Camp ActivitiesThe camp has a variety of activities to meet the learning objectives of your group or any other outcome. There are activities for all ages and a important part of any activity is for it to be fun.

Activities whether physical, mentally challenging, technical, assist leadership, educational, practice gross motor skills can be catered for in our long list of options to consider.

All of our staff are trained and highly experienced.

Attention to safety procedures is given top priority in the supervision of all adventure activities, and the group’s leaders or teachers are always provided with preliminary instruction. Our Camp Manager Craig and his team of Activity Staff provide assistance with all your programs and activities. Some activities may have the teacher as the leader while others will require the qualifications of our qualified staff.

Additional information from this summary of all activities are included after the table below. Detailed information on the activity, such as cost, equipment and more…..

Activities List

At Camp ActivitiesAway from Camp Activities
ArcheryBike Riding in the Community
Maldon Township QuizLonger Hikes
Sand VolleyballBush Art
Air HockeyCarman's Tunnel
Bubble SoccerDamper Making
Basketball or Basketball Sideline ChallengeGeocaching/Orienteering
StorytellerTrail or Cross Country Running
Other Activities and FacilitiesGold Panning
Connect4Hut making
Bike Maintenance EducationCFA Tour
9 Metre Rock Wall or BoulderingMt Tarrengower Hike
CampfireMaldon Vintage Machinery and Museum
Bike RidingNight Walk - Mt Tarrengower and ANZAC Hill
Obstacle Course and the Low RopesVictorian Goldfields Railway
Mini GolfYabbying
Damper Cooking

Below is a list of the different activities on offer:

Bike Riding at Camp

The camp is lucky to have a fully functional set of traffic lights and road signage to provide a real road setting for educational purposes. Furthermore to our bitumen road we have an additional 700 metres of riding on gravel within safety of the camp grounds. Understanding the different surfaces and how they impact on bike skills, such as traction, uneven surfaces, looking out for hazards and riding in large groups provide an outstanding learning experience.

  • Cost: Free and is included as part of your overall camp price.
  • Availability: Riding at camp may be completed at any time during your stay unless weather conditions do not permit it.
  • Equipment: The camp has in excess of 250 bikes of different sizes to cater for the needs of groups. There are approximately 50 adult bikes and over 200 bikes for children. Riders need to provide their own helmets which need to meet Australian standards.
  • Camp Staffing: An assessment is completed by staff when first riding on camp for the suitability of groups aged grade 4 and up to then commence road riding. Camp staff will also be available to assist teachers with anyone having issues with balance, braking or changing gears. Other free time riding on camp will be taken by teachers/group leaders.

 

Bike Riding in the Community (roads or bike/foot paths)

As part of a bike education program many groups attend camp to do riding on the local roads and trails around Maldon as their community ride. With always two camp bike education staff members who are in two very visible vehicles, radio contact with group leaders and an intimate knowledge of local roads we can provide a life-changing experience for children adjusting to riding safely in their community and navigating hazards. Note that some of the rides listed below may not be suitable for some groups.

  • Cost: Free and is included as part of your overall camp price.
  • Availability: This is a programmed activity for grade 4 and above and its timing and destination will be arranged as part of your overall program in camp. Prior to riding in the community an assessment is completed at camp to ensure the group has the necessary skills to reduce the risks of riding in the community. The assessment of the camp staff is final in analyzing whether a group has the capabilities to ride in the community. The ride is also dependent on the weather. Note we will ride in rain but not thunderstorms or gale force winds.
  • Equipment: The camp has in excess of 250 bikes of different sizes to cater for the needs of groups. There are approximately 50 adult bikes and over 200 bikes for children. Bright vests will be also given out for safety reasons to make riders highly visible. Riders need to provide their own helmets which need to meet Australian standards.
  • Camp Staffing: There will be 2 camp staff in the vehicles (one at front of the group and one at the back) to assist your group leaders. You must provide 1 group leader to every 10 children for groups where the age is 18 and under.
  • Community Ride Destinations: There are a number of different destinations we ride to depending on the needs of the group or their ability. Maldon is hilly so it provides a varied environment to ride in under many different conditions, such as the road surface. For a detailed account of our rides on the community roads and trails, please click on this LINK. Our rides include:
    • South German Mine
    • BMX Track
    • Butts Reserve
    • Muckleford Station
    • Cemetery Ride
    • The Gold Dredge & Dragline
    • Baxters Track
    • Mt Tarrengower West
    • Carman’s Tunnel
    • Red White Blue Mine
    • Darky’s Hut
    • Round the Mountain

Archery

At camp it is known as Safe Archery. Archery is a great sport for boosting mental and physical health and fitness. Most children come to camp having never tried archery before so it always great fun and a real challenge to everyone. Safety is paramount during this activity and our instructors will ensure that it is carried out to adhere to our high standards. From the photo you will see a foam tip is used on the arrow in aiming at a fun target. This type of archery provides a maximum opportunity to learn and experience the sport in being able to have more chances to use the bow and arrow.

  • Cost: $2.20 per person
  • Availability: Camp staff will do all setting up and this normally forms part of an activity rotation.
  • Equipment: The camp will provide all equipment.
  • Camp Staffing: Staff will instruct group leaders of all aspects of this activity so it may then be driven by the group leaders.

 

Mini Golf

The camp has its own 18 hole golf course. It may be of the mini variety but with its own solar lights can be played either at day or night. Groups love the opportunity to get a hole-in-one or experience the thrill of pretending they are going to win the Open or Masters.

  • Cost: This is a free activity.
  • Availability: Groups can either do this as part of a rotation with other activities or during free time either day, evening or night.
  • Equipment: The camp will provide putters and golf balls.
  • Camp Staffing: Camp staff are not required for this activity.

 

9 Metre Rockwall (Climbing or Bouldering)

The 9 Metre rockwall with 4 sides provides an experience to remember. The mental and physical challenge and reward to get to the top is a great way to improve self-esteem. It is also though the assistance the climber gets from those on the ground in where to place feet and hands that utilizes an opportunity for a vast arrange of leadership skills to be on display.

  • Cost: $7.70 per person for climbing. The bouldering is free.
  • Availability: Doing this as a rotation with another activity works best. The wall has 4 sides so groups of around 16 work well in giving everyone a rest.
  • Equipment: The camp provides all safety equipment, ropes and utilizes an auto belay system to assist with greater safety measures for the full climb. With bouldering no ropes are required as climbing is normally done horizontally around the wall close to the ground (a guide line is on the wall for bouldering where the participant is not allowed to go over).
  • Camp Staffing: There must be a qualified camp staff member for the climbing activity to ensure all ropes and harnesses are locked in correctly. If bouldering only this activity will be group leader driven.

 

Bubble Soccer

Bubble SoccerSoccer with a difference. You are placed into an inflatable bubble and although we do have some local rules, almost anything goes. Additionally other activities could be completed in the bubbles such as a relay race.

  • Cost: $6.60 per person (note if this activity is cancelled due to heat or rain you will be not charged).
  • Availability: Doing this as a rotation with another activity works best. Smaller individuals do tire quickly
  • Equipment: The camp provides all equipment for this activity including the bubbles, helmets, balls and goals.
  • Camp Staffing: There must be a qualified camp staff member for this activity and they will referee the game and ensure safety requirements are met.

 

Maldon Township Quiz

MaldonMaldon is named the first notable town in Australia due to its historical landscape not changing greatly since the middle and latter stages of the 1800’s. We provide the quiz as groups will walk around Maldon trying to find the answers in this fun educational activity.

  • Cost: This is a free activity.
  • Availability: Available anytime.
  • Equipment: The camp will provide the quiz.
  • Camp Staffing: No camp staff are required and leaders normally set up groups of 10 with one adult group leader escorting children around town.

 

Mt Tarrengower Hike

MaldonMaldon sits at the base of Mt Tarrengower, which provides a worthy challenge for those that want to take one of the many tracks to its summit, which is 556 metres above sea level. From the township below it rises over 300 metres in a distance of just 1.8km’s. Once you get to the top then climb the poppet head, which stands another 20 metres high. From there you will get views of the Macedon Rangers, Mt Franklin, the Grampians and Cairn Curran Reservoir to name a few of the landmarks that can be seen. See the video at the bottom of the page.

  • Cost: This is a free activity.
  • Availability: Available anytime. Those with any physical disability or injury may have issues in reaching the summit as the trail is rocky and steep in many areas.
  • Equipment: The Camp will provide water once you reach the top and if required at ANZAC Hill (part-way up) due to warmer weather. Take your drink bottle provided by the Camp.
  • Camp Staffing: Group leaders will take the group to the top but Camp staff will meet you at the summit to assist with additional water, morning tea or afternoon tea.
Longer Hikes

As highlighted above Maldon is based on the lower slopes of Mt Tarrengower and Regional Parks. Hiking over Mt Tarrengower and the Nuggetty Ranges is within 200 metres of the camp doorstep. Spectacular landscapes are available to explore where volcanic activity, goldfield diggings, ruins within the goldfields and flora and fauna is aplenty. Anyone studying or interested in the environment will be amazed with the variety of native animals, insects, birdlife and plants.

The attraction to this activity is the ease of organising and management of risk. Many of the hiking trails have vehicle access close by if required where further medical attention is required. Therefore for schools or groups it is an attractive proposition without the need to go into the deep wilderness where we can provide the same experience.

Hikes of 3.5 hours (7km), 6 hours (13km) or all day hikes (20km) are provided. As mentioned in our activities we also have a Night Walk available where you see a different side of the mountain and on a clear night stargazing needs to be seen to be believed for those interested in astronomy.

  • Cost: This is a free activity for schools as part of your camp price. For Community groups price will be provided on application.
  • Availability: Available anytime other then where hot weather, or if thunderstorms create an unnecessary risk. Those with a physical disability, medical condition or injury may have issues in completing the hike as some terrain is rocky with challenging descents or inclines.
  • Equipment: Hikers will need a back pack, hat, good walking shoes, water bottle and clothes comfortable to complete a long walk in. A waterproof coat in wet conditions is recommended. Camp staff will have containers available along the hike for water bottle refills.
  • Camp Staffing: Camp staff will lead the hike.
Campfire

The camp has recently refreshed its camp fire area and the pit, which provides a wonderful environment to enjoy the night sounds of camp. You may also depending on the time of year have our renowned story teller deliver one of their stories (see this page for details of our story teller activity)

  • Cost: $25 per group
  • Availability: Available outside of the fire restriction period. For more information about fire restrictions click here
  • Equipment: The camp provides all needs for the fire including firewood.
  • Camp Staffing: Camp staff are required to set-up this activity and will provide instructions. At the end of the campfire it must be completely put out by the group leader.

 

Damper Making

DamperSubject to the fire restriction period, damper making is a favorite for many groups. The activity may be either done at the camp or at your arrival destination on a bike ride.

  • Cost: $3.30 per person
  • Availability: Available outside of the fire restriction period. For more information about fire restrictions click here
  • Equipment: We provide all the needs for the damper making including the made-up ingredients so you can just cook the damper.
  • Camp Staffing: Camp staff are required to set-up this activity and be in attendance.
Gold Panning

Gold PanningGold panning provides the thrill of finding your fortune. From time to time and as regular as late 2018 one of the students found a speck of gold during this activity. The activity can be done during the Baxters Track ride, Dredge and Dragline Ride or Red White Blue Mine ride.

  • Cost: $2.20 per person
  • Availability: The activity is not available for everyone. The three rides above are for very advanced riders as these destinations are either further away and/or on the busier local busier roads.
  • Equipment: We provide all the equipment for the gold panning.
  • Camp Staffing: Camp staff are required to set-up this activity and be in attendance.
Story Teller

Night WalksYou’re on camp, in one of the most historical areas of the country and a great story goes hand in hand within that environment. Ray Stevenson has a passion for a good story and delivers it in a way that often has many asking more questions are its end. Are they true? That is what a good story teller is all about. You may never know.

  • Cost: $90.00 per group
  • Availability: Available as long as Ray our story teller is.  If possible and depending on fire restrictions this may be done at our campfire area. If not, the stories will happen inside possibly the conference room.
  • Time taken: Approximately 90-120 minutes.

 

Night Walk – Mt Tarrengower and ANZAC Hill area

The night walk to Mt Tarrengower and ANZAC Hill is taken by local historian Ray Stevenson who knows the mountain and its history like the back of his hand. A great learning opportunity of the history within the region, the Aboriginal names for the surrounding mountains, mine diggings, war history of the mountain, artifacts, flora and fauna and more. On a clear night the stargazing has to be seen to be believed and Ray may then provide an astronomy lesson as an added bonus. The walk though can also be focused on just one or two areas depending on the objectives of your group.

  • Cost: $70.00 per group
  • Availability: Available as long as Ray is available and the weather permits we do the night walk. Note that we have walked in the rain before but not thunderstorms or high winds.
  • Equipment: All individuals will require a torch. They should also have appropriate clothing depending on the time of year. Having wet weather gear like a waterproof coat available is essential to you for this activity, or even for your bike rides at camp if it rains.
  • Time Taken: 90 to 120 minutes. Starting normally from around 7.15pm to 7.30pm. If stargazing and astronomy lesson (clearer night required) is on the agenda for the walk, during the daylight savings period it is beneficial to start a little later then the standard starting time.

 

Night Town Walk – Maldon Township

Your guide Ray Stevenson will provide an interesting insight into the buildings around town dating back to the 1850’s, fascinating stories of the locals and how they lived, possibly the railway and more may be included in this tour. If the night is clear and time permits then stargazing may be another part of this tour with an astronomy lesson from your guide.

  • Cost: $70.00 per group
  • Availability: Available as long as Ray is and the weather permits we do the night walk.
  • Equipment: All individuals will require a torch. They should also have appropriate clothing depending on the time of year. Having wet weather gear like a waterproof coat available is essential to you for this activity, or even for your bike rides at camp if it rains.
  • Time Taken: 90 to 120 minutes. Starting normally from around 7.00pm to 7.30pm.

 

Carman’s Tunnel

Carman’s Tunnel was commenced around 1882 by the Great International Quartz Mining Company, as an attempt to drive a tunnel right through Mt Tarrangower, intersecting the rich gold-bearing reefs that had been mined previously from shaft-type mines on the mount. Work was abandoned at the end of 1884 after progressing only around 600 metres. No gold bearing rock was cut, but the tunnel gives an excellent insight into the mining techniques of the 1880s and a few other surprises of this popular local attraction.

  • Cost: Contact us for price.
  • Availability: Tours are available most days and will be arranged by Camp Staff. It is about 3km to Carman’s Tunnel from the camp and this may be completed as part of a bike ride or walked.
  • Camp Staffing: Camp staff will book your tour and it can be invoiced in your overall Camp Invoice. If going by bike, the Camp bike education staff will escort you as per any other community ride (see above to bike education).

Victorian Goldfields Railway (ride on the train powered by the steam engine)

TrainsBe taken back in time to the days of the steam engine and train carriages that have been meticulously restored back to yesteryear. The Maldon to Castlemaine railway line is a popular tourist attraction in the region. For local schools arriving on a Wednesday, why not take the train or get dropped off in Castlemaine and take the Steam Engine into camp? See the video link here of the train in action.

  • Cost: $Contact us for price.
  • Availability: Trains normally run on Wednesday. Click here for a timetable. Refer to bike rides to Muckleford Station but many groups have ridden to Muckleford in the past and returned by train.
  • Camp Staffing: Camp staff will book the train and purchase your tickets. It will then be invoiced as part of your overall Camp invoice.
Maldon Vintage Machinery and Museum

The Museum provides a real life experience of the machines that were used with the settlement of many local industries in regional areas. There is an abundance of machines highlighted by “Aunty Jack, a 9 horsepower Marshall engine, the world’s only working, Cornelius Pedis, a 1877 steam driven engine.” There are many other exhibits including old printing presses, a dairy shed, blacksmith, CFA and so much more. Many of the machines still operate and groups will be able to see the operations from yesteryear.

  • Cost: $2.00 per person (we recommend a donation of $2.00 per person)
  • Availability: The Museum is run by volunteers and therefore some areas of the exhibits may not be available or the museum itself may not be open. Provide plenty of notice and camp staff will make every effort to arrange it. The number in the group may also affect the time at the activity due to the large number of exhibits.
  • Getting there: The Museum is just 200 metres from the camp so you can walk there.
  • Staffing: Volunteers at the museum will facilitate the activity.
Yabbying

This activity normally forms part of the ride to Baxters Track (see bike education page for more information). An institution years ago it provides an opportunity to show the kids how we once upon a time amused ourselves.

  • Cost: $2.20 per person
  • Availability: Is a seasonal activity and normally can only be conducted from September to May. Additionally the ride there is longer than most and is undulating, so the riders will require the ability to be able to make the distance there and back on the bike.
  • Equipment: The camp will provide all resources needed for the activity.
  • Camp Staffing: Camp staff will be on site for this activity from being in their support vehicles after the ride.
Hut Making

This activity normally forms part of the ride to Baxters Track or the Gold Dredge ride (see bike education page for more information). Let the students imagination run wild or their survival skills as they explore the natural environment in constructing a bush hut.

  • Cost: This is a free activity
  • Availability: This activity is the rest for the Baxters Track or Gold Dredge ride. Therefore the group needs to meet the risk management requirements of being able to complete the ride to undertake this activity.
  • Equipment: No resources required other than you finding them in the natural environment.
  • Camp Staffing: Camp staff will be on site for this activity from being in their support vehicles after the ride.
Maldon CFA Tour

cfaThe Country Fire Authority (CFA) is only 200 metres from camp. Take a tour of their interesting station and the operations of our local Fire Brigade.

  • Cost: $30.00 per group (donation to CFA, which can be part of your overall invoice)
  • Availability: Subject to CFA availability.
Trail or Cross Country Running

Schools may want to complete there cross country running event for an age group at camp but the attraction for running clubs or groups is immense. Our Camp Manager is an experienced running event coordinator/director (O’Keefe Marathon and others) and can arrange your Parks Victoria permits and course marking. The terrain in Maldon and surrounds lends itself to a variety of courses from a slightly undulating event to one of the most challenging in the State. Just let us know what type of course you want. Running clubs may want to make a weekend of it and improve club morale, comradeship and spirit. Our bunk style accommodation well suited to family clubs and we offer a myriad of activities for a fantastic fun-filled weekend together on-site and off-site in Australia’s first notable town. Self-catering kitchen and conference room is also available to keep your costs down.

  • Cost: On application. Contact Craig on 03 54752033
  • Availability: All year around
  • Infrastructure and Other: For athletic clubs and longer events you will required to supply tables for drink stations and timing equipment, which could be as easy as a stop watch printing device. We will arrange Parks Victoria permits, risk management framework and signage/cones to mark the course. If staying overnight you will need to supply your own bedding (sleeping bag and pillow). For shorter school events we will manage all areas.
  • Camp Staffing: Camp staff will mark your course, co-ordinate the event and other requests subject to consulting with us about your event needs. For athletic clubs where drink station and marshals are required you will need to arrange these personal although with the different event course the requirement for human resources would be minimal.

 

Sand Volleyball or Newcomb Ball

An old favourite but on sand the players have the opportunity to dive around on our safe court.

  • Cost: This is a free activity.
  • Availability: Available anytime during daylight or as a free time activity.
  • Equipment: The camp provides all equipment for this activity including the ball.
  • Camp Staffing: No camp staff are required to supervise this activity.

 

Basketball or Basketball Sideline Challenge

The camp has its own full size outside basketball court. Ask our staff about a special basketball game called Sideline Challenge where every player gets the opportunity to touch the ball on a regular basis on the way to your team scoring a goal.

  • Cost: This is a free activity.
  • Availability: Available anytime during daylight or as a free time activity.
  • Equipment: The camp provides all equipment for this activity including the ball.
  • Camp Staffing: No camp staff are required to supervise this activity. Ask our staff though on how Basketball Sideline Challenge works.

 

Table Tennis

The camp has 4 table tennis tables for this traditional camp favourite. Have a tournament or just fun playing ping pong.

  • Cost: This is a free activity.
  • Availability: Available anytime during the day or evening.
  • Equipment: The camp provides all equipment for this activity including the table tennis bats and balls.
  • Camp Staffing: No camp staff are required to supervise this activity.

Obstacle and Low Ropes course

The camp has an obstacle course as well as a low ropes course. Tyre bridges and underneath crawling areas as well as the ropes challenge make for an interesting activity. Leadership opportunities may also exist in making that task a little bit more difficult by blindfolding your teammates.

  • Cost: This is a free activity.
  • Availability: Available anytime during the day. On a wet day the low ropes can become slippery and should not be used.
  • Camp Staffing: No camp staff are required to supervise this activity, although an adult should be present in the low ropes area.

Air Hockey

The camp has an air hockey table of the game arcade variety. Direct shoot, rebound off the walls or do whatever required to get the puck into the goals.

  • Cost: This is a free activity.
  • Availability: Available anytime during the day or evening.
  • Equipment: The camp provides all equipment for this activity including the paddles and puck.
  • Camp Staffing: No camp staff are required to supervise this activity.

 

Giant Connect 4

Connect 4 in a scale that is giant size. You can’t get this game out of the box as you play the game that is upscaled so you and the spectators can easily see every move. Have a tournament, play for fun but we promise you the kids get hooked and they enjoy greatly beating the teachers or group leaders.

  • Cost: This is a free activity.
  • Availability: Available anytime during the day or evening.
  • Equipment: The camp provides all equipment for this activity.
  • Camp Staffing: No camp staff are required to supervise this activity.

 

Tug-of-War

We provide the giant rope and you provide the muscle power in this activity that ropes you in to have loads of laughs

  • Cost: This is a free activity.
  • Availability: Available anytime during the day or evening.
  • Equipment: The camp provides all equipment for this activity.
  • Camp Staffing: No camp staff are required to supervise this activity.

 

Geocaching / Orienteering
  • Geocaching is a treasure hunt finding caches (containers or other allowed items) in our environments and communities. A cross between Orienteering, the Amazing Race and the Pokemon game of recent times using phone technology. There are millions of caches hidden all over the world including many in Maldon and its surrounds. Within the geocaching activity games can be played, such as the quickest team or most efficient team in covering less distance. Great leadership skills are developed and communication and map reading will be the key. It can be done on foot or for older groups in secondary school (where groups can ride in smaller groups supervised by one teacher) it can even be done on bikes. See this link for more information.
    • Cost: $1.10 per student.
    • Availability: Refer to comments above regarding age access for this activity. It will need to be completed on foot for primary school age groups and there could be distances of between 3km and 6km of walking involved although it can be further if doing it as a full day activity. There is insufficient time to do this activity as part of your group rotation and allow at a minimum 150 to 180 minutes. Suggested for groups on longer camp stays due to the time taken to complete the activity and fitting in other activities e.g. 3 and 4 night camps. There will need to be a teacher/adult with each group/team of 10.
    • Equipment: Each leader will require a fully charged mobile phone as the activity uses satellite/gps points to find the caches. Also the geocaching app to be downloaded on the phone.
    • Camp Staffing: Camp staff are required to supervise this activity to assist with the safety of the activity and provide emergency support if required.

 

Bush Art
  • Bush art has been introduced into our activity curriculum for 2019. The activity may be completed either on site at camp, a walk outside the camp or at a destination point at one of our rides. It provides participants the opportunity to show their creative flair in collecting leaves, bark and other things from the natural environment to create an art piece. Alternatively it may be the opportunity to sketch something from the local environment and bush land setting or even one of the historical buildings in the township. Use your imagination.
    • Cost: Price will vary and is available on request. If students provide their own pencils and paper etc. the price can be greatly negotiated. Price is from $0 to $2.20 per person depending on the materials needed for the activity.
    • Availability: Available at anytime during day light hours and can be part of a bike ride to some locations.
    • Equipment: See cost above. This will be negotiated with schools.
    • Camp Staffing: Camp staff are required to supervise this activity if outside the camp grounds.

Bike Maintenance Education
  • This activity is not yet available but will be offered sometime in the future
Other activities

The camp has excellent grounds, building and facilities. Other activities that can be completed and not limited to this may include:

  • Cricket
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Netball
  • Athletics coaching (we have a track and field coach) on staff
  • Other ball sports
  • Board games
  • Bike Trivia
  • Video quizzes
  • Disco
  • Movie evening (we have screen, projectors, sound systems
  • Quiz evenings (we have tables, chairs, whiteboard
  • Music/drama acts (we have a stage)
  • BBQ’s available

The video below of the Mt Tarrengower hike provides a glimpse of what you will achieve in resilience going up the steep rocky ground with its 300 metre plus climb from the camp below. Great views and a sense of achievement.