Programs at Bickley

Bickley offers some great opportunities for getting active outdoors.

Contact the camp directly on 08 9492 9781 to discuss your groups needs.

Orienteering - Map Reading and Radio Comms

General information

Programs at Bickley were first delivered in 1988. Bickley was Sport and Recreation's first camp to offer outdoor recreation programs. Over the next two years, under the management of Russell Small, the camp facilitated a range of activities including orienteering, low ropes, team games, bush walking, abseiling, flying fox and canoeing. Over the last two decades, the camp has expanded its range of outdoor recreation program options. It currently offers 15 different standard program options. In addition to these programs, the camp has and continues to facilitate a wide range of custom programs for school and non-school groups, including corporate work place adventures.

Programs offered at Bickley support Sport and Recreation (WA)'s emphasis on promoting healthy and active lifestyles. By incorporating participation in recreation and physical activity during camping experiences, recreation programs provide a chance for the camp’s guests to experience new activities, learn or develop new skills, explore the benefits of physical activity and promote the maintenance of healthy lifestyles.

Flying Fox participant close up smiling and waving

Challenge by Choice

All camp instructors facilitate programs in accordance with the philosophy of Challenge by Choice. This is based on experiential learning theory, which we define as being able to undertake an experience that a participant can relate back to their life or existing lifestyle in a positive way.

There is an understanding that everyone has varying thresholds for challenge and these challenges can range in their nature and variety. We aim to provide an experience that enables participants to determine their own level of challenge and broaden and develop their perceived limitations through participation in adventure activities both in individual and team environments.

All camps staff will aim to provide a safe experience in which the participant can explore and extend their abilities and limitations. Our Department Camps Program Standards and Instructor Code of Ethics encompass that overriding intent. Participation through excessive pressure and intimidation will not be supported.  

This ethos recognises that the attempt is more significant than the result.

Clothing and attire during programs

Participants are required to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. This includes:

  • Fully enclosed and secure footwear must be worn during all programs
  • Hats should be worn on all programs
  • Shorts that cover, at a minimum, half of the thigh should be worn for roping programs
  • Tee-shirts that cover shoulders
  • Midriff tops should not be worn on any programs
  • Long hair must be secured in a ponytail when participating in roping programs
  • Long necklaces, chains, scarves or similar items are to be removed before the commencement of roping programs
  • Participants should wear a t-shirt or rash vest and shorts when participating in aquatic programs
  • Body piercings may need to be covered on request from the instructor in charge
Advanced Abseiling - Close Up - Intermediate Face

Programs

Bickley offers structured recreation programs. Year levels are based on recommendations from the Department of Education (DoE) and the Department's Camps Chain Safety Group. Some programs are offered to younger students, however please contact the camp for more information.

Mountain Bike Beginners

Roping programs

Onsite abseiling (years 7+)

  • Duration: 3.5 hours.
  • The onsite beginners abseiling program consists of a five and 10 metre abseil on a natural rock adjacent to the campsite.
  • Top rope belaying is used on all abseiling programs.
Abseiling - Beginner 10m face

Quarry abseiling (years 10+)

  • Duration: 6 hours
  • The quarries have a beginner, intermediate and advanced slope to allow participants to progress their ability. The slope ranges from 25m to 55m in height and from a gentle slope to an overhang. Quarry abseiling is our advanced abseiling program. This program utilises quarries that have been modified for abseiling and climbing in the metropolitan area. Quarry abseiling is great for people looking for a challenging outdoor experience in a safe environment. There is no need to have prior abseiling experience. This program is run by highly-skilled and accredited staff. Top rope belaying is used on all abseiling programs.
Advanced Abseiling - Close Up - Intermediate Face

Crate climb (years 6+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • A roping program that involves the group building structures to allow each participant to climb to various heights as required by the task. Although only one person is climbing at a time, the rest of the group are required to stabilise the structure and add to its complexity. Participants leaving the ground are attached to a safety line and everyone wears protective helmets.
Crate Climb - Climbing Structure

Flying fox (years 4+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours.
  • Offers a 50m high speed traverse across the picturesque Bickley Reservoir. Participants can add extra challenge and excitement to the activity once they are familiar with the operation and are deemed confident.
Flying Fox participant close up smiling and waving

Leap of faith (years 9+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours.
  • This activity consists of a 9m high wooden pole, with a small platform on top. Participants are required to climb the pole, stand on the platform and then jump for a trapeze bar. Nerves of steel are required for this leap of faith. All participants wear a full body harness and helmet.
Leap of Faith - Leaping

Vertical challenge (years 6+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours.
  • The vertical challenge activity consists of three independent climbing elements: a ladder climb,vertical cargo net and a pole climb that incorporates the use of rock climbing holds. Participants work in small groups to safely belay the climbers up each element before lowering them back to the ground.The use of belay banks allows all the participants to be involved at all times. Participants leaving the ground are attached to a safety line and everyone wears harnesses and protective helmets.
Vertical Challenges - Cargo Net

Water programs

Canoeing (years 5+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours.
  • Participants are guided through basic canoe maneuverability and safety aspects, including the techniques of rafting up and capsize recovery. Each participant is provided with a personal flotation device (PFD) and a paddle. During the session participants may be involved in a number of activities including shuttle and obstacle course races, canoe polo, balancing challenges or simply a leisurely paddle on the reservoir.
Canoeing close up

Raft making (years 5+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours.
  • Each participant is provided with a personal flotation device (PFD) and a paddle.
    Participants are given advice on how to construct rafts using ropes, planks and drums. They then build rafts in teams in preparation for a major paddle challenge. This program is a unique team building activity aimed at encouraging a group to work together more effectively.
Raft Making - paddling

Swimming supervision (years 4+)

  • Duration: 1 hour including brief.  
  • Supervision for swimming can be provided to ensure that safety guidelines are followed.
  • Staff are trained to perform rescues and provide first aid if required.

Land programs

Guided bush walk (years 4+)

Participants are led on a 4.5km circuit by a qualified instructor through the Bickley valley adjacent to the camp. A wide variety of plant and animal life can usually be observed while completing this bushwalk.
Bickley Guided Bush Walk

Hut building (years1+)

A storm is coming!

Participants need to work in small groups to construct emergency makeshift shelters in a bush environment. Before dismantling the shelters they are tested for their sturdiness and their ability to repel rain.

Hut building

Icebreakers (years 4+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours.
  • A series of fun and interactive activities designed to break the ice. Participants work together with their group members to gain a greater understanding of themselves as a person and as a team member. These games are entertaining and a great way to begin your camp experience.

Mountain biking beginner (years 9+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours.
  • Camp offers two mountain biking programs – a beginners and an advanced. The beginner's program requires a reasonable level of fitness and basic bike handling skills. This ride is 7km in length and takes you from Bickley Camp to Victoria Reservoir and back.This ride takes in the scenery of the Victoria Reservoir Catchment Area.
Mountain Bike - Beginners

 Mountain biking advanced (years 9+)

  • Duration: 3 hours.
  • The advanced program requires a moderate level of fitness and moderate bike handling skills. The advanced program is 13.5km in length and includes some downhill track and sections of rocky descent. This ride takes in the scenery of the Victoria Reservoir Catchment Area.
Advanced Mountain Biking

Orienteering (years 5+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours.
  • Participants use topographical maps of the Bickley Valley to search for and locate markers in the surrounding area. Two-way radios are provided for Orienteering teams to keep in contact with the instructor. This program supports map reading skills, teamwork, prioritising, communication and cooperation to obtain more points than other teams. For groups with minimal experience in the use of topographical maps, the instructor will teach the participants how to use these maps effectively.
Orienteering - Map Reading and Radio Comms

Search and rescue (years 5+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours.
  • This program is popular as it supports map reading and deciphering skills in a team setting. Participants use detailed topographical maps of the Bickley Valley area and two-way radios to locate the missing military remnants and obtain the code words. They must be on the look-out for the enemy to avoid being captured.
Search and Rescue - participants

Team building (years 4+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours.
  • This program is a collection of team challenges designed to make participants think outside the square to solve an array of problems. The problems are designed to develop and improve group skills. Improved communication, cooperation, trust and leadership can be achieved through this program.
Team Building - Minefield

Self-directed activities

There are a number of activities that are free of charge in the Bickley Valley area including numerous walking and mountain biking opportunities adjacent to the camp.

The camp has a multipurpose court area that is available to Kookaburra dormitory clients for free play, however please check the availability with our staff. Groups are advised to bring their own sporting equipment.

Further information about self-directed activities can be obtained by contacting the camp on 08 9492 9781.

Victoria Dam bush walk

Duration: Allow 2 to 3 hours

The 7.2km return easy/moderate walk from Bickley Camp to Victoria Reservoir is steeped in local history. Walk on the track constructed for the very first saw mill in WA, cross the oldest wooden bridge in Australia and arrive at the first dam built in WA, constructed in 1891. Admire the Old Victoria Dam wall as well as taking in the spectacular bushland and city views from the top of the new Victoria Reservoir.

Directions and map for the Victoria Dam walk below.

Guided bush walk Bickley

Pricing

Prices are tiered for school groups, not-for-profit community groups and corporate groups.

2017 prices effective 1 January 2017.
2018 prices effective 1 January 2018.
Raft Making - paddling

School groups 2017

Program Type Cost per person Minimum charge
Abseiling Roping $25.50 $408
Quarry abseiling Roping $61 $1220
Leap of faith Roping $14.25 $228
Vertical challenges Roping $14.25 $228
Flying fox Roping $14.25 $228
Climbing wall Roping $14.25 $228
Crate climb Roping $14.25 $228
Canoeing Water $15.75 $252
Raft making Water $15.75 $252
Team building Land $10.50 $157.50
Search and rescue Land $15.75 $252
Ice breaking games Land $7.25 $232
Orienteering Land $10.75 $172
Mountain biking (beginner) Land $15.75 $252
Mountain biking (advanced) Land $29.50 $472

School groups 2018

 Program Type
Cost per person
Minimum charge
 Abseiling  Roping $25.75  $412
 Quarry abseiling  Roping  $62  $1240
 Crate climb  Roping  $14.50  $232
 Flying fox  Roping  $14.50  $232
 Leap of faith  Roping  $14.50  $232
 Vertical challenges  Roping  $14.50  $232
 Canoeing  Water  $16  $256
 Raft making  Water  $16  $256
 Ice breaking games  Land  $7.25  $232
 Bush hut building  Land  $10.75  $172
 Guided bush walk  Land  $10.75  $172
 Mountain biking (beginners)  Land  $16  $256
 Mountain biking (advanced)  Land  $29.75  $476
 Orienteering  Land  $10.75  $172
 Search and rescue  Land  $16.00  $256
 Team building  Land  $10.75  $172

Booking conditions for school groups

  1. All bookings are subject to availability of facilities, instructors etc.
  2. Rates charged are those current at the time of occupancy and are inclusive of GST.
  3. Self catering charge $2.00 per person per day (no charge for 4-year-olds or under).
  4. Aquatic supervisor must be booked in advance and is assigned to approved supervision ratios.
  5. Bookings for day programs (non residential groups) only in Term 1 and 4 subject to camp approval.
  6. Day programs (non residential groups) will only be secured on receipt of deposit.
  7. The minimum charge is the deposit for a single activity day program to proceed.
  8. A deposit of 80% of the total per person charge is required for multiple activity day programs.
  9. The camp reserves the right to cancel an activity for any group.
  10. Day visitor charge of $3.50 per person applies to non-residential day programs that exceed 3 hours onsite.
  11. Check-in time is 2pm and check-out time is 10am.
  12. Agree to terms and conditions pursuant to your booking.


Community groups 2017

Program Type Cost per person Minimum charge
Abseiling Roping $38 $608
Quarry abseiling Roping $75 $1550
Leap of faith Roping $18.50 $296
Vertical challenges Roping $18.50 $296
Flying fox Roping $18.50 $296
Climbing wall Roping $18.50 $296
Crate climb Roping $18.50 $296
Canoeing Water $19.50 $312
Raft making Water $19.50 $312
Team building Land $12 $219
Search and rescue Land $19.50 $285
Ice breaking games Land $11 $352
Orienteering Land $12 $192
Mountain biking (beginner) Land $23 $368
Mountain biking (advanced) Land $42 $672
Bickley challenge (half day) Mixed $55 $825
Bickley challenge (full day) Mixed $80 $1600


Community groups 2018

 Program Type
Cost per person
Minimum charge
 Abseiling  Roping  $38.50  $616
 Quarry abseiling  Roping  $76  $1520
 Crate climb  Roping  $18.75  $300
 Flying fox  Roping  $18.75  $300
 Leap of faith  Roping  $18.75  $300
 Vertical challenges  Roping  $18.75  $300
 Canoeing  Water  $23.25  $372
 Raft making  Water  $23.25  $372
 Ice breaking games  Land  $11  $352
 Bush hut building  Land  $12  $192
 Guided bush walk  Land  $12  $192
 Mountain biking (beginners)  Land  $23.25  $372
 Mountain biking (advanced)  Land  $42.50  $680
 Orienteering  Land  $12  $192
 Search and rescue  Land  $19.75  $316
 Team building  Land  $12  $192
 Bickley challenge (half day)  Land  $56  $840
 Bickley challenge (full day)  Land  $81  $1620

Booking conditions for community groups

  1. All bookings are subject to availability of facilities, instructors etc.
  2. Rates charged are those current at the time of occupancy and are inclusive of GST.
  3. Self catering charge $2.00 per person per day (no charge for 4-year-olds or under).
  4. Aquatic supervisor must be booked in advance and is assigned to approved supervision ratios.
  5. Bookings for day programs (non residential groups) only in Term 1 and 4 subject to camp approval.
  6. Day programs (non residential groups) will only be secured on receipt of deposit.
  7. The minimum charge is the deposit for a single activity day program to proceed.
  8. A deposit of 80% of the total per person charge is required for multiple-activity day programs.
  9. The camp reserves the right to cancel an activity for any group.
  10. Day visitor charge of $4.50 per person applies to non-residential day programs.
  11. Check-in time is 2pm and check-out time is 10am.
  12. Agree to terms and conditions pursuant to your booking.



Corporate groups 2017

Program Type Cost per person Minimum charge
Abseiling Roping $53.50 $856
Quarry abseiling Roping $110 $2200
Leap of faith Roping $26 $416
Vertical challenges Roping $26 $416
Flying fox Roping $26 $416
Climbing wall Roping $26 $416
Crate climb Roping $26 $416
Canoeing Water $27 $432
Raft making Water $27 $432
Team building Land $17 $255
Search and rescue Land $32.50 $520
Ice breaking games Land $15.50 $496
Orienteering Land $17 $272
Mountain biking (beginner) Land $32.50 $520
Mountain biking (advanced) Land $57 $912
Bickley challenge (half day) Mixed $77 $1155
Bickley challenge (full day) Mixed $113 $2260


Booking conditions for corporate groups 2017

    1. All bookings are subject to availability of facilities, instructors etc.
    2. Rates charged are those current at the time of occupancy and are inclusive of GST.
    3. Self catering charge $2.00 per person per day (no charge for 4-year-olds or under).
    4. Aquatic supervisor must be booked in advance and is assigned to approved supervision ratios.
    5. Bookings for day programs (non residential groups) only in Term 1 and 4 subject to camp approval.
    6. Day Programs (non residential groups) will only be secured on receipt of deposit.
    7. The minimum charge is the deposit for a single activity day program to proceed.
    8. A deposit of 80% of the total per person charge is required for multiple activity day programs.
    9. The camp reserves the right to cancel an activity for any group.
    10. Day visitor charge of $5.50 per person applies to non-residential day programs.
    11. Check-in time is 2pm and check-out time is 10am.
    12. Agree to terms and conditions pursuant to your booking.


Corporate groups 2018

 Program Type
Cost per person
Minimum charge
 Abseiling  Roping $54.75  $876
 Quarry abseiling  Roping  $111  $2220
 Crate climb  Roping  $26  $416
 Flying fox  Roping  $26  $416
 Leap of faith  Roping  $26  $416
 Vertical challenges  Roping  $26  $416
 Canoeing  Water  $32.75  $524
 Raft making  Water  $32.75  $524
 Ice breaking games  Land  $15.50  $496
 Mountain biking (beginners)  Land  $32.75  $524
 Mountain biking (advanced)  Land  $58  $928
 Orienteering  Land  $17  $272
 Search and rescue  Land  $27  $432
 Team building  Land  $17  $272
 Bickley challenge (half day)  Land  $78  $1170
 Bickley challenge (full day)  Land  $115  $2300

Booking conditions for corporate groups 2018

    1. All bookings are subject to availability of facilities, instructors etc.
    2. Rates charged are those current at the time of occupancy and are inclusive of GST.
    3. Self catering charge $2.50 per person per day (no charge for 4-year-olds or under).
    4. Aquatic supervisor must be booked in advance and is assigned to approved supervision ratios.
    5. Bookings for day programs (non residential groups) only in Term 1 and 4 subject to camp approval.
    6. Day Programs (non residential groups) will only be secured on receipt of deposit.
    7. The minimum charge is the deposit for a single activity day program to proceed.
    8. A deposit of 80% of the total per person charge is required for multiple activity day programs.
    9. The camp reserves the right to cancel an activity for any group.
    10. Day visitor charge of $5.50 per person applies to non-residential day programs.
    11. Check-in time is 2pm and check-out time is 10am.
    12. Agree to terms and conditions pursuant to your booking.

More information

Bickley Outdoor Recreation Camp

Hardinge Road, Orange Grove WA 6109
Telephone 08 9492 9781
Facsimile 08 9459 6432
Facebook @bickleycamp
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