Bickley Camp welcomes community for open day

08 May 2017
More than 1000 people turned up to Bickley Outdoor Recreation Camp last weekend.

Bickley open day canoeingThe sun was shining as families from across the metropolitan area participated in a range of fun outdoor activities including flying fox, canoeing, orienteering and vertical challenges.

Event coordinator Bernadette Bennett was thrilled to see such a large number of people getting outside and being active on such a beautiful day.

“This is what we are all about at Bickley Camp: offering the community access to a well-maintained and safely-operated facility where they can participate in introductory outdoor activities,” said Bernadette.

Other highlights from the day included talks from nature educator and enthusiast Eric McCrum on local flora and fauna, reptile handling with Bush Wisdom, information from the Department of Water, gumnut craft creations and camping displays by Scouts WA.

Guests were entertained with live music and history tours of the site and all ages enjoyed the delicious food from Orange Grove Primary School P&C and Accolade Catering.

Thanks to DFES Maddington career firefighters and City of Gosnells Bushfire Brigade volunteers who provided an interactive opportunity for kids to sit in fire trucks, have a go at using fire hoses and try out the sirens.

“This was our first open day at Bickley Camp and it was great to see so many people have an opportunity to visit such a unique bush location right on the doorstep of the metro area,” said Camp Manager Aaron Bertram.

“During Bickley’s history we’ve welcomed a diverse range of groups to the site. We hope a day like this encourages more community groups and families to engage with the camp, whether that’s through overnight accommodation in our dormitories and tent camping area or by taking part in adventure activities.”

Run by the Department of Sport and Recreation, Bickley Camp is a recreation camp and former Youth Camp in Orange Grove.

For more information or to book an adventure at Bickley Camp.

Canoeing

Scouts WA Bickley Open Day

City of Gosnells - Bushfire brigade volunteers

Bickley open day Eric McCrum

Bickley open day history tours

Flying Fox Vertical Challenges

Bickley Open Day Accolade Catering

Bickley open day fire truck