Programs at Ern Halliday

With more than 20 recreation programs available, there's a level of challenge for every group.

Programs

Structured programs have been offered at Ern Halliday since 2000 and have evolved into 22 distinct recreation programs, with an additional range of program variations, training packages, workplace adventures, custom programs, self–directed activities and holiday programs.

We also provide workplace adventures or tailor-made programs. These are suitable for all ages and abilities and can be designed to suit any aims or objectives you may have. They are only available on request, increased program costs may be incurred. 

Programs offered at the camp support the agency emphasis in promoting healthy active lifestyles. By incorporating participation in recreation and physical activity during camping experiences, recreation programs provide a chance for camp guests to experience new activities, explore the benefits of physical activity and promote the maintenance of healthy lifestyles.

Participants climbing the indoor climbing wall at Ern Halliday.

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

Due to the active nature of the programs offered, participants must wear enclosed shoes for all land–based programs. Thongs or sandals are not suitable except for beach programs such as surf life saving and surf ski paddling.

Participation in land-based programs will not be allowed for persons wearing sandals or thongs. Short tops (e.g. crop tops) that leave the midriff exposed are not suitable for roping programs such as abseiling or rock climbing. It's also preferred that shorts are longer than mid-thigh on roping and paddling programs. Necklaces, chains, scarfs or similar articles are to be removed from around participant’s necks before the commencement of any roping program. Similarly, piercings, large or lengthy earrings and exposed body piercings may need to be covered on request from the instructor in charge.

Instructor in the cave entrance at Ern Halliday.

Programs

Ern Halliday offers structured recreation programs. Year levels are based on recommendations from the Department of Education and DSR Camps Chain Safety Group. Some programs are offered to younger students, however please contact the camp for more information.

Roping programs

Ern Halliday tower

Abseiling (years 7+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • 5m or 10m vertical abseil off a custom–built adventure tower overlooking the Indian Ocean with spectacular coastal views.
  • Participants are top line belayed by qualified instructors. All equipment is supplied.

Ascending (years 8+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Ascend 9m using prussic lines, caving ladders and frog ascents.
  • Qualified instructors will help you learn and develop advanced roping techniques as well as revisiting existing techniques.
  • All equipment is supplied.

Big swing (years 5+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • A roping activity that will give you the swing of your life! Team mates haul one participant at a time up to 8m in the air. Pull a pin and swing like a giant pendulum.
  • Qualified staff will help you to overcome your fears. All equipment provided.
  • Can be modified to suit mobility restrictions. This must be discussed with the camp well in advance of your arrival

Crate climb (years 5+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • In your team, design, build and then climb a 6–9m structure using only crates whilst being safely belayed on rope by a qualified instructor. Can you reach the sky on milk crates?

Flying fox (years 3+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Starting 5m up, zoom down two 80m long flying foxes. Jump off backwards, try x-man or cannon ball. Confront your fears with our qualified staff.
  • Can be modified to suit mobility restrictions. This must be discussed with the camp well in advance of your arrival.

Jacobs ladder (years 5+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Try your luck at climbing to the top of a giant ladder. Belayed on rope, three climbers will work as a team to reach the top of the 9m ladder.
  • A qualified instructor will also teach how to safely belay climbers.

Rock climbing (years 3+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Climb seven graded routes set by outdoor enthusiasts on a 9m artificial climbing wall. Also learn the correct technique to safely belay a climber. All equipment provided as well as a qualified instructor.
  • Can be modified to suit mobility restrictions. This must be discussed with the camp well in advance of your arrival.

Roping combo (varied year groups)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Roping combos are great  for fitting more activity into a shorter space of time and saving money while you are at it.
  • Only camp approved combos are available. Contact the camp for more details.

Vertical ascent (years 6+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Try climbing five vertical roping elements suspended 9m from the roof whilst being safely belayed by team mates. Elements include a cargo net, caving ladder, wharf rope and caterpillar climb. Develop roping skills, climbing and belay techniques.
  • Qualified staff are present to ensure you make it back to the ground safely.

Water programs

Paddling Ern Halliday

Beach team building (years 3+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Purpose designed for initiative beach activities without going into the water. Qualified instructors will run uniquely styled beach games with a splash of a difference. A great introduction into team building activities.
  • Can be modified to suit mobility restrictions. This must be discussed with the camp well in advance of your arrival.

Surf lifesaving (years 5+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Learn beach safety, awareness and lifeguard signals down the beach only 100m from the Ern Halliday Camp. Also learn how to use rescue boards, rescue tubes and try your speed in flags.
  • Qualified staff and equipment are provided.

Paddling (years 7+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Using sit-on-top paddle craft, learn the basics behind paddling then use this knowledge to paddle along the coast of the Indian Ocean with qualified staff. All equipment is supplied.
  • Dual sit-on-top crafts are also available for hesitant paddlers or participants with disability. Please advise camps staff when booking this program. 
  • Can be modified to suit mobility restrictions. This must be discussed with the camp well in advance of your arrival.

Paddling (advanced years 9+)

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Paddle cross trainers for three hours along the Sunset Coast, having various breaks along the way. Start the paddle from North Scarborough to Hillarys with qualified paddling instructors. Along the way learn some advanced paddling techniques and skills.
  • Route may vary for weather conditions.
  • Must have previous paddle experience and own transport.

Water supervision (years 3+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Aquatic supervision can also be supplied for groups. Instructors all have their Aquatic Rescue Qualification or equivalent and are supplied according to set ratios for Department of Education and the Department's aquatic supervision guidelines.

Land programs

Ern Halliday caving

Archery (years 3+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Using re-curve fibreglass bows, test your aim at hitting Olympic–style bullseye target boards. Along the way master your archery techniques. All equipment is provided.
  • Can be modified to suit mobility restrictions. This must be discussed with the camp well in advance of your arrival.

Caving (years 5+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Crawl 280m in the first artificial cave system built in Perth with qualified staff. In complete darkness, attempt Zorro’s tunnel, the Maze as well as an underground tunnelling system. Head torches and helmets supplied.

Coastal bike tour (years 7+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Fully guided coastal bike tour along the picturesque Sunset Coast. Our 1½ hour tour is conducted at a relaxed pace and only a moderate level of fitness is required. Helmets and bikes are provided. 

Ice breakers (years 3+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Fun, short, basic level team building activities designed to break down barriers and get everyone working together. Exciting activities allowing teams to be creative in small or large groups. A great introduction towards team building activities or if a group is newly formed.
  • Can be modified to suit mobility restrictions. This must be discussed with the camp well in advance of your arrival.

Kite making (years 3+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Design, colour, build and fly your very own personalised kite. Fly your kite over 15m in the sky.
  • Can be modified to suit mobility restrictions. This must be discussed with the camp well in advance of your arrival.
  • Can be self–directed at appropriate charge.

Lost pilot (years 5+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Using CB radios and navigation skills find the remnants of a helicopter crash without being taken prisoner by the Ern Halliday staff. Once all remnants have been located, track down the lost pilot and bring him to safety. A great team building program.

Lost pirate (years 3+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Using CB radios and navigation maps find the pirates’ treasure chests marked by pirate flags and unravel the clues to discover the pirates’ hidden loot. Aim is not to be captured by the pirates. A great team building program for younger groups.

Orienteering (Years 3+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • In over 28 hectares of coastal bushland use our maps to navigate to the 22 orienteering markers located within the camp. Will you have enough time to find them all?
  • Can be self–directed at appropriate charge.

Orienteering (advanced years 8+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • This is an expanded version of the current orienteering program. Participants learn to work with compasses to map out several tracks throughout the camp grounds. The tracks used in this class are more challenging than the ones used for the basic program.
  • Participants are recommended to have prior knowledge of map reading and an understanding of compass navigation.

Team building (years 3+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Qualified instructors running purpose–designed team building exercises to help groups achieve set tasks and goals. Can your team outsmart the challenges? 
  • Can be modified to suit mobility restrictions. This must be discussed with the camp well in advance of your arrival.

Team building (advanced years 8+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Interactive and diverse team building activities designed for groups wanting a more challenging experience. Test the capabilities and dynamics of your group within the natural bush environments. A higher facilitated team building program.

Pricing

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

School groups 2016

Program Type Cost per person Minimum charge
Abseiling Roping $15.50 $248
Ascending Roping $15.50
$248
Big swing Roping $15.50
$248
Crate climb Roping $15.50
$248
Flying fox Roping $15.50
$248
Jacobs ladder Roping $15.50
$248
Rock climbing Roping $15.50
$248
Vertical ascent Roping $15.50
$248
Roping combo Roping $25
$400
Archery Land $10.00 $168
Caving Land $15.00 $248
Coastal bike tour Land $15.00 $248
Icebreaker games Land $8.00 $128
Kite making Land $10.00 $168
Lost pilot Land $13.50 $224
Orienteering Land $8.00 $128.00
Orienteering (advanced) Land $10.00 $168
Team building Land $10.00 $168
Team building (advanced) Land $15.00 $248
Water supervision Water Hourly Instructor rate
Beach team building Water $10.50 $168
Paddling Water $15.50 $248
Paddling advanced Water $29 $464
Surf lifesaving Water $14 $224
Kite making Self directed $6.00 N/A
Orienteering Self directed $2.50 N/A

Summary booking conditions

  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 per person per day (no charge for 4 years old 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 2016

Program Type Cost per person Minimum charge
Abseiling Roping $22.50 $360
Ascending Roping $22.50
$360
Big swing Roping $22.50
$360
Crate climb Roping $22.50
$360
Flying fox Roping $22.50
$360
Jacobs ladder Roping $22.50
$360
Rock climbing Roping $22.50
$360
Vertical ascent Roping $22.50
$360
Roping combo Roping $38.50 $616
Archery Land $15.50 $248
Caving Land $22.50 $360
Coastal bike tour Land $22.50
$360
Icebreaker games Land $12 $192
Kite making Land $15.50 $248
Lost Pilot Land $18.50 $296
Orienteering Land $12 $192
Orienteering (advanced) Land $15.50 $248
Team building Land $15.50 $248
Team building (advanced) Land $22.50 $360
Water supervision Water Hourly Instructor rate
Beach team building Water $15.50 $248
Paddling Water $22.50 $360
Paddling advanced Water $41.00 $656
Surf lifesaving Water $18.50 $296
Kite making Self directed $8.50 N/A
Orienteering Self directed $4.00 N/A

Summary booking conditions

  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 per person per day (no charge for 4 years old 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 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.

Corporate groups 2016

Program Type Cost per person Minimum charge
Abseiling Roping $32.50 $520
Ascending Roping $32.50 $520
Big swing Roping $32.50 $520
Crate climb Roping $32.50 $520
Flying fox Roping $32.50 $520
Jacobs ladder Roping $32.50 $520
Rock climbing Roping $32.50 $520
Vertical ascent Roping $32.50 $520
Roping combo Roping $53.50 $856
Archery Land $21.50 $344
Caving Land $32.50 $520
Coastal bike tour Land $32.50 $520
Icebreaker games Land $17 $272
Kite making Land $21.50 $344
Lost pilot Land $25.50 $408
Orienteering Land $17 $272
Orienteering (advanced) Land $21.50 $344
Beach team building Land $21.50 $344
Team building (advanced) Land $32.50 $520
Water supervision Water Price on application Price on application
Beach team building Water $21.50 $344
Paddling Water $32.50 $520
Paddling advanced Water $56.50 $904
Surf lifesaving Water $26 $416
Kite making Self directed  $12  N/A
Orienteering Self directed $6.00  N/A
Corporate package 1   $38.00 $608
Corporate package 2   $55.50 $888
Corporate package 3   $71 $1136

 Summary booking conditions

  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 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 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.