From Wednesday – Friday of Week 3 Room 10 and Room 11 went to Camp Illawonga at Swan Reach.
Below is a map of where Swan Reach is and also how close the campsite is to the Murrey River.
It was an action packed camp with so many activities to do and new information to learn about.
Below are just some of the many activities we participated in:
A boat ride along the Murray to view the ‘Big Bend.’ We also learnt about some of the bird life found along the Murray and how they survive in the wild. We also learnt about how the Murray River cliffs were formed.
We visited an almond farm where we got to see up close all the machinery that is used to harvest the trees. We then had an opportunity to visit a yabby farm and learn about the nets that are used to catch the yabbies, what they eat, how they reproduce and why they are important to the Murray River. Some of us had an opportunity to hold a yabby and also fish for some as well. This was a lot harder than we first thought because it was about being patient and using the correct technique so they wouldn’t fall off the bait while we were trying to bring them in.
At the camp site there was a large gymnasium with a foam pit. We all had a turn on the different pieces of equipment which was loads of fun!
A safari and treasure hunt around the open area. We saw an old house that belonged to the owners family many years ago. We also got to look for some fossils and study and the different vegetation and animal life that was around the area.
We also had an opportunity to visit the Punyelroo Cave which was hidden near some bushes near the river. It was a deep cave and quite narrow in some parts which was fun for us but challenging for the adults! We found many different types of fossils and we all were able to take one home to keep!
At night we did get some rain but that didn’t stop us from having a camp fire and toasting some marshmallows. We also did some Karokee which was a lot of fun. It was great to see everyone joining in and its of people being brave and singing a song in front of everyone.
We also visited Sunnydale Farm where we saw demonstrations of shearing, an introduction to sheep breeds and a sheep race. There was also the chance to try out outback activities such as whip-cracking and colonial bush-games.
We even tried some archery!!
We all had a FANTASTIC time on the camp. It was a great way to experience new things, learn about the environment and develop new as well as build on existing friendships.