Woodman Point facilities
Woodman Point offers many facilities including the a 13m tall recreational complex called the CUBE.
The CUBE was constructed as part of the 2006/07 capital improvement program at Woodman Point Camp. The primary building stands 13 metres high and its bright colours are visible along the nearby coastline and Fremantle approach roads. It is a prominent feature at the camp and artistically contrasts the historical feel of the remaining buildings. The building demands the attention and interest of client groups, visitors, trades persons and locals.
The specialised roping facility contains high ropes elements, internal and external abseiling at 5m and 9m, internal and external artificial rock climbing walls, several vertical climbing elements, two external 120m flying fox ziplines, briefing room, staff office, storage area and ablutions. It is a significant addition not only to the camp, but to the adventure recreation industry landscape in WA. There is simply no facility of its kind anywhere else in the state.
At the centre of the camp is a large grassed open space. The condition of the surface is not suitable for sports training, but rather provides a nice open space for informal activities. There are some flat grassed facilities within a couple of kilometres of the camp for groups requiring an even activity surface. A wide path disects the oval and provides a link between the accommodation precinct and arrival area.
Located next to the main oval and the Acacia day area is a basketball and tennis court. The court has basic lighting for informal night use until 10pm. A synthetic grass sports field is located alongside the Owen dormitories on the main oval. This 45m x 30m pitch provides guests with a level field to play games, perform training drills, etc. These areas are available for all camp guests to share during their stay, and cannot be formally booked.
The beach along our camp boundary is a quiet stretch of coast, with waters that are protected from major swell by Woodman Point. As the Woodman Point Camp boundary stretches for some 500m along the coast, there generally are not many other public users of our section of beach. Access to the beach is via two access gates – one between Spinifex and Grevillea dormitory and the other near our program shed. Your dormitory key unlocks these gates.
Groups should be aware of their own duty of care in relation to water-based activities. Further guidance can be provided by staff at the camp, and camp instructors can be hired for group water supervision. Contact the camp directly for further information on 9492 9797.
The beach is also good for a group walk. Less than two kilometres south of the beach gates from the camp is the end of Woodman Point, which can be reached using the dual-use path. About 1.5km north of the camp beach entry is the John Graham Public Reserve and jetty.
Coastal dual-use bike path
Extending several kilometres in either direction along the coast from Woodman Point, the local dual-use bike path is a good way of exploring the local coastline. There are parks, picnic areas, playgrounds and toilets along the path, and most of the path is smooth red-stone bitumen, which is very user-friendly.
The dining facility is located within the main accommodation area of the camp and consists of three separate dining rooms, two servery areas and a large kitchen. Designed by a ship builder in the early 1900s, the unique main room looks like the inside of an upside-down ship hull. The facility was restored to an immaculate condition in 2007.
Dining room 1 is the largest of the dining rooms, and can seat up to 200 people (in conference configuration). Dining rooms 2 and 3 can seat up to 70 people in each. Dining rooms are allocated to groups using Owen, Spinifex or Grevillea dormitories, based on the size of each group.
Located in the servery corridor is a tea/coffee preparation area for group leaders, and there are two filtered water cooler fountains located on the veranda just outside the servery. No access is allowed to the adjoining commercial kitchen for any group, as the area is used by our on-site catering company, Accolade Catering.
The recreation hall is a useful facility for groups wanting a separate indoor space. It is a basic building with the dimensions of 15 metres x 9 metres.
Availability of the recreation hall is provided in three time-slots: morning, afternoon and evening. Dormitory groups can book time-slots free of charge (under certain conditions) through the camp, however, guaranteed access can only be assured by making a formal booking of the facility with our Bookings Office for the applicable fee.
The room contains a wall-mounted whiteboard, a pin-up board and tables and chairs. An alarm system provides added security for groups if required. Audio-visual equipment can be hired from the camp and is primarily used in the recreation hall.
Bertie Poore Room
Specifically designed for camp leaders for school groups, the Bertie Poore Room is a central meeting room designed to assist with the coordination of school camps.
Located in the middle of the main accommodation area of the camp, the room is the first to be renovated in the former Doctor’s Residence precinct. The room contains a tea/coffee preparation area, electronic whiteboard, board table, small fridge, lounge and DVD/TV.
This room is provided to school camp leaders at the discretion of camp staff.
Woodman Point Heritage Trail
Woodman Point Recreation Camp was originally built as a Quarantine Station for the port of Fremantle. An informative heritage trail has been developed to educate the camp guests about the history of the former station, and the local flora and fauna. There are a number of information signs located around the site, each able to be located using a heritage trail map available from the camp office.
Woodman Point camp office
Our staff are based in the former quarantine station laundry room, located near the main roundabout next to the oval.
The camp office also contains a display based on the true history of the camp, a worthwhile visit for all clients.
All visitors to the site should register at the office upon arrival. Group leaders can collect their keys from the office, and emergency contact numbers and a site map is posted alongside the front door.
Located in the former Doctor’s Residence precinct, camp leaders can utilise the shared laundry. There are two coin-operated (4 x $1 coin per load) washing machines, laundry trough and bench. You will need to bring your own washing detergent for these machines. See camp staff for further information.
Work shed area
Former important buildings used in the processing of luggage and clothing during the quarantine era has now been converted to work and storage sheds for the general operation of the camp. These renovated sheds are located in the staff area next to the office. Access to these areas for camp guests is not permitted. Supervised access is allowed during formal tours and certain recreation programs.
A historic feature of this area is the boiler and fumigation equipment, which played a vital role in the elimination of pests and diseases at the quarantine station. This equipment is preserved in its original location and is featured in historical site tours and the Historical Night Tour program.
Passengers disembarking at the former quarantine station were required to take a shower with disinfectant before accessing their accommodation at the site. The shower block building still exists and is located between the Acacia Day Area and the work shed area. For heritage conservation reasons, the shower area inside this building has remained unaltered, and as such this building remains relatively unused.
This building is featured during historical site tours and the Historical Night Tour program.
The Camp Manager resides on-site for the purposes of emergency response and site security. The Manager’s residence is located at the north-western corner of the camp, past the recreation hall and Tuart Cottage. The house was formerly named Cypress Cottage, and used to house the Officer in Charge of the quarantine station. Two large Norfolk Island pines planted by Bertie Poore now stand tall in front of the house.
General enquiries or emergencies should be directed in the first instance to the emergency camp mobile on 0414 448 088.
The former isolation hospital for the quarantine station is located next to Jervoise dormitory near the entrance to the camp. This historical building is now the home of the Friends of Woodman Point Recreation Camp Inc. This association is a community group dedicated to protecting and promoting the heritage of the former quarantine station. The ‘Friends’ often conduct guided historical tours around the site.