Camp Story & Staff

‘We imagined a sustainable camp for young people encompassing a unique journey from sea to snow.’ – Dean and Annette

Almost 20 years ago, Dean and Annette Turner acquired an idyllic bush location on Australia’s “Wilderness Coast” to create one of Australia’s leading camps for young people to learn about the environment and sustainability … and also about themselves.

Over two thousand volunteers have helped create The Crossing Land story – building unique structures and landscaping the camp and it’s organic gardens as part of a sustainable permaculture design.

As The Crossing grew from strength to strength, so did its achievement and commitment to the original vision.

  • In 1999 a vibrant Volunteer Board was established
  • In 2003 a Voluntary Conservation Agreement with National Parks and Wildlife protected the land in perpetuity
  • In 2005 The Crossing Land was awarded Best Conservation Project in Australia’ by International Student Volunteers
  • In 2006 an Environmental Education Trust was established and permanent tax deductible status
  • In 2010 The Crossing became a Landcare group of The Far South Coast Landcare Association and a member of South East Producers
  • In 2013 The Crossing’s second trainee received ’School-based Trainee of the Year′ for Conservation Land Management in New South Wales
  • In 2014 The Project Director, Dean Turner become conservation representative to the Board of Biamanga National Park, a neighbour to The Crossing and owned by Aboriginal people
  • In 2016 The Crossing’s third trainee received ‘South Coast Region School-based Trainee of the Year
  • In 2017 The Crossing starts a 5th young school based trainee

The Crossing teaches sustainability and landcare to tomorrow’s leaders.  Our Board includes people with land management and conservation experience, outdoor leadership, education, counseling, business management and marketing experience.


We are looking for two individuals to work as a team for longer term Program Leadership at The Crossing.  The roles would also include site caretaking and maintenance, gardening, food ordering and preparation.

The Crossing also employs casual outdoor education staff with leadership experience and qualifications.  We also take on conservation land management and hospitality and tourism trainees.  High quality volunteers are also sought.

Dean Turner is the current Project Director and a qualified teacher, agricultural scientist, permaculturalist, outdoor leader, and conservation land manager. He also likes to surf, ski, bushwalk, write poems, sing songs and pun. He has 25 years of outdoor and environment education experience.

Annette Turner is a member of the Board as well as Trustee Director.  Her passion for wholefoods is wonderfully infectious.

Those who assist with youth programs have relevant Working with Children’s checks.

Dean and Annette gifting the land of The Crossing in 2006
Dean and Annette gifting the land of The Crossing to the newly formed Trust in 2006