FAQ - Camp Nature Play

What is Camp Nature Play?
What is Geocaching?
Is this event like your Family Geo-Challenge Weekends?
Will I need a GPS or Smartphone?
Can I bring my own bike? 
Can I hire a bikes for my family? 
Is there a minimum age?
Can I hire a bike trailer, child seat or kids trailer bikes? 
What activities will be available? 
Do I have to stay at the camp all weekend?
What time do I check in? 
What time do I need to check out by? 
Do I bring my own meals?
Is there a 'camp store' on site for confectionery, ice cream, drinks, fishing bait, etc?
What accommodation options are there?
Is the camp alcohol and smoke free?
How far is Wharncliffe Mill from Margaret River?
What is the sleeping configuration in the dorm rooms? Are they all the same?
What are the toilet and shower facilities like?
Is there an ideal age range for children?
Will I need to supervise my children for all activities?
Is there an additional charge for any of the activities?
Are their any mandatory requirements for each family to participate in or attend?
What if it is raining?
Are there laundry facilities?

What is Camp Nature Play?

We know there are so many families out there who are either frequent campers - or - who love the idea of camping and just don't know where to start! Nature Play WA wanted to do something a little different, so we decided to take our Passport to An Amazing Childhood and create 10 exciting camping missions families can complete over the weekend, with some help and guidance from staff at Nature Play WA staff and staff at Wharncliffe Mill. 

What is Geocaching?

Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game that is played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with a GPS or smartphone. Read all about Geocaching.

It is similar in the fact that there are only Nature Play WA event families staying at Wharncliffe Mill over the weekend and they are all there for the same reason as you! Camping, family, kids and having fun in nature.

While geocaching is part of this event, the geocaching mission is delivered by one of our geocaching experts, and will teach you how to use the geocaching app on your phone and how to find a some geocaches hidden around Wharncliffe Mill.  

The focus of Camp Nature Play is on camping and fun, and completing some exciting missions over the weekend while getting to know other likeminded families with Nature Play WA and Wharncliffe Mill staff on hand to guide you if you get stuck or if you have any questions.

Will I need a GPS or Smartphone?

If you would like to complete the Geocaching Mission within the 10 Camping Missions, you will need a smartphone or tablet with data/access to internet and will need to download the Geocaching app. We'll give you full instructions before the event and be on hand if you any any questions throughout the weekend. 

Can I bring my own bike?

Absolutely! It is ideal if you can bring your own bike as only a very limited number of bike will be available for hire at two hour time slots.

Can I hire a bikes for my family?

Yes! It is ideal if you can bring your own bikes, however you can hire a limited range of bikes from Wharncliffe Mill. Discuss this when you check-in or pre-book by calling them beforehand on (08) 9758 8227.

Is there a minimum age?

No. While there is no minimum age, children are the responsibility of their parents/guardians and must remain in their care at all times. Children who require training wheels on their bikes may not find it easy to bike on the many trails throughout Bramley National Park. Many trails are suitable for jogger strollers and children of all ages will enjoy the Wharncliffe Mill experience.

Can I hire a bike trailer, child seat or kids trailer bikes?

There are a range of bike options available including two tag-along bikes and toddler seats, however there are no bike trailers or small kids bikes (or any with training wheels). It is ideal to bring your own bike but there is a limited range available. Please contact Wharncliffe Mill directly for more information and booking information (08) 9758 8227.

What activities will be available?

There will be a variety of activities available from cubby building and kite making to geocaching and singing campfire songs. We will have 10 different camping missions that we are sure the whole family will love!

Do I have to stay at the camp all weekend?

You do not need to stay at the camp all weekend. You are able to come and go as you please, and you are able to take part in any activity you like. Please note, most activities do require pre-registration. Prior to the event, Nature Play WA staff will contact you to book your spot in each activity. 

What time do I check in?

Any time from 2pm onwards. Many people are likely to travel to Camp Nature Play after school on the Friday. Keep in mind that there is minimal light for camp set up after dark. The official program commences at 7:00pm on Friday 23 June, however, if you are unable to make it, we will have a second campfire singing session on Saturday 24 June at 7:00pm.  

What time do I need to check out by?

Checkout is 10am at the latest on Monday 4th, or anytime on Sunday 3rd May. 

Do I bring my own meals?

Bacon and egg breakfast rolls are included to kick start your day, however if these are not suitable to your dietary requirements, please bring your own alternative. You will need to provide all other meals.  Bacon and Egg breakfast rolls will offered on the Saturday and Sunday morning from 7.30am to 9.00am.  'Buy Your Own' wood-fired pizza will be available by a local provider coming ONSITE to the camp on Saturday evening.

Is there a 'camp store' on site for confectionery, ice cream, drinks, fishing bait, etc?

Ice creams, drinks, chips, lollies, coffee, tea and hot chocolates are available from the onsite kiosk, other items can be purchased in Margaret River just a couple of minutes' drive away.

What accommodation options are there?

A variety of accommodation options are available to suit your needs and budget. A limited number of cabins, safari tents and dorm rooms are available. There are ample powered tent and caravan camping sites.

Is the camp alcohol and smoke free?

While the camp is not alcohol and smoke free, however, as this is a family event, we request that you drink responsibly. There are smoking areas designated within the grounds – please ensure you smoke within this section only. 

How far is Wharncliffe Mill from Margaret River?

2km. There is  a beautiful bush walk which takes around 30 minutes to walk or less to cycle or you can drive which takes 3 - 4 minutes.

What is the sleeping configuration in the dorm rooms? Are they all the same?

All rooms have different configurations, please see www.wharncliffemill.com.au for details.

What are the toilet and shower facilities like?

Clean and well maintained - with hot showers and flushing toilets.  It is an eco-camp so people are encouraged to use the solar heated showers when the sun is shining and keep all showers to a maximum of four minutes.

Is there an ideal age range for children?

No, however bikes on training wheels are not able to be ridden on bush trails - very young children are better on tagalong bikes,  toddler seats or walking.  Jogger strollers with big wheels are usually fine on most of the bush trails.  There are many other activities set up throughout the weekend to allow everyone lots of opportunities to be involved. The majority of the Geo-Challenge trail will be accessible by an easy walk. 

Will I need to supervise my children for all activities?

Parental supervision is mandatory for all activities and for the entire weekend.  There will be some unstructured activities like cubby building and nature crafts, but they still require parent supervision.

Is there an additional charge for any of the activities?

No. The event is all inclusive of the booking price however bike hire is additional if required however is at a heavily discounted rate.

Are their any mandatory requirements for each family to participate in or attend?

No, however if you miss the opening event you may require further guidance and information. We will do our best to help you get on your way.

What if it is raining?

Make sure you bring an rain coat and gumboots and have even more fun!

Are there laundry facilities?

Yes - there is a coin-operated washing machine at Wharncliffe Mill. There is also a laundromat in town. 

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