The Crossing Land is a unique sustainable ‘one class camp’. The Crossing is 4 hours from Canberra & Wollongong, 7 hours from Sydney and 10 hours from Melbourne. Outdoor activities such as hiking, biking & canoeing are all possible in a journey-based program for groups up to 28 students. Most camp programs at The Crossing are for secondary schools and international tertiary groups.
Special weekend Landcare Adventures are offered for students who wish to return or who haven’t had the chance to visit The Crossing Land with their school. They have the opportunity to bring a friend along on a fun, active and purposeful journey. There is also a special 9 day Sea to Snow Journey each year that Year 10 and 11 students can apply for.
‘I finally understand what my biology teacher was going on about’ – Pat
- How do I book in?
See Group Bookings.
- Do you arrange transportation to and from The Crossing?
No. That is for the school to organise. We can pick you up and drop you off in Bermagui if you choose to take public transport (usually a less costly and environmentally friendly option). However you are welcome to organise a coach or minibus to us.
- How much does it cost?
The program cost varies depending on arrival and departure times, number of days and whether you add mountain biking or other additional components. One accompanying teacher is free of charge.
- How many teachers need to accompany a group?
The Project Director for The Crossing is also a qualified teacher so it is possible for our school programs to run without any teachers at all, as we can supply male and female staff to meet appropriate ratios with current Working with Children Checks and appropriate qualifications. Most schools send at least one teacher as a school representative to ensure appropriate student standards. The Crossing budgets for one teacher free of charge. If a school chooses to send more than one teacher we charge the standard student price for each extra teacher.
- Is the teacher required to participate?
Absolutely. We do things as a community at The Crossing. We ask that teachers participate in the journey, landcare and sustainable design tasks. Journeys with The Crossing are a unique opportunity to get to know students outside of the classroom environment.
- Are the The Crossing staff sufficiently trained and experienced?
Yes they are. We have a mixture of trained outdoor professionals and staff with experience in a myriad of different areas. When out hiking, each group is accompanied by one to two of The Crossing staff members to meet relevant ratios with appropriate training and experience for the activities.
- How do I explain the camp to the students?
You could start with: ‘it’s a sustainably designed camp, with a train carraige bunkhouse, on a river near the sea. The camp is surrounded by coastal National Parks and farmland. We get to harvest and help prepare the organic food grown in the camp gardens. We can arrive and depart by hiking or canoeing and and we help with Landcare and habitat survey as part of the camp journey and learning more about the environment. It’s a really practical and hands-on place with a lot of good design elements. They also have follow-on programs if you want to go back again with a friend, including a big 9 day journey from the Sea to the Snow.’
The Crossing’s website forms are available to download on the right hand column of this page.
- How is The Crossing prepared for bushfire and extreme or catastrophic days?
The Crossing Risk Management Plan covers a wide range of scenarios, not the least being how we manage fire.
The Crossing has specific procedures to manage bushfire. These procedures have been developed sourcing reference information from the Department of Education and other outdoor education providers.
Extreme and catastrophic fire days are declared by 5 pm on the previous day by the Rural Fire Service (RFS). The school will be informed of movement of young people on or before extreme and catastrophic fire days and communication maintained.
On catastrophic days no students will be at The Crossing or on a journey – they will leave prior to the day and remain off the property for that day – in a safe zone in Bermagui. Young people on a journey will also be taken off that journey before extreme days and returned to the Crossing. Prior to catastrophic days young people would return to their school if it is safe to do so.