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Charnwood Outdoor Education Centre (VIC)

Charnwood Outdoor Education Centre
Strathbogie Ranges

I took ACA CEO Pete Griffiths along on these couple of camps visits to meet with owner John Lindros. Pete was very keen to meet John, but was also filled with anticipation of seeing an old buddy – Charnwood. Pete had his first full time job in the outdoors working at Charnwood from 1986-88. He hadn’t been back for 28 years. On our journey to the camp I listened with great interest as Pete spoke with such enthusiasm about Charnwood and the fond memories that he had of the place, really emphasising to me the sheer beauty of the camp location- deep in the Strathbogie Ranges up the head of lush forested valley.

I was also keen on meeting John Lindros too, the man behind the multiple outdoor businesses – Auscamp Journeys, Charnwood Camp, Nillahcootie and recently Alpine Lodge Mount Buller. John covers everything from residential camps, journey based expeditions (across many parts of Australia), activity based camps, and training courses; a real one-stop shop for outdoor education.

IMG_6478I have often spoken about how lucky some camps are with prime locations. Charnwood really ‘takes the cake’, situated in a strikingly beautiful valley, surrounded by forest and hills. It really was a wonderful approach to a camp. On arrival we are invited in for freshly baked scones, jam and cream (I had two, they were so delicious) before touring the extensive camp. Pete could have taken us around as his photographic like knowledge was that good. Pete even showed John and I his old bedroom of 28 years ago. The camp was built in the late 1970’s and has 120 beds across a combination of bunkrooms and bedrooms, some with ensuites. The camp has the ability to accommodate hundreds more on the picturesque camp grounds.

Activities available on-site include walks, swimming in the lake, bike riding, canoeing, environmental studies and games. The low-ropes across the lake looks like a must do. A short distance from the camp is a bush camping facility, abseiling, rock climbing, sailing, canoeing and mountain bike riding. The region is rich in activity opportunities such as rafting, skiing and even more rock climbing, bushwalking and mountain bike riding.

…continued in Nillahcootie Outdoor Centre post.