Exploring remote and wild places can be scary but what if we told you that there’s a crash course to help you do it safely (and relatively cheaply)?
Join us on our final and biggest Unique Tassie Experience of the year. Only 16 spots are on offer! All gear provided.
This survival camping 101 will give you the knowledge to put together your own Tassie adventures, whilst equipping yourself with the necessary items that will keep you safe and comfortable when in the Tasmanian bush. You’ll be a seasoned camper in no time!
– 2 nights/3 days
– All meals PROVIDED. (except Day 1 lunch)
– Tents, backpacks, stoves and all other gear for exercises are PROVIDED.
The camp will lay the foundations of skills that you can hone and adapt to any outdoor environment and open a whole world of future adventures no matter where you go. It will make you aware of your own limitations, but also give you the knowledge to know where to find information when you need it.
The program will take place in the Fingal Valley using both the Scotch Oakburn Valley Outdoor Campus and surrounding areas of both beautiful and rugged rivers, gorges and elevated mountain ridges of St. Pauls Dome. Your accommodation will be basic, no cabins and soft mattresses, but an opportunity to create your own shelter, be it a modern lightweight tent or a night under the stars in a bivouac that you constructed using some of the skills that you will learn.
Toilets and showers will be available on night one but night two will challenge you to know how to live comfortably in a remote environment away from the modern conveniences including mobile phones.
If you decide to sign up for this program it is suggested that you find a companion that you know you can work with as we will operated in units of two, sharing a tent or bivouac and preparing food together. Once signed up we will provide you with a list of essential requirements, but tents, back packs and cooking stoves will be provided by us and allocated on the first day.
What you’ll learn in this camping 101:
· Intro to safe camping practice
· Drinking water
· Building an effective emergency bivouac (shelter)
· Intro to Map Reading and Navigation
· Low visibility navigation (night navigation exercise)
· Lighting a fire in an emergency (how to)
· Lashings & practical knots
· Security on steep ground (using a rope) (not rock-climbing)
· Crossing rivers safely (or when not to attempt).
· Cooking in the bush (safe and effective use of stoves)
· Personal hygiene and protecting the environment
· Safety in the bush & safety equipment, and other various outdoor skills!
How does it work?
It’s only $120 for two nights/three day!
This has been heavily subsidised by TUSA, and on top of this, we have
partnered with tourism operators for negotiated rates. The course would usually cost more than $500 per person.
Plus, all meals are provided, except lunch on Saturday.
Departs Sat 11th, returns Mon 13th.
Inveresk apartments pick up at 0700am*
Newnham (Student Centre) pick up at 0725 am*
Return to Launceston by 1900 on Monday 14th.
Sandy Bay pick up at 0615am*
Return to Sandy Bay at 1800 on Monday 14th
*Pickup times liable to change.
This Experience is open to all currently enrolled UTAS students.
We will be walking over 2 hours, with a full backpack. Some sections will be uphill and it will be physically challenging for some. Please consider this and your fitness level, before you book.
What to bring (for now)?
– A packed lunch for Saturday
– Water bottle (3 litres) and water for Day 1
– 2 to 3 sets of hiking attire.
– A sun hat
– Hiking shoes/boots
A detailed gear list will be emailed after signing up.
Conditions of ticket purchase
TUSA reserves the right to deny entry to any participant we deem to be of inadequate fitness to safely complete this experience. Please consider that this is a group experience. It is important that you have adequate fitness, as it will otherwise not be safe or enjoyable, to you or others. In case we deem you are not of adequate fitness to attend, we will offer you a full refund of your ticket price.
At times, TUSA will partner with
tourism operators to assist with delivering the Unique Tassie Experience. When
this is the case, some of your personal information may be shared with the third
party to ensure an optimal experience. For more information, please visit TUSA’s
If TUSA cancels the activity, all
tickets will be refunded. However, if you purchase a ticket and then cannot
attend on the day, you will not be refunded. You take this risk when purchasing
the ticket, and TUSA has no obligation to refund.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we
will not allow students to join our experiences if we believe they are unwell.
If you feel unwell or display flu-like symptoms, we encourage you to cancel
your booking. **Full refunds are available for customers who cancel due to
Please contact UTE@TUSA.utas.edu.au
This experience is subsidised by your TUSA. Only for currently enrolled UTAS students.