Port Sorrell, Tasmania
Being my first visit to our member camps in Tasmania, I was excited that I would get to see the significant use of Tassie Oak in camps; a real bonus for us mainlanders, considering I generally see the use of pine in some camps- not that there is anything wrong with that.
Another obvious feature of my camps visits is the plentiful supply of space that our southern neighbours camps have. Oh, and not forgetting the magnificent locations that these camps have been afforded. Located up on the north coast of Tasmania and a short distant from Devonport, Camp Banksia is set on a calm beach, beside an estuary inlet.
I was lucky enough to be able to stay overnight in one of the rooms overlooking the indoor basketball stadium; a nice space. Various accommodation options are available from self contained cabins to multiple bunk cabins which are set in clusters with shared bathrooms and of course the rooms overlooking the basketball stadium. There is a large conference/dinning room with adjacent kitchen; separate self catering facilities are also available which I used that evening.
The camp is all about being outdoors and of course the camps proximity to the beach offers all the water based activities one can think of. Activities on site are, basketball (in the stadium) which doubles as a netball, badminton and various other indoor activity courts, outdoor oval for football and soccer plus, a couple of outside tennis courts. The camp is laid out surrounding a pond which is also used for paddling and environmental studies.
During my stay at the camp I got news from Leanne Woods, Camp Manager that plans had been approved for some major additions which include a Performing Arts Centre and Community Hall to be constructed which will be a real bonus, not only for campers but for the local community.