School Holiday Adventures!
Drop off outdoor holiday program
9am – 3pm
Get into Nature!
Are you looking for something different for the kids these school holidays? Have they spent too much time in front of a screen this year? Our Wild School Holiday Adventures are the perfect way for your child to disconnect with technology and reconnect with nature!
Children will spend the day with our amazing Nature Mentors who will help them to rediscover their wild self and make life-long memories through holistic and child-led, wild play opportunities.
Program Dates & Times
Tuesday 29 September 9am – 3pm
One Mile Area | Samurai dunes, wetlands & forest; Big Rocky rock pools.
Wednesday 7 October 9am – 3pm
Shoal Bay Area | Coastal peaks and forest, sand dunes and rock pools.
Need a different day?
Do you need a different day or is your chosen day booked out? Click the button to join our waitlist.
Our experienced Nature Mentors encourage wild play. The adventures are child-led and therefore different every time! Our base recipe is a bush walk, nature craft and exploration.
Other activities can include climbing; nature observation, whittling; rope skills; rock pool exploration and survival skills including fire building, shelter making and cordage.
We usually cover at least 5km on foot over the course of the day.
Group Size & Ages
Our school holiday programs have a maximum ratio of one Nature Mentor to 10 wild children. We will always have at least two mentors on program regardless of the number of children booked in. Currently we have a maximum of 18 children and 2 Nature Mentors per session.
Our sessions are designed for children 6 – 15 years old. Our minimum age is due to the physical exertion required during these programs – we will usually walk at least 5km during the day.
Amy is the owner of Tomaree Coastal Adventures and is passionate about helping people get outside and reconnect with nature. An experienced outdoor educator and local mum, she loves bush walking, rock climbing and learning all about the flora and fauna in Tomaree National Park.
Amy holds a Cert 3 & 4 in Outdoor Recreation, Diploma in Adventure Tourism Management, NSW Working with Children Check and Wilderness First Aid Certificate.
Benefits of Nature Immersion
This year has been crazy for everyone, but especially for our youth.
Give your child a gift these holidays – a chance to reclaim their childhood, step away from the screens and reconnect with nature.
Time in Nature boots confidence; develops curiosity, problem-solving, and creativity; provides sensory opportunities; promotes independence and a love for the environment and many more!
F.A.Q & Important Information
Cost: $70pp (2.9% surcharge if booked online)
Duration: 9am – 3pm (6hrs)
Please arrive 10 mins early for your first session to finalise paperwork and for introductions.
Bookings are essential to avoid disappointment and can be made by phone or online. If you cannot find availability please get in touch to be wait listed for additional sessions.
Online Bookings will incur a 2.9% service fee.
Payments can be made by direct deposit or card (online using Stripe or in person using Square). To pay by direct deposit please call us to make your booking.
Minimum Numbers We require a minimum of 6 participants for a session to go ahead – if we do not reach this number we will get in touch with those who have booked to discuss refund, postponement or a small group surcharge.
- Comfortable backpack to carry your gear. Children may walk a maximum of 10km so it is important that the bag fits well and isn’t too bulky. A bag with waist belt is recommended to reduce weight on your child’s shoulders.
- Water bottle or hydration pack. Min 2.5L capacity. We are an environmentally conscious business and discourage the use of single use plastic water bottles.
- Weather appropriate clothing.
- Hot sunny days: Sun safe clothing – long sleeve collared tops, sunscreen, broad brim hat, full length, loose fitting pants (not jeans or leggings!) – you want something thin enough to not overheat your child but also durable. This is part of snake bite prevention.
- Wet or cold days: Synthetic or wool layers, warm hat, raincoat, rain pants (if you have them). NO COTTON. Remember to still wear sunscreen and bring a sunhat.
- Grippy, enclosed shoes
- Any normal medications (epi-pen, asthma puffer etc)
- Enough food for the day. Nuts are an acceptable food unless we have a child on program with nut allergies – we will update you if this is the case.
- Spare clothes, towel and swimmers – we do not swim in surf or deep water but we do explore rock pools and have a splash by the shore when it is HOT!
We use an online waiver system for all participants, please ensure you complete this prior to arrival. This is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic to reduce physical interaction between staff and participants.
All rubbish you bring in, you will need to take home with you.
We love ALL weather – so dress accordingly! Walks will only be cancelled in the case of relevant weather warnings, extreme heat events and unsafe fire conditions.
Toilets are limited within the National Park. We advise you visit the nearest public toilet BEFORE arriving at the meeting point. You will need to utilise outdoor toileting practices during the session – which we will cover in our briefing.
No we do not, the program is fully outdoors.
Depending on the weather forecast we will carry an emergency shelter for use in the sun and rain.
It is important that you (caregiver) are always contactable in case of evacuations or early pickups are necessary.
Your child’s safety is extremely important to us.
All activities and locations are thoroughly risk assessed with policies and procedures in place for how we run things. We carry a first aid kit which includes snake bandages and EpiPen’s.
Nature Mentors hold a variety of first aid qualifications (at least one holds either Remote Area or Wilderness First Aid), Working with Children Checks and qualifications in a relevant field (e.g. outdoor recreation, childcare, teaching, environmental science).
For our programs to resume we need to work together in partnership, I understand that our community will be in need of support and connection over the coming weeks, however as always, the safety of our staff, our families and our Tomaree Coastal Adventures community will remain our first priority.
In an effort to ensure the safety of our Tomaree Coastal Adventures community and our staff, we will be implementing the following strategies:
- We will be encouraging; good hygiene practices such as covering your coughs and sneezes with your elbow, washing your hands often with soap and water, using alcohol-based hand sanitisers.
- If you or any member of your family/friends (that you live with or who you have had recent close contact with) has any sign of illness we ask that you DO NOT attend the session. In this situation please call our office to organise cancellation or postponement. As this request is being put in place to protect the health of all our families, anyone who ignores this request will be required to leave immediately and any payment made will be forfeited.
- Soap and water will be provided so participants can clean their hands on arrival and departure. Alcohol based hand sanitizer will be available for use after toileting, and before & after eating.
- Please do not share food with anyone else.
- We will be aiming to keep distance between participants and staff. If first aid is required additional PPE will be worn.
- When you arrive for your session please do not let your children gather with other families – a distance of at least 1.5m must be maintained between participants of different families. If possible stay by your car until the guide comes over to introduce themselves and complete paperwork.
- Due to the high ‘touch based’ nature of close group type activities, we will no longer be doing group craft or projects
Thank you all for your understanding, cooperation & support in this difficult time ❤️