During the course of a 5 day camp, students cover 100kms. 2 canoe legs (approx 25km ea), cover the top of Lake Cootharaba to Harry’s Hut and Elanda Point to the lower reaches of Noosa River. Students also enjoy a morning of mountain biking to their designated abseil and rock climbing site then return by mountain bike to commence the next part of their circuit.
Other challenges in the circuit include a river crossing that combines problem solving, lateral thinking and teamwork. Students are also equipped with a topography map and a compass to navigate a 25km leg of the circuit.
The objective is to foster within each student, an appreciation, knowledge, values and skills necessary to inspire not only sound decisions and actions in their ecological environment but also in their team environment.
A Total Adventures instructor stays with each group for the whole week insuring safety, passing on instructions for each day, debriefing the group at the end of each day and generally overseeing the camp. Ultimately it is the student group itself that directs the journey, for example, the group is responsible for morale, in-camp management and housekeeping (meal preparation/cooking, hygiene, tidiness), time schedules and group organisation.
Ration packs, student camp cooking.
North of Brisbane, between Noosa Heads and Rainbow Beach lies a part of the Great Sandy Region known as Cooloola National Park. Cooloola is a refuge for some of the world’s rarest plants and animals such as the Cooloola Acid Frog and Ground Parrot.
The park has one of the few remaining Emu populations in coastal Queensland. The region has many lakes including the worlds largest and highest perched dune lakes and contains the oldest and largest number of independent coastal dune systems recorded in the world, as well as the oldest known time sequence of soils (podzols) with giant profiles more than 25m thick.
It’s these rarities and natural beauty that makes Cooloola National Park the perfect destination for our Eco Challenge School Camp.