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Otford Park

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48 reviews
· Otford, New South Wales
6 acres
3 sites
3 RV/Tent
Otford is a historic village in a valley between Sydney and Wollongong, and bounded by the Pacific ocean. Our private acreage backs onto the southern tip of the Royal National Park, so the outlook from the campsite is all leafy trees. Walk to lookouts over the ocean, hike down to the beach or a few minutes drive to dog friendly beaches. Our access track to the camping sites has been repaired with a deep layer of asphalt but still best suited to 4WD. . There is also the option of parking roadside, and walking in approx 400m to the sites. Please message us if unsure about your vehicle. IMPORTANT PLEASE READ 1. Please let us know if you are bringing a dog/dogs - we have horses, house dogs, chickens & wildlife plus likely other campers close by, so need to be forewarned. Dogs must be on lead or contained at all times. 2. 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 vehicle sites are still available :) and that your vehicle is suitable for our track. Maximum length is approx 5m. Please scroll through the photos to see our amenities and camping sites. 3. We limit the number of people staying at any one time, so weekends book up quickly. That said, due to Covid and weather, people often cancel at the last minute too, so if we are currently booked out, it's always worthile checking again closer to the date for any availability. We are on acreage (approx 6 acres) in Otford, surrounded by forest, 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 - so the perfect spot to stop, unpack and then go exploring. Max of 3 camp sites booked at a time. 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 20kg (roughy 1 - 1 1/2 produce bags full) 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 town water available. Kitchenette We have a tiny house mobile kitchenette with sink, basic table wear, microwave, kettle, toaster, single hot plate, mini bar fridge & USB ports. The microwave, kettle, toaster & small single hot plate run off a silent 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 & torches. You'll also find 6 comfy directors chairs stored within the kitchenette, and a deck of cards, cricket bat & Bocce ball game set. "Nature Calls" We have a new long drop compost toilet - only human waste & toilet paper please. A small bin is provided for sanitary products etc. Please leave the bushland surrounds free of solid waste. Outdoor & Indoor Showers Warm water is heated by LPG gas bottles - please help conserve water and gas 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 :) CONTACT: If you want me to send you more photographs of the camping sites/facilities , you can look up Otford Park or OtfordParkCamping on Facebook and contact me through there (can't send photos etc via HipCamp messages yet) 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 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. Necessities/consumables We have a supply of toilet paper, hand wash, hand sanitiser, insect repellent , fire lighters, mossie coils, matches, dish soap, paper towels and spray disinfectant. Its an honour system for use just while you're here, so please don't take them home with you. If you need to buy toilet paper for your next journey, just ask me. WHAT'S NEARBY: - easy walk to Otford railway station - easy walk to our free local tennis court just down the road - 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 or go further north to the many stunning beaches of the Royal National Park such as Garie, Burning Palms, Wattamolla - Darkes Forest - for trail horse riding, and the Glenbernie Orchard, for fresh apple and stone fruit produce and apple picking tours * * * * * * * * * * Off Leash Beaches - If you have a dog , it will probably love the northern end of Stanwell Park beach its been designated an off-leash area, north of the creek. - park your carpark of Park Parade. Sharkey's Beach, Coledale. A dedicated off-leash beach for dogs and surfers alike, all year round. Approx 10 min drive south. * * * * * * * * * * Others Sights & Activities - 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. HIP CAMP REVIEWS When reading and leaving reviews , please have a heart towards your camp hosts. The way the rating % works, it takes about 111 positive reviews out 112 reviews, to over-ride that 1 negative. So for the average Hipcamp, it takes a looong time, to get back to 99 or 100% positive feedback. If you have an issue onsite, please raise it immediately. I know the majority of hosts will try and rectify it for you.
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Otford, 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 Natasha W.Joined in November 2021
97%
51 ratings · 48 reviews
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Bree H.recommends
December 3, 2022
Arena LHS fits 2 cars/tents
Tranquil camping
Natasha was super welcoming and the space was so tranquil. Surrounding were well maintained and they had everything you needed for a little overnight trip. We bought our pup and he had the best time going on the walks around and we all enjoyed the fire underneath the stars. Super quiet and close to everything but far enough away that you feel secluded. 100% will be back and most definitely recommend!
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David T.recommends
December 3, 2022
Arena LHS fits 2 cars/tents
Beautiful campsite amongst all the trees. All facilities are thoughtfully provided. We had a great time!
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Rachel M.recommends
December 2, 2022
Arena RHS - fits 2 cars/tents
Beautiful escape amongst the trees to slow down and hear the sounds of nature
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Bronwyn S.recommends
November 27, 2022
Arena LHS fits 2 cars/tents
Great stay. Only 1 hour from Sydney; and close to so many beautiful sites. We loved the dog beach at north Stanwell Park beach. Great host and facilities. We’ll be back
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Richard B.recommends
November 27, 2022
Tent only site
Nice but can be better.
Nice secluded spot with fantastic shower/toilet facilities. We enjoyed our stay. Roosters were up from 3.30am which was pretty early when in a tent! Two wheel drives will struggle to access the property after any rain and camp ground is on a sand base equestrian arena. I also wouldn’t bother with the $20 fire wood as this was just old fence posts that just smoked and not burned. That being said, the site is secluded and surrounded by beautiful trees and wildlife. We were the first to use the new gas shower facilities and environmentally friendly toilet. These were very well done and a great amenity to the camp site.
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Kelly I.recommends
November 26, 2022
Tent only site
This is such a great place for campers especially for beginners who still want the amenities. Conveniently located to cafe, look-outs & shops if needed. Steep walk up to the look-out so hike shoes are recommended. The horses were a pleasure and really friendly. Natasha is a gracious host that left me to enjoy nature, disconnect & unwind, and checking in in the evening to make sure I was a-ok! I’d definitely recommend if you’re looking for a nice quiet place that isn’t crowded ☺️
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Rachel D.recommends
November 24, 2022
Arena RHS - fits 2 cars/tents
Camping around a forest
Natasha and her partner were very welcoming when we arrived and made sure we had everything we needed. There is a great setup available that offers a kitchen and cooking facilities. There is a bathroom, shower and wash room available at the main camping area. It's a beautiful space to set up for the night and enjoy nature. The driveway is quote steep and long vehicles might struggle getting up but I managed it in a Toyota Hiace. I definitely recommend!
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Andy K.recommends
November 7, 2022
Arena LHS fits 2 cars/tents
Beautiful place, beautiful people
We loved our night at Otford Acres! We wanted tranquility - where we could enjoy each other’s company, some nice cheeses and wines in the light of a fantastic fire pit - and that’s exactly what we got! It felt like we were in the middle of a rainforest, in the middle of nowhere. Natasha went to great lengths to squeeze us in - and her awesome husband provided some excellent recommendations of dog-friendly beaches, pubs and recommended some great places to eat, shop and drink. We’ll certainly be back - next time with friends! Thanks guys - keep up the great work!
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Cameorn S.recommends
September 26, 2022
Tent only site
Natasha was a great host. She was super inviting and had great communication. The camp site was fantastic, with the indoor kitchen being a great touch!
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Dave H.recommends
September 24, 2022
Arena LHS fits 2 cars/tents
Thanks for having us. We loved staying at Natasha’s property. Great flat spot for our camper trailer. Super close to Sydney yet you feel so remote. Would definitely recommend.
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Kate A.recommends
September 18, 2022
Arena RHS - fits 2 cars/tents
Camping at Otford was absolutely perfect. The spot was lovely and Natasha was such a great host. We loved the short drive to standwell park beach where we could chill and surf with our doggie. Natasha went the extra step to make sure we had a wonderful time. The little kitchen was a perfect supplement to our outdoor setup. Highly recommended!
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Danny K.recommends
February 21, 2022
Tent only site
Otford Acres
We had a great time at Otford Acres. Peaceful camping spot. Natasha was a very helpful host. Shot drives to very picturesque coast line. Will definitely visit again 👍
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Angela H.recommends
February 17, 2022
Arena LHS fits 2 cars/tents
Quite secluded bush camp close to the ocean. We had the place to ourselves. The camp kitchen was a bonus.
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Aven P.recommends
February 14, 2022
Arena RHS - fits 2 cars/tents
Lush property near the royal national Park. Awesome trailer with kettle, outlets, and sink for washing up! Heaps of space and privacy. Loved it thank you Natasha.
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Amy H.recommends
February 13, 2022
Arena RHS - fits 2 cars/tents
Excellent facilities in a peaceful spot, will definitely stay longer next time!
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Kiara A.recommends
February 12, 2022
Arena RHS - fits 2 cars/tents
We stayed with Natasha and the space was perfect. It was a really chilled out camp site with easy access to the surrounding area of Otford. Natasha was a great host and we would definitely stay again.
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Peter B.recommends
February 11, 2022
Arena RHS - fits 2 cars/tents
Camping in a secluded forest
This is a lovely shaded flat and spacious camp site with great cooking facilities in the Kitchenette. The host was fabulous being very attentitive to ensure all my needs were met and that I was comfortable.
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Nina S.recommends
February 9, 2022
Tent only site
Camping at Natasha's was easy and comfortable! Camped in the arena nearby one other camper, but easy to keep to ourselves. Camp kitchen fully stocked and toilets were available to us. Natasha was lovely and greeted us and showed us around the beautiful property. Thanks a lot!
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Sam P.recommends
January 31, 2022
Arena RHS - fits 2 cars/tents
Good stay. Hot water shower. Everything you need for a relaxing trip
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Cathryn M.recommends
January 30, 2022
Arena LHS fits 2 cars/tents
Perfect for the one night. Lots of nice little extras- the cabin with power, wood, tables and chairs. Quiet and secluded.
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Genevieve R.recommends
January 26, 2022
Arena RHS - fits 2 cars/tents
Great place to camp with large flat area for our camper trailer. So close to a selection of beaches. Host was super helpful and although the access looked tight we were able to get in and out.
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John C.recommends
January 23, 2022
Site 4 - Otford Acres by Royal National Park
Beautiful spot
Natasha is very nice and has a beautiful property
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Bronwyn H.recommends
January 23, 2022
Tent only site
It was quiet, secluded and such a wonderful nature space for kids to explore. Will definitely be returning.
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Melanie C.recommends
January 20, 2022
Tent only site
Excellent camp spot, beautiful rainforest setting close to Bungo Beach and Helensburgh. Natasha and Peter were extremely hospitable and saw to our every need. Great to have chats about local history too!
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Damien R.recommends
January 12, 2022
Arena LHS fits 2 cars/tents
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.
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Katy G.recommends
January 10, 2022
Tent only site
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.
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Keyu Z.recommends
January 8, 2022
Arena RHS - fits 2 cars/tents
Facilities/ pet friendliness/ ease of access to fireplace
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Keyu Z.recommends
January 8, 2022
Arena RHS - fits 2 cars/tents
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.
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Vanna M.recommends
January 7, 2022
Arena RHS - fits 2 cars/tents
Beautiful Setting and Lovely Host
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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Cate C.recommends
January 7, 2022
Arena LHS fits 2 cars/tents
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.
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