Camping

Looking to escape from the city and get back to nature? Want to get away from technology and out of phone service?

 

Chapman Valley is a family owned Horse and Cattle property just 2 hours northwest of Sydney, and 1 hour from Pokolbin (Hunter Valley). Offering secluded bush campsites with no size restrictions.

The campsites are an affordable option for families looking to escape for the weekend – or perhaps a week, or more!

Even better … kids 16yrs and under camp for free!

Our campsite locations have been chosen for their private location and remote feeling. Each campsite gives you the feeling that you’re the only person on the property – with no other campers in sight!

You can even hire camping gear!

Glamping Tents
$120
Per Night

Arrive at Chapman Valley to your very own private campsite – already set up for you!
And of course no-one likes packing up, so we’ll do that for you too!
Just think how much extra time that will give you to relax in the serenity…

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Private Bush Campsite
$10
Per Night

Our campsite locations have been chosen for their private location and remote feeling. Each campsite gives you the feeling that you’re the only person on the property – with no other campers in sight! Please note there are no facilities in our private bush campsites and you will need to bring everything with you.

Shared Communal Campsite
$10
Per Night

With two large flat paddocks with plenty of room for everyone to spread out, you’re just a short walk from our toilets.

Please note, there are no showers on the property – however, we can give you information of a nearby (clean and maintained) public shower.

Camping Guidelines

The Chapman family kindly opens their property to campers who are seeking a quiet weekend away in the Australian bush. We ask all visitors to do their part to ensure that we don’t ‘love the bush to death’ but rather learn to respect and understand its opportunities and constraints.

Please respect the family property by following these guidelines.

“Take only photographs – leave only footprints.”

Campsite:

  • To protect the land, avoid camping in low or poorly drained areas where soil or vegetation may be easily damaged; look for harder ground or sandier soils.
  • Use tents which don’t require trenches and which are self-supporting. Tying tent ropes to trees can easily ringbark trees and cause them to die.
  • Where possible, ensure enclosed footwear is worn – especially if bushwalking – to help prevent injuries from sticks, rocks and of course snake and spider bites!

Toilets:

  • Use toilets where provided.
  • If using your own toilet, please ensure you take all waste with you.
  • Alternatively, dig a hole at least 30cm (12 inches) deep. Bury waste including paper (but not plastic bags) under the soil to encourage decomposition and to discourage animals – far away from the campsite.

FINES APPLY FOR TOILET WASTE LEFT BEHIND

4WDing:

  • Please ask us for permission before exploring the property. There may be other activities happening on the property that you need to know about (no-one wants a tree fallen on their car!).
  • All vehicles must be Registered and have Comprehensive Car Insurance.
  • Use only defined roads and tracks as off-road driving may lead to tyre punctures, getting lost, bogged, hurt or stranded.
  • Drive slowly around wildlife and cattle.

REMEMBER – We use these tracks for Horse rides, so please drive slowly and BEWARE OF HORSES especially on corners.

Rubbish:

  • Take all rubbish with you. If you carry it in – carry it out! Bring plenty of rubbish bags for this purpose.
  • Do not bury rubbish as animals will dig it up.
  • Do us a favor and pick up other people’s rubbish if you find it. Thank you.

FINES APPLY FOR RUBBISH LEFT BEHIND.

Fire:

  • Notify us if you intend on lighting a campfire.
  • Burn only fallen dead wood that can be collected from around your campsite (no chainsaws!).
  • Keep the fire small to reduce the risk of it spreading.
  • Please do not put glass in the fire! Once you head home, our friendly cattle like to examine the coals, and often cut themselves if bottles and other glass have been thrown in.
  • Be sure your fire is extinguished before departure –use water! Check it several times – to be absolutely sure. If a fireplace is still warm, it is NOT out. Don’t just cover it – dowse it with water!! (fines apply if campfire is left unattended throughout your stay or smouldering after you leave).
  • Be aware of total fire ban days. (Ask us!) During a Total Fire Ban, you cannot light, maintain or use a fire in the open, or carry out any activity in the open that causes, or are likely to cause a fire.
    If in doubt, don’t light it. Save yourself the fines and the embarrassment;
    Lighting a fire on a day of Total Fire Ban attracts an on the spot fine of $2,200. If the matter goes to court, you could be fined up to $5500 and/or 12 months gaol.
    Penalties for a fire that escapes and damages or destroys life, property or the environment can attract much greater fines and gaol terms with maximums at $132,000 and/or 14 years gaol.

Please contact us if you would like more details or to make arrangements.