1 / 115

Otford Park by the Royal National

98%
·
· Otford, New South Wales
7 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 bathroom and kitchen facilities make it an easy experience for first time campers. 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 7 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) We usually only have two unconnected groups/families at a time. 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 buy in reclaimed hardwood to reduce the impact of logging of native forest, but also often have seasoned firewood from our own fallen trees. $20 for approx 20kg. Heaps of kindling sticks are around on the forest floor. Please leave large and rotting logs alone for wildlife. Water - Connected to Sydney Catchment drinking water, so supply isn't an issue, but we conserve where we can. Kitchenette We have a tiny house mobile kitchenette with sink, basic table wear, microwave, kettle, toaster, single hot plate, mini bar fridge ,and; USB ports. The microwave, kettle, toaster and small single hot plate run off a silent generator , so please only one heating appliance (less than 2000watts) to be plugged in at a time. You can also use the facility to recharge your mobile phone and; torches. We also provide a billy kettle, cast iron fry pan and camp fire hot plate. You'll also find 6 comfy directors chairs stored within the kitchenette, and a deck of cards, jigsaw puzzles, boardgames etc. Cricket bat, Bocce ball game, and Finish Kubbs set are stored within the timber box under the gazebo. "Nature Calls" We have a new long drop compost toilet - only human waste and; toilet paper please. A small bin is provided for sanitary products etc. Please leave the bushland surrounds free of solid waste. Gazebo Weatherproof /insect meshed gazebo and outdoor furniture. Absolutely no fires under the gazebo, otherwise it will melt and catch fire. Bluetooth Speaker Turn it on via centre button and connect to your phone. But please only use when you're the only group camping or others are fine with music played. Quiet hours between 10pm and 7am Outdoor and 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 -road walk up to Bald Hill lookout (famous for its hang-gliding and view of the Seacliff Bridge) or hike up the fire trail and around the Stony Batter headland - 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 and 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! 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 and 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.
Activities
Biking
Fishing
Hiking
Horseback riding
Natural features
Beach
Forest
River, stream, or creek
Coastal
Available sites
Filter by
Loading sites...
Location
Otford, New South Wales, AustraliaTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Avatar
Hosted by Natasha W.Joined in November 2021
98%
77 ratings · 71 reviews
Avatar
Scarlett M.recommends
February 1, 2023
Tent only site
Had such a great stay here with a group of friends. Big trees surround the camping area to keep you shaded and it’s close to the beach. Bathroom and kitchen facilities were really good and kept clean throughout our stay.
Avatar
Maddie H.recommends
January 30, 2023
Arena RHS - fits 2 cars/tents
Amazing spot! Close to some great beaches and walks. Great amenities, super clean and very clear directions. Will definitely be back!
Avatar
Curt H.recommends
January 28, 2023
Arena RHS - fits 2 cars/tents
Very nice spot! Loved the shade on a hot weekend. Enjoyed the common kitchen and lounge. Great location - easy access to the beach and hiking trails. There is quite a lot to do in the area with our kids and dog so we kept pretty busy. Highly recommended!
Avatar
Ashton T.recommends
January 25, 2023
Tent only site
Great property in the middle of the bush 5 mins from stunning beaches. The host was very accommodating and took my daughter to feed the horses and chooks which was her highlight of the trip. New toilet and shower facilities were fantastic. Better shower than mine at home. Camp kitchen was well appointed with heaps of little extras like chargers and dish washing liquid and many more. Highly recommended for a getaway so close to Sydney.
Avatar
Mariko K.recommends
January 22, 2023
Arena LHS fits 2 cars/tents
Very beautiful place with clean and tidy facilities. Also can bring your puppy. We love this place and come back again.
Avatar
Courtney B.recommends
January 18, 2023
Tent only site
Lovely spot, with warm and welcoming host. Great amenities that saved us in a wet night! Clean toilet and shower, as well as a little kitchen and outdoor gazebo. Very peaceful spot.
Avatar
Timothy N.recommends
January 17, 2023
Tent only site
Excellent facilities and perfect location! Natasha was attentive to us and it was a great first camping trip for the kids.
Avatar
Luke S.recommends
January 16, 2023
Arena RHS - fits 2 cars/tents
Beautiful Location!
Beautiful location. Friendly host. Clean amenities. Certainly enjoyed our stay and would recommend the campsite to friends and family. The walk to Bulgo Beach was a great bonus. Thanks Natasha.
Avatar
Lidija A.recommends
January 16, 2023
Arena LHS fits 2 cars/tents
We had a great time camping at Otford Acres! We had some issues getting our Toyota Camry up the steep hill and weren't able to do so, but Natasha and James were really helpful and even lent us their vehicle to help move equipment. The site itself is very spacious and open, with great bathroom and kitchen facilities, and animals galore!
Avatar
Jared S.recommends
January 15, 2023
Arena RHS - fits 2 cars/tents
Friendly and accommodating host, were able to change our booking to the next night. Lovely property and camping areas. Great facilities.
Avatar
Vivian B.recommends
January 15, 2023
Arena LHS fits 2 cars/tents
Beautifully Maintained Campsite!
We loved camping at Natasha’s place in Otford! Directions were clear, and the amenities were incredibly clean and well maintained. We loved having access to a hot shower & running water. The fire trail to walk up & out to Bald Hill was fairly steep & we were thankful to have had some sturdy shoes on. Natasha was incredibly friendly & helpful. We would definitely come back!
Avatar
Steph K.recommends
January 7, 2023
Arena RHS - fits 2 cars/tents
Natasha was a great host! The amenities are modern and spotless. The shower is hot and has great pressure and the camp kitchen has all that you need. She has gone to great lengths to ensure guests needs are accommodated for. The outlook from the campsite was beautiful with the property set in a rainforest type of environment. Would highly recommend!!
Avatar
Maria F.recommends
January 6, 2023
Arena RHS - fits 2 cars/tents
We had a great stay at Otford Park - a stunning campsite in the rainforest, incredible amenities (the nicest long-drop toilet we've ever seen and a fabulous hot shower) and great hosts. Communication was fantastic and we would thoroughly recommend.
Avatar
Hewittlara ?.recommends
January 3, 2023
Tent only site
Five star camping
We loved this campsite. Natasha and her husband were so welcoming and helpful, the camp kitchen was superb and the shower was the best I had in my trip around Australia! We enjoyed hiking from the campsite through bush and to various beaches. Would whole heartedly recommend
Avatar
Shelly H.recommends
December 30, 2022
Arena LHS fits 2 cars/tents
A farm stay close to everything
The tent camping in the arena suited us best as it was large enough for us to pitch our tent, including kitchen tent, play games and for our son to kick a footy around, without disturbing the other group camping. We had a great fire pit, perfect amenities & a warm welcoming host full of local knowledge. Would definitely recommend for couples or families! Thanks Natasha
Avatar
Michael C.recommends
December 29, 2022
Arena RHS - fits 2 cars/tents
The camp grounds were perfect for us. The shared bathroom, shower and kitchen facilities made our stay very comfortable. The space is beautiful, with lots of shade from the many trees surrounding the site. Natasha was very receptive, giving us a tour on arrival and helping us with some car troubles. Will be staying here again!
Avatar
Matthew S.recommends
December 22, 2022
Arena LHS fits 2 cars/tents
Serenity now with some great perks.
Great host and property to stay at. Animals galore, amenities are great (esp. the shower) and great spot for kids. Felt like we were a lot further from Sydney but it’s so close. Surrounded by beaches/views and most things are in reach in a few mins drive.
Avatar
Natalia D.recommends
December 20, 2022
Arena RHS - fits 2 cars/tents
The camping areas are so beautiful! Provided facilities were super clean and well thought out. Natasha was also so great in providing instructions for her property as well as local sights.
Avatar
Erin P.recommends
December 18, 2022
Tent only site
We loved this site! Natasha has such a well-thought through setup that really suited us as inexperienced car campers. All the creature comforts were available in the kitchenette + bathroom facilities. Note, the climb up the hill to the cafe was much steeper than we expected. Glad we wore our hiking boots!
Avatar
Daniel H.recommends
December 11, 2022
Arena RHS - fits 2 cars/tents
Natasha was lovely, campsite was perfect! Would recommend
Avatar
Abbey P.recommends
December 11, 2022
Arena RHS - fits 2 cars/tents
Otford
This is a wonderful property, with a lovely owner. It has fantastic amenities with a hot shower too. Beautiful views all around.
Avatar
Malin H.recommends
December 10, 2022
Arena LHS fits 2 cars/tents
Me and my friends stayed at Natasha's property and loved it. She was super welcoming and easy going. The area is well kept and is a perfect spot for someone who wants to wake up in nature but also be close to the beach. I would come back here for sure for a nice weekend getaway again 😊 I
Avatar
Brianna J.recommends
December 8, 2022
Arena RHS - fits 2 cars/tents
A picturesque landscape with gorgeous and clean outdoor amenities
Avatar
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!
Avatar
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!
Avatar
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
Avatar
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
Avatar
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.
Avatar
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 ☺️
Avatar
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!
Things to do nearby
Hipcamp is created with ❤️ and hope for our future.