Programs at Ern Halliday

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

Contact the camp directly on 08 9492 9788 to discuss your groups needs.

Big swing Ern Halliday

General information

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

  • Fully 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.
  • Hats should be worn on all programs.
  • Short tops (e.g. crop tops) that leave the midriff exposed are not suitable for roping programs such as abseiling or rock climbing.
  • Long hair must be secured in a ponytail when participating in roping programs.
  • 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.
  • Body 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 the Department Camps Chain Safety Group. Some programs are offered to younger students, however please contact the camp for more information.
Ern Halliday caving

Roping programs

Abseiling (school year 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 (school year 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 (school year 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 (school year 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 (school year 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 (school year 8+)

  • 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 (school year 5+)

  • 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 (school year 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

Beach team building (school year 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.

Paddling (school year 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 (school year 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.

Surf lifesaving (school year 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.

Water supervision (school year 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

Archery (school year 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.

Bike Pump Track (school year 5+) **NEW 2017**

Duration: 1.5 hours

Over 200 lineal metres of stabilised clay track including rollers and berms. This can be divided into 2 smaller tracks catering for different levels of skills as well as being opened-up into one large track.

It is designed to allow bikes to ride the course continuously without pedaling, by using weight shifts (pumping) and gravity to drive momentum.

Caving (school year 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 (school year 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 (school year 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 (school year 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 (school year 3+)

  • 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.

Minutes To Win It (school year 3+) **NEW 2017**

Duration: 1.5 hours

A series of physical and mental activity stations each designed to challenge participants in a different way.

The aim is to complete each activity station in your fastest time.

Orienteering (school year 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 (school year 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 (school year 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 (school year 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.

Self-directed programs

Ern Halliday 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.

Pricing

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

2019 prices effective 1 January 2019.
Archery Ern Halliday

School groups

Pricing for school groups 2019
Program Type
Cost per person
Minimum charge
 Abseiling  Roping  $17  $272
 Ascending  Roping  $17  $272
 Big swing  Roping  $17  $272
 Crate climb  Roping  $17  $272
 Flying fox  Roping  $17  $272
 Jacob's ladder  Roping  $17  $272
 Rock climbing  Roping  $17  $272
 Vertical ascent  Roping  $17  $272
 Abseiling and flying fox combo  Roping  $26.50  $424
 Big swing and crate climb combo  Roping  $26.50  $424
 Archery  Land  $11  $176
 Bike pump track  Land  $17  $272
 Caving  Land  $17  $272
 Coastal bike tour  Land  $17  $272
 Icebreaker games  Land  $8.50  $136
 Kite making  Land  $11  $176
 Lost pilot  Land  $15  $240
 Minutes to win it  Land  $11  $176
 Orienteering  Land  $8.50  $136
 Orienteering (advanced)  Land  $11  $176
 Team building  Land  $11  $176
 Team building (advanced)  Land  $17  $272
 Beach team building  Land  $11  $176
 Paddling  Water  $17  $272
 Paddling (advanced)  Water  $30  $480
 Surf life saving  Water  $15  $240
 Kite making  Self-directed  $6.50  n/a
 Orienteering  Self-directed  $2.75  n/a

Summary booking conditions 2019

  1. All bookings are subject to availability of facilities, instructors etc.
  2. Rates charged are those current at the time of occupancy.
  3. The accommodation deposit amount is based on the extent of the stay and the seasonal minimum charge.
  4. Peak minimum charge applies to Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights in school terms one and four.
  5. Self-catering charge $2 per person per day (no charge for 4 years old or under).
  6. Qualified supervisor must be booked in advance and is assigned to approved supervision ratios.
  7. Bookings for day programs only (non-residential groups) only in term one and four subject to camp management approval.
  8. Day programs (non-residential groups) will only be secured on receipt of deposit.
  9. The minimum charge is the deposit for a day program to proceed.
  10. The camp reserves the right to cancel an activity for any group.
  11. Day visitor charge of $3.50 per person applies to non-residential day programs that exceed three hours onsite.
  12. Check-in time is 2 pm (5 pm Sunday) and check-out time is 10 am (2 pm Sunday).
  13. Agree to terms and conditions pursuant to your booking.

Community groups

Pricing for community groups 2019
Program Type
Cost per person
Minimum charge
 Abseiling  Roping  $23.50  $376
 Ascending  Roping  $23.50  $376
 Big swing  Roping  $23.50  $376
 Crate climb  Roping  $23.50  $376
 Flying fox  Roping  $23.50  $376
 Jacob's ladder  Roping  $23.50  $376
 Rock climbing  Roping  $23.50  $376
 Vertical ascent  Roping  $23.50  $376
 Abseiling and flying fox combo  Roping  $39  $624
 Big swing and crate climb combo  Roping  $39  $624
 Archery  Land  $16  $256
 Bike pump track  Land  $23.50  $376
 Caving  Land  $23.50  $376
 Coastal bike tour  Land  $23.50  $376
 Icebreaker games  Land  $12.25  $196
 Kite making  Land  $16  $256
 Lost pilot  Land  $19  $304
 Minutes to win it  Land  $15.50  $248
 Orienteering  Land  $12.25  $196
 Orienteering (advanced)  Land  $16  $256
 Team building  Land  $16  $256
 Team building (advanced)  Land  $23.50  $376
 Beach team building  Land  $16  $256
 Paddling  Water  $23.50  $376
 Paddling (advanced)  Water  $43  $688
 Surf life saving  Water  $19  $304
 Kite making  Self-directed  $8.75  n/a
 Orienteering  Self-directed  $4.25  n/a

Summary booking conditions 2019

  1. All bookings are subject to availability of facilities, instructors etc.
  2. Rates charged are those current at the time of occupancy.
  3. The accommodation deposit amount is based on the extent of the stay and the seasonal minimum charge.
  4. Peak minimum charge applies to Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights in school terms one and four.
  5. Self-catering charge $2 per person per day (no charge for 4-year-olds or under).
  6. Qualified supervisor must be booked in advance and is assigned to approved supervision ratios.
  7. Bookings for day programs only (non-residential groups) only in term one and four subject to camp management approval.
  8. Day programs (non-residential groups) will only be secured on receipt of deposit.
  9. The minimum charge is the deposit for a day program to proceed.
  10. The camp reserves the right to cancel an activity for any group.
  11. Day visitor charge of $4.50 per person applies to non-residential day programs that exceed three hours onsite.
  12. Check-in time is 2 pm (5 pm Sunday) and check-out time is 10 am (2 pm Sunday).
  13. Agree to terms and conditions pursuant to your booking.

Corporate groups

Pricing for corporate groups 2019
Program Type
Cost per person
Minimum charge
 Abseiling  Roping  $33.25  $532
 Ascending  Roping  $33.25  $532
 Big swing  Roping  $33.25  $532
 Crate climb  Roping  $33.25  $532
 Flying fox  Roping  $33.25  $532
 Jacob's ladder  Roping  $33.25  $532
 Rock climbing  Roping  $33.25  $532
 Vertical ascent  Roping  $33.25  $532
 Abseiling and flying fox combo  Roping  $55.50  $888
 Big swing and crate climb combo  Roping  $55.50  $888
 Archery  Land  $22  $352
 Bike pump track  Land  $33.25  $532
 Caving  Land  $33.25  $532
 Coastal bike tour  Land  $33.25  $532
 Icebreaker games  Land  $17.25  $276
 Kite making  Land  $22  $352
 Lost pilot  Land  $26.50  $424
 Minutes to win it  Land  $22  $352
 Orienteering  Land  $17.25  $276
 Orienteering (advanced)  Land  $22  $352
 Team building  Land  $22  $352
 Team building (advanced)  Land  $33.25  $532
 Beach team building  Land  $22  $352
 Paddling  Water  $33.25  $532
 Paddling (advanced)  Water  $59  $944
 Surf life saving  Water  $26.50  $424
 Kite making  Self-directed  $12.50  n/a
 Orienteering  Self-directed  $6.25  n/a
 Corporate package 1  $40  $640
 Corporate package 2  $60  $960
 Corporate package 3    $72.50  $1160

Summary booking conditions 2019

  1. All bookings are subject to availability of facilities, instructors etc.
  2. Rates charged are those current at the time of occupancy.
  3. The accommodation deposit amount is based on the extent of the stay and the seasonal minimum charge.
  4. Peak minimum charge applies to Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights in school terms one and four.
  5. Self-catering charge $2.50 per person per day (no charge for 4-year-olds or under).
  6. Qualified supervisor must be booked in advance and is assigned to approved supervision ratios.
  7. Bookings for day programs only (non-residential groups) only in term one and four, subject to camp management approval.
  8. Day programs (non-residential groups) will only be secured on receipt of deposit.
  9. The minimum charge is the deposit for a day program to proceed.
  10. The camp reserves the right to cancel an activity for any group.
  11. Day visitor charge of $5.50 per person applies to non-residential day programs that exceed three hours onsite.
  12. Check-in time is 2 pm (5 pm Sunday) and check-out time is 10 am (2 pm Sunday).
  13. Agree to terms and conditions pursuant to your booking.

More information

Ern Halliday Recreation Camp

Whitfords Avenue, Hillarys WA 6025
PO Box 80 Hillarys WA 6923
Telephone 08 9492 9788
Facsimile 08 9402 3422
Facebook @ernhallidaycamp
Email Ern Halliday Recreation Camp

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