Murray Mallee Ecology | Murray River Ecology | Sunnydale Farm Adventures

Aquatics | Archery | Caving | Gym time | Swan Reach Tour | Yabbies!

Illawonga Camp is all about keeping students active, interested and challenged.

This achieved through a carefully selected variety of activities, many unique to the camp, that will foster students’ confidence, expand their understanding of the natural environment and provide opportunities to widen their physical and mental horizons.

Camp activities

Fun in the foam pit

Illawonga is the camp’s home base with the huge gym with its enormous foam-filled pit taking pride of place. The gym was once a training facility for Australian Olympic athletes but now serves as a unique and fun-filled classroom with trampolines, hoops, tumbling mats and more.

Out the back is the archery range with a recreational centre for more leisurely activities close by. There’s also a range of sports equipment, the campfire area and 1800 acres of reserve to explore.

At night there’s karaoke singing with Mark, marshmallows around the campfire and (hopefully) a sound sleep for all.

On the Murray

IMG_9058The Murray River is just a short walk from the camp. Depending on the time of the year, students will try tubing, knee-boarding, rowing, swimming or kayaking. With group rotations and activities running parallel, everyone is kept busy.

Illawonga’s custom built tour boat is moored close by and students will receive the chance to drive the boat as they explore the river, its ecology and the hidden backwaters.

Swan Reach

IMG_8700Illawonga’s resident tour bus takes students to nearby Swan Reach. Once over the ferry they can see first hand the levels the Murray’s floods have reached in previous years. Then there’s the tour of an almond farm, a look at the aquaculture ponds and then it’s off yabby fishing.

Sunnydale Farm

The bus takes to the dirt roads to visit this recreation of a historic shearing shed. Students get to see sheep shearing, whip cracking and get close up and personal with some adorable native animals.