LightFoot School Camps at Wangat Lodge

2015 - Preferred group size: 15-30 persons

Wangat Lodge is proud to be an award winning environmental education centre. We have been running School Camps and excursions since 1988 and have developed LightFoot programs for K-12. We can run these activities for you, adapting one of our programs to meet your group's specific needs. Alternatively, you may hire Wangat as a venue for your self-run program. School groups have hired Wangat Lodge for band camps, year 12 retreats, peer support camps, study camps, writing camps, gifted and talented programs, primary music, year 11 ecology, geography, year 9 teamwork and more.

Schools usually stay from 2 to 4 nights and our group accommodation can comfortably sleep 46 people. Extra accommodation is available in 2 self-contained Cottages – "Melia" accommodates four people and "Overflow" up to seven. Healthy catering is available or you may choose to self-cater.  To best serve the needs of individual children, and for safety in the bush, we favour a group size of 15-30 persons.

A comprehensive Teachers' Handbook is available to help you prepare for your visit. We also welcome a pre-visit to help you get a feel for the place, explore the possibilities and to experience what Wangat has to offer your program.

Wangat Lodge, located in the Hunter Valley foothills of the Barrington Tops National Park, is a gazetted Wildlife Refuge with 100 forested acres and frontage to the beautiful Chichester River.  There is an extensive network of walking trails, look-out and several wonderful swimming holes. The lodge environment is rich in native wildlife – frogs, birds, possums, pademelons, land mullets, goannas and echidnas are often seen. As Wangat is a Wildlife Refuge, domestic pets are not permitted.

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FACILITIES
Main Lodge

  • Accommodation for 46 in ten hostel-style rooms (four 6-bed; five 4-bed; one 2-bed)
  • Blankets, pillows and doonas are provided
  • Separate girls, boys and staff bathrooms with showers (one with disabled access)
  • Main Hall with dining, lounge, recreational facilities
  • Fully equipped kitchen with large fridge, freezer, 6-hob gas stove/oven/grill, microwave, 2 double toasters. Crockery and cutlery for up to 60 people provided
  • Outdoor BBQ and fire pit – firewood provided
  • Forest amphitheatre 
  • Outdoor deck
  • Table tennis, piano, percussion instruments, outdoor recreation areas
  • Forest trails to lookout and river, Fig Tree Pool is suitable for supervised river-swimming in season

Cottages

  • Adjacent to the Lodge are 2 self-contained Cottages which are available for staff or staff/students if your group comprises more than 46 people.  "Melia" accommodates four people and "Overflow" up to seven.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Sheets (or sleeping bags)
  • Pillowcases
  • Towels
  • Toiletries
  • Appropriate footwear if bushwalking
  • Torch for night-time activities
  • To keep garbage to a minimum, please bring fresh food/beverages in recyclable or re-useable containers wherever possible.
  • As Wangat Lodge is a Wildlife Refuge, domestic pets are not permitted

A comprehensive list of what to bring for schools to give to parents is in the Teacher's Guidebook PDF.


CHARGES

Prices may change so please contact us to confirm prices.  All one-night stays are subject to a 50% surcharge. GST does not apply to curriculum based programs.  If your program is NOT curriculum based we will add 10% GST to the rates below.

Fees apply to students, teachers are free of charge (excludes catering).

Primary Lightfoot Camps
$38.90 per student/day ($778 min. nightly fee)
includes lodge staff

Biology Camps
$39.90 per student/day ($798 min. nightly fee)
includes lodge staff

Day Trips
$17 per student/day ($340 min. fee)
includes lodge staff

Self-run Camps and Retreats
$29.80 per person/night ($805 min. nightly fee)
$35/hr to hire lodge staff 

Melia & Overflow Cottages - FREE
These may be reserved for teachers' accommodation or for extra workshop spaces. 

Deposit policy

A deposit of 25% is required for confirmation of bookings. An invoice will be issued to your school on booking.  Deposits are refundable if cancellation is received not later than twelve weeks in advance of arrival date. At the end of your camp, another invoice will be issued to pay the remainder of your account within 14 days.

Catering

Schools may use the kitchen facilities to prepare their own meals free of charge. Quotes for full catering can be arranged on request. An indicative base quote to supply 3 meals and teas is approximately $38 per person/day.