Hipcamp host Jiji L.,
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Welcome to Fern Valley Ranch! 

Our newly refurbished school bus is just the experience you’ve been waiting for! Unwind on the deck with a cup of tea overlooking a serene lily pond. Tune back in to the bird life, and whistle of the breeze among the tall trees. With your own supply of chopped firewood and your exclusive fire pit, it couldn’t be easier to leave your worri

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Welcome to Fern Valley Ranch! 

Our newly refurbished school bus is just the experience you’ve been waiting for! Unwind on the deck with a cup of tea overlooking a serene lily pond. Tune back in to the bird life, and whistle of the breeze among the tall trees. With your own supply of chopped firewood and your exclusive fire pit, it couldn’t be easier to leave your worries behind.  

On the day of your stay our friendly farm manager will welcome and show you to the Bus and answer any questions you may have.

If friends/family want to camp beside the Bus with you, you can book that through our "ADD-ON for School Bus Camping" Hipcamp listing.  This is only available in conjunction with a bus booking so you need to let me know if you require this option & I will release sites for you to book.

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FARM ACTIVITIES   

(arrange with farm manager on arrival)

* Two Bush walks through lush ferns and Gymea lilies- Gymea Walk (~30min) ; Fern Valley Walk (~1.5hr) includes a perfect picnic spot on a flat rock platform.

* Paleesade Falls (10 metre high waterfall, picnic tables) (NO CLIMBING OR ENTERING THE WATER)

* Feeding animals (goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, guinea fowl, Shetland pony).

* Citrus fruit picking (seasonal)

* Kids playground

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COVID-19 VACCINATION STATUS

We are currently asking for your vaccination status no matter what it is. Please DO NOT come if you are experiencing Covid symptoms. We can arrange a reschedule.

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WAITING LIST

Should your dates be booked out, please message us to be put on a waitlist. We will contact you via Hipcamp you as soon as there's a cancellation; which is becoming more common with Covid.

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We are just 1 hour between Sydney & Newcastle; 15 min from the M1 Freeway, and 15 min to Gosford. 

THINGS TO DO IN THE CENTRAL COAST: 

- Australian Reptile Park  

- Great North Walk 

- Fire Creek Botanical Winery 

- Mount Penang Farmers Market 

- Mangrove Creek Dam 

- Many Cafes & chocolate shop 

-BEACHES: The Entrance, Toowoon Bay, Shelley, Terrigal  

- Gosford Regional Gallery 

- Edogawo Commemorative Gardens 

- Take a drive to the small village of Spencer 

- Golf clubs

Lodging provided
Onsite RV or trailer
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Up to 2 vehicles
2WD Accessible
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
Playground available
No wifi
Laundry absent
No hot tub
Have a question? Send Jiji a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 10AM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Response time: Within 12 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

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Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Hiking

Two bush walks Gymea Walk (~30 min) Fern Valley Walk (~1.5 hr)

Wildlife watching

Wild deer, rabbits

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Charming Converted School Bus in New South Wales.

Waterfall

Paleesade Falls

Farm

Cattle & Citrus

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Hipcamper Angie

Wonderful family destination

Angie W.
recommends this listing.
May 16th, 2022

We had one of our best family weekends away at Fern Valley Ranch. The bus has been wonderfully converted and was a great hit with our 5 and 7 year olds. Beyond the bus, the fire pit was fantastic for roasting marshmallows. The kids loved the tractor tour and feeding the horses and the goat. And picking mandarins directly from the trees was a real novelty. The waterfall on the property is just stunning. Dennis and his wife were very warm and welcoming. As we drove away, the kids were already asking when we were coming back!

Hipcamper Rhani

Children playground hevean

Rhani D.
recommends this listing.
May 1st, 2022

This places is the most beautiful farm.
I have ever seen. It covers all bases of the great outdoors. From Farm life, camp life to Nature Heaven … If you are looking for the simple life and money can’t buy experience, then this is the place for you. Can’t wait to make this our second home… Thank you Jiji Jiji for sharing your amazing family farm to us all. 🙌💕🌿💦

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Hipcamper Jiji
Response from Jiji, the Host, on May 8th, 2022

Hi Rhani! We are so wrapped to hear you and your daughter had a great time and want to make this your 'second home' holiday place! I look forward to meeting you next time you book. Try our camping sites too, you'll be even closer to nature! Jiji

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Hipcamper adam

Charming converted school bus stay

Adam C.
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April 20th, 2022

Spent 4 nights in the converted bus with my 6 year old. Very comfortable. Very well stocked with essentials (cooking, cleaning products etc.). Very clean & not damp (it's been raining a lot!) or draughty. Slept so well in the comfy beds & country air. The bus has an air con unit if required. Shower water strong and hot. Fire pit wood ready. BBQ clean. I really can't fault the accommodation. Jiji was super helpful & available at all times. Dave the farm manager was awesome & also available at all times, meeting you on arrival to walk you through the place. My son loved the animals & generally exploring the property. Lots for him to get involved in with the animals. We had a great time. Would highly recommend the property for camping or/and the bus, especially for groups of friends with or with out kids (V kid friendly if you keep an eye on them due to dams, ponds etc). Really enjoyed it. Thank you Jiji & Dave. You made everything easy, relaxed & Max loved just hanging out with the ducks, chickens, fish, goat, sheep etc. We will both be coming back! Thank you to the owners too for making it available and sharing what is a special place (the waterfall is amazing). 10 out of 10.

Hipcamper Jiji
Response from Jiji, the Host, on May 8th, 2022

Hi Adam, What a great review! Thank you! We are so glad you and Max enjoyed your break to the 'max'! Very glad the Bus was comfortable and warm for you too. You are lucky to have been in the Bus during all the rain events. We were closed for camping so you had the property to yourselves! Welcome back any time! My parents put their heart and soul into this property and they are always wrapped that people love it as much as they do! Jiji

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Hipcamper Anton

Camping with natural beauty

Anton B.
recommends this listing.
February 20th, 2022

Camping at Fern Valley Ranch is magic. Clean facilities, and a wide variety of things to do. A short stroll through a Gymea Lilly forest, a nearby waterfall that is amazing, and friendly animals and oranges to fill your heart and stomach. We've been back a few times now, and have already booked again. It's a hidden jewel of a location to be respected and treasured. We can highly recommend it for nature lovers and/or a short escape from the daily grind.

Hipcamper Jiji
Response from Jiji, the Host, on May 8th, 2022

Hi Anton, We're so happy to have you back again a few times now! Thank you for respecting and treasuring our farm. My parents put their heart and soul into it and it is their pride and sanctuary. Welcome back any time! Jiji

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Hipcamper Guyon

Fun for the family

Guyon C.
recommends this listing.
February 7th, 2022

We loved the comfort of the converted bus, the amazing bushwalks to the waterfalls and the kids had a great time with the farm animals and exploring the citrus orchards

Hipcamper Jiji
Response from Jiji, the Host, on May 8th, 2022

Hey Guyon, We're so glad your family enjoyed the farm. We enjoyed meeting you and doing the Fern Valley walk with you, sloshy in gum boots! Welcome back any time! Jiji

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Hipcamper Amy

Orange delight

Amy S.
recommends this listing.
February 1st, 2022

The kids loved sleeping in a bus, seeing the chickens, cows and pony.
Beautiful views all around of trees and orange groves, with gorgeous gazebos and short walks - one of them to a stunning waterfall. There was also a playground with one of the best views ever.
Wonderfully hosted too.

Hipcamper Jiji
Response from Jiji, the Host, on May 8th, 2022

Hi Amy, We're really glad you all had a great time on our farm. My parents put their heart and soul into it and are so happy people love it. Welcome back any time! Jiji

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Hipcamper Lorelei

It’s the perfect family getaway…

Lorelei L.
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January 30th, 2022

Everything about the farm was beautiful and absolutely a must go to for nature,animal lovers.The converted school bus had a lot room & beautifully done.
The waterfall on the property was magical.

The citrus farm,the tour of the farm by Dave the farmer as our kids call him.
Dave was an absolute host & such a great guide around the farm.
Us and our kids can’t wait to go back again.
The best thing is that it’s only an hour and half from Sydney.
Thank you Dave & Giji for allowing us to stay in your farm.

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Hipcamper Jiji
Response from Jiji, the Host, on May 8th, 2022

Hi Lorelei, We're so glad your whole family had a great time at our farm! Thanks for a great review. We look forward to welcoming you back again! Jiji

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Hipcamper Pamela

Comfy bus and fun farm stay

Pamela H.
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January 18th, 2022

We absolutely loved our week-end stay in the bus at Fern Valley. The bus is so well equipped with everything you need for your stay and is actually quite spacious. They have thought of every detail and the photos don’t do it justice. Dave met us on arrival and could not have been more helpful and friendly. Jiji was really responsive to messages and some last minute changes on our side. My daughter loved going on the tractor ride, feeding the animals and swimming in the river by the stunning waterfall. We highly recommend you visit this wonderful location and we can’t wait to go back.

Kids loved feeding the animals especially Charlie the horseThe waterfall was only a short walk and was a beautiful spot to cool offThe kids loved toasting marshmallowsAnimals were so friendly
Hipcamper Jiji
Response from Jiji, the Host, on January 20th, 2022

Hi Pamela, We are so happy you and your family enjoyed my family farm! Your photos are amazing, some keepers there! We look forward to welcoming you next time... with a 68 Gran in tow! ;-)

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Hipcamper Anton

Camping with animals and nature

Anton B.
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January 12th, 2022

Such a magical discovery. Only an hour north of Sydney. The reconverted bus is a bit of luxury surrounded by nature. It even has air conditioning, a shower, toilet, bunk bed and table. Extremely comfortable. Dave, the farm manager, was superb in taking our kids (aged 8 & 6), and us, around the farm to feed the cows, ducks, chickens, goats and fish. The land is fantastic to explore - waterfall walks, orange orchard, eggs to find in the morning in the chicken coup, and more. Plus nooks to sit and have lunch, or light a fire in the evening and cook up a storm. Our family loved it so much we arranged with Jiji to stay an extra night. 4 nights in all. Highly recommend.

Charming Converted School BusWe cooked every night on the open fire. But there’s also a BBQ on the balcony of the bus. Options options. Short walk to a wooden cabin and lookout Gymea lily walk
Hipcamper Jiji
Response from Jiji, the Host, on January 20th, 2022

Hi Anton We're wrapped that you all had such a magical time at my family farm. Yes, there is a lot to do around the farm you can't get bored. So stoked that you cooked every night on the fire! You took some great photos too! Always happy to arrange changes/extensions when there's availability :) Jiji

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Property
Fern Valley Ranch
State
New South Wales
Country
Australia
AU$150/night
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