Schools from all over Victoria, both public and private come to Wollangarra. We try to maintain low running costs in order to keep our fees affordable. However for any student, with a school or independently, we offer sponsorship should they not be able to afford the cost of the program. The school program we run is the Stage I. Young people who wish to return in their school holidays for a Stage II program undertake this independently.
Here are some frequently asked questions:
Do you arrange transportation to and from Wollangarra?
No. That is for the school to organise. We will pick you up and drop you off in Heyfield 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 our front gate.
How much does it cost?
The program cost is $470 (inclusive of GST) per student. As mentioned before there is full sponsorship available for any young person who may struggle with the cost. Two or less accompanying teachers are free of charge.
Do you have accreditation?
Yes. We are accredited with the ACA (Australian Camps Association). This is the main governing body for most camps throughout Australia. They require that stringent safety measures are put in place and audit camps on a regular basis.
How many teachers need to accompany a group?
This depends on the school. The Stage I program can run without any teachers at all, as we supply all our own staff, however most schools prefer to send one teacher as a school representative. If a school chooses to send any more than two teachers we charge the standard student price for each extra teacher, otherwise teachers are free of charge.
Is the teacher required to participate?
Absolutely. We explain to the young people at the beginning of the week that we are all a community, which means that each of us needs to put in to make the community work effectively – this includes teachers. We ask that they participate in the hike and all other group activities, especially as it is a unique opportunity to get to know their students outside of the classroom environment.
Are the Wollangarra 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 two Wollangarra staff members. They each have their Wilderness First Aid, Swift Water Rescue and 4WD qualifications, as well as training in behaviour management and group dynamics. They operate under strict protocols for wilderness areas set up by Wollangarra.
How do I explain the camp to the students?
Wollangarra staff are always happy to give a school talk to attending young people (and their families, if so desired). We can make sure they are prepared with the right gear, answer any questions and make sure they are clear about what to expect for their week with us.
How do I book in?
Please give us a call if you are interested to discuss dates and we can answer any other questions you may have.
- Once dates are agreed upon please download and fill out a school booking form (right) and send by post to Wollangarra with a $1320 deposit. If you need to be invoiced for a deposit, please just let us know.
- When this is all sent through please download the medical and permission/application forms and distribute amongst the attendees.
- The teacher in charge needs to collect these and fill out a medical summary sheet (below)
- Please send the original student medical forms and permission/application forms, the teacher medical/application form and three copies of the medical summary at least two weeks before the program start date.
- After the course we will invoice you for the full amount minus the deposit.
How is Wollangarra prepared for bushfire?
Wollangarra has an extensive Emergency Management Plan. This plan covers a wide range of scenarios, not the least being how we manage fire.
Fire is a risk that needs to be considered in all manner of environments, including urban situations. Obviously, the remote setting of Wollangarra necessitates specific consideration of a number of factors, including the use of equipment and facilities at Wollangarra.
The Fire Management Plan developed for Wollangarra includes consideration of:
- Code Red Days
- Fire season preparation
- Equipment preparation, including PPE
- Student scenarios – on the flat, on hike, in a vehicle
- Stay or go
- Yearly training
- Homestead defence
How does Wollangarra respond to Code Red Days?
Wollangarra has specific procedures to manage Code Red Days. These procedures have been developed sourcing reference information from the Department of Education and other outdoor education providers.
Code Red Days are declared by 5 pm on the previous day by the DSE. This information is communicated to the Directors by the Wollangarra Council and other community members.
On Code Red Days no students will be at Wollangarra – they will leave the flat prior to the day and remain off the property for that day. Additionally, young people will be removed from hike on the day before and travel on such days will only occur in consultation with DSE. It is possible that the young people may return to their school.
The school will be informed of such movement of young people on or before Code Red Days and communication maintained.