Course Description (Bookings at bottom of the page)
This 4 day intermediate course picks up from where the basic course leaves off. Expanding on the fundamental survival skills, you will extend your skill base as we gradually wean you off modern skills and equipment and introduce you to natural resources and the traditional skills used in bushcraft.
Like our basic course, you will be taught using a mix of relevant theory and practical bushcraft skills, all centered around our camp-fire classroom.
The intermediate bushcraft survival course will help you to move away from a dependence on modern equipment and increase your ability to make use of natural resources to meet your needs, allowing you to become more self confident and self-reliant.
You will start off by revising some of the basic skills taught on our basic course then we will move on and introduce you to a wider range of topics and traditional techniques using natural resources.
Learn how to construct a natural shelter and bedding
You will learn to build and live in a natural shelter, how to make a springy bough bed, learn to make fire by friction using the bow drill and hand drill, make containers and tools using natural materials, how to boil water using hot rocks, learn how to make cordage using natural plant fibres and how to cook using aboriginal cooking methods, learn some simple trap trigger systems and increase your knowledge of local edible plants, learn to navigate using the sun and stars and much more.
You Will Learn
• Revision of the basic course skills
• Natural shelters & bed construction
• Fire lighting (flint and steel, bow drill, hand drill)
• Fire management
• Containers and tools from natural materials
• Natural cordage using plant fibres and bark
• Improvised water filters and hot rock boiling
• Camp craft
• Basic carving skills
• Introduction to traps and trapping
• Preparing small game
• Edible and useful plants of the local area
• Aboriginal cooking techniques
• Natural navigation
Catering and Food
All meals will be provided on the intermediate course. Each evening you will be provided with ingredients and resources that you will prepare and cook as instructed, using a mix of traditional and aboriginal cooking methods.
This course is run entirely outdoors from an expedition style base camp, and you will either be sleeping in your own camping equipment (tarps only) that you will bring (see clothing and equipment list) and in the natural shelters you will build yourselves.
Toilet & Shower Facilities
This course is conducted in an expedition style field camp with 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.
The Intermediate 4 Day Bushcraft Survival Course is run at our NSW (Coffs Coast) and Darwin locations and is conducted in natural surroundings from an outdoor expedition style base camp. The outdoor campfire classroom provides an enlightening immersion into nature, helping our students to re-connect with the natural world on their journey to becoming more self-reliant. The outdoor setting provides a wonderful wilderness experience.
All course locations have parking available and are ‘reasonably’ accessible via public transport.
Participants must have attended a 3 Day Basic Course with Bushcraft Survival Australia or have previous experience to an equivalent level (e.g. a course from another reputable school)
Clothing and Equipment
My father in law and I just attended the 4 day intermediate course and we had the time of our lives. We were able to put into practice a lot of theoretical knowledge but also learnt way more advanced skills and techniques, it was very eye opening what is possible and how broad a subject bush-craft and survival truly are. We had a great group of people there and made some new friends The course was set in a gorgeous coastal location. Gordon was an excellent teacher very patient and was able to convey information and teach very efficiently no doubt due to his teaching and military background and his wealth of knowledge in bush craft and survival.
So happy I went will be attending another one of the BSA course next year for sure.
Thank you so much Gordon and to Bushcraft Survival Australia for sharing the knowledge. I’ve completed both the basic and intermediate courses…so surprised at how much I’ve learned and amazing how much “the nature“ can give back to us. I can’t wait to complete the advanced course.
I suggest bushcraft survival Australia to anyone… awesome experience!!!!
When you do a course with Gordon, you’re getting access to a very experienced instructor who has done multiple courses with every global survival school worth mentioning. Gordon is also a current military instructor. All of this shows in his teaching. He’s quick to spot and correct mistakes in your technique or approach which may not be that obvious to you. Highly recommended.
Johan van Dyk
Booking: 4 Day Intermediate Bushcraft Survival Course
Duration: 4 Days
Price: $680 (adult) $340 (child)
Minimum age: 12 (juniors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult)
Included: 4 full days and nights of instruction from “fully qualified” instructors, all food & beverages, land use fees, insurance.
Number of places: 12
Course meeting time: 5:30pm (Day 1)
Course finish time: 5:00pm (Day 5)
Course Dates and Locations
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.