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Stanwell Park Beach looking NorthOtford Cottage is close to a variety of local attractions by car. Just a five minute drive to the Seacliff Bridge, Stanwell Tops and  Stanwell Park. On a visit to Stanwell Park you could include the Art Gallery, several café’s, its famous beach & kiosk, whale watching (in season from the cliff tops) and surfing. A bushwalk along the Wodi Wodi track at Mt Mitchell affords spectacular views of the coastal environment. Image - Stanwell Park beach looking north, taken from a hang glider.

Helensburgh, also only a 5 minute drive, attractions include Helensburgh Pool - Walker Street (free entry), the Golf Driving Range, several café’s, shops and Coles supermarket, Symbio wild life park and Kelly’s Falls. There are two Golf Courses: Boomerang Public and the Illawarra Golf Club at nearby Darkes Forest.  Tumbling Waters Retreat is also only a few minutes drive from Otford Cottage. Image - Stanwell Park beach.

Activities within walking distance of the Cottage

Kookaburra & Rainbow Lorrikeets on the back deckRelax and unwind on the north facing deck enjoying sunshine all day, along with the peaceful and tranquil surrounds of the abundant bird life. Image - kookaburra & king parrots.


  • Resident Bower Bird!
  • Kookaburra’s
  • King Parrots
  • Eastern Rosellas
  • Eastern Spinebills
  • Catbird
  • Crimson Rosellas
  • Red Browed Firetails
  • Splendid Wrens
  • Wonga Pigeons
  • Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoos
  • Magpies
  • Currawongs

Bushwalking - take a bushwalk into the Royal National Park. Walks can start right from your front door.

Links - check out our links page for a variety of activities within a short distance of Otford Cottage.

Play tennis just across the road on a hard court. The court is available for hire by calling in to the Otford Pantry to pay and collect the keys. Booking in advance is recommended. 

Horseriding a 5 minute walk away from Otford Cottage

Horseriding - in the Otford Valley - Image of Otford Valley Farm -

Hangliding for the daring and adventurous! Meet my husband Phil, a former National Hangliding Champion! Bald Hill is within walking distance of the cottage. Image - hang gliding over Stanwell Park beach.

Mountain bike riding - Bike riding through the Royal National Park for the very enthusiastic. (You would need to supply your own bike).

Hangliding at Bald Hill a 15 minute walk from Otford Cottage

Yoga at Govinda Valley Retreat

The Otford Pantry - Otford
Contact Alicia on 4294 1243. Sit opposite the Otford Pantry on the escarpment with one of the most magnificent views on the south coast. Humpback and southern right whales migrate annually along the NSW South coast line heading north throughout June and in the first week of July, and return southwards from around September to November.

The MS Sydney to Wollongong Bike Ride passes through Otford on the 1st weekend in November.