About the Crossing Land
Mission: Developing Youth Leadership in Sustainable Design
Core Values: Community Contribution, Responsibility and Active Conservation
Camp facilities at The Crossing are unique. The Crossing is a one class, permaculture designed sustainable camp
Student’s experience sustainable design, habitat survey and Landcare.
Students harvest from the organic gardens and live a true farm-to-table experience.
Student journeys can include canoe arrival or departure, bushwalking and mountain biking.
Location: The Crossing is situated near Bermagui, Australia, on a riverfront bush setting on the Wilderness Coast of Southern NSW. Biamanga National Park adjoins the camp and The Crossing has the support of the Park’s aboriginal owners for camping and research. The camp is a traditional crossing place on the Bermagui River.
Young people make a crossing into adulthood here; learning ways to contribute to the environment & community.
Numbers: We can accommodate student group sizes up to 24 (28 in 2022) with 4 additional staff rooms.
Food and catering: Provided, with whole foods and local organic produce where possible.
Facilities: solar power, wood, and solar hot water heating
- organic kitchen garden and orchards plus chooks and sheep
- commercial kitchen
- community hall with attached outdoor classroom
- fire circle for evening gatherings
- train carriage bunkhouse with wide verandahs
- separate teacher/supervisor rooms
- canoes and mountain bikes available with instructors
Disabilities: The “journey” component of programs may prove inaccessible for a small selection of disabilities. Please contact us to discuss your needs further.
Camp Story and Staff
‘We imagined a sustainable camp for young people with a unique journey from sea to snow.’ – Dean and Annette Turner
1998 Dean and Annette arrive in September in ‘Gus the Bus’ to start The Crossing
1999 Volunteer Board established
2003 Voluntary Conservation Agreement with National Parks and Wildlife signed onto the land title, protecting the land in perpetuity
2005 Awarded ‘Best Conservation Project in Australia’ by International Student Volunteers, the Crossing’s first international partner organisation.
2006 Environmental Education Trust established as a ‘Registered Australian Environmental Organisation’ with
2010 Recognised as a Landcare group for the Far South Coast Landcare Association and became a member of South East Producers
2013 Second trainee Sam Hodder receives ’NSW School-based Trainee of the Year′ for Conservation Land Management
2014 Project Director, Dean Turner becomes conservation representative to the Board of the adjacent Biamanga National Park, owned by Aboriginal people. The Crossing begins an international partnership with Pacific Discovery.
2016 Third trainee Luka Hodder receives ‘South Coast Region School-based Trainee of the Year‘
2018 Commencement of Airbnb hosting on weekends and school holidays for families
2019 ‘Serversaurus’ becomes our first ‘1percentfortheplanet’ corporate sponsor. Superhost status achieved with Airbnb.
The Board of the Trust includes people with land management and conservation experience, outdoor leadership, education, counseling, business management and marketing experience.
Dean and Annette are pictured here gifting The Crossing Land to the Trust with probono support from Andrew Warren
The Crossing Project Director, Dean Turner is a qualified teacher, agricultural scientist, permaculturalist, outdoor leader, and conservation land manager.
The Program Manager, Josh Heins is a Qualified Outdoor Recreation Guide.
Camp Host Chelsea Moseley is a qualified permaulturalist with extensive RFS experience and has been an aid worker in the Solomans. He is currently completing his Outdoor Recreation qualification.
Other outdoor education staff on the Crossing team include Sven Helland, Angela U’ren, Gwen Clarke and Alexa Peggie. All staff have Wilderness First Aid, current Working with Children’s checks and relevant experience and qualifications.
Annette Turner is a member of the Board and Trustee Director. Annette developed student tourism Leadership for The Australian Tourism Council and has an infectious passion for wholefoods and sustainability. She is also a qualified permaculturalist.
The 2019/20/21 Team
Chelsea Moseley Cert 3 Outdoor Rec PDC
Chelsea is Camp Host at The Crossing: in his spare
Angela U'ren: Cert 4 Outdoor Rec PDC
Alexa Peggie: B.Ed Cert 3 Outdoor Rec PDC
Alexa enjoys spending time outdoors rock climbing, hiking, surfing and gardening. She has experience in horticulture, conservation and education and is passionate about systems thinking, sustainability and all forms of play. She has a permaculture design certificate and Certificate III in outdoor leadership.
Josh Heins: Cert 4 Outdoor Rec PDC
Josh is Program Manager at The Crossing: in his spare time Josh travels Australia taking photos and exploring wild places. Josh has been an acting Director and past staff member of Wollangarra Outdoor Education Centre. He recently completed a Permaculture Design Certificate
Dean (B. Agr Sci; B. Ed, PDC Dip, Cert 3 Outdoor Rec, Cert 4 Carbon Management) & Annette Turner (B. Arts Tourism PDC)
In their spare time Dean and Annette cross-country ski, surf, help with Cobargo folk festival and with a family farm.
Landcare and Conservation
Landcare and conservation
Young people at The Crossing have planted 19,000 trees for Landcare since 2011. These plantings link the coastal National Parks of Gulaga and Biamanga. The tree plantings also improve river quality for oyster growers downstream.
The Crossing is a member of the Far South Coast Landcare Association. Crossing Landcare and conservation work is supported by Local Land Services, Bega Valley Shire Council, the Australian Government
The founders of the Crossing, Dean and Annette Turner, have received a Far South Coast Landcare Association Award for their Landcare and conservation work with young people. Their Golden Wombat award is ‘in recognition of outstanding leadership and commitment to educating young people and the community‘.
Connecting and surveying habitat to protect threatened species are key aims of The Trust. Sustainability education is also important.
The Crossing property is permanently protected by a Conservation Agreement with National Parks and Wildlife. The agreement was established in 2006 and applies to over 90 percent of the property. All threatened species listed for the region have been sighted or heard on the Crossing.
The Crossing is a registered ‘Australian Environmental Organization’ and
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