Church Camps are fun at Camp Banksia! We welcome all religious groups to our private and serene venue for your next camp.
Whether your camp objective is to worship, assemble for sermons, or come together for other group gatherings, Camp Banksia has the areas, equipment and friendly staff to help!
We offer a range of facilities, accommodation and catering that will suit your congregation.
Our experienced team is ready to discuss your requirements and deliver a camp that meets your needs.
Camp Banksia offers a number of onsite facilities and spaces for your group to utilise. Smaller groups may prefer to stay within the Main Dining Hall for meals as well as programmed activities whereas larger groups may prefer to break out into other areas to complete their daily plans. Whatever your group size or requirements, Camp Banksia can customise a camp to suit.
Check out some of our spacious areas below:
The Banksia Centre
The Banksia Centre offers several spaces for all religious groups to gather. Whether your congregation has plans to deliver a sermon, hold a convention or conduct a youth ministry camp, the Banksia Centre has space for you!
- Performing Arts Room: This 243m2 room retains its original parquetry flooring. The acoustically sound space is ideal for speeches, singing or any group gatherings. With Wi-Fi available and panel ceiling heaters, this room can be utilised all year round.
- Meeting Rooms: There are 2 carpeted meeting rooms with heating and air-conditioning. Room “A” is 60m2 with a small kitchenette, tables, chairs, whiteboard, STV and DVD. Room “B” is 66m2 with tables, chairs and whiteboard. These rooms are separated by a sealed partition but can be opened up into one large room if required. Both rooms are Wi-Fi connected.
- The Stadium: A 926m2 full sized indoor stadium is a great space for the whole group to take a break. The stadium can be transformed from basketball to netball, badminton or volleyball and all equipment is supplied. It’s your choice! Two large change rooms and disabled change room/bathroom top off this great space.
There is no shortage of suitable areas within this complex to educate or congregate! Please enquire on availability when booking your stay at Camp Banksia.
Main Dining Hall
The sunny Main Hall is offered to groups free of charge with any fully catered camp. Depending on your group size the hall can be utilised not only for dining but as space for programmed activities or a space for groups to play or watch a movie. The large bright room with timber floors and wood heating can seat up to 155 people for dining or 180 in a conference style layout. Table and chairs are provided and are left for organisers to arrange to meet their own requirements.
Other additions in the main hall are two kitchenettes both with zip hot water units, three small fridges, whiteboard, STV, DVD and amplifier. Three bathrooms including disabled are accessible off the main hall deck.
Camp Banksia is designed to accommodate all disabled bodied people. The camp has ramps for easy access to the raised main hall and dedicated bathrooms and showers in every area. Flat footpaths lead to every area for ease of access. No matter what the disability Camp Banksia can accommodate.
If your group would prefer to self-cater we can offer a separate kitchen facility for all your cooking needs. The kitchen consists of 1 gas oven with hotplates, a large indoor BBQ plate, a microwave, 2 standard fridges, cooking equipment, a small TV and Instant zip hot water for hot drinks and washing up. The self-catering kitchen area has a large covered outdoor area a seating for groups to gather and dine. Groups can BYO Crockery and Cutlery or for an extra $1 per person per stay why not hire ours! The Kitchen is ideally suited to no more than 60 guests.
All guests are welcome to use the Camp’s well-equipped laundry free of charge.
Camp Banksia offers 155 onsite beds and by arrangement also offers space for caravans, motor homes and tents with a group booking. *Conditions apply
Ideal for any group camp is the 22 bunk style cabins which are designed to make your stay as comfortable as possible with easy access to all facilities. Each cabin has 6 timber bunk beds with mattresses and electric panel heating. Clusters of 5 & 6 cabins have their own unisex and universal access bathrooms along with a dedicated disabled toilet and shower.
Groups need only bring bedding and towels to make our cabins feel like home. Or if you’d prefer, bedding and towels are available for hire.
In addition to the bunk style accommodation Camp Banksia has 2 complexes of self-contained units (Banksia Beach Cabins) which can cater up to 18 people. These complexes can be incorporated into your group camp and are fitted out with all linen.
Leaders and or Clergy
If your group has leaders or clergy that you would like to offer separate lodgings to, we have the space for you!
In an upstairs area of the Banksia Centre we can offer 2 bedrooms (one with a queen bed, one with 2 single beds and a single trundle bed), a lounge area with TV and a small kitchenette with microwave, fridge, toaster oven, kettle as well as crockery & cutlery. Mattresses are fitted with a sheet only.
Camp Banksia offers a variety of delicious home cooked meals. We provide great food in a great atmosphere. Three meals a day are available and served in the main dining hall. Takeaway options are available for groups who have decided to venture out for the day. Groups also have access to fresh fruit, cordial and water throughout their stay. Tea and coffee facilities are also available 24 hours.
Meals consist of the following;
Breakfast: Cereals, yoghurt, toast and juices.
Morning tea: Biscuit, cake, slice or savoury.
Lunch: Salad bar with a hot or cold option.
Afternoon tea: Biscuit, cake, slice or savoury.
Dinner: Two course meal consisting of main and dessert.
Supper: Prepacked biscuit
*Menus are bases on a standard Camp Banksia selection. Upgrade meal options are available on request
Crockery & Cutlery
Groups can opt to bring their own crockery and cutlery which can be washed in the outdoor sinks provided at each end of the dining hall. Camp Banksia supplies all dishwashing equipment and detergent. *Alternatively Camp Banksia can supply crockery and cutlery and wash them for you. *Fees apply
Special dietary requirements
The Kitchen is able to cater for a range of dietary requirements. Catering staff will cater for vegetarians, vegans, coeliac/gluten free, dairy intolerance and some allergies. By arrangement with camp management meals can be brought in for special dietary reasons.
Camp Banksia is a nut free environment and we do ask that no nuts be brought onto the site.
Birthdays at Camp
If anyone your group is celebrating a birthday while on camp, the catering staff would be more than happy to bake a cake for the occasion. Camp Organisers are asked to notify Camp Banksia before their camp arrival date.
A self-catering kitchen is available to hire along with BBQ’s for groups who wish to cater for themselves. The kitchen is suitable for group of 40 to 50 max.
Feel like taking a break! Camp Banksia has a number of activity options for when your group takes some down time.
The camps 12 sit on top kayaks are perfect to utilise on our onsite pond or can be taken offsite to nearby Freers Beach by arrangement. Paddles and PFD’s are provided. Kayak usage is the responsibility of the organiser and it is a provision that a competent leader or responsible adult oversee the activity.
The camps12+ bicycles can be ridden around the camp or (with permission) taken on a longer trip down the nearby bike track along the beachfront. Helmets are provided.
All groups are welcome to use the 2 onsite tennis courts free of charge. Tennis rackets and tennis balls are available from the camp office.
Sporting equipment and games
At camp Banksia we offer a range of balls and games to utilise throughout their stay. A few of the options we can supply are; totem tennis kits, outdoor chess and draughts, bocce sets, skipping ropes, Frisbee’s, cricket sets, beach volleyball sets, table tennis, giant connect four, footballs, basketballs, netballs, soccer balls and much more. All equipment is lent out free of charge.
The Camp offers a stimulating, educational and interactive range of activities suitable for all types of weather and curriculum learning requirements.
From wildlife discovery tours and educational shows to rock pool rambles, Camp Banksia activities offer a world of exploration and fun within the site’s six hectares of parklands and adjacent Freers Beach.
*Please download our Activities Booklet here