Overnight programs provide an opportunity for students to become immersed in nature. Groups can stay overnight at three different locations in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and Muogamarra Nature Reserve. They range from the parkland setting of Bobbin Head to the coastal retreat of The Basin and the rugged near wilderness of Muogamarra. Together we will plan fieldwork experiences that cover outcomes across many of the Key Learning Areas.

Overnight programs are very popular and need to be booked well in advance. Please contact us for further information.

Download the Camping / Overnight Booklet.

 

BOBBIN HEAD

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The Bobbin Head building is the Centre’s headquarters and is available all year round for overnight stays.
The Bobbin Head area is a popular picnic area on the banks of Cowan Creek. It has a large grassed playing area as well as easy access to a variety of habitats including mangroves, dry eucalypt forest and rainforest. A boardwalk provides easy access across the mangroves and along the delightful Cockle Creek.

Dormitory Accommodation consists of:

  • Overnight accommodation for 30 students
  • Fully equipped kitchen and dining room
  • Four bunk rooms each sleeping a maximum of 8 students.
  • Separate teachers’ rooms
  • Bathrooms with hot showers
  • Classroom (including Interactive White Board and Video Conferencing)
  • Science lab with environmental monitoring equipment

Gibberagong EEC can tailor a program that suits your students needs from a range of activities that include iMovie making, student leadership and team building games, canoeing, bushwalking, sport activities and art activities. Alternatively, the following packaged programs are available:

Filmmaker (Stage 2)

Gibberagong EEC provides the ideal setting to introduce your Stage 2 and 3filmmakerstudents to an overnight experience and explore the local environment to develop their own short film. During the overnight program, students will work in small groups to explore an environmental issue and use an iPad to create a short film about their issue.

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Nature Scientist (Stage 2)

SNPwebimageBobbin Head in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is the perfect place for your students to immerse in nature and become Nature Scientists. During the program, the students will spend two days exploring both the natural and built features of the environment using techniques scientists use when undertaking a study of the bush.

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Environmental Explorers (Stage 3)

Envirothon_2005gBobbin Head in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is the perfect place for your students to immerse in nature and become Nature Scientists. During the program, the students will spend two days exploring both the natural and built features of the environment using techniques scientists use when undertaking a study of the bush.

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School Leader (Stage 3-6)

school leaderThe School Leader program at Gibberagong EEC provides an opportunity for students to learn leadership skills through activities designed to encourage teamwork, negotiation, problem solving and leadership. The program is ideally suited to student groups that have taken on leadership responsibilities within their school. This may include SRC, Prefect groups and Peer Support teams.

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A Local Ecosystem (Stage 6 Biology)

The focus of the two day program is to undertake a scientific investigation of the mangrove ecosystem at Bobbin Head. During program, the students will work collaboratively in small groups to explore the local environment, use scientific equipment to study the flora and fauna of the ecosystem and use technology to create a short film of their findings.Download the program information

Ecosystems and Interactions (Stage 6 Geography)

The focus of the two day program is to undertake a geographical  investigation of the ecosystems and human impacts.During program, the students will work collaboratively in small groups to explore the local environment, use equipment to study the ecosystems, observe the human impacts on the area and use technology to create a short film of their findings.

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THE BASIN

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The Basin is located on the eastern side of the West Head peninsula in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park adjoining magnificent Pittwater.  It is a popular public picnic and camping area administered by the National Parks and Wildlife Service.  It has a large grassed camping area as well as a safe enclosed lagoon for swimming.  A variety of habitats are available nearby that include dry eucalypt, rainforest, mangroves and rock platforms.  The Basin also is within reach of Aboriginal engraving sites and local European historic sites.

The Basin can be reached by water with a 20 minute ferry trip from Palm Beach (www.palmbeachferry.com.au)  or a 5km hike from the West Head Road.

We have a full range of camping gear to accommodate up to 60 students.
Everything you need including gas BBQs, tents and lights.
You bring your students and their sleeping gear and food.

Gibberagong EEC can tailor a program that suits your students needs from a range of activities that include:
  • Orientation activities
  • Student leadership and team building games
  • Spotlight night walk to an Aboriginal engraving site
  • Canoeing
  • Bushwalking
  • Snorkelling
  • Fishing
  • Art and beach activities
  • Sports activities

 

MUOGAMARRA

Muogamarra Nature Reserve has been established to protect the unique vegetation and extensive Aboriginal and European historical sites which exist within its 2 000 ha area.  The excellent camping area is located on a ridge top overlooking the Hawkesbury River and can be locked at night making it extremely safe.  Muogamarra contains a rich heritage of Aboriginal engraving sites as well as the remains of the first convict built road which travelled north from Hornsby.  Within walking distance of the campsite there is a wide variety of habitats including dry eucalypt, rainforest, mangroves and abandoned farmland.

We have a full range of camping gear to accommodate up to 60 students.
Everything you need including gas BBQs, tents and lights.
You bring your students and their sleeping gear and food.

Gibberagong EEC can tailor a program that suits your students needs from a range of activities that include:
  • Orientation activities
  • Student leadership and team building games
  • Spotlight night walk to an Aboriginal engraving site
  • Extensive bushwalking through this pristine environment
  • Snorkelling
  • Bushtucker and historical perspectives