Programs at Point Walter

Point Walter has some great adventure and aquatic programs combined with great conference facilities.

Programs

Outdoor recreation programs are the foundation of what Point Walter provides to the community. Since 1996, structured programs have been offered at Point Walter. They have evolved into 13 distinct recreation programs, with an additional range of program variations, training packages, workplace adventures and custom-developed programs.

The primary strategy outcome of the programs offered at the camp supports the Department's emphasis on promoting healthy, active lifestyles. By incorporating participation in recreation and physical activity during camping experiences, recreation programs provide a chance for guests to experience new activities, explore the benefits of physical activity and promote the maintenance of healthy lifestyles.

In order to meet these outcomes, Point Walter Recreation and Conference Centre operates within the ethos of Challenge by Choice.

Participant posing with a bow and arrow with archery targets behind

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

Due to the active nature of the programs offered, participants must wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

  • Enclosed shoes are required for all land based and roping programs
  • Thongs or sandals are not suitable except for when transitioning to programs in the water including Raft Building and Paddling. During these water programs, enclosed lace-up shoes such as sneakers or water booties must be worn.
  • Participation in land-based programs will not be allowed for persons wearing sandals or thongs. Short tops (e.g. crop tops) that leave the mid-riff exposed or shirts that do not cover the shoulders are not suitable for roping programs such as Abseiling or High Ropes.
  • Necklaces, chains, scarves or similar articles are to be removed from around participants’ necks before commencing any roping program. Similarly, large or lengthy earrings and exposed body piercings may need to be covered on request from the instructor in charge.
  • Participants must wear a hat and are encouraged to bring sunglasses, a full water bottle and wet weather gear (subject to weather conditions)
A girl climbing the high ropes

Programs

Point Walter 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

Participant on the high ropes

Abseiling (years 7+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Take on the vertical challenge of our purpose-built abseiling tower. Abseil from 10 metres, start on our beginners’ slope and progress to our vertical wall and try out our overhang. 
  • We also offer wheelchair abseiling and special needs programs. Please contact the centre directly for further information.

Flying fox (years 4+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Fly across the grounds on our flying fox. This activity is a favourite with junior and middle primary school students, but enjoyable for any age.

High ropes/climbing (years 6+/8+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • The high ropes course offers a range of climbing and vertical challenge activities for you to experience. Not only can you challenge yourself but you can also assist as part of the belay system to keep your team members safe and having fun.
  • Some of the high elements include leap of faith, beam walk and grape vine.

Crate climb (years 6+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Crate climb is a team challenge with participants working together to build a six metre crate tower to be climbed by a participant in a harness.

Land programs

Children's cooperating during a challenge

Archery (years 5+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Using re-curve bows test your aim at hitting Olympic-style bullseye targets. Master your archery techniques. Learn the different parts of the bow and arrow and the correct way to release your arrow.
  • This is a popular activity for developing hand/eye coordination and is fully supervised by qualified and experienced staff.

Mountain biking (years 6+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Mountain biking will take you along local trails and bike paths on the edge of the Swan River. Programs are supervised by experienced staff.

Team building (years 4+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Team building activities are custom designed to suit the group objectives. They can be designed to encourage teamwork, stimulate initiative, create leadership, generate trust or to have fun.

Kite making (years 4+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Design, colour, build and fly your very own personalised kite. Fly your kite over 15 metres in the sky.

Orienteering (years 5+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • The orienteering program will take you around Point Walter locating markers, using team work and map reading skills. This program can be run as a self-directed activity or led by one of our experienced instructors.

Water Programs

Participant paddling on the Swan River, Point Walter

Aquatic supervisor (years 4+)

  • Duration: 2 hours +
  • Point Walter management can provide all groups intending to use the river or swimming pool with qualified aquatic supervisors to supervise the group for water safety (two hours minimum).

Raft making (years 6+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Raft making is a team challenge in which participants work together to build a raft from floating pontoons, planks and ropes. The raft is then paddled by up to eight participants through a fun course.

Paddling (years 6+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Paddling is conducted on sit-on-top kayaks and covers basic paddling skills under qualified staff instruction.
  • Personal floatation devices (PFDs) are worn by all participants and a safety dinghy is provided for the reassurance of novice paddlers as required.

Pool games (years 4+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Pool games can challenge the group with fun and wet problem solving activities in and around the 12 metre pool.
  • A variety of games equipment is provided and supervised by a qualified instructor.

Self-directed programs

Point Walter Camp has a small range of self-directed recreation programs that can be conducted by camp leaders. Self-directed programs provide a cost-effective alternative to the camp-led programs. Further information about self-directed programs can be obtained by contacting a Program Coordinator at the camp.

Free play equipment

There is a limited supply of sporting equipment available to borrow from the camp office. Groups, particularly large ones, are encouraged to bring their own sporting equipment to use during camp.

Pricing

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

School groups

Program Type Cost per person Minimum charge
Abseiling Roping $17.00 $255
Flying fox Roping $17.00 $255
High ropes course Roping $17.00 $255
Roping combination (may include 3 activities) Roping $49.00 $735
Crate climb Roping $15.00 $225
Aquatic supervisor Water Hourly Instructor rate
Raft building Water $17.00 $255
Paddling Water $17.00 $255
Pool games Water $8.00 $120
Archery Land $12.50 $187.50
Team building Land $8.00 $120
Orienteering Land $8.00 $120
Ultimate sports Land $8.00 $120
Icebreaker games Land $7.00 $140
Mountain biking Land $19.00 $285
Kite making Land $10.00 $150
Kite making (self-directed) Land $6.00 N/A
Orienteering (self-directed) Land $2.50 N/A
Half day program (minimum 25 persons) Mixed N/A N/A
Full day program (minimum 25 persons) Mixed N/A N/A

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. Aquatic Supervisor should be booked in advance and is assigned to approved supervision ratios.
  4. Bookings for day programs (non residential groups) only in Term 1 and 4, subject to camp approval.
  5. Day programs (non residential groups) will only be secured on receipt of deposit.
  6. The minimum charge is the deposit for a single program to proceed.
  7. A deposit of 50% of the total per person charge is required for multiple activity programs.
  8. The camp reserves the right to cancel an activity for any group.
  9. Day visitor charge of $3.50 per person applies to non-residential day programs.
  10. Agree to terms and conditions pursuant to your booking.

Community groups

Program Type Cost per person Minimum charge
Abseiling Roping $26.50 $397.50
Flying fox Roping $26.50 $397.50
High ropes course Roping $26.50 $397.50
Roping combination (may include 3 activities) Roping $73.00 $1,095
Crate climb Roping $22.00 $330
Aquatic supervisor Water Hourly Instructor rate
Raft building Water $26.50 $397.50
Paddling Water $26.50 $397.50
Pool games Water $11.50 $172.50
Archery Land $18.00 $270
Team building Land $11.50 $172.50
Orienteering Land $11.50 $172.50
Ultimate sports Land $11.50 $172.50
Icebreaker games Land $10.50 $210
Mountain biking Land $25.00 $375
Kite making Land $15.00 $225

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. Aquatic Supervisor should be booked in advance and is assigned to approved supervision ratios.
  4. Bookings for day programs (non residential groups) only in Term 1 and 4, subject to camp approval.
  5. Day programs (non residential groups) will only be secured on receipt of deposit.
  6. The minimum charge is the deposit for a single program to proceed.
  7. A deposit of 50% of the total per person charge is required for multiple activity programs.
  8. The camp reserves the right to cancel an activity for any group.
  9. Day visitor charge of $4.50 per person applies to non-residential day programs.
  10. Agree to terms and conditions pursuant to your booking.

Corporate groups

Program Type Cost per person Minimum charge
Abseiling Roping $36.00 $540
Flying fox Roping $36.00
$540
High ropes course Roping $36.00
$540
Roping combination (may include 3 activities) Roping $98.00 $1470
Crate climb Roping $31.50 $472.50
Aquatic supervisor Water Hourly Instructor rate
Raft building Water $36.00
$540
Paddling Water $36.00
$540
Pool games Water $16.50 $247.50
Archery Land $26.00 $390
Team building Land $16.50 $247.50
Orienteering Land $16.50 $247.50
Ultimate sports Land $16.50 $247.50
Icebreaker games Land $15.00 $300
Mountain biking Land $36.00 $540
Half day program Land $65.00 $1000
 Full day program Land $99.00 $1500

Booking conditions for corporate 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. Aquatic Supervisor should be booked in advance and is assigned to approved supervision ratios.
  4. Bookings for day programs (non residential groups) only in Term 1 and 4, subject to camp approval.
  5. Day programs (non residential groups) will only be secured on receipt of deposit.
  6. The minimum charge is the deposit for a single program to proceed.
  7. A deposit of 50% of the total per person charge is required for multiple activity programs.
  8. The camp reserves the right to cancel an activity for any group.
  9. Day visitor charge of $4.50 per person applies to non-residential day programs.
  10. Agree to terms and conditions pursuant to your booking.