Camping at Paynes Ford

Come for a day, stay for a month. Hangdog is the perfect base for that extended climbing holiday. We have an international reputation as a fun, quirky and social campsite with a focus on the healthy outdoors lifestyle. The camp runs on a culture of honesty and mutual respect, and no matter whether you’re a climbing family with tiny ankle biters, seasoned alpine pro’s, or someone who is just curious about climbing, we welcome anyone (and only those) who can abide by this culture.

Months of operation:

Open: September – May
Closed: June – October*

*Facilities are still available to school groups during closed periods- please contact us for more info

Please note: From mid-December to mid-February and over Easter Hangdog is exclusively rock climbers only. You will be asked for proof of intent to climb.

The accommodation options at Hangdog are as follows. Click here for accommodation rates.


Happy tents in Hangdog’s green space.

(Including vans, car sleepers and tree-dwellers) The camping is a mix of open grass and tree-sheltered terrain.

Facilities: Cook shelter, toilets, clean potable drinking water, hot shower, fridges (limited space).

Cook Shelter – handy for colder nights/ card games on wet weather days, but it is small and doesn’t fit the whole camp, so come prepared with a tarp.

Other facilities include an awesome fire circle for cooking/ social entertainment, space for playing hacky, soccer, yoga etc, and there is a fantastic menagerie of push bikes that are free for use for trips to town.

Please note- Cooking facilities are NOT provided for campers. The cooking facilities in the Bunkhouse are for Bunkhouse patrons ONLY.


The Gay Caribiner- “luxury” accommodation

Capacity: 11 to 14 people depending on how cosy folks want to get. Fondly known as the Gay Carabiner, this dorm-style bunkhouse has more comforts than a self-titled drifter can shake a cat at. It is a popular choice for school groups, families, and the glampers (glamerous campers) of the climbing world.

Facilities – Backpacker-style communal accommodation, full bathroom facilities, gas hot water, a covered verandah, and a very out-of-tune piano.

  • Kitchen – Supplied cooking facilities, hot and cold water, a fridge/freezer and most basic facilities needed to cook, eat and clean up afterwards.
  • Sleeping – Dormitory style bunk rooms and a sleeping loft. There are no private rooms. Mattresses are provided, bring your own bedding.
  • Sanitation – Toilet, gas-heated hot water, shower, mirror… the works.


Camping: There are NO reservations for the camping sites. 90% of the year you will be fine. Mid December to late January… well, you’ll just have to try your luck!

Bunkhouse: Reservations are available year-round and are highly recommended.

Not what you want?

Perhaps looking for something a little more comfortable or private- or perhaps you just forgot the tent? Well then, just up the road Bruce and Melanie Chic have crafted a superb wee space which is available for rent through AirBnB. It’s a lovely spot, still within walking distance from Hangdog and the crag, fully self contained and with some great local hosts.

Click here for details and bookings. Please note that Hangdog does NOT manage bookings for this space, you must go though AirBnB or contact Bruce and Melanie.