Answers to Frequently Asked Questions that might help you with your plans.
Clothing and Equipment
A suggested clothing and equipment list is provided (see clothing and equipment list). You don’t need to spend a fortune buying a whole new kit. Purchase the nearest and most affordable equivalents you can find if you don’t already have them. However with some items, what you pay for is what you get!
Food & Beverages
Most of our courses are fully catered however some of our more advanced courses will be self-catered. Please see individual course descriptions.
Even when food is provided, you will still be involved with the preparation and cooking of certain meals.
The camp billy/kettle will always be on the boil in our campfire classroom so that students are free to make tea and coffee at any time. The food we provide you with will be more than adequate, but you are welcome to bring your own extra “jack rats” (snacks) if you wish.
Should you have any specific dietary requirements (vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, etc) or food intolerances, please let us know when you fill out your course enrolment form so that we may be able to arrange appropriate food for you.
Other than the food provided for you on the course we also suggest that you bring your own specific snack food such as wheat, gluten or dairy free energy bars, biscuits etc..
Living from the land
Our basic courses are fully catered with some tasting of wild foods when available. Our more advanced courses however will require you to hunt, gather and cook for yourself. Please see individual course descriptions for further information.
All our courses are run entirely outdoors, and you will be camping out, either in your own camping equipment, equipment provided or in the shelters you have constructed from nature. For further information please see individual course descriptions.
Toilet & Shower Facilities
Learning how to live comfortably, efficiently, hygienically and environmentally responsibly in the bush is a very important discipline and something that is sadly lacking in our society today. Being able to keep comfortably clean in the bush using minimal water, using a bush latrine, sanitising correctly and safely burning your “tail tinder” (toilet paper) so there is no trace are some of the things we instil in our students.
Our courses are conducted in an expedition style field camp with either (depending on venue) limited or no public amenities. 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 while at the same time being low-impact and environmentally friendly. Please see individual course descriptions.
Courses will go ahead regardless of weather (unless it’s a catastrophic event) so as to help you to adapt to any situation. In wet weather we will try to keep everyone as sheltered as possible and activities maybe altered to accommodate various conditions.
Even though our courses are not too physically demanding, a reasonable level of personal fitness is required.
No alcohol or illegal drugs are to be brought to the course. Participants found possessing these items will be taken off the course without refund.
A confidential medical questionnaire will be given as part of the enrollment process and staff should be advised of any personal medications that need to be taken. Participants are responsible for their own administration of personal medications.
All our staff are first aid trained and a well stocked first aid kit will be accessible at all times at the main camp.
All Bushcraft Survival Australia activities are conducted in a safe and controlled manner and have been fully risk assessed with a risk management program being followed at all times. Emergency communications and safety vehicles are on site at all times. Prior to the commencement of the course, all participants will receive a full safety brief.
Liability/Participant Consent Form
A liability/participant consent form is required to be signed by all participants prior to the commencement of each course. This form will be sent to you along with your joining instructions once you book your course.
We have a lower age limit of 18 years on most of our courses, except for our junior course, however juniors above the age of 14 are welcome on adult courses as long as they are accompanied and supervised at all times by an adult participant. Please see individual course descriptions for age limits on specific courses. There is no ceiling on the age limit as long as you are in good physical health. If you are in any doubt, please consult your doctor before booking.
We run courses in various locations. The area the course is held will be indicated within the individual course description. Once you have booked a course we will send you a joining instruction and directions to the course meeting point.
Coffs Coast (NSW)
Our 3 day Basic Bushcraft Survival Course is held on private property (Gumbainggar aboriginal land) in stunning coastal bushland between the towns of Nambucca Heads and Macksville on the mid north coast of NSW.
The nearest airport is Coffs Harbour which is about a 45 minute drive away.
The course is conducted in an expedition style field camp with no public amenities. A latrine and canvas bush shower in a secluded private spot along with strict camp hygiene measures will give a natural wilderness expedition feel to your experience. Parking is available on private property nearby.
Specific directions and where to meet will be provided once your booking is confirmed.
Our 3 day Basic Bushcraft Survival Course is held on private property in savannah bushland around Woorabinda Scout Camp near Howard Springs, about 30 minutes drive from Darwin.
The course is conducted in an expedition style field camp. Basic amenities are accessible via a short walk through the bush and a canvas bush shower in a secluded private spot along with strict camp hygiene measures will give a natural wilderness expedition feel to your experience. Parking is available at Woorabinda Scout Camp.
Public transport from Darwin to Howard Springs is available and we can collect you from there.
Specific directions and where to meet will be provided once your booking is confirmed
Our 3 Day Basic Bushcraft Survival Course is held in bushland behind Ingleside Scout Camp, Mona Vale on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, not too far from Mona Vale road.
Ingleside Scout Camp backs directly onto beautiful Kuringai Chase National Park.
The course is conducted in an expedition style field camp with basic amenities being accessible via a short walk through the bush. Parking is available at the front of the scout camp.
Public Transport does run along Mona Vale Rd but it is easier if we collect you from Mona Vale which is about 10 minutes drive away.
Specific directions and details will be provided once your booking is confirmed.
Our courses are conducted on private property with limited access to the general public. There are parking facilities provided within these private areas a few hundred meters from the main camp, however we advise that you don’t leave any valuable personal belongings in the vehicle.
Payment and Booking
The best way for you to book on one of our courses is to find the course you wish to book and click on the ‘book now’ link at the bottom of the course description. This will take you to our secure online Paypal booking page and all you have to do is follow the easy steps to book online.
Once we receive your booking, we will send you a joining instruction, participant consent form and pre-course information.
There is varied mobile reception available at all of our course locations, however we ask you to consider other members of the group and be discreet as many participants attend to get away from the technological distractions that surround us. Mobile phone use will not be allowed during lectures and demonstrations, however the occasional picture on a camera phone is acceptable.