Experience the fun of staying on a houseboat with access to our beautiful property, private river beach, bushwalks and more.
We are close to the village of Spencer, historical Wisemans Ferry as well as Indigenous art sites. Only 1.5 hours from Sydney but it feels like you're a million miles away! Fishing gear, bikes, canoes, a tinnie, wakeboard, horse experiences, homegrown produce and luxurious massage all available on request.
Have a fun, relaxing holiday adventure on our houseboat!
How's the serenity....
After leaving the bustle of the freeway behind, it's a lovely half hour drive through farmland and beautiful bush, down the mountain to Mangrove Creek. You will feel yourself exhale and start to relax as the grey gums tower over you and the cows and lyrebirds watch you go past.
Our property is on the right hand side, 3.1 kms from the start of Oyster Shell Rd. Look for the green letterbox and brick/wrought iron gates.
Go down the 'tree tunnel' driveway and veer right towards the lower paddock. Please close all gates behind you - the horses may be about!
Park next to the white marquee and you will see the wharf and your floating cabin. Please be careful on the jetty walkway as it gets quite steep at low tide.
This valley is your home away from home! Feel free to wander around, birdwatch, use the canoes to go exploring and just sink into the sweet, slow pace of river life. Go with the flow!
This is the bush so be prepared for insects (mozzies when it's been wet or humid, flies in Summer and ants all year round.) Extra repellant is a good idea if you are sensitive, but there will be some on the boat. Sunscreen and a wide brim hat is also a good idea.
The river is great for swimming, canoeing, fishing and birdwatching. There are some reels and rods available to use but please bring your own bait. (Prawns work well). Only keep fish if they are of legal size. There is a mudcrab trap available to use but please be careful if you catch one - they can be fierce!!
We share the property with two horses Max (brown) and Zach (grey) which may be wandering around. They are very friendly. Please let us know if you are nervous around horses and we will make sure they are in another paddock.
Please respect this land by not littering and leaving things 'as they are'.
Feel the majesty of the sandstone mountains and make sure you bring a camera to capture the breathtaking beauty of the setting sun reflected on the cliffs...
There are Indigenous sites nearby if you fancy a walk or bike ride. Ask if you would like more info on this.
You are free to wander all around the bottom paddock and up and down the driveway. Please refrain from hanging around the sheds or houses, but of course feel free to come and find us if you have any issues or need to use the telephone. We are in the house on the hill that you drove past. Red front door.
Please don't climb over any fences and be sure to shut any gates behind you each time.
You have unlimited access to the outdoor 'lounge room' under the white marquee. This includes the BBQ and water from the tank. Please leave it as you found it.
You have your own private sandy beach where you can swim, take out a canoe or just sit and watch the fish jump. The water is clean and slightly brackish. It leaves your skin and hair feeling wonderful!
You also have private access to the 'loo with a view'. It is a waterless, compost toilet with all the trimmings. No smell and so great for the earth! Even if you feel a bit squeamish we are sure you will enjoy this awesome toilet experience!
Spencer village (cafe, booze, lunch, supplies) is 10 minutes drive on the way to Wisemans Ferry which is half an hour. Here you will find shops, the historic (and haunted) Wisemans Ferry Hotel with great pub food and live music.
You are also 50 minutes from the beach and cinemas, shopping centres and many restaurants and cultural activities on the central coast.
Общение с гостями
We live on the property so will be around. Our house is pretty far away from the boat however, and there's trees in the way so it's very private.
We are often away as well.
We will be swimming at the beach now and then but are really friendly people! We have two teenage sons who are respectful and helpful - basically we all want your stay to be as lovely and relaxing as possible!
We are happy to assist you with anything and show you around. We are happy to have a beer by the river with you, but will not encroach on your space uninvited.
Другие важные подробности
It's important to remember that this is not 'luxury' accommodation - it is like camping but on a boat!! We recommend a maximum
of 2 adults and 2 children. The beds and mattresses provided are on the narrow side so feel free to bring supplementary bedding. If you would like to bring a tent for extra people that is fine. It's $25 extra per person per night payable on arrival. Just let us know how many people you are :)
We ask that you keep the noise down at night as sound really travels in the valley and we need to respect our neighbours.
The closest hospital is 45 minutes drive away so please be careful!
There is NO MOBILE PHONE RECEPTION!! We have wifi at the house which you can use if you must but we encourage people to have a break from technology while at The Freedom Farm!!
The shower is cold water only.
Please only use the soap and detergent provided as it all drains into the river.
The cooking facilities are all located in the outdoor camp kitchen, but there is a small 12 volt esky on the boat.
The boat is fully powered by a solar charged battery. Good for the earth. :)
BYO bedding, pillows and towels.
Please pick up all rubbish (including cigarette butts) and take it home with you.
NB due to the severe storms here in February the paddock and outdoor marquee may not look the same as they do in the photos!! The area is still fully functional and we are working hard to clean up all the fallen trees and debris.
- Leave no trace - take your rubbish and recycling home with you.
- Respect the river and only keep fish/crabs that are of a correct size
- make sure all flotations devices including canoes are always pulled up on land. The river is tidal and they will float away if left on the beach.
- Keep things quiet in the early morning and late evening.
- please inform us of any extra guests.
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