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Paul Kirtley – Frontier Bushcraft

Bushcraft Survival Australia presents
Paul Kirtley – Frontier Bushcraft

6 Day Elementary Wilderness Bushcraft Course

Frontier Bushcraft
Elementary Wilderness Bushcraft Course

Bushcraft Survival Australia is excited to announce that we will be hosting Paul Kirtley from Frontier Bushcraft in the UK to run his 6 day Elementary Wilderness Bushcraft Course at our Coffs Coast venue in 2023.

Paul Kirtley is regarded as one of the UK’s leading bushcraft instructors and has been involved in teaching bushcraft since 2003. Paul established Frontier Bushcraft in 2010, and under his leadership the company has become known as one of the highest quality bushcraft course providers in the UK.

Paul is one of only a few people worldwide who have been recognised by Ray Mears as a bushcraft instructor, being awarded the celebrated antler-handled Woodlore instructor’s knife.

Read Paul’s full biography.

Click on the link below to view details about the course. This course has been adapted to Australian plants and resources.

This opportunity is only available to people who have already completed the Bushcraft Survival Australia Fundamental Modules 1 & 2 courses.

Details about the Frontier Bushcraft Elementary Wilderness Bushcraft Course (link to Paul’s UK website).


This course is run entirely outdoors from an expedition style base camp, and you will either be sleeping in your own camping equipment that you will bring (see clothing and equipment list) or in the emergency shelter you will build yourself.


This course is run entirely outdoors in a field environment. A screened trench latrine and gravity fed canvas bush shower in a secluded private spot, along with strict camp hygiene measures will give a natural wilderness expedition feel to your experience as well as teaching you essential outdoor toilet etiquette and how to leave no trace. You will be taught how to wash with limited water and stay clean in the bush. Our measures are low-impact and environmentally friendly.


Each evening you will be provided with ingredients and resources that you will prepare and cook as instructed, using traditional cooking methods. One of your meals will involve you having to respectfully and ethically kill, prepare and cook small game. Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, biscuits and fresh water, as well as a fruit bowl will also be provided at the base camp. Whilst we try to cater for most dietary needs (vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, lactose intolerant etc.), we cannot cater for lifestyle choices or ultra fussy eaters due to the remote nature of our courses. You can supplement the provided food with your own snacks/food, but unless you are allergic/intolerant, you will be expected to eat the food supplied, as this provides in-context learning. After all, this is a bushcraft/survival course, not a wellness retreat and in a real survival situation you eat what you have or you go without!

Ideally, each student should have their own equipment to complete the required deliverable tasks as well as for future use, however we recognise that some of the items might be difficult to obtain. Taking this into account, some items can be provided by Bushcraft Survival Australia for you to use and return in good order at the end of the course.

Refer to the below lists for detailed information on what you need to bring for the course.

Bushcraft and survival training is closely intertwined with nature, the sun, stars, natural resources and the weather. There is no electricity. Therefore modern 40 hour week timetables you are used to need to be adapted.

Lessons will be taught both day and night and at unusual hours to accommodate nature, natural daylight hours and traditional cooking times using fire and natural resources. Some lessons and activities will take longer than others and some are sun and weather dependent so you need to remain flexible as things don’t always go to plan.

Traditional cooking using fire takes time so we will generally cook at night so we can maximize daylight hours for other tasks and activities so evening mealtimes might be later than you may be used to. There are a lots of skills to be learnt on this course so expect long days and later nights than you may be used to.

This course held in an expedition style camp, entirely outdoors. You will need a reasonable level of health and fitness to maximise your participation and enjoyment of the course. In the weeks leading up to your course we recommend you do several walks over uneven terrain to ensure your boots and backpack containing your gear (approximately 10-15kg) fit correctly.

There are late nights, early mornings and you will be on your feet a lot of the time.

Please be aware this is not a wellness retreat!

View frequently asked questions on our dedicated FAQ page.

If your question is not answered on the FAQ page, please contact us.

Duration: 6 days
Price: $1695
Number of places: 16
Course start time: 4.00pm on Day 1
Course finish time: 4.00pm on Day 6

Upon making your booking you will receive a link to the participant consent form (which must be filled out and returned immediately), along with other documentation about what to bring and where to go.

Cancellation policy

  • Cancellations made within 6 weeks of a course start date will be refunded less 10%
  • Cancellations made within 2 weeks of a course start date will be refunded less 25%
  • Cancellations made less than 48 hours before a course commences will be refunded less 50%

Extenuating circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis

This opportunity is only available to people who have already completed the Bushcraft Survival Australia Fundamental Modules 1 & 2 courses.


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