Hipcamp host Jiji L.,
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UNFORTUNATELY, DUE TO TO MASSIVE STORM YESTERDAY 15/1 WE ARE NOT ABLE TO ACCEPT NEW BOOKINGS TO STAY THIS WEEK UNTIL CHECK IN MON 24/1.

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 birdlife, and whistle o

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UNFORTUNATELY, DUE TO TO MASSIVE STORM YESTERDAY 15/1 WE ARE NOT ABLE TO ACCEPT NEW BOOKINGS TO STAY THIS WEEK UNTIL CHECK IN MON 24/1.

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 birdlife, 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 "Bush & Orchard Camping" Hipcamp listing.  This is only available in conjunction with a bus booking.

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)

* 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. You might be asked to show your vaccination documentation on arrival. Please DO NOT come if you are experiencing Covid symptoms.

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MINIMUM NIGHTS

* Peak (school holidays/long weekends) and Weekends- minimum 2 nights  (weekend ie. Fri/Sat or Sat/Sun). 

* Non-Peak Sunday to Thursday- minimum 1 night.

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WAITING LIST

Should your dates be booked out, please message us to be put on a waitlist. If the party cancels, we will contact you as soon as possible.

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CANCELLATION POLICY

* Peak Periods (school holidays/long weekends): Moderate- Full refund 3 days before check in time starts (less Hipcamp fees).

* Non-Peak Periods: Flexible- Full refund 24 hours before check in time starts (less Hipcamp fees).

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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
Park at listing
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins 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: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Response time: Within 12 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

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

Field
River, stream, or...

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Hipcamper Pamela

Comfy bus and fun farm stay

Pamela H.
recommends this listing.
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.

Gymea lily walk Charming Converted School BusShort walk to a wooden cabin and lookout We cooked every night on the open fire. But there’s also a BBQ on the balcony of the bus. Options options.
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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Hipcamper Thomas
Thomas J.
recommends this listing.
January 7th, 2022

The open space and intimacy of this place is really special.The land itself is very spread out across the camp sites and rarely do you see anyone most of the day.

Hipcamper Jiji
Response from Jiji, the Host, on January 20th, 2022

Thanks Thomas, we're so glad you enjoyed the tranquility and openess of our farm! Jiji

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Hipcamper Daniel

Good times on the bus.

Daniel J.
recommends this listing.
January 6th, 2022

Our family loved the bus and the farm. The property manager was fantastic and couldn’t be more friendly or helpful.
We had an amazing week and will be back again in the future. It is a really family friendly location.

Hipcamper Jiji
Response from Jiji, the Host, on January 20th, 2022

Hi Daniel, I'm so glad you enjoyed the Bus and the tranquility. You are one of our first guests so it means a lot! You're welcome back any time. Jiji

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Hipcamper Anton B.
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January 17th, 2022
Property
Fern Valley Ranch
State
New South Wales
Country
Australia
AU$150/night
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