We want you to feel comfortable about sending your child to Kangaroobie so we have prepared a short summary covering important information about our school camp.
Kangaroobie is situated just off the Great Ocean Road, only five minutes from the Twelve Apostles. It is one of the most beautiful parts of the world and we are immensely proud to be able to offer visitors the chance to be a part of our little piece of paradise. Kangaroobie is a large farming property that has been owned by the Bowker family since the 1850s. The current owners, Matt and Sophie Bowker, are the sixth generation to manage the property and have been doing so for over ten years.
Kangaroobie was one of the first camps in Australia to become accredited under the auspices of the Australian Camps Association. Accreditation is an exhaustive process that ensures that all aspects of our business, from activities to buildings and staff are presented in a safe and appropriate manner. At all times we endeavour to make sure your children are having lots of fun in a safe environment. Matt is currently a member of the National Accreditation Board which oversees the Accreditation program on a national level.
The food at Kangaroobie is of an excellent standard. For many years we have been aiming to change people’s perception of ‘camp food’. We provide wholesome, home cooked meals and plenty of it so that visiting children are able to tackle the very full days we throw at them. All of the food is prepared on site, including the cakes and slices, so we are able to keep a very good handle on all of the ingredients that go into our meals. If there are special dietary requirements we are generally able to cater for just about anything. We describe ourselves as a ‘Nut Aware’ kitchen – none of the meals have nut products in them and we cater every week for students with nut allergies. Read more about our food.
I am writing to express my gratitude at your catering for my daughter’s diet. She eats a diet of low wheat, yeast, dairy & sugar. You catered for her beautifully & made her feel a part of the group by doing extra things, like a fruit salad for her dessert. She is only nine and she was so impressed! I am very grateful to you. It is a difficult diet, & I really appreciate your concern for her.
Thank you very much again and keep up the wonderful camp & catering!
Carolyn Leach, Ballarat Grammar visit
All of the bedrooms at Kangaroobie are dorm style bunkrooms – the traditional ‘camp’ rooms. We believe that an important part of being on camp is sharing rooms with others from the group that the children may not know that well and learning to live with them in a cooperative environment. All rooms are heated and there are pillows provided on all the beds. We ask that you send down a pillowcase, sheet and a sleeping bag with your child.
What to bring
Have a look at the What to Bring page so you send the right gear down for your child.
While the threat and likelihood of bushfires at Kangaroobie is minimal due to the surrounding terrain, availability of water and minimal surrounding bushland, we take the issue very seriously and the safety of your children is paramount. You can download our Bushfire Response Plan, but in a nutshell, if a Code Red day is declared for this area we will either delay the arrival of the group until after the Code Red day or evacuate the group back to school on the day before the Code Red day. We feel this is the most responsible and sensible course of action we can take to ensure the safety of your children. Any fees not used for the days at camp not attended will be returned to you or we will try to schedule the students to come back at a later date.