The Pre-Conference Adventure Camp will be hosted by Melbourne Adventure Hub.

Cost: $850 per person

Date: Thursday 4 April – Sunday 7 April 2019

Camp Location and Accommodation

  • The first night (Thursday) will be spent at a hostel in Melbourne.
  • Thursday and Friday nights will be at Clifford Park Scout Park – Clifford Park Drive, Wonga Park – approximately one hour's drive from Melbourne. Delegates will be staying in cabins. 

On the first day, dinner will be organised at a café or restaurant in Melbourne; all participants will pay for their own meal. For the rest of the camp, all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks) will be provided and included in the cost. 

Melbourne Adventure Hub will supply 24-seat buses to pick students up from the airport on Thursday and drop students off at Woodleigh School on Sunday afternoon. The buses will also stay at the camp during the week and drive students to all activity locations.

Camp Objectives  

  • This program and the activities on offer are specifically chosen to provide students with a number of challenges. The nature and structure of the program is designed to keep students fully engaged and participating at all times whilst having a lot of fun. 
  • There is great opportunity to challenge individuals in ways that will stretch them physically and mentally. 
  • There is also opportunity for students to gain valuable outdoor education on environmental impacts and sustainability topics as they move through different activities in a variety of locations, some of which hold great Indigenous Australian cultural history and significance. Through these activities and our instruction students can put into practice the ability to form an appreciation, care and nurturing of themselves, each other, their community and the environment they live in. This camp will also serve to prepare them for further outdoor education camps and private recreation activities throughout their lives. 
  • Allow students to experience some of the best activities Melbourne has to offer.
  • Provide students the opportunity to get to know each other in preparation for the conference the following week.

Melbourne City Kayak 
The group will experience a flat-water paddle in the city where we kayak past some significant points in Melbourne’s history. In the midst of having a fun day out, we will stop to discuss the significance of the locations and the environmental issues involved. Students won’t just be able to read about this in a book, they will be able to see it with their own eyes, all the while gaining some valuable, practical kayaking skills as they learn to work together with a partner to navigate their way up and down the river.

Eureka Tower Skydeck 
This is the highest point in Melbourne and will give everyone an amazing view of all of Melbourne’s sights. From 88 stories high, students will be able to see all the way from Port Phillip Bay to Mount Dandenong and everything in between. 

Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) Sports Tour
Melbourne has a very proud sporting history and there is no bigger part of this than the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Students will be able to participate in a number of interactive displays such as Aussie Rules Football, Cricket and Cycling.

White Water Kayak 
This is a favourite activity for groups as they partner up and learn the skills required to lead an inflatable open water kayak. We will travel down the grade 1 & 2 rapids of the Yarra River through a stunning and fairly remote section of the river, which is a very significant place in Melbourne's history, both for the Aboriginal culture and European settlers in relation to the Gold Rush era.

Rock Climbing and Abseiling 
Whipstick Gully in Warrandyte is a great outdoor venue for rock climbing and abseiling as it allows students to work on a number of different climbing lines as well as an abseil on one rock face. These short climbs are quite challenging which will give the students an opportunity to develop their skills. The abseil is mentally challenging, as students need to take control as they lower themselves down the cliff.

This often favourite activity is a way to share the wonder of Victoria’s Britannia Creek boulder caves. MAH staff will guide the students to an enchanting world of iridescent glow worms and cave crickets. Crawling their way along and equipped with a helmet and head-torch, students will explore a labyrinth of secret passages whilst challenging themselves through the famous ‘Ninja’, ‘Cork Screw’, ‘Child Birth’, ‘Crack of Dawn’ and the ‘Super Fun Happy Slide’! 

Healesville Sanctuary
This will give students the opportunity to see some of Australia’s amazing wildlife up close. This will include animals such as Koalas, Emus, Kangaroos, Echidnas and Platypus!

Suggested Itinerary

Depending on numbers, the order of these activities might change. A full itinerary will be given to all participants before the camp. 

Thursday 4 April

All participants will be picked up from Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport and taken to the hostel during the day.

6.30pm – All participants will be taken to dinner where we will get to know each other and discuss the activities over the next few days

Friday 5 april

7am – 7.30am – pack up all luggage and get ready for the day
7.30am – 8.30am – breakfast at the hostel before being picked up by guides
9am – 12pm – Melbourne City Kayak
1pm – 2pm – Eureka Tower Skydeck
3pm – 4pm – MCG Sports Tour
4.30pm – 6pm – drive to Clifford Park
6pm onwards – have dinner and settle in for the night  

Saturday 6 April

7am – 8.30am – have breakfast and prepare for day's activities
9am – 12pm – White Water Kayaking
1pm – 4pm – Rock Climbing and Abseiling
5pm onwards – clean up after day activities, have dinner and night time activities 

Sunday 7 April

7am – 8am - pack up all luggage and take it to the bus, have breakfast and get ready for the day's activities
9am – 12pm - Caving
1pm – 3pm - Healesville Sanctuary
3pm – 4pm – drive to Woodleigh School

If you are interested in participating in this Pre-Conference, please contact Melbourne Adventure Hub:
Darren Collins
1300 182 077