Camps & Excursions
Colac south west primary school
Camps & Excursions
At Colac South West we offer four great camps to our students in years 3-6.
We operate on a two year rotation system giving our students experiences in city, bush, farm and beach settings.
Our camps support, extend, deepen and enhance our Student Leadership and Wellbeing programs. The natural focus of these experiences is to use the days away from the school setting to work on problem solving strategies, getting along with others, building staff and student relationships as well as developing resilience and leadership in all students.
Year 3 and 4
In the even years we visit Kangaroobie for 3 days and 2 nights.
Kangaroobie is an award winning, accredited camp situated on a large farming property in a natural bush setting in Princetown, approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes from Colac. Students experience life on a farm and participate in a range of unique activities from bush hut building, a mud obstacle course, beach activities, bush cooking and survivor challenges. At Kangaroobie our students love getting wet, muddy, playing in the bush and being loud; things not usually encouraged in a school setting.
In the odd years we visit Cape Bridgewater for 3 days and 2 nights.
Cape Bridgewater is located 15km west of Portland, voted as one of the top ten beaches in Australia. Widely known for its safe waters with gentle rolling waves 90% of the time and plentiful sea life and wildlife. A small, isolated town surrounded by stunning views, great walks and an abundance of wildlife in the natural bushland.
Students participate in many different activities. Canoeing, raft building, beach games, seal tours, sandboarding, exploring caves and visiting the blowholes are highlights of our time away. Cape Bridgewater is reported to be ‘the best camp ever!’ by students attending.
Year 5 and 6
In the even years we visit Halls Gap for 4 days and 3 nights.
Halls Gap is situated as the gateway to the Grampians. It is known for its mountains, waterfalls, magnificent hiking trails, wildlife and wildflowers. Here students participate in a range of onsite camp activities including ropes courses, a giant swing, bush painting and archery.
We also actively engage in many of the hiking trails and visit lookouts and waterfalls. The abundance of wildlife visiting ‘Tandara’, our camp accommodation, is wonderful. Students experience seeing kangaroos, wallabies, emus and sometimes echidnas and wombats, up close and in their natural habitats. We visit Brambuk National Park and Cultural Centre along with the Halls Gap Zoo.
In the odd years we visit Melbourne for 4 days and 3 nights.
Melbourne, being our city camp, is quite an experience for many of our students. We stay at Urban Camp in Parkville and travel exclusively by bus. The activities differ slightly each year but mainly compose visits to the Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne Gaol, MCG, Aquarium, Eureka Sky Deck, Parliament House, The Aquatic Centre, rock climbing and trampolining at Bounce.
This camp is action packed and we fill every possible moment with city experiences for our students.