Programs at Camp Quaranup

Programs offered at Camp Quaranup support the department's emphasis on promoting healthy and active lifestyles.

Contact the camp directly on 08 9844 4087 to discuss your group's requirements.

New self-directed activity at Camp Quaranup

Nature Play WA have developed a free interactive app for visitors to learn some interesting history, view fascinating flora and fauna and get some exercise.

More information on self-directed activities

Camp Q app preview
Canoeing on Princess Royal Harbour

General information

By incorporating participation in recreation and physical activity during camping experiences, recreation programs help guests experience new activities, learn or develop new skills, explore the benefits of physical activity and promote the maintenance of healthy lifestyles.

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.

Students at Camp Quaranup

Clothing and attire during programs

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

  • Fully enclosed and secure footwear must be worn during all land programs. Enclosed shoes are recommended for water programs.
  • Participants should bring a hat and water bottle to all programs.
  • Tee-shirts that cover shoulders and midriff.
  • Participants should wear bathers, tee-shirt or rash vest and board shorts when participating in aquatic programs.
DSR Personal Flotation Devices

Programs

Camp Quaranup offers structured recreation programs. Year levels are based on recommendations from the Department of Education (DoE) and the department's Camps Chain Safety Group. Some programs are offered to younger students, however, please contact the camp for more information.

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Water programs

Canoeing (school year 5 +)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Participants are guided through basic canoe maneuverability and safety aspects, including the techniques of rafting up and capsize recovery. Each participant is provided with a personal flotation device (PFD) and a paddle. During the session, participants may be involved in a number of activities including shuttle and obstacle course races, balancing challenges or simply a leisurely paddle on the Princess Royal Harbour.

Raft making (school year 4+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Each participant is provided with a personal flotation device (PFD) and a paddle. Participants are given advice on how to construct rafts using ropes, planks and drums. They then build rafts in teams in preparation for a major paddle challenge. This program is a unique team-building activity aimed at encouraging a group to work together more effectively.

Swimming supervision (school year 4+)

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Supervision for swimming can be provided to ensure that safety guidelines are followed.
  • Staff hold a Surf Rescue Certificate and a First Aid Certificate as a minimum.

Land programs

Archery (school year 4+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours 
  • Archery is a challenging recreation program that tests participants aim and patience. Using recurve bows, participants shoot for Olympic-style bulls-eye targets and develop their technique. Participants will learn the different parts of the bow and arrows and will be shown correct procedure and technique for loading and releasing.
  • This program may be modified to accommodate participants with mobility restrictions. This must be discussed with your program coordinator well in advance of your camp.

Bushwalking (school year 3 +)

Point Possession bush walk

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • The Point Possession Maritime Heritage Trail is a 1.6km walk from Camp Quaranup to Point Possession, where George Vancouver claimed the whole of Western Australia for Great Britain. Walkers visit maritime heritage sites, secluded beaches and enjoy superb views of the harbour and the town. This trail in an ideal way of familiarizing yourself with the geography of Albany, its surrounds and some of its history (90-min return trip).

Quarantine Hill bush walk

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Participants walk along bush and granite tracks to the highest point on the Vancouver Peninsula, climbing the Quaranup Hill tower to enjoy spectacular 360 degree views of Princess Royal Harbour, King George Sound, Albany township and the surrounds. The track returns around the back of Quaranup Hill before following the harbour side back to camp.

Geocaching (school year 4+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Geocaching is a navigational challenge which requires participants to use a GPS and control descriptors to find geocaches hidden within the camp grounds and surrounding bush land. Each geocache is allocated a word, which is recorded by the groups as they discover them, with the aim of finding as many geocaches as possible. An introduction to geocaching in the wider community, 'where to from here', is provided during the debrief.

Kite making (school year 3+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Participants are provided with the materials and instruction to design, decorate, construct and fly their very own kite, with the ability to fly 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.

Rogaining (school year 4 +)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Rogaining requires participants in groups to use a topographical map and control descriptors to find markers hidden within the camp grounds and surrounding bush land. Each marker is allocated a number of points, requiring participants to work together effectively to plan their route in order to achieve the most points possible within the set time period.

Team building (school year 3+)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • This program is a collection of team challenges designed to make participants think outside the square to solve an array of problems. The problems are designed to develop and improve group skills. Improved communication, cooperation, trust and leadership can be achieved through this program.

Self-directed programs

Camp Quaranup has a small range of self-directed 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 the camp.

Camp Quaranup has a free app!

Nature Play WA have developed a free interactive app for visitors to learn some interesting history, view fascinating flora and fauna and get some exercise.

The trail takes you on an exploration of Camp Quaranup.

How to get the app:

1. Visit the Apple iTunes or Google Play store

2. Search for Nature Play WA to download the free app

3. Open the app, select "Trails" and then "Camp Quaranup Discovery Trail"

4. Start the trail!

Learn some of camp's interesting history, view fascinating flora ad fauna, and get some exercise!

Make sure your location services are switched on within your phone settings, and don't forget to share photos from your trail on social media with the tag #campQtrail

Visit the Apple iTunes store (Apple devices) or Google Play Store (Android devices) and search for Nature Play WA to download the free app!

Camp Q app preview (2)

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 the camp.

Pricing

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

2019 prices are effective 1 January 2019.

Archery at Camp Quaranup

School group pricing

Pricing for school groups 2019
 Description  Type  Cost per person  Minimum charge
 Archery  Land  $11  $165
 Bushwalking  Land  $7.50  $150
 Geocaching  Land  $8.50  $127.50
 Rogaining  Land  $7.50  $150
 Team games  Land  $8.50  $127.50
 Wild camp shelter building  Land  $7.50  $150
 Canoeing  Water  $11  $165
 Raft building  Water  $8.50  $127.50
 Kite making  Self-directed  $6.50  n/a
 You can do it  Self-directed  $6.50  n/a
 Instructor/aquatic supervision per hour  Water  $42  1 hour

Summary booking conditions for school groups 2019

  1. Price list is applicable as at 1 January 2019 but may be subject to change
  2. All bookings are subject to availability of facilities and instructor resources.
  3. Rates charged on invoice are those current at the time of occupancy.
  4. Minimum charge for weekends and public holidays applies where per person rates do not achieve that threshold.
  5. The accommodation deposit amount is based on the extent of the stay and the seasonal minimum charge.
  6. Aquatic supervisor should be booked in advance and is assigned to approved supervision ratios.
  7. Bookings for day programs subject to camp approval, secured on receipt of deposit.
  8. The minimum instructor lead activity charge is the deposit for a single program to proceed.
  9. A deposit of 80% of the total per person charge is required for catering/multiple activity programs. 
  10. The camp reserves the right to cancel an activity for any groups.
  11. Day visitor charge of $8 per person only applies to non-residential guests.
  12. No transfer or transport is included in camp bookings.
  13. Self-catering is not available to bookings using the Main Dormitories.
  14. Agree to terms and conditions pursuant to your booking.

Community group pricing

Pricing for community groups 2019
 Program
 Type
 Cost per person
 Minimum charge
 Cube 1.5 hour roping program  Roping  $27.50  $440
 Cube 3 hour roping program  Roping  $45  $720
 Abseiling  Roping  $27.50  $440
 Flying fox  Roping  $27.50  $440
 High ropes  Roping  $27.50  $440
 Rock climbing  Roping  $27.50  $440
 Vertical challenges  Roping  $27.50  $440
 Archery  Land  $16  $256
 Coastal bike ride  Land  $23.50  $376
 Escape from Quarantine  Land  $12.25  $196
 Geocache  Land  $15.50  $248
 Historical night tour  Land  $12.25  $196
 Icebreaker games  Land  $12.25  $196
 Kite making  Land  $16  $256
 Orienteering  Land  $12.25  $196
 Search and rescue  Land  $19  $304
 Team building  Land  $15.50  $248
 Team extreme  Land  $23.50  $376
 Ultimate sports  Land  $16  $256
 You can do it  Land  $16  $256
 Beach sports  Water  $12.25  $196
 Beach team building  Water  $16  $256
 Raft building  Water  $23.50  $376
 Surf life saving  Water  $19  $304
 Paddling (sit-on-top kayaks)  Water  $23.50  $376

Summary booking conditions for community groups 2019

  1. Price list is applicable as at 1 January 2019 but may be subject to change
  2. All bookings are subject to availability of facilities and instructor resources.
  3. Rates charged on invoice are those current at the time of occupancy.
  4. Minimum charge for weekends and public holidays applies where per person rates do not achieve that threshold.
  5. The accommodation deposit amount is based on the extent of the stay and the seasonal minimum charge.
  6. Aquatic supervisor should be booked in advance and is assigned to approved supervision ratios.
  7. Bookings for day programs subject to camp approval, secured on receipt of deposit.
  8. The minimum instructor lead activity charge is the deposit for a single program to proceed.
  9. A deposit of 80% of the total per person charge is required for catering/multiple activity programs. 
  10. The camp reserves the right to cancel an activity for any groups.
  11. Day visitor charge of $8 per person only applies to non-residential guests.
  12. No transfer or transport is included in camp bookings.
  13. Self-catering is not available to bookings using the Main Dormitories.
  14. Agree to terms and conditions pursuant to your booking.

More information

Camp Quaranup

Quaranup Road, Vancouver Peninsular, WA 6330
PO Box L30, Little Grove WA 6331
Telephone 08 9844 4087
Facsimile 08 9492 9711
Emergencies or urgent matters only 0407 029 343
Facebook @campquaranup
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