a lovely host of his gorgeous property. Our campsite was mowed for comfort with the river and rapids right in front of our site. We didn’t need to leave the property at all! We spent a lot of time floating on blowups and kayaking on the river, fishing, sitting by the fire, relaxing and reading. Chris took us to visit the cows snd showed us a bit of his land and where to go and look for platypus, which we did do on dusk and were lucky to see a few! Wouldn’t change a thing and it was exactly what we were after, a place to getaway and not be cramped camping around others. It’s so quiet and a beautiful area not too far away from Newcastle, was a great escape for 2 nights and covid friendly.

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Hipcamper Chris
Response from Chris, the Host, on October 30th, 2021

Hi AAMI, thanks so much for leaving a review and it was a pleasure to have you guys up at the farm. It’s a great time of the year with all the calves being born at the moment so easy to show you some of the lovely little new ones and how inquisitive they are. Also good news That you did see some of the platypus as we do have quite a lot starting to show up and spring rolls on. Look forward to seeing you guys back up at the farm sometime soon. Cheers Chris.

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Hipcamper Elizabeth

Magical escape

Elizabeth M.
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August 22nd, 2021

Magical place! Thanks for sharing with us. We will definitely be back!

Hipcamper Chris
Response from Chris, the Host, on October 30th, 2021

Hi Elizabeth, sorry I have overlooked your feedback which I really appreciate it. Would love to have you guys back sometime. Cheers Chris

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Hipcamper Shelley
Shelley Y.
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July 4th, 2021

Loved the serenity and privacy. Also loved having no phone connection. What a Beautiful part of the world

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Response from Chris, the Host, on October 30th, 2021

Hi Shelley, as we’ve been closed for months I’m sorry I’m only just noticed your nice message. Great to see that enjoy yourself and hopefully you’ll come back now the world is opening back up again. Cheers Chris

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Property
Platypus pools
State
New South Wales
Country
Australia
AU$100/night
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