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The Cardinal Meeting Hall can be configured into either 1 or 2 rooms
divided by a central partition. The hall has enough chairs for 100
people and holds a small kitchenette with refrigerator, sink, hot water
urn, dishwasher and cutlery which can be utilised for tea/coffee or
snacks. Full self-catering is not permitted at this venue and groups
should contact our contract caterer to provide finger food, platters or
The hall has an audiovisual system that includes a digital
data projector (laptop-ready), DVD, VCR, sound amplifier and
wall-mounted speakers. This AV system can only be used by groups who
have booked the entire room or the west side, as the projector and
speakers are mounted inside the west side of the meeting hall. There is
also a projector screen in the west side, a large wall-mounted
whiteboard in each side, and an electronic portable whiteboard with four
printable screens available for hire.
The hall is available to be booked for three separate four hour
blocks (morning, afternoon and evening) at the applicable rates.
Bookings may be limited for external users at certain times as booking
preference is given to internal groups.
The Lake Area is a pleasant location for a picnic or just for some time-out from a hectic camp. With a small lake surrounded by grass and many varieties of coastal
vegetation, the lake area is also used by a number of groups for
debriefing sessions, meditation and other activities. The adventure
tower and caving practice tunnels are also located within this area.
The area is not available for hire/bookings but groups in residence in camp may request access to the area.
Hidden away opposite the Cardinal Meeting Hall is the Gumbooya Scout
Camping. This site was the first camp site in the area and could
originally only be accessed by driving to Warwick Road, taking that road
to the beach and walking for a day up the coast to a small track that
led inland to the camping area.
Since those days, Perth has grown. The Gumbooya Scout Camp still
remains but now, the area exists as part of Ern Halliday Recreation
Camp. The area has space for tents, a small fire pit and a small hall.
Use of Gumbooya is limited to Scout and Guide groups only. Access to the area may not be granted if there is a pre-existing booking
of the Windmill Area, as these areas share toilets and ablutions.
All bookings of Gumbooya are to be made through the Recreation Camps Bookings Office.
Our indoor stadium is the activity hub of the camp. Located alongside
the Morup Recreation Oval and the outdoor basketball and netball
courts, the stadium is used by guests and is also the home of many of
our exciting adventure recreation programs.
The stadium has a full-sized basketball/netball court, and its own
ablution facilities. There are three large roller doors on the side of
the stadium, which can be opened to link the inside to the sights and
sounds (and breezes) from the Morup Recreation Oval. Ern Halliday
programs such as crate climb, rock climbing, big swing, indoor team
games, icebreaker games, ascending, vertical ascent and Jacob’s Ladder
are facilitated inside the stadium. This equipment can only be used
under qualified supervision by camp staff and while taking part in our
structured recreation programs.
Accommodation guests may book the stadium (for basketball, meeting,
indoor games, etc.) for a single two-hour block each day. Guests have to
reserve these blocks ahead of their stay by contacting the camp on 61 8 9492
9788. The timing of these blocks is subject to change at the camp’s
discretion. In these cases, camp staff will try to accommodate the needs
of any group which has requested use of the stadium.
The stadium is a multi-user facility and is an asset that all accommodation groups should be able to access.
The stadium is not available for hire by external groups (for example
basketball team training, weekly karate sessions, etc). Registered and
approved providers of adventure activities or other adventure training
organisations may hire the stadium to make use of the adventure
recreation equipment. These bookings are subject to a daily hire-rate if
available and are to be made through the camp manager on 61 8 9492 9788.
Located next to our stadium and accessible via the Morup Recreation Oval
or the internal access road, the outdoor courts provide a large open
bitumen space for any group to use. There are two full-size basketball
and netball courts next to each other with interchangeable swing goals
which can be changed easily between basketball and netball goals.
The courts have lights for night use.
Ask our camp staff for directions on how to turn on the lights. To
guarantee use of the courts at a particular time, bookings of two hour
blocks per day can be made for any accommodation guests at the site.
Ern Halliday Adventure Tower is one of the most recognisable facilities
at the camp. Visible from Whitfords Avenue, the Adventure Tower is the
most used tower of its kind in Western Australia.
2000, the Adventure Tower is used for abseiling, rock climbing and the
popular flying fox. There is a beginner’s abseil platform at 5m which
allows for two lines of abseiling at any time. At the 5m level is the
start of the flying fox. There is two lines on the flying fox, and the
height of the cable starts at approximately 8m. For the more
adventurous, the top of the tower is 10m from the ground and groups of
an appropriate age may take part in the 10m flat-wall or 10m overhang
abseil. The outdoor climbing holds also reach the 10m overhang height
and the view from the 10m platform at sunset has to be seen.
the centre of the camp is the large Morup Recreation Oval. Named after
Steve Morup, our accommodation officer for 30 years, this oval is a
focal point for all groups who stay at the camp.
length of 170m, the oval is about the size of an Australian Rules
Football (AFL) field. The oval contains a set of cricket nets at the
southern end, a pavilion which is home to our archery program and
The turf is not perfect like a professional
field, but most of the groups who use the oval are very happy with the
surface. Therefore, the oval may not be suitable for elite sporting
groups who wish to train at a high level on a perfectly even ground.
A unique feature of Ern Halliday camp is our underground caving system, consisting of more than 280m of crawlspace and tunnels.
Starting in the lake area, the cave
consists of a practice tunnel area, a Hobbit’s door entrance, 200m of
underground tunnels of various widths, escape hatches, and some
adventurous ramp tunnels and mazes inside two 12m (40ft) sea containers
stacked 8m high.
To venture into the cave, you need to make a booking directly through
the camp. All groups are led by qualified instructors, trained
specifically for the caving system.
Do not submit enquiries with this form.