Camp Illawonga 2015

From Monday – Wednesday of Week 4 Room 10 and Room 12 went to Camp Illawonga at Swan Reach.



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’ and an Aboriginal site along with some trees that had been used to make canoes from. 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.


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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. We all 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.


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At the camp sit 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!

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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 andย study and the different vegetation and animal life that was around the area.

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On the final day we 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!

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We all had a FANTASTIC time on the camp. It was a great way to experience new things, learn about the environment and develop newย ย as well as build on existing friendships.


What did you enjoy the most about camp and why?

Can you write about something that you learnt about the environment while on camp

Why do you think the Murray River is so important for South Australia?

23 thoughts on “Camp Illawonga 2015

  1. The thing I enjoyed most about IIlawonga is that the foam pit the the thing i liked about the foam pit is that it was not just jumping in to a pit and they was different

    i learnt that yabbies can walk fowads and win backwasds

    because all the sea life an water comes from the muury river and you would die without water and sea life is an animal and they can be housed for food and if we have no foof we also die

  2. dear mrs b,
    l enjoyd the most was the gim becoase hide and seek was really fun and hard.
    l think the murry river is so import beacoes that is where sa gets all of it dirinking water

  3. Dear. Miss Baldwin on camp did you or your class find any ores in the cave? If you did well done and what tipe?

    From merlin

    1. Dear Merlin I don’t think any of us found ores but we did find fossils a whole bunch of fossils. From kain

  4. Dear Mrs Baldwin,

    My favourite thing was the gym because I loved the foam pit so much. My favourite one was the one were you jump on the trampoline into the foam pit. Also my favourite was archery and I did well in it because I got it on the yellow line.

  5. Dear miss baldwin I enjoyed camp because they gave us lots of food and I also liked the gymnastic hall because it was fun and I am used to it because I do Calisthenics. I learnt how to hold a yabby you hold it were the line on its back is and a yabby can walk forward and backwards but it can also swim backwards and forwards . I learnt that the river is 600km long . I enjoyed camp from Jessica m .

  6. Dear Mrs B
    I like camp because it was fun and I liked the gym.
    I learnt that a wombats bum is strong that it can brake a dingos jaw
    from Elyssa

  7. Driving the boat was the best we did donuts and we went sooner fast I dint no that the boat could go so fast because at the start we went so slow and it was a bit boring and I did like the cave because there was hard ways.

  8. Dear miss bladwin,
    the thing i liked the most adout camp was the foam pit,the yabby fishing and all of the other things as well but the thing i like the most was the foam pit.

  9. Dear Mrs Baldwin the thing I enjoyed the most about camp was 3 things I enjoyed Buddy and Misty I enjoyed the food and finally I liked the most the gym because they were fun and the food was tasty when i didn’t feel a little bit sick.

    Mrs Baldwin I learnt at camp is that when they had a flood it wood make marks in the cliffs which can tell you how many floods they’ve had happen.

    Mrs Baldwin the Murray is so important to Australia because that’s partly where we get are water from and it attracts birdlife and other animals to go there it also made the coorong so if it wasn’t there there would be no coorong. from kain

  10. Dear Mrs Baldwin
    thing I enjoyed most about camp was the safari and especially the wedge tailed eagle’s nest which was broken by a lightning strike.
    The river Murray is important for South Australia is because lot’s of fish and clean water comes from the Murray and lot’s of creaks and smaller rivers come from it
    From David

  11. Dear Mrs Baldwin,
    One of the most enjoyable thing about camp was the marshmallows!
    One thing that I learnt about the environment while on camp was you have to keep it clean?

    From Jackson

  12. Dear Mrs Baldwin,
    What I enjoyed most about camp was the Gym lessons with Amber, Yabby farm with Mark, caving with Mark and everything else that we did. The thing that I learnt about the environment on camp is that the Murry River has had lots of floods and droughts. I think the Murry River is important to South Austrail because the aboriganal people used the river for and caught things that live in the Murry Rivet for food.
    From Hannah๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  13. Dear mrs Baldwin,

    What I enjoyed mostly was the gymnasium because I like being active and do tricks on the bars like bar to bar things or flips on the bars or rings.

    The Murry River is so important for SA because it is where we get all of our water for homes for our drinking our baths and showers that is why it is so important to South Australia.

    From Grayson

  14. Dear Mrs Baldwin,
    What I enjoyed the most about camp was basically everything that we did on camp but the one that I really loved was the yabby farm , foam pit , boat ride , caves , Safari bus ride and Bon fire.
    The thing I learnt about the environment was the Murray river and its environment like fish, aboringanals and animals .
    I think the Murray river is important because of the aboriginals.
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  15. Dear Mrs Baldwin,
    My camp top 5 are:
    1 = Going in the foampit because it was just fun.
    2 = Caving because you can take home a fossil that you found.
    3 = Playing with the dogs because they were just so playful.
    4 = Yabbie fishing because it was all about strategy and some luck.
    5 = Marshmallows around the camp fire because you can toast the marshmallows.

    I think the River Murray is so important because it helps take the water down through Australia. If we didn’t have it we wouldn’t have any water.

    From Hayden

  16. Dear mrs baldwin

    The gym was brilliant because there was lots spinning and jumping but the foam pit was the best to fall in to.

    because I think its where we get our water from

    From Connor

  17. Dear Miss Baldwin,

    The thing I enjoyed about camp and why is the caves because at the end you could use the hard or easy way to exit and I chose the hard way. You literally had to lie down to get through but it only took about 3-4 minets.

    One of the things I learnt about the environment on camp is that an wedged tailed eagle wing span is about 1 and a half meters long.

  18. Dear Mrs Baldwin

    The thing I enjoyed most about camp was going in the cave because we found lots of ancient fossils which were really cool.

    The enviroment used to be all just sea.

    The murry river is important to South Australia because the is lots of wild life and fish and for the water as well.


    From Mackenzie.

  19. Dear Mrs Baldwin,
    What I enjoyed the most about camp well I don’t have one but if I was to choose it would be the foam pit and the cave and I really loved the food there too.At camp I learned that wombats have really hard bottoms and that it can be quite dangerous to other animals.

    From Piper

  20. Dear mrs Baldwin I enjoyed going to the gym and playing hide and seek in the phome pit but the bad thing obout it is that you get phome. And the murry revir has been around for 1000s of years and it is inporntat because it’s Austraila and illawonga and swan reach main water source and the wildlife


  21. Dear Miss Baldwin ,
    The thing I enjoyed most of all was the gym . My favourite thing in the gym was the foam pit .

    I leant that the highest flood in the River Murry was in 1956 . ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    I also leant that the most popular almond is the California Paper Shell .

    From Jasmine ๐Ÿข๐Ÿข๐Ÿข๐Ÿš๐Ÿš๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ ๐ŸŸ๐ŸŸ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  22. Dear Mrs Baldwin
    I liked every thing because they where all fun.
    Wombats are really strong and they can brake a dingos jaw.
    By Elyssa

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