My next visit was to another nearby Outdoor Education Group facility, Camp Wombaroo. The camp was originally built in 1995. The Outdoor Education Group took over the reigns of the camp in 2010 and has continuously changed and improved the facility since. Various styles and ages of buildings are set out across the 125 acres of Southern Highlands bushland. Having just come Biloela Bush Camp, Wombaroo was much more of a traditional style hard-top camp.
Camp programs are offered such as giant swing, high ropes, flying fox, vertical challenge, low ropes, canoeing, raft building, abseiling on local cliffs and overnight bushwalks in the nearby Jellore State Forest.
Up to 150 people can be accommodated in cabins (each bunkhouse named after nearby feature). They are 6 bed bunk rooms with a lounge room and separate bathrooms for leaders. A commercial kitchen, meeting/events/dining hall, smaller meeting or break out rooms and numerous outdoor meeting spaces (including a bush chapel). The Outdoor Education Group is fortunate to have a very creative and talented maintenance worker who creates some outstanding sculptures and art pieces; I have seen many of these at other OEG camps as well as describing them in Camp Visit reports before. On show in the dinning hall were a number of these art pieces.
At the rear of the camp is a beautiful old homestead that is used as a manager’s residence. This was the original farm house on the property before a camp was built. Sitting on the homestead veranda in the evening we watched scores of kangaroos come across the fields to the dam that is used for canoeing. School Groups coming from our cities must just love this, I do and I see kangaroo’s daily at home.