The department will be closed from Wednesday 27 December 2023 to Monday 1 January 2024. We will respond to queries in the New Year. Best wishes for a safe and happy festive season.
Bickley offers some great opportunities for getting active outdoors.
Contact the camp directly on 61 8 9492 9781 to discuss your group's needs.
Programs at Bickley were first delivered in 1988. Bickley was the department's first camp to offer outdoor recreation programs. Over the next two years, under the management of Russell Small, the camp facilitated a range of activities
including orienteering, low ropes, team games, bush walking, abseiling, flying fox and canoeing. Over the last two decades, the camp has expanded its range of outdoor recreation program options. It currently offers 15 different standard
program options. In addition to these programs, the camp has and continues to facilitate a wide range of custom programs for school and non-school groups, including corporate work place adventures.
Programs offered at Bickley support the department's emphasis on promoting healthy and active lifestyles. By incorporating participation in recreation and physical activity during camping experiences, recreation programs provide a chance
for the camp’s guests to experience new activities, learn or develop new skills, explore the benefits of physical activity and promote the maintenance of healthy lifestyles.
instructors facilitate programs in accordance with the philosophy of
Challenge by Choice. This is based on experiential learning theory,
which we define as being able to undertake an experience that a
participant can relate back to their life or existing lifestyle in a
There is an understanding that everyone has varying
thresholds for challenge and these challenges can range in their nature
and variety. We aim to provide an experience that enables participants
to determine their own level of challenge and broaden and develop their
perceived limitations through participation in adventure activities both
in individual and team environments.
All camps staff will aim to
provide a safe experience in which the participant can explore and
extend their abilities and limitations. Our Department Camps Program
Standards and Instructor Code of Ethics encompass that overriding
intent. Participation through excessive pressure and intimidation will
not be supported.
This ethos recognises that the attempt is more significant than the result.
Participants are required to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. This includes:
Bickley offers structured recreation programs. Year levels are based on recommendations from the Department of Education and the Department's Camps Chain Safety Group. Some programs are offered to younger students, however please contact the
camp for more information.
There are a number of activities that are free of charge in the
Bickley Valley area including numerous walking and mountain biking
opportunities adjacent to the camp.
The camp has a multipurpose court area that is available to
Kookaburra dormitory clients for free play, however please check the
availability with our staff. Groups are advised to bring their own
Further information about self-directed activities can be obtained by contacting the camp on 61 8 9492 9781.
Duration: Allow 2 to 3 hours.
The 7.2km return easy/moderate walk from Bickley Camp to Victoria
Reservoir is steeped in local history. Walk on the track constructed for
the very first saw mill in WA, cross the oldest wooden bridge in
Australia and arrive at the first dam built in WA, constructed in 1891.
Admire the Old Victoria Dam wall as well as taking in the spectacular
bushland and city views from the top of the new Victoria Reservoir.
Directions and map for the Victoria Dam walk below.
Duration: 1 hour.
A small orienteering course within the Kookaburra camp area is
available for dormitory groups. Using the camp buildings to navigate,
participants will find markers with letters on them to create a word.
Prices are tiered for school groups, not-for-profit community groups and corporate groups.
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