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CampingStayz is the creation of Sharon and Ross Howard who love camping and sharing their love of this wonderful country.
They understand that “getting away from it all” means not having to share a campsite with strangers.
CampingStayz offers exclusive private access to quality campsites at reasonable prices.
Currently the Platypus Waterhole campsite at Hartley is available and will soon be joined by other sites in the Wolgan Valley.

If you are interested in listing your own campsite on this site contact Sharon and Ross.

Platypus Waterhole


Platypus Waterhole is two hours from Sydney and a world away from your worries.

It is located on the banks on Blackheath Creek where platypus can often be seen at dawn and dusk.

The shelter is 2km from the main homestead and is accessible only by 4WD. If you don’t have a 4WD we can arrange a shuttle.

See the map below for the exact location and directions.

Things to do

Relax, read a book or venture out to explore the historic areas of Hartley and Lithgow. You are also free to explore the surrounding property which is a working cattle station.

kitchen-area-of-shelter-at-platypus-pond-20160425The two storey camping shelter has a fully enclosed sleeping platform that sleeps at least eight people. This overlooks the internal fireplace and kitchen area with sink, running water and a preparation area. A gas BBQ is also available.

A flat grassy area next to the shelter will fit at least five family sized tents, or can be used as a great play area for the kids.


The showerThere is hot water and an open air shower. A long drop toilet is located close to the shelter.
At night the shelter is lit by solar powered lights and the glow of the

Getting to Platypus Waterhole

Meet your hosts at 12 Blaxland Road, Hartley, just off Coxs River Road and you will be escorted to Platypus Waterhole.

Getting to Platypus Waterhole

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Platypus Waterhole: -33.637221, 150.199027
Your Hosts: -33.616567, 150.198426
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Platypus Waterhole
Your exclusive private campsite
Hartley, Australia
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Your Hosts
Number 12 Blaxland Road, Little Hartley. Take the driveway on the left hand side down to the house. Please leave the gate as you find it.


Exclusive use of the whole site is $100 for your whole stay, plus $50 per night for each adult. Children are $25 per night.

Facilities at Platypus Waterhole
The surrounding area

Check out the map for things to see and do nearby.

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Coxs River Trout Fishing: -33.618050, 150.161498
Duddawarra Swiming Hole: -33.620159, 150.160275
Hyde Park Reserve - Swimming Hole: -33.531772, 150.187397
Centennial Glen Stables: -33.633237, 150.257016
Hourne Point Bushwalk: -33.600010, 150.257145
Grand Canyon bushwalk: -33.651516, 150.314705
Govetts Leap to Evans Lookout: -33.628172, 150.311337
Mount Vic Flicks: -33.590367, 150.256823
Alchemy Wood Fired Pizza: -33.566823, 150.203962
Ambermere: -33.568682, 150.206044
Old Post Office Cafe: -33.545687, 150.174716
Petalura Eatery: -33.589679, 150.255772
Mount Victoria Manor: -33.588356, 150.254087
Hartley Historic Village: -33.545186, 150.174308
Talisman Gallery: -33.546644, 150.174592
The Tiny Chapel: -33.646778, 150.164266
Mount Victoria Museum: -33.587757, 150.256780
Blackheath Rhododendron Gardens: -33.627520, 150.288039
State Mine Museum: -33.461073, 150.168986
Blast Furnace Park: -33.475124, 150.170531
Hassans Walls lookout: -33.514599, 150.150898
Glow Worm Tunnel: -33.247921, 150.223800
Jenolan Caves: -33.819802, 150.021658
Kanangra Walls: -33.985929, 150.110664
Mayfield Gardens: -33.669841, 149.770672
Platypus Pond: -33.637239, 150.199113

Our stay at Platypus Pond was a delight! Sharon and Ross were warm and welcoming. The solitude and privacy was wonderful and worth every cent. The hot water although somewhat tricky to operate was an unexpected luxury, loved the shower. We will definitely be back!

Just wanted to say again how much we enjoyed our stay at the property. Despite the weather we found it perfectly comfortable and as described - the seclusion and tranquility was exactly what we were looking for and are looking forward to seeing you again for the Australia day long weekend.

Jon Deadman, North Sydney

I spent a weekend here having a camping reunion with some old Australian friends. This place is magnificent. I love the peace and quiet. Watching the full moon rise over the hill and flood the campsite with light was breathtaking. I really wish we could have stayed longer in this wonderful part of the Blue Mountains.

Robert Ashley, Rans, Switerland
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