INTRODUCTION TO CANOEING JOURNEY

Ever wanted to hit the water for an overnight canoe journey but weren’t sure where to start? Now is the perfect time to discover the joys of canoeing family adventure with The Outdoor Education Group.

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INTRODUCTION TO FAMILY CANOEING JOURNEY

Whilst many students get to try the often challenge of an overnight canoeing journey during their school life, this Introduction to Canoeing Journey offers a unique opportunity for families to share in this adventure. It is also a great way to try out an overnight canoeing journey without needing ‘all the gear’, learn new skills and explore the waters with your own professional guide. 

This canoe journey explores the waters of Lake Eildon and has two starting locations to choose from - Taylors Bay or Jerusalem Creek. It has been designed to be suitable for families with primary and secondary school-aged children, moderate levels of fitness and a willingness to work together as a team.

The adventure kicks off with your family arriving on Friday evening at one of our Hardtop Centres – either Camp Jungai or Camp Marysville. Here you will meet your guide who will brief you on the coming adventure, enjoy a fireside dinner and bunk down in a cabin for the night before you head out on your canoeing adventure. 

The following morning you will make your way by vehicle to the staging area where you will have the opportunity to pack the canoes with supplies or your gear may be shuttled to the campsite. Your guide will work with you to determine the best route based on your family’s ages, skill level and fitness.


You will explore the calm waters of Lake Eildon nestled in the shadow of the Victorian Alps. Enjoy picture-perfect surroundings and keep an eye out for kangaroos, wombats and a huge variety of beautiful birds. The park is also an important home for several significant species including large forest owls (Powerful and Barking Owls), bats and the endangered Spotted Tree-frog and Brush-tailed Phascogale.

In the afternoon, take a quick shuttle back towards our private camp Camp Eildon for the night, on the banks of the River Goulburn with showers, bathrooms, drying facilities and fireplaces.

After setting up camp, you will have the opportunity to explore, play some games or just kick back and relax.

In the evening you will enjoy a delicious campfire dinner. Your guide will facilitate the meal preparation so you can cook and share a nice meal together around the fire, then settle in for a night of family fun. Don’t forget to look up and marvel at the night sky. 

The following morning after breakfast and packing up camp, you will head back out on the water with your guide to explore more of the lake before paddling back to the staging area where we will debrief and say our farewells.

 

$120 per participant, with a minimum booking of 4 participants.

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HERE'S WHAT YOUR DAY LOOKS LIKE!

Day 1
On Friday evening, arrive at Camp Jungai or Camp Marysville where you will be met by your guide, briefed on the coming canoe journey, share a meal and bunk down for the evening in a cabin. 

Day 2  
The morning after breakfast, in your own vehicle, you will follow the OEG vehicle to the destination staging area for your canoe journey. You will leave your vehicle here, prepare your gear and have a water safety briefing.

The afternoon can be spent discovering the area on your canoes. Once you’ve finished exploring on the water you will head to the campsite for the night.

As the sun dips enjoy dinner cooked by your whole family around the campfire. Our leader will camp nearby so you can enjoy the evening with your family, knowing you have dedicated help close by.

Day 3  

  • 8:00 am Enjoy breakfast and pack up camp 
  • 10:00 am  Continue to explore the region & return to vehicles. De-brief the weekend, review photos and head home.

 

$120 per participant, with a minimum booking of 4 participants.

ARE YOU READY FOR A WEEKEND OF FUN?

Below is what you'll need before you get started.

WHAT WE'LL PROVIDE

We will provide the resources for the activity including:
  1. Your own personal family group guide
  2. Waterproof jacket and pants
  3. Canoes, Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
  4. Sleeping mats
  5. Tents
  6. Cooking Stove with fuel
  7. Dinner, breakfast, lunch, dinner, breakfast, lunch, water
  8. Maps
  9. Communications devices
  10. Group safety equipment
  11. Group First Aid Kit

WHAT YOU'LL NEED TO BRING

We ask you please to bring your own:
  1. Thermals (top and bottom – wool or synthetic is best)
  2. LONG SLEEVE shirts
  3. Warm fleece jumper/jacket + beanie
  4. Pair LONG shorts / Long Pants
  5. Closed toe water shoes and a pair of comfortable walking shoes + change of socks (joggers or canvas sports shoes are ok)
  6. Broad brimmed hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  7. Small towel
  8. Light weight Headtorch
  9. Capacity for 1L water
  10. Eating set (strong plastic bowl, mug, fork, spoon)
  11. Sleeping bag (rated to -5C)
  12. Personal Medications
  13. Snacks / Treats (No NUTS please)
  14. Bat, ball and a frisbee (optional)

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM US

The Outdoor Education Group has been delivering outdoor education to Australian students for more than 35 years. We live and work in some of Australia's most extraordinary locations and communities. We are committed to connecting young people with the outdoors.

 

While we stayed indoors to protect our communities and loved ones, The Outdoor Education Group looked to the future. Focusing on what we do best, our mission propelled us forward. We are proud to continue supporting our local communities and look forward to reveling in the outdoors with families like yours.

Benefits

BENEFITS

The turbulence and unease of 2020 drew us indoors and disconnected us from each other and the natural world. After unprecedented bushfires and the impact of COVID19, we know reconnecting with each other, and the outdoors is now more vital than ever.

The Outdoor Education Group understand immersion in the outdoors is a brilliant way to improve mental health, physical wellness and build strong relationships with others. We have focused on making an experience which is fun, carefree and an affordable way to get out of the house with your family, create new memories and share a new activity together.

Facilitation

FACILITATION

Our Leaders are highly skilled and experienced in guiding young people through outdoor experiences, activities and adventure. Now OEG want to share their wealth of knowledge and experience with you. 

Our Introduction to Journeys are designed with your family’s wellbeing and safety at the fore. Our guides will tailor the experience to meet your family's experience level, whether you are learning a new skill or revisiting a forgotten pastime.

The Outdoor Education Group is leading the way outside and we invite your family to join us.

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COVIDSafe Practices

At The Outdoor Education Group we take pride in delivering quality, life changing Outdoor Education experiences to young Australians.

At the core of this mission is delivering these experiences in a safe and fully supported environment, with an eye to our risk management.

We have developed extensive COVIDSafe practices to ensure we are delivering a safe experience for you and your family.

These practices include:

  • dedicated COVIDSafe training for our team
  • checking the temperatures of all our team and visitors on site every day
  • hand sanitisation stations and kits as standard
  • extensive cleaning of our facilities and equipment

We ask all participants to complete our standard medical form with additional COVID-19 declarations.

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