The Crossing Land – Truly Sustainable – A One Class Camp
The Crossing Land Education Centre is a unique and truly sustainable ‘one class camp’ . Our accomodation capacity is currently 24 students and seperate rooms for up to 6 adults (capacity will increase to 28 students in 2022). We have a camp kitchen in our community hall, and a large adjacent undercover classroom with fold down sides and a nearby outdoor campfire.
Most camp programs at The Crossing are for secondary or tertiary schools including international university and gap year groups. Outdoor activities such as hiking, biking & canoeing are all possible in our journey-based programs.
The Crossing is 4 hours from Canberra & Wollongong, 7 hours from Sydney and 10 hours from Melbourne.
The Crossing is also available for Family Camp ‘Entire Site’ bookings in the school holidays or on long weekends when we do not have school or university camps.
Family bookings can be made through Airbnb here up to six months ahead.
Adults and young adults are welcome to book into twice annual two week Permaculture Design Courses. These are also popular for teacher training. Bookings can be made here through Brogo Permaculture Gardens – John Champagne
How do I book in?
Please make contact with Dean by email with your enquiry. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Do you arrange transportation to and from The Crossing?
That is usually for the school or university to organise. However, we do have 14 spare seats on our minibus and can pick up and drop you off from public transport (a less costly and environmentally friendly option). V-Line buses come from Melbourne and Premier Motor Services buses come from Sydney to Bermagui . A Murrays bus also comes from Canberra to Narooma (half an hour to our north) or to Bega (an hour to our south). You can also organise a coach or minibus to us.
How much does it cost?
The program cost varies depending on arrival and departure times, pick up point, number of days and whether you add mountain biking. One accompanying teacher is free of charge. Base rate is currently $125/day fully catered with appropriate staffing ratios for outdoor activities including canoeing, hiking and our Landcare and permaculture design activities.
How many teachers need to accompany a group?
The Project Director for The Crossing is also a qualified teacher and we can supply male and female staff to meet appropriate ratios with current Working with Children Checks and appropriate qualifications. Most schools send at least one teacher as a school representative to ensure appropriate student standards. The Crossing budgets for one teacher free of charge. If a school chooses to send more than one teacher we charge the standard student price for each extra teacher.
Is the teacher required to participate?
We do things as a community at The Crossing. We ask that teachers participate in the journey,
Are the The Crossing staff sufficiently trained and experienced?
Yes they are. We have a mixture of trained outdoor professionals and staff with experience in a myriad of different areas. The Crossing staff members meet relevant ratios with appropriate training and experience for the activities.
How do I explain the camp to students?
You could start with:
‘it’s a sustainably designed camp, with a train
carraige bunkhouse, on a river near the sea. The camp is surrounded by coastal National Parks and farmland. Many groups arrive with a bushwalk into camp and leave at the end by canoe. We get to harvest organic food grown in the camp gardens and make great meals. It’s a really practical and hands-on place with smart design. It teaches how to be sustainable and we get to help with Landcare and design projects.’
‘They also have follow-on programs if you want to go back again with a friend, including weekend programs and their biggest program is a
9 day journey from the Sea to the Snow.’
The Crossing’s website forms are available to download on the program forms page.
How is The Crossing prepared for bushfire and extreme or catastrophic days?
The Crossing Risk Management Plan covers a wide range of scenarios, including
The Crossing has specific procedures to manage bushfire. These procedures have been developed sourcing reference information from the Department of Education and other outdoor education providers.
Extreme and catastrophic fire days are declared by 5 pm on the previous day by the Rural Fire Service (RFS). The school will be informed of
On catastrophic days no students will be at The Crossing or on a journey – they will leave prior to the day and remain off the property for that day – in a safe zone in Bermagui. Young people on a journey will also be taken off that journey before extreme days and returned to the Crossing. Prior to catastrophic
Severe days will be assessed and a coastal program may be implemented depending on wind directions and timings.
The Crossing has a large capacity fire trailer and rooftop sprinklers and our Camp Host is also a member of the Bermagui Rural Fire Service.
Skills gained by youth:
- teamwork and leadership
- natural environment restoration & monitoring
- sustainable design and sustainable living
- practical tool use
- bushwalking, canoeing, and cycling
- organic gardening and sustainable farming
The Crossing provides a hands-on learning experience with skills that link to syllabus educational outcomes:
Secondary Curriculum Links
- Agriculture – climate challenge
- Science – human impacts on ecosystems, conservation & resource protection
- Biology – ecosystem study and threatened species survey
- Geography – ecosystems at risk, survey and navigation, food production and food security
- Earth and Environmental Science – water issues and sustainable design
- Food Technology – organic food for health and group meals
- PDHPE – outdoor recreation
- Society and Culture – conserver/sustainer communities and sense of place
- Tourism – events and guiding.
Tertiary Course Links
Students enrolled in the following areas of study could expect to gain valuable practical and design experience at The Crossing:
- Certificate 2-4 Outdoor Recreation: Adventure Based learning, Interpretation, Flora, Fauna and Landscape Interpretation, Marine Environments Interpretation, Tour Guiding, Youth Service Delivery, Youth Orientation
- Certificate 2-4 Tourism and Hospitality: Guiding, Tour Operations, Safe Food Handling, Meetings and Events, Customer Service, Sales and Marketing, General Administration, Hygiene, Health, Safety
- Certificate 2-4 Land and Conservation Management: Natural Area Restoration, Erosion and sediment control, observing and reporting plants and animals, constructing access tracks, inspections of designated areas, habitat survey monitoring biodiversity, wildfire hazard reduction.
- Certificate 2-4 Community Services: Promotion and Support, Recruiting and supporting volunteers, Safe food hygiene, Ethical understandings, group
activies, positive learning, cooperative behaviour.
- Certificate 2-4 Business Studies: Environmental Work Practices, Training and Assessment, OHS, advertising, communication
- Certificate 2-4 Permaculture Design: Course unit owned by private provider Permaculture International
- Bachelor Degrees in Outdoor Education,
Eco Tourism, Social Ecology, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Management and Climate Change, Community Development, Environmental Law.
Email us, or give our Program Manager a call on (02) 6493 3400 (ask for Josh) with questions or to discuss dates.
Email is often best as our staff can be remote with youth groups at some times of the year in areas where we have only satellite reception rather than mobile phone reception.
For further ideas of what we can do here look also at our other menu selections
Download the medical and permission/application forms here for members of your group that will be doing an experience with us.
Make a medical summary sheet for all students and teachers/group leaders and email to The Crossing at least two weeks prior to the camp as we are a remote site and need this lead
time critical information to ensure food orders and staffing ratios are met. We also need to prepare for and to clarify any medical issues that have been identified. This also allows us time to make modifications to the program if needed to maximise participant involvement.
Once dates and a program are agreed we will invoice you for a 30% deposit.
Two weeks prior to the course we will invoice you for the full amount minus the deposit.
Please bring original student and teacher registration/medical forms with you as we are required to retain these records by our insurers.
School Journeys (Years 6-12)
Our sustainably designed camp provides students with a school adventure that walks it’s talk! We only take one class at a time and can cater for a maximum of 24 students (28 in 2022)
School Journeys to Sustainability
Vacancies: We book over a year ahead – please contact us
School Journeys Course Description: School Journeys are generally three to six days. Journeys include Landcare and contribution to the sustainable design of The Crossing. Most programs include bushwalking and canoeing with some longer programs also involving mountain biking. The programs provide students with practical, hands-on ways to contribute to conservation as well as looking at design issues and what you use. As part of the journey, storytelling and nature art also assist students to learn at a deeper level.
The Crossing has been providing one to two-week University Projects for both international and domestic university students now for over 15 years including
Vacancies: Please contact us for available times
Start: 12 pm bushwalk to the Crossing (or later depending on travel)
End: 12 pm canoe arrival in Bermagui
The Crossing is a unique sustainably designed camp. We only have one group at a time and can cater for a maximum of 24 students (28 in 2022).
Price will vary with the needs of different groups but
Another alternative is site rental for adult workshops at $225/day or $295/day on weekends or public holidays with a range of add-ons available for meals, activities and use of equipment. The Crossing is all about sustainable design and Landcare leadership and we welcome site hirers supportive of these aims.