holiday program

holiday program flyer

Hi Folks!

The holidays are looming large and Brunswick Bush School has a fine spread of activities on offer to excite even the fussiest of children. We have a slew of exciting new activities; Make a slingshot, learn the art of Trapping and Snare making (no animals will actually be trapped), and Making your own Survival Kit, plus lots of the usual fun and games. So, give the kids the boot and book them in for a fun day in the bush; learning, sharing, creating and adventuring.

Click of the booking link adjacent to the day you wish to book in to and that will take you to our booking website.

NEWSFLASH! The Wild Wallabies Hollidays (for 3-5 year olds) was a load of fun last hols so we will be on again these holidays. It will run Monday, Wednesday and Friday on both weeks of the holidays. Scroll down for details and bookings.


Brunswick Bush School July 2019 Holiday Program (for 6-12 years)


Date Activity Description Booking Link
Monday 30th Sept


Canoeing Marshalls Creek

Get ready for this exciting new Canoe adventure on Marshalls creek! Come with us as we paddle the wild upper reaches of Marshalls creek exploring ancient remnant rainforest and visiting fruit bat colonies as we wind our way down to meet the Brunswick River.

Tuesday 1st Oct Friction Fire Learn the art of fire making using friction fire methods! We will make a bow drill and show different methods of starting a fire using your bare hands. Way cool and super fun!

Wednesday 2nd Oct


Death Traps and Snares

Another exciting new activity today we explore several different types of animal traps and snares we can make with simple equipment.  Once you learn the different techniques you will be making your own and well on the way to knowing how to survive in the bush!

Thursday 3rd Oct


Survival Kit day 1,

Sew the pouch

This two day course will be a fun exploration of survival in the bush. On day 1 we will be making our own leather survival pouch.

Friday 4th Oct


Survival Kit day 2, Fill the pouch

Day 2 of the course we will be filling our pouch with essential survival equipment that even Bear Grylls would not want to be caught in the bush without! Each person takes home their own survival kit. Please note there is a $15 materials charge for the contents of the survival kit which includes a small knife, whistle, wire saw, and many other things.

Monday 7th Oct


Canoeing Marshalls Creek

Today we Paddle up the northern arm of the Brunswick River, Marshalls Creek. This quiet meandering river will take us through fruit bat colonies and enchanted remnants of ancient Big Scrub rainforest.

Tuesday 8th Oct


Sling Shots

Sling Shots are a load of fun to play with. Today we will be making our own from forked branches, add some rubber and voila! A toy that will bring hours of fun!

Wednesday 9th Oct Scats, tracks and Traces There are signs of animals all around us but how do you know where to find them and what to look for? This fascinating day will explore the ancient art of animal tracking so you can track and find the animals that live all around us.

Thursday 10th Oct Cordage and Paracord Bracelets Today we will be having fun making cordage (twine) from natural fibres we collect in the bush. Cordage is essential for bush survival from making baskets and traps to tying a shelter and making a canoe. An invaluable bush skill to have!! We will also have fun making paracord survival bracelets.

Friday 11th Oct Knots and Shelters A perennial favourite with kids Knots and Shelters is a fun day of learning practical knots that you can use at home and building bush shelters. You will learn different types of shelter building techniques and then have a go at making your own.


All activities will run from 9-3pm and are based outdoors for the entire day. We meet outside the Brunswick Heads Surf Life Saving Club and then head into the bush (except for canoeing days. When canoeing we meet adjacent to the river. Notice will be sent via email where to meet).

The activities presented on any given day may change due to weather, numbers and other unforeseen circumstances. In the case of wet weather we set up basic tarp shelters. Each day is interspersed with games, sacred circles, 'sit spot' (nature meditation), a swim if weather permits and other nature connection activities.

Cost is $60* per day per child. 10% discount for siblings.

Checkout or fb page here to see some of the fun stuff we get up to:

For more information contact Rohan on 0407898374

* There is a 50 cent booking fee for each booking made. Also there is a $5 surcharge for the flint and steel activities where the child takes home a flint and steel. This is clearly mentioned in the activity description.


Wild Wallabies Holidays October 2019  (for 3-5 years)

Brunswick Bush School is excited to announce the Wild Wallabies Holiday program being offered these holidays. Based on our popular term time program for children aged 3-5 years we spend the whole day outdoors (9-3pm) exploring, creating, playing and learning. Two mentors accompany the group (max 13 children). The cost is $60* for the day. Please click on the link next to the day you wish to book in and that will take you to our booking website.

The Holiday Wild Wallabies program provides a mix of structured and unstructured activities as we move through the bush accessing different ‘play’ spaces throughout the day. Gently led by two mentors the day consists of a variety of nature themed activities such as games, arts and crafts, meditative time, sharing circles, stories, exploring bushland, learning about the surrounding plants and animals, swimming (weather permitting), climbing trees, singing and free play. It's a fun day out which will ground and energise your child without over stimulating them.

Call Rohan on 0407898374 for more details.

* There is a 50 cent booking fee for each booking made.


Date Activity Booking Link

Monday 30th September


Painting with Ochre

Wednesday 2nd October


Making Bush Fairies

Friday 4th October


Clay Echidnas

Monday 7th October


Paperbark Owls

Wednesday 9th October


Nature Collage

Friday 11th October


Dot Painting







What are the costs?


Costs vary depending on the program you are enrolling in.

Our term time weekly Bush School (for 6-12 year olds) rate is $50 per week per child if you enrol for the whole term (usually ten weeks). $60 if you wish to be a casual.


The Bush Kindy (3-5 year olds) is $60 for the day or $70 if you wish to be a casual


The School Holiday Program is $60 per day.


There is a discount of 10% for siblings.


What age range is it for?

We have three programs running:

A Bush School for children aged 6-12 years (children outside this age range will be accepted on a case by case basis) and a A

Bush Kindy for children aged 3-5 years.

A School Holiday Program for children 6-12 years


What do you do if it is raining?

We generally head out for the day rain, hail or shine. Unless there is a category 4 cyclone off Brunswick Bar we still go out! Heading out in the rain is a great experience for the children. It builds resilience and endurance and teaches them new skills for staying warm and safe in wet weather- other children just love the chance to spend the day in the rain and mud! Just as importantly, they get to experience the bush in a different way, it is different when it is wet and you have to move and interact accordingly. We do have a tarp shelters we put up when it rains. The children help to construct their own shelter!

Do your Mentors have Working With Children Checks (WWC) and First Aid Certificates?

Yes, our Mentors all have Working With children Checks. Rohan also has a remote area First Aid Certificate. At least one mentor travelling with each group has a First Aid Certificate.

What if I need to contact my daughter or son urgently?

Our mentors always carry their mobile phones with them while they are out for the day. This is vital for our own communications. If you need to contact your child the best person to call is Rohan. Mentors phone numbers will be given to you upon enrolment.


Can I come out for the day with my child?

We don't generally encourage parents to accompany their older children when they come out for the day. Mainly because it can alter the interactions of the group and also effect the way the new child integrates with the group. We do allow a parent to settle their child in for a few hours in the morning if the child (or they!) are feeling anxious.

Exceptions are made for the Bush Kindy, parents are welcome to spend the day with their child to make sure they are feeling safe and settled.


 Do you have Insurance?

Yes we do. We have public liability cover for up to $10 000 000 with Sportscover.


My Child has been diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome, Autism or ADHD can they attend?

Children on the spectrum have special needs. Through past experience we have found that it can be a challenge to meet the needs of these children when combined with the group. We would love for these children to attend Bush School as we believe it is such a healthy and healing experience, but the reality is that we do need all children that attend Bush School to be able to self regulate, we simply don't have the resources and skills to meet the needs of some of these children, and the program isn't designed for children with special needs. However, if you have a daughter or son that you think would like to come along and would be able to be a part of the program, talk to us and we will discuss it. As a minimum, we ask that you escort your child for a minimum of two weeks to support them integrating into the group. We will re-assess with you after this time and make a decision as to whether it is in the best interests of all concerned for them to continue. 


How do I pay?

Payment can be made electronically via bank deposit or in cash. Payments can be made in one lump sum or 2-3 payments over the term can be arranged. We avoid dealing with cash on the day as we have lots of families we are dealing with and small amounts of cash can easily go missing. Please see the Holiday Program tab for information about payments for the Holiday Program.


Tell me about your mentors? 

Our mentors are highly skilled, trained and passionate guides. Which mentors we have coming out with us changes depending on the program we are running and their availability. Many have outdoor recreation qualifications, others have on the job experience or are trained teachers in their field.


I am concerned about my child going swimming, can you tell me more about what that entails?

We have access to the beautiful Brunswick River and also the ocean. The children love swimming and it is a fantastic part of the program, but we also realise there are risks involved. We have compiled a swim safe policy to ensure that any swimming activity is as safe as can be. Please ask Rohan to view this policy. The main points are as follows:

Generally we will swim in a shallow safe section of the Brunswick River.

Sometimes- rarely, we do swim in the ocean. The decision to enter the ocean is carefully made on the day given local and real time conditions of surf, wind, wave activity, currents and tides, numbers of children etc…

Children are given clear boundaries on where to swim.

The Mentor is the furthest person out and no one is to go past the mentor.

There is a Mentor at the water’s edge also watching the children.

There is a policy of ‘No deeper than my thigh’


I am concerned about snakes and ticks and other dangerous animals. Please allay my fears!!

The Australian bush certainly has animals and insects that are either deadly poisonous or want a piece of you! There are snakes, ticks and other dangerous animals present on the land we walk upon and thankfully, most of the time, they are happy going about their business and will go out of their way to avoid human contact long before we are aware of them (think a bunch of noisy excited kids tromping through the bush is enough to scare anyone!!). We encourage children to be aware and sensible in the bush and we regularly warn them of the presence of snakes in the warmer weather; how to approach them should they see them and what to do in the unlikely event they get bitten. All our mentors know about snake bite first aid and carry specialised snake bite bandages. As mentioned above, we carry mobile phones should a quick evacuation be necessary. Ticks and snakes are particularly active in the warmer months. We also remind children to do regular tick sweeps of their bodies and we carry tweezers with us for safe and quick removal. This is a risk inherent in a program of this nature but with awareness, care and education we are able to minimise the risks.


Do you run programs in schools? 

We have worked with schools before and are very keen to see this work spread. If you would like advice or are keen to partner with us in providing nature connection within your school or organisation contact Rohan for a chin wag.



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Brunswick Bush School

Brunswick Bush School offers a variety of Nature Connection Programs for children and young adults.

All current programs run out of Bushland at Brunswick Heads from 9-3pm


On Thursdays during term time we run our Bush School for kids aged 6-12 


On Fridays during term time we run a Bush Kindy for children aged 3-5 


During school holidays we run our school holiday program for children aged 6-12 (for more details see the holiday program tab)


If you have a program you would like us to run, or you are in another location, we can also come to you. Contact Rohan for more infromation.


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Directions from Gold Coast

  • Follow Pacific Motorway/M1 South to Tweed Valley Way in Billinudgel. Take exit Brunswick Valley Way from Pacific Motorway/M1
  • Merge onto Pacific Motorway/M1
  • Entering New South Wales
  • Take exit Brunswick Valley Way toward Brunswick Valley Way/Billinudgel/Ocean Shores/Tourist Drive 40
  • Take Brunswick Valley Way to S Beach Rd in Brunswick Heads
  • At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Tweed Valley Way
  • Turn right onto Brunswick Valley Way
  • At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on Brunswick Valley Way
  • At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Old Pacific Hwy
  • Turn left onto Mullumbimbi St
  • Turn left onto S Beach Rd
  • Destination will be on the left


Directions from Byron Bay

  • Follow Pacific Motorway/M1 North, signs for Tweed Heads/Brisbane
  • Take the Gulgan Road exit toward Brunswick Heads/Mullumbimby
  • Take Old Pacific Hwy to S Beach Rd
  • At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Gulgan Rd
  • At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Old Pacific Hwy
  • Turn right onto Mullumbimbi St
  • Turn left onto S Beach Rd
  • Destination will be on the left